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Posted on Mon. Jan. 07, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT

Briefs: Girl Scout cookies; Neuter for a nickel, new stamp

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Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana will be selling Girl Scout cookies beginning Friday through March 12. Cost: $3.50 per box. Varieties available this year are: Thin Mints, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Caramel deLites, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and the new Mango Cremes, which combine a crispy cookie with the taste of mango but do not include any trans fats, hydrogenated oils or preservatives.

Neuter for a nickel

Starting today, Animal Care & Control will begin scheduling for its one-day Neuter for a Nickel outreach event on Feb. 9, concentrating on six zip codes in which more than 350 cats per area were turned into the shelter in 2012. Residents from 46802, 46805, 46806, 46808, 46815 and 46818 can schedule male cat neuter surgeries for up to seven male cats per household for five cents per cat. Call 427-1244 to schedule. A valid ID will be required to verify residency in one of the six zip code areas being served. Each cat will be licensed to its address after surgery. Neuter for a Nickel will be held at Animal Care & Control, 3020 Hillegas Road, with surgeries provided by volunteer veterinarians. Only male cats will be served by the program to account for the volume expected during the event. The program is run on donations; to make a donation call 427-1244. Neuter for a Nickel is part of the 19th annual Spay Day USA celebrated by humane organizations nationwide during the month of February.

New stamp

On Jan. 27 the United States Postal Service will release the Spicebush Swallowtail First-Class 66-cent stamp. The new stamp is designed to be used with cards that have an irregular shape and require additional postage. Nationally acclaimed artist Tom Engeman of Frederick, Md., working under the direction of Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, created the design on acomputer using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of a spicebush swallowtail rather than an exact replica.

Repentance and Reconciliation event

Timothy L. Lake, an associate professor at Wabash College and a Snider High School graduate, will speak at the 28th Annual Service of Repentance and Reconciliation, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 West Berry St. The event is hosted by Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. This service is historically attended by a cross section of cultures and filled with song and praise, led by local church choirs.

— From staff reports

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