Grab a couple cans of food before you head to the Starke County 4-H Fair this week. Elizabeth Smith with Purdue Extension Starke County says the Junior Leaders are teaming up with the fair board to host a canned food drive. Donations can be dropped off at the fair office, which is across from the dairy barn in the middle of the fairgrounds. All donations will be given to the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry, and the first 250 people who bring items will get a free ticket to next month’s Indiana State Fair. Smith says that’s a new program the state fair is offering this year. Junior leaders are 4-H members in grades 7 through 12 who work on a variety of community outreach initiatives in addition to their regular 4-H projects.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.