Purdue’s Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) will be able to continue its work for another year, thanks to a $2.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.
The Institute aims to improve the lives of members of the military, veterans and their families by providing access to counseling, as well as education and employment initiatives. Another priority is to conduct research that can improve military programs, practices and policies in this area.
Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, MFRI director, says research being done at the Institute has helped identify gaps in services.
Jeff Clark, an arborist with Purdue, injects an insecticide into an ash tree to protect it from emerald ash borers. The destructive invasive insect was confirmed in June, 2011, for the first time in Lafayette.
The four year process of taking an inventory of trees in Lafayette’s right-of-ways is complete. The survey does not include trees on private property.
Davey Tree Group began looking at trees along city streets, except for major state and county roads, in 2010. Project Manager Aren Flint says there are nearly 21,000 spots for trees, and a little more than half already have one growing there. The survey shows the top five species are Silver Maples, Red Maples, Sugar Maples, Callery Pears and Crab Apples.
The sale of wool or sheep in Indiana will have a special assessment tacked on to it beginning next month.
Members of the industry approved the checkoff program this summer after a petition initiated the process last year. The 0.5% assessment for each transaction is expected to raise $30,000-$40,000 annually.
Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Office of Agricultural Research at Purdue (ARP), administered the check-off process. ARP is within the College of Agriculture.
A Marion County judge has dismissed Indiana’s top school official’s lawsuit against the members of the State Board of Education. Judge Louis Rosenberg ruled Friday afternoon that state superintendent Glenda Ritz wasn’t authorized to file it in the first place.
Ritz was chairing a meeting of the State Board at the moment Rosenberg handed down his decision. His ruling didn’t touch on the merits of Ritz’s case against the Board — she charged they had violated state open meetings law.
The City of Lafayette is in the process of putting cars where they belong.
Council members gave initial approval to updating the rules for parking abandoned or junk vehicles. The change means cars, trucks and motorcycles cannot be parked in someone’s yard. They also cannot be left on the street, in an alley or city controlled lot or garage for more than five days.
Chasing Francis is the peripatetic story of Chase Falson, a minister whose strong faith in a comprehensible God is shredded by a tragedy within the mega-church his sweat, words and tears built. Told in sensitive prose, we experience Chase’s search for God as if we were there walking with him as he travels Italy in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, a man from 800 years ago who’s own search for God led to a stirring refreshment of Medieval Christendom’s faith.