How safe is your babysitter?
Does the sitter know what to do in an emergency? Does the sitter understand basic child care skills?
Jay County Hospital is offering a medically accurate hands-on class for girls and boys ages 11 to 13 to learn how to become a Safe Sitter.
The class, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, will cover topics such as infant and child CPR, emergency responses, feeding, diapering, and other basic skills, and how to entertain kids while keeping them safe.
The cost of the class is $35, which covers the program and lunch.
Scholarships are available based upon financial need.
For more information or to enroll your son, daughter, or babysitter, contact Kristi Henry at Jay County Hospital at (260) 726-1853.

Retirement reception
Teacher and longtime classroom volunteer Gene Pope is retiring at the end of the school year. Though he retired as a teacher years ago, he has been a daily volunteer in special needs classrooms at General Shanks Elementary School.
An open house in his honor will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the multi-purpose room at General Shanks.

Names omitted
The list of children in Wednesday’s write-up of the 60th wedding anniversary of Arnold and Martha Hilgeford was incomplete.
They are the parents of Deb Barnett (husband: Steve), Linda Huelskamp (husband: Gregg), Donna Chenoweth (husband: Dennis), all of Portland; Betty Strawn (husband: Dennis), Celina, Ohio; John Hilgeford (wife: Melissa), Casella, Ohio; Peg Starr (companion: Steve), Anderson; the late Randy Hilgeford; and the late Daniel Hilgeford (wife: Linda).

Upcoming clinic
The Jay County Humane Society will conduct at spay and neuter clinic on Tuesday, May 13. Cats and dogs can receive low-cost services such as vaccinations and tests in addition to spaying and neutering.
For more information, phone (260) 726-6339.

What do you want?
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in Jay County has a survey on its website to help guide what services to offer in the community.
The survey includes questions about food, cooking, nutrition, exercise, parenting, breast feeding, adult day services and childcare.
The survey can be found at If anyone needs further assistance or access to a computer, call (260) 726-4707.

Get ready for kindergarten
Kindergarten Prep School, a partnership between Jay County Public Library and Jay School Corporation, will begin in June at JCPL.
The program is designed to provide academic and social skills to children who will enter kindergarten in the fall. It is free and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday from June 17 through Aug. 5.
Registration forms are available at the library and the deadline to register is May 30.

Music to your ears
Students in the MusicWorks program at Arts Place in Portland will perform in the annual spring ensemble concerts and individual recitals today and Saturday, May 10.
Ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. today and will include Eastern Breeze Flute Ensemble, Brown Paper Sax saxophone ensemble and Jay County Community Band.
Individual recitals will be held Saturday with string and guitar students performing at 10 a.m., voice and piano students at 12:30 p.m. and woodwinds, brass and percussion students at 3 p.m.
All concerts and ensembles are free and will be performed in the Hall-Moser Theatre at Arts Place, 131 E. Walnut St.