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Briefs: Deadline Monday for Fall Foliage Photo Contest; Feed the Fort food collection next week

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 12:01 am

Photo contest

Get your camera ready and plan to capture fall beauty, then enter your photos in our Fall Foliage Photo Contest for a chance to win a $50 Jefferson Pointe mall gift card.

Our staff judges will select a winner based on the best photo of fall foliage taken this year. We'll look at image clarity, composition, lighting and overall visual appeal.

Limit of one photo per person. No altered photos please. You must be a resident of northeast Indiana to enter. Deadline is noon Monday.

We plan to publish the best photos in the paper and at www.news-sentinel.com in early November.

Here's how to enter your photos:

Web: Go to www.news-sentinel.com. In the navigation bar, click on Living and then scroll down to the “Submit a Photo” icon. Click on the icon and follow the instructions on the photo submission page. In the caption, please write “Fall Foliage Photo Contest.”

Mail: Send to Fall Foliage Photo Contest, C/O Features, The News-Sentinel, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Include your name, daytime phone number, what the photo shows and the location where it was taken. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want the photo returned.

Questions? Call 461-8347.

Feed the Fort begins

University of Saint Francis students will go door-to-door 6-8 p.m. Wednesday to collect nonperishable food donations for the USF Feeds the Fort Halloween Challenge. Students will display stickers identifying them as part of the Halloween night food collection effort.

Donations may be placed through Nov. 19 in collection barrels located in all campus buildings. Only nonglass containers can be accepted.

Checks can be made out to Community Harvest Food Bank, Associated Churches of Fort Wayne or St. Mary's Soup Kitchen or can be mailed to Colleen Huddleson, School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne IN 46808.

Animal care tips

Animal Care and Control announced a flyer is circulating the Internet, promoting Halloween as “Kill a Pit Bull Night.” Animal Care and Control encourages all pet owners to supervise all dogs and cats that are outside for any period of time and to report suspicious behaviors at Halloween time.

Pet owners are should follow these safety tips:

•Pets will be safest if kept inside the house or other enclosed building. Arrange for pets to be confined in a separate room of the home during trick-or-treat hours.

•Chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats. Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

•Pets should be wearing a collar with identification attached. If you dress your pet in costume, make sure your pet's nose, eyes and mouth are not covered and that the pet can move normally while in the costume.

•Keep open flames from candles and jack-o-lanterns out of the reach of pets.

•Instruct children not to interact with an animal they might encounter on the street or at a home they visit.

•Report any attempts of animal cruelty witnessed by calling 427-1244 or 427-1222.