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Briefs: Will 12/12/12 be a lucky day; MS seeks runners for cross-country relay

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 11:23 am

12/12/12: Lucky numbers?

Fans of numerology are looking ahead to Wednesday, with its date of 12/12/12, as a special day.

One website calls it “A New Beginning.” The group 12-12-12.org wants to see war and extreme poverty eliminated from the world by Wednesday.

Closer to home, some people see it as a good day to get married.

Both Allen Superior and Circuit courts report a significant increase in the number of couples asking to be married on 12/12/12.

As of mid-day Friday, none of the six couples who had signed up to be married Wednesday in Superior Court said anything about it being a lucky day, said Rose Moya, Superior Court court services specialist. But a few of the men joked it will be great because they will be able to remember their anniversary.

Normally the court's busiest days for civil marriage ceremonies are Mondays and Fridays, Moya said. Typically, that involves one or two couples on a given day.

More couples still could call or walk in asking to be married Wednesday, she said.

“I've noticed in the past, with 10-10-10 and 11-11-11, there has always been a spike in volume,” she added.

So far, Allen Circuit Court has 12 couples signed up to be married Wednesday, a court official said at mid-day Friday.

That is an “extremely high” number for that day of the week, she said. More people also could call to sign up or just walk in on Wednesday.

The weddings are held in unused courtrooms and officiated by the courts' judges and magistrates. Ceremonies typically take about 10 to 15 minutes, court officials said. No reservation is needed.

Couples who already have their marriage license can go straight to the Circuit or Superior court office, Moya said. Those without a marriage license will have to stop first at the Allen County Clerk's office to obtain one.

However, if any couples hope for that extra special marriage time Wednesday — marrying on 12/12/12 at 12 noon — they'll be out of luck: Both courts will be closed for lunch.

MS cross-country relay seeks runners

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Run the U.S. 2013 Relay is seeking 14 elite runners to take part in a cross-country relay run to increase awareness about MS and to raise funds to cure it.

The relay is scheduled to begin April 16 in Los Angeles and finish Sept. 17 in New York — including passing through Fort Wayne the week of Aug. 5, a news release and the race website said. It will be divided into 22 approximately 140-mile segments, with each “running partner” running the 140 miles during five to six days.

To apply as a running partner, go to www.msruntheus.com.

Focus on communities

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for the years 2007 to 2011, which offer statistics down to the neighborhood level on school enrollment, jobs, housing and many other measures.

A new series of census tools also will make it easier to search, embed on other websites, download and share the survey estimates, a news release said. You can access the data at www.census.gov/#.