September 30, 2013

Community happenings: Training available, prairie dedication, fire department dinner


---- — Production training available at Ivy TechIvy Tech Corporate College is offering two sessions of its Certified Production Technician training this fall. Students who earn the certification, which can be completed in eight weeks, are armed with a credential that qualifies them for the advanced manufacturing jobs available now and the opportunity to grow with the industry in the future.The training also will be available in Logansport from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 to Dec. 20, in daily class sessions. The CPT certification training covers four critical areas: Safety, Quality, Manufacturing Processes and Maintenance. The training will also be offered at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo campus Oct. 7 to Nov. 26, in daily class sessions from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.For more information, contact Hughes at Ivy Tech Corporate College, 800-459-0561, ext 283, or

Friends of Panhandle to dedicate prairieThe Nature Committee of the Friends of the Panhandle Pathway are going to dedicate a .6 mile section of prairie grass along the trail at 5 p.m. Oct. 22.This section, which was originally part of the original Peninsula Prairie, is part of less than 1 percent remaining in Indiana.

This section is just south of Mill Creek and just north of 400 South in Pulaski County. It shows what the area was like prior to the railway being laid. This prairie at one time covered much of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. It has a mix of dense tall grasses and other herbaceous plants.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony and to use the trail. Also, in the spring, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will help maintain this prairie by doing a controlled fire burn.

Fire department having roast dinnerDENVER — The Denver Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a beef roast dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Denver Community Building, 196 S. Emmons St. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children between ages of 6 and 12. Denver Fire Department uses the funds raised to purchase much-needed equipment that the department can’t otherwise afford.

Fish, tenderloin supper slatedNEW WAVERLY — New Waverly United Methodist Church is hosting a fish and tenderloin supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The church is at 9990 E. Main St., New Waverly.

Chicken-pork chop dinner slatedROYAL CENTER — A Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Chicken/Pork Chop Dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Community State Bank parking lot in Royal Center, 101 S. Chicago St. Dinners are $8 and include half a chicken or 12-ounce pork chop, chips and a cookie. Pit-tatoes are available for $3. Carry-outs only.

Literacy group seeking volunteersLiteracy Volunteers of Cass County is in need for individuals (tutors) who are willing to give a minimum of an hour a week to help adults learn English.Students of the Literacy Volunteers desire to become a useful part of our community, but find it difficult with limited knowledge of our language. LVCC currently has 16 tutors working with 28 students. LLVC provides you with training through a growing selection of textbooks in several areas and a tutor-mentoring program to provide you with support.

Those waiting for tutors want help in improving their reading skills, getting their GED, learning English or preparing to take the U.S. citizenship test.For more information, call Carolyn Killion at 574-753-5906 or 574-355-0986.