• To Delphi Middle School computer technician Drew Sandora for coming up with a plan to help families cover the repair bill if their middle-schooler breaks a school-issued laptop. Sandora, who handles the billing for the school corporation’s technology repairs, said he’d been to court about a dozen times over the last year seeking to recover repair costs, but he said he’d rather let students “work off” the repair bills, and he’s now asking for community donations to a fund to cover repairs for students who volunteer at local not-for-profit organizations. “First and foremost, I think it teaches the kids responsibility,” he said. The program would also provide extra help to cash-strapped community organizations and might build the character of the kids who volunteer, too.
• To the 103 students who performed music from around the world during last weekend’s inaugural Monster Concert at McHale Performing Arts Center. The auditorium was packed for the free piano ensemble concert sponsored by the North Central Indiana Music Teachers Association. Nancy Spahr, a piano teacher in Peru and president of the association, said the group had been working out details of the production for a year. The ages of students playing ranged from kindergarten up to adults, Spahr said. The concert involved music teachers from Peru, Logansport, Lafayette and Kokomo.
• To Logansport leaders for putting together a proposed streetscape project along a six-blook section of Sixth Street downtown. Paul Hartman, Logansport Municipal Utilities superintendent, outlined plans for the project at a recent meeting of the Logansport Redevelopment Commission. The project would include decorative brick, lighting, sidewalks and curbs. The project would be carried out over three to five years at a total cost of about $400,000. Funding would come tax-increment financing dollars generated by property taxes paid on improvements downtown. The commission will consider the project at its December meeting.