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Fall Choir

Preview set

The annual Logansport Fall Choral Preview will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in the McHale Performing Arts Center at Logansport High School.

Performing groups will include the Logansport High School Concert Choir, the Logansport High School Swing Choir, and the combined LCSC sixth, seventh and eighth-grade choirs.

In addition to each group singing several selections alone, various combined numbers will be featured, including pieces sung by the combined high school groups, and a special finale presented by all singers.

Also featured will be a sampling of selections from the high school’s annual musical, which will be “Fiddler on the Roof,” to be presented in late November.

Admission to the concert will be $3 for adults and $2 for students through grade 12, with tickets available at the door only.

Masks will be required for all audience members.

DYW practice set for Oct. 3

The Class of 2022 Distinguished Young Women of Cass County scholarship program initial practice is at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Caston High School.

Application submission is at www.cass.in.distinguishedyw.org with information also available at the “DYW of Fulton County” YouTube channel.

Ten scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded on Oct. 30.

Contact Michaela (Babb) Slisher with questions at slisher@rtcol.com or 574-727-2866.

Baer majoring in sciences

OGDEN, Utah — Lindsay Baer, of Monticello, has enrolled at Weber State University.

The university welcomed nearly 3,000 other first-time Wildcats to its campus for the fall 2021 semester.

Baer, who is majoring in medical laboratory sciences, will join a total student body of more than 29,000 students.

To kick off the year, the university hosted Experience Weber, an overnight outdoor adventure, Late Night at Weber, the Foam Bash and Block Party. Block Party draws several thousand participants to enjoy booths, games and food sponsored by hundreds of departments and organizations. The annual event highlights activities and groups where students can learn and get involved.

For the fall semester, Weber State is offering a variety of face-to-face and virtual classes to allow students to reconnect with the campus however they feel comfortable.

With more than 225 degree and program options, including 17 graduate programs, students have many paths to academic success. In addition, students can easily get involved with more than 100 clubs and organizations, ranging from the United Nations Association to Spanish Club and many intramural sports teams.

Rusk honored with Boilermaker Award

Logansport’s Mary Ann Rusk was recently honored by Purdue University, receiving the “Boilermaker Pride Award,” presented by the Purdue for Life Foundation.

This award is given to one or two individuals from the Purdue Alumni Association each year. This award recognizes alumni club leaders who have dedicated time to their local alumni club with volunteerism and service.

Rusk was one of the founding members of the Purdue Alumni Club of Cass County in 1998, serving as secretary for more than 20 years. She has organized many annual service projects with the club over those years, including the club’s Reality Store program at various county schools, the PACCC 4-H Fair Booth and Club Newsletters.

Rusk becomes the third Logansport member to win the award, joining Dan Layman and Tom Scheetz.

Logan’s 1971 class reunion

The Logansport Class of 1971 will host its 50-year class reunion Oct. 22 and Oct. 23.

Classmates must visit the website at Logansport1971.com. The $20 cost covers any and all scheduled events.

By creating a username and password, a person will become a registered member of the Logansport1971.com website, which will allow individuals to take full advantage of the features of the website, including the ability to register for any or all of the many weekend events.

For more information, contact Lisa Terry at Lisadterry71@gmail.com.

Concert at Ball State Oct. 8

The three tenors of The Gentlemen Trio, known as GENTRI, will be coming to Emens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

Tickets for GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio are currently on sale at the Emens box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 765-285-1539.

Established in June 2014, GENTRI is comprised of three dynamic tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. GENTRI has pioneered a signature sound of “Cinematic Pop,” which is transfused with epic orchestrations and rich three-part harmonies, all composed by the group’s producer, Stephen Nelson.

Call or text 765-285-1539 with any questions.

Purdue earns top spots

Purdue University has ranked 10th among public institutions and 48th among approximately 800 schools at the nation’s best colleges in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education annual rankings.

Purdue also sits at fourth in Engagement, tied with seven other schools, including the University of Michigan and University of Notre Dame.

The newest ranking follows this month’s U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings that positioned Purdue among the top 10 Most Innovative Schools in the nation for the fourth consecutive year. Purdue also is listed in this month’s Forbes analysis of “The universities with the most graduates working at Fortune 500 companies.”

Financial help for child care

Indiana’s Build, Learn, Grow scholarship program is extending assistance to pay for a portion of before- or after-school care or early childhood education for qualified families through March 2022.

Scholarships cover up to 80% of a child’s early care and education, summer learning or before- and after-school care, ensuring families can connect to the care and education children need. More than 40,000 scholarships are still available for children — from birth through age 12 — who have a family member who works in an essential industry.

Families with at least one adult working in an essential business are encouraged to apply, regardless of their income. The amount of assistance provided will be based on the family’s income. Learn more at Families.BuildLearnGrow.org.

IDOE updates food programs

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announces several updates issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

National School Lunch Program SSO

Schools are encouraged to participate in the National School Lunch Program SSO. While typically only available during summer months, the USDA has issued an extension for the SSO meal program waiver, allowing participating schools to serve free meals on school days for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year. Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) will receive higher-than-normal meal reimbursements for the meals they serve if they participate in the SSO option. Participating schools choosing the SSO will be able to serve free meals through June 30, 2022.

Schools operating under COVID-19 safety protocols will still be able to serve meals using the SSO waiver, as it includes a broad range of flexibilities when serving meals that enable social distancing and additional COVID-19 precautions. Schools must apply to and receive approval from IDOE to operate under SSO or any other flexibility waivers.

Eligibility Requirements for mealsFor local organizations serving meals where the SSO is not applicable, the USDA has released updates to the income and eligibility guidelines for participants receiving free and reduced price meals. The updated income eligibility guidelines are effective from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Individuals qualifying for free and reduced price meals at CACFP-participating organizations, such as day care facilities, family day care homes and adult day care centers, are required to submit one application per household. Applications may be submitted any time, and all information is kept confidential.

Individuals participating in the following programs or who are members of the following groups are automatically eligible for free and reduced price meal benefits: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps in Indiana), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (adult day care), Medicaid Participants (adult day care), Foster Children, Children enrolled in Head Start, At-Risk Afterschool Center, or an Emergency Shelter.

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