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Lewis Cass Buddy Bags fish fry

There’ll be a Dan’s Fish Fry to benefit Lewis Cass Buddy Bags from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at Walton Christian Church, 103 W. Bishop St.,

The cost is $10 per person, drive-thru only.

All proceeds will go to the Buddy Bags program.

Purdue Extension to host Agronomy Series webinar

Purdue Extension will offer a free webinar series on the latest topics in the fast changing world of agronomy throughout the month of August. Applicators license holders wanting to receive credits will be charged $15 for each program in which they intend to receive credit.

The schedule is as follows:

Aug.18: 7-8 p.m., Cover Crops with Joe Rorick; Credits available: Category 1, RT, & CEU

Aug. 20: 7-8 p.m., Late Season Corn & Soybean Management with Dr. Bob Nielson and Shaun Casteel; Credits available: Category 1, RT, & CEU

Aug. 25: 7-8 p.m., Disease Management/ID with Dr. Darcy Telenko; Credits available: Category 1, RT, & CEU

Aug. 27: 7-9 p.m., Seed Coating with Christian Krupke; Credits available: PARP, Category 1 & 4, & CEU

Register for this program online by visiting bit.ly/agronomyseries. For questions, contact Krista Pullen at the Cass County Extension Office at 574-753-7750.

USDA extends CFAP deadline

Producers of soybeans and other eligible commodities can now apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program [CFAP] assistance through Sept. 11.

Farmers who already applied and received assistance can also expect a final payment. While producers initially received 80% of their payments to ensure availability of funding, USDA said the Farm Service Agency will now automatically issue the remaining 20% to those eligible. Going forward, approved CFAP applicants will receive 100% of their total payment.

The USDA recommends producers, especially those who have not previously worked with FSA, call 877-508-8364 to start the application process. More information on CFAP and how to apply can be found at www.usda.gov.

Local silversmith to host jewelry class

Local silversmith Charity Musselman will host a jewelry class from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Legacy & Black Dog Coffee Shop. Students will learn how to make silver or copper spinner rings and take home their work. Mussleman has been handcrafting fine jewelry for over five years and has previously taught classes at Legacy.

A $20 deposit is required at time of sign up. All supplies for the class are covered in the fee. Class size is limited to 15 students. Those interested can reserve a space by calling Legacy at 574-722-4133 or stopping by the store at 116 S.6th St., Logansport.

LMH says delays are temporary

A few weeks ago, Logansport Memorial Hospital transitioned to a new electronic health records system. This was a significant project and upgrade for the hospital that had been two years in the making.

However, the new electronic health records system has affected staff and patients by causing significant, long delays for answering and/or returning phone calls. LMH has seen increased volumes of patients who are trying to reschedule or follow-up with their care after delaying it due to COVID-19. At the same time, the transition to the new system required it to schedule fewer appointments than it typically would, so that staff would have time to re-enter each patient’s most current information into its new system.

The hospital wants patients to know these delays are temporary.

If patients would like to bring their experiences to LMH’s attention, emailus@logansportmemorial.org or send a message to the LMH Facebook page.

Alzheimer’s Association offering virtual event

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter is offering its first-ever virtual Day of Learning from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.

This is an a la carte event that will include a variety of sessions. Registration is free and available at alz.org/CRF or via the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 800-272-3900. Login information for all of these sessions will be provided upon registration. Many will also be simulcast on Facebook live at Facebook.com/AlzIndiana.

Faith Lutheran offering drive-thru

Faith Lutheran Church, 6765 E. 800 North, Logansport, will be hosting a Drive-Thru Communion from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at their location.

Organ recitals offered on Fridays

Free organ recitals are being offered at 4 p.m. every Friday in August at the Baptist Temple, 700 E. Broadway, by Robert Moore, organist. On Aug. 21, the recital will be in memory of Elizabeth Billman with Matt Gerhardt’s arrangement of “Jesus Loves Me” made especially for Moore. On Aug. 28, it will be an all Bach program.

School board candidates filing deadline Aug. 21

Those who want to run for a school board position in November have until noon on Aug. 21 to file as a candidate.

Papers for filing are available at the Cass County Clerk’s Office in the Cass County Government Building and should be returned there by the deadline.

State of Indiana Utility Shutoff Moratorium ends

On Aug. 14, Indiana’s moratorium on utility shutoffs ended and Carroll White REMC, which provides electricity to parts of Cass County, will begin disconnection for nonpayment. Disconnects started on Aug. 17 for members on Cycles 2 and 3 billing and Aug. 25 for members on Cycle 1.

If members have a question about their billing cycle, please contact our offices at 800-844-7161.

Carroll White REMC will work with members, if needed, to avoid being disconnected. Members who need payment assistance can call 2-1-1 to connect to local service agencies who may be able to provide help.

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  • Ind. 49 will be closed between 400 N and 550 N through late September for a bridge deck overlay project on the bridge over Davisson Ditch.
  • There will be a road closure for Ind. 14 between U.S. 421 and 600 E that began Monday, Aug. 17. The road will be closed for a small structure replacement over Mosely Branch Ditch. The project is expected to be completed in late September 2020. Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow U.S. 421, Ind. 10 and U.S. 231.
  • There’ll be lane closures on Indiana 39 between Indiana 16 and Indiana 14 in Pulaski County until mid-November. Crews will be resurfacing the road and close lanes for about 10 hours a day, during daylight hours only. Flaggers will direct traffic in the area where work is occurring.
  • High Street is now closed between Third and Fourth Streets for the relocation of utilities in preparation for the Cass County Jail’s expansion. The work is expected to last until fall. Vehicle access to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Jail is from the intersection of Third and High Streets. The general parking entrance is located just east of that intersection on the north side of High Street. The handicapped parking entrance is located just east of that intersection on the south side of High Street. The main entrance to the County Building is still accessible.
  • Indiana 25 between Indiana 16 and Indiana 114 will be closed for seal coating beginning Monday, August 24. The road will reopen in the evening on Friday, August 28.
  • Indiana 16 between Indiana 17 and Shawnie Court will be closed for seal coating through Friday, Aug. 21. Drivers should seek an alternate route.

Logansport city offices reopen

The Logansport City Building has reopened to the public as Aug. 10.

The building had been closed since July 30 due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Anyone entering the building is required to wear masks when social distancing is not possible.

Farmers encouraged to participate in survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

A selection of 28,000 producers will receive the survey over the next few weeks, but all farmers are encouraged to take the survey at farmers.gov/survey.

“We want to hear from our customers so we can learn what we’re doing right and where we’re missing the mark,” Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “Good data is critical to good decision-making. The more responses we receive, the better we can understand what we need to do to improve our services to America’s farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners.”

Cass County auction to be held online

Given current federal and state guidance to avoid large gatherings in light of the COVID-19 virus and its related public health and safety concerns, the Cass County Commissioners have chosen to change the upcoming Tax Lien Sale from a live, in-person format, to an online sale.

The public auction will be conducted as an electronic sale at www.zeusauction.com beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4. The properties in the online auction will close at 4 p.m. on that date.

To participate in this public auction, registration information and the procedures are available online at www.zeusauction.com. In order to participate, you must become a member of the auction web site (www.zeusauction.com). You must read, understand and agree to the rules of sale and payment terms. There is no cost associated with becoming a Zeus Auction member or registering to bid. Once you become a member of the auction website, you must register specifically for the Cass County auction.

The period to register for the sale will close close at noon Thursday Sept. 3.

If you do not complete the full registration process for the sale you will not be approved to bid on the auction.

Muehlhausen Aquatic Center closing for season

The last day for open swimming at the Muehlhausen Aquatic Center was Saturday, Aug. 8.

However, the Logansport Parks and Recreation Department will honor all 2020 punch passes that have not been fully used in the 2021 season.

The Splash Pad at Muehlhausen Park will remain open into September. The specific closing date will depend upon the weather.

VFW Auxiliary meeting

The Auxiliary to VFW Post #3790 meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and generally last one hour.

The start of the 2020-2021 year will mark a year-long celebration of the formation of the “Ladies Auxiliary” in 1920. In 2006, the “Ladies Auxiliary” and the “Men’s Auxiliary” joined forces and are now known as the VFW Auxiliary. Male relatives of veterans may now join The VFW Auxiliary. Membership is $20 a year, and Life Memberships are available. The Auxiliary has lost over 300 members in the past 10 years.

For more information, contact Auxiliary President, Liz Troxell at 574-721-0166 or Auxiliary Treasurer, Jane Viney at 574-737-8110.

Museum opened

The Cass County Historical Society Museum is open for visitors on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The CCHS is a 501 nonprofit, so it’s not maintained by tax dollars but by membership.

Become a member and support the preservation of our local history with annual membership dues.

Hospitals clarify testing process

With the spike in COVID-19 cases continuing in Cass County, Logansport Memorial Hospital and the Cass County Health Department (CCHD) are clarifying the COVID-19 testing process and availability for local residents.

The most current process for where to go to receive testing is as follows:

COVID-19 testing process at LMH:

  • Call your primary care provider first, and describe your symptoms.
  • You may be seen by your provider in the office, but depending on availability, your primary care provider may also send you directly to Express Medical Center.
  • To be tested at LMH, you must be symptomatic (have symptoms) and you will be seen by a provider for evaluation.
  • The only exception for testing without symptoms is for a scheduled surgery. If you need COVID-19 testing before your surgery date, testing is only available from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at Express Medical Center. No appointment is necessary.

At the Cass County Health Department:

  • At this time, testing will be offered from 7:45-9:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. These scheduled days and hours are subject to change, based on community need.
  • The Cass County Health Department will offer COVID-19 testing for anyone who wants to be tested. There are no requirements.
  • Walk-ins are welcome at the Cass County Health Department, but it is recommended that you call ahead and make an appointment at 574-753-7760.
  • Testing from the CCHD will be performed at the former Logansport Regional Cancer Center building, located at 1616 Smith St., across from Huston Park.

Cass County COVID-19 testing

With the spike in COVID-19 cases, Logansport Memorial Hospital and the Cass County Health Department (CCHD) are revising the COVID-19 testing process and availability

• You must be symptomatic (have symptoms) and be willing to see an Express Medical Center provider for evaluation.

• You must be scheduled for surgery and need COVID-19 testing before your surgery date. Testing for surgery is only available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

COVID-19 testing for people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or if they are symptomatic will be through the Cass County Health Department.

• Testing will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. (days and hours are subject to change, based on community need).

• People need to call and make an appointment: (574) 753-7760. The CCHD is located at 1616 Smith St. in Logansport.

Cass County Democrats online meeting

The Cass County Democrats invites the public to Drinking Liberally, An Online Happy Hour, the last Friday of every month at 6 p.m. The event provides an opportunity to meet people and candidates running for office.

For information on how to join, visit the “Online with Linda Lawson” tab at the Cass County Democrats’ web page: www.CassINDems.org, or call 574-992-1121.

Charitable roadblock schedule set

The Logansport Board of Works has announced the following charitable roadblock dates for 2020:

United Way of Cass County, Aug. 15; Cass County Arts Alliance, Aug. 28-29; Citizens for Change/A Cause for Paws, Sept. 11-12; Logansport Girls Softball Group, Sept. 25-26; Cass County Domestic Violence Task Force, Oct. 9-10.

Roadblocks will take place at the corner of 6th and Broadway. The hours are Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ivy Tech offers two-day Certified Professional Food Manager course in Logansport

Ivy Tech Community College is offering an instructor-led training course Sept. 8 and 10 to prepare students to take the Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certification exam. The two-day class will meet in the Room 215 of Ivy Tech’s building at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport.

Indiana Code 410-IAC7-22 requires mandatory certification of at least one person who oversees the food safety operation within each food establishment. This course will prepare individuals to take and pass the 85-question, multiple-choice certification exam. Participants in this course will study sanitation management, food safety hazards, factors that affect food borne illness, personal hygiene, the use and calibration of temperature measuring instruments, and many more topics.

Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a certification, and their name will be added to the National Registry of Food Managers. The certification is valid for five years. The course fee is $210 and includes the manual, all materials and the certification exam. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and Thursday, Sept. 10, and will be led by instructor Ed Norris of the Indiana Environmental Health Association and retired inspector and trainer with the Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program.

To register for the Certified Professional Food Manager Certification preparatory course or for more information, please contact Susan Turrill at sturrill@ivytech.edu.

Muehlhausen B-Ball courts closed for work

The basketball courts at Muehlhausen Park are closed for resurfacing until further notice, the Logansport Parks and Recreation Department has announced.

Those with questions may contact the Logansport Park & Recreation office at 574-753-6969 or parksinfo@cityoflogansport.org for further clarification.

Ivy Tech offering free classes, training

Ivy Tech Community College has announced it is offering free classes and training for 10,000 participants. The college is elevating its commitment to Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19 experiencing unemployment, reduced hours or furloughs across the state. Participants may take more than one class or training in a range of relevant high-demand areas.

Those interested can obtain detailed information about the classes and training, and register for free, by visiting ivytech.edu/RapidRecovery/.

Classes and training sessions that are currently being offered as part of the initiative include:

Advanced manufacturing: Industry 4.0 silver level multi-skill maintenance and operations.

Technician certifications (associate, electrical systems, electric motor control systems, motor control troubleshooting and pneumatic systems.

Tools of the Industry with Autodesk: Introduction to CAD, CAM, and practical CNC machining, Fusion 360 introduction to CAD and CAM, simulation analysis for mechanical engineers, 3-axis machining with Fusion 360, introduction to mechanical engineering design and manufacturing, and modeling and design for mechanical engineers.

Community center hosting pulled pork dinner

The Deer Creek Community Center, 4883 N. IN 29 in Deer Creek, Indiana, is having a Pulled Pork Dinner Drive Thru from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 19. The cost is $10 for a meal with one sandwich, chips, beans, coleslaw and cookies or $10 for two sandwiches. Customers should drive in on the south drive and drive out on the north drive. Proceeds are going to ongoing expenses.

William Paca Lodge meeting

The William Paca Lodge will be having a membership meeting on at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the club. All members and anyone interested in joining the organization are welcome to attend. Future plans of the club will be discussed at this social gathering. Food and beverages will be served. RSVP to 574-538-9390 or 574-722-1148.

Zinc plant informational meeting

Cass County Citizens Coalition is holding an informational public forum about the WSP plant at 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at the McHale Performing Arts Center, 1 Berry Lane near Logansport Community High School and Century Career Center. Only 200 attendees will be allowed into the auditorium because of COVID-19 restrictions, but additional seats will be provided in the upstairs and downstairs lobbies. That could change with further restrictions, but the coalition plans to stream the event live through You Tube and to record the event.

American Citizen Planner classes offered

Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant have opened enrollment in American Citizen Planner – Indiana, an online training course for local planning officials and interested residents. Participants will learn about core planning issues, practices and theories related to community planning and service as a public official. After completing online coursework and participation in two webinars, students will earn the “Master Citizen Planner” certificate. The enrollment period ends Aug. 21.

The American Citizen Planner – Indiana course is offered twice each year. Contact your local Purdue Extension office to learn more about the program. Participants are allotted four months to complete the course requirements and attend two webinars, hosted by a Purdue Extension educator.

The course registration fee is $200 and includes four months of access to the online modules, and registration for the two in-person webinars. For more information visit: puext.in/ACPIN .

Shrine Club parade celebrates 100th anniversary

The Logansport Shrine Club will be celebrating its 100th birthday with two events the weekend of Aug. 21 and Aug. 22.

On Friday night, the club will be serving New York Strip steaks and four-piece chicken dinners from 5-8 p.m.

On Saturday, the annual parade will begin at noon at 9th Street and Broadway and feature Murat potentate Mark Genung and his officers here for the parade. There will be other shrine units from around the state as well as other interesting entries. The parade route goes from the start and on to 4th Street and turns right on High Street.

After the parade, there’ll be food available, but there won’t be any bands this year because of COVID-19 distancing requirements.

The Logansport Shrine Club is also welcoming additional entries to the parade. If you would like to participate in the parade stop by the shrine club, 415 High St., to fill out an entry form, or call Ralph Colter at 574-721-3948 or email rtcolter@comcast.net.

All events at the Shrine Club are open to the public. The Logansport Shrine Club would love for you to celebrate our 100th year birthday by participating in our parade and wishes to thank you in advance for your support for helping us help children.

Community center hosting blood drive

The Deer Creek Community Center, 4883 N. Indiana 29 in Deer Creek, Indiana, is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 2-6 p.m. on Aug. 25. Please go to redcross.org or call 800-733-2767 to make appointment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all donations must be made by appointment only, and donors are required to wear masks.

Royal Center walleye fish sandwich dinner

A walleye fish sandwich with fries dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or earlier if sold out) on Friday Aug. 28 to benefit the Crooked Creek Cemetery Association.

The event will be held at the Community State Bank parking lot, Hwy 35 Royal Center.

Fish & fries dinner is $10, and a fish sandwich only is $8

Carry out only, you may drive up or walk up.

The dinner is sponsored by the Crooked Creek Christian Church Ladies Fellowship to help with mowing expenses of the cemetery.

Royal Center library reopened

The Royal Center-Boone Township Public Library is now open. Hours are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by scheduled appointment only. The library will only be able to allow three people in at a time and have up to two people on computers at a time.

No children under the age of 16 will be allowed in the building.

Call us at 574-643-3185 or email royalcenterlib@frontier.com to schedule an appointment to come in during these hours.

The library will be continuing curbside pick up services on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you would like to schedule a pick up time call or email the library.

Farmers’ Market now open

The Logansport Farmers’ Market, at the corner of Fourth and Market Streets is now open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October and on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. through September.

Vendors will wear masks and comply with any other restrictions that may be in effect at that time. Vendors’ selling areas will be situated at least 8 feet apart for better social distancing.

A variety of locally-produced items will be available for sale, and new vendors are welcome at any time. Those who home-produce vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, herbs, plants, baked goods or hand-crafted items are welcome.

As a local market, products should be produced in Cass, Howard, Miami, Fulton, White, Pulaski or Carroll counties.

For more information, call Frank at 574-699-6971.

American Legion now fully open

American Legion Post 60, 828 Burlington Ave. in Logansport is currently open to all members. The kitchen is now open and Monday Night Bingo has restarted.

Church sponsoring blood drive

Shiloh Christian Church is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Aug. 31 from 2-7 p.m. The drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the church at 1047 N. CR 350 W., Logansport. For more information, or to schedule a time, call the church office 574-753-3331, or Kathleen Kennell at 574-643-9357 or 574-242-2213.

Applications available for Logan’s Landing program

Applications for the Commercial Facade Improvement Funding Program are available to commercial business or property owners within the Logan’s Landing district, according to a release. Applicants have a full-year from the date of approval to complete the project, and the program offers 50 percent matching funding up to $5,000 per property for eligible improvements.

Those improvements include exterior painting, exterior lighting, windows and doors, facade maintenance and restoration, awnings and installation of brick facade.

For an application or further information, contact Logan’s Landing at 574-722-9345 or lldirector@loganslanding.com.

Parks Department issues recommendations

During the Corona Virus COVID-19 pandemic, the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department has made recommendations for responsible behavior that benefits all when using the trails and green spaces in the parks:

• When walking a dog, remember to bring a waste bag to clean up afterwards.

• Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.

• Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.

• Remember that although the park restrooms are open, its drinking fountains are not open. You should bring your own drinking water and take care of yourself prior to leaving home.

• Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence as you pass.

• Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other persons at all times.

Indiana 211 adding resources

Indiana 211 is adding additional resources for Hoosiers in need of assistance connecting with health and human services agencies in their local communities. Indiana 211 has created a new website to serve as a clearinghouse of information on COVID-19 resources. The organization is also adding 20-30 new navigators to handle increased call volume. Community Navigators help people to contact 211, identify their goals, prioritize their needs, and connect them to valuable community resources. Indiana 211 is a free service that connects Hoosiers with help and answers from thousands of health and human services agencies in their local communities — quickly, easily and confidentially. This includes needs such as food, utility, health care and childcare assistance.

For individuals seeking services within Indiana, you can contact 211 here:

New website for COVID-19 related information: https://in211.communityos.org/COVID-19

Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-211-9966 (available 24/7, this line is only for seeking services within Indiana)

Text: Text your zip code to 898-211 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

For all other 211 assistance: www.in211.org

Visitors Bureau accepting grant applications

The Cass County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) will be awarding grants for out-of-county marketing and visitor experience enhancement, to events and attractions within Cass County. Grant requests will be considered and awarded by the Cass County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Multiple grants will be awarded from the $10,000 fund so that a variety of organizations can be assisted with their events or attractions. These grants are very competitive, so it is suggested that applications be made as early as possible.

Rules and regulations for funding requests and grant applications will be available in the CCVB office between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday, or electronically by contacting Toni Savini at info@visit-casscounty.com.

Grant applications will be accepted throughout 2020, but must be in the CCVB office by the 20th of the month for consideration at the following month’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Recipients of the 2019 grants were: Carousel in the Park Fun Day, Two Rivers on Two Wheels Bike Tour, the 2 Rivers Music Festival, the Panhandle Pathway Trail, Christmas in the Park, the Taste of Cass County and AIM Softball Fields.

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