Editor’s note: Every effort is being made to keep this listing up-to-date, including cancellations stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check with event organizers for the latest information.

B&K West to celebrate 40 years

On Sept. 1, B&K West will celebrate 40 years in business.

The restaurant at 1101 W. Market St. offers hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, onion rings, and a variety of other food items.

Any forthcoming plans to honor the anniversary will be made available at a later date.

Purdue offers online agronomy classes for fall

Purdue University Agronomy e-Learning Academy is taking registrations for another online agronomy course series aimed at agricultural producers and businesses serving them.

The 12-week, non-credit courses begin Sept. 16 and run through Dec. 9 but allow participants to work on their own schedules and complete the courses earlier.

Courses offered include:

• Agronomy Essentials: A fundamental crops and soils course that provides a thorough understanding of crop production practices through the growing season from field preparation to marketing.

• Precision Agriculture: For those with at least a basic understanding of agronomy, the course covers the technical science of digital agriculture and technology changes.

• Nutrient Management: The course provides better understanding of nutrient management, including fertilizer sources and methods.

• Agronomy Essentials Europe: insight into crops, soils, nutrient use and other agronomic considerations unique to European agriculture.

Each course is made up of modules with more than 100 videos, accompanied by readings, links to related information and a glossary.

Course graduates receive a personalized certificate from Purdue Online, suitable for framing.

Questions about the courses’ content can be directed to Bruce Erickson at berickso@purdue.edu. For all other questions, including available discounts, contact Sue Bennett at benne122@purdue.edu. Tuition and additional details are available at: ag.purdue.edu/agry/ADE/Pages/default.aspx.

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 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.

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.

Logansport Memorial launches new electronic record

On Monday, Logansport Memorial Hospital launched a new electronic health record (EHR) that replaces several EHR systems within the hospital that were not well-connected previously.

Doctors and medical providers will now have a single source for patients’ comprehensive health records

Whether a patient is at a physician’s office, in Express Medical Center immediate care, staying in the hospital to recover from surgery, or coming in as a walk-in, their electronic health record will be updated in the same system to provide one clear picture of their overall health.

The online patient portal will also consolidate into one portal where patients can securely message their health provider, schedule appointments, view and settle financial balances and access their health history.

“Launching our new electronic health record has been one of the most transformative and expensive investments we have made in our hospital,” stated Perry Gay, LMH president and CEO. “But healthcare as an industry is constantly evolving and leadership across the hospital saw immense value in moving to a single EHR for our organization.”

All appropriate LMH providers and staff have been trained, but patient understanding is appreciated as they become accustomed to the software.

It’s also important for patients to bring their insurance cards with them to each appointment so that the information can be entered into the new system and then verified or updated with any changes at each appointment going forward.

COVID-19 business roundtable available

Inspire Results Business Coaching of Indianapolis is hosting a free weekly Back to Business Roundtable from 9-10 a.m. every Friday. They are open to any business owner.

The virtual discussion provides small business owners with the opportunity to talk with each other and experts about current events, the challenges they are facing and how to minimize the negative impact of the pandemic.

In addition to its free crisis management and free virtual coaching sessions, Inspire Results has also assembled a resource to help business owners as they tackle the changing business landscape.

To learn more about these events and download the free resource, visit www.inspireresults.com/leading-change-through-a-pandemic.

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.

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