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Rose Society meetings scheduled

The Logansport Rose Society meeting for the first week of June has been canceled. The Society meets the first Thursday of the month through November at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Cristie Rans at crisrans@aol.com or 574-889-2219. Here are the meeting times at locations for this season:

July 2: Inntiquity Inn, ice cream social; Aug. 6: Susan Jordan’s garden, old fashioned garden; Sept. 3: Tours of Mattern Park in Marion and Market Street Grill in Converse; Oct. 1: Logansport Public Library, hummingbirds; Nov. 5: Logansport Art Association, rose art.

Family YMCA set to reopen

The Cass County Family Y will reopen on June 8 at 5 a.m. For a limited time, access will only be available to members, punch card holders and those who have access through insurance programs such as SilverSneakers, RenewActive and Silver&Fit. For a short time, a few restrictions will be in place. These include: no child watch, no children under the age of 16, no guest passes (including employer-paid day passes and Pickleball passes), no visiting members from other YMCAs, temperature checks and a quick verbal health screening at the door, and adjusted hours of operation. Information about youth programs will be made available soon. For more information, visit www.casscountyymca.org.

Bulk yard waste pickup resumes

Republic Services has resumed bulk waste pickup. All mattresses and box springs must be wrapped in plastic and a $1 sticker placed on each item. Stickers are available for purchase at Martin’s, D&R, McCord’s Do-it-Best and Schwering Realty. Mattresses and box springs are not picked up by the Street Department. For tires, chemicals, paints and electronics disposal, you may contact the Cass County Recycling District at 574-732-9253 for an appointment to drop those items off or visit www.recyclecasscounty.org. For bigger junk removal jobs you can rent a dumpster, fill it up on your schedule, and they will come haul it away when you’re ready. Republic Services will pick up your furniture items. Each item must have a $1 sticker and you should call Republic Services at 1-800-989-2539 to let them know you have large items for pick up. You may also take your furniture to the landfill (a fee is charged) or rent the city’s Litter Critter trailer for $112 per load which is delivered to and picked up at your residence by the Street Department. For more information on Republic Services bulk waste pickup, visit https://www.republicservices.com/residents/bulk-waste.

Road closed for Market Street upgrades

The south approach of Front Street at West Market Street will be closed as work continues on the West Market Street project. The westbound lane will remain open to one way traffic as it has been. This closure date could be postponed 1-2 days due to weather issues or soil conditions. This closure is expected to last about four weeks or until the week of June 15-19 depending on the weather.

The commonly used detour from northbound Cicott Street to eastbound Market Street will not be available during this time. Drivers will need to seek another route to avoid the construction.

Lodge holding spaghetti dinner

The William Paca Lodge will be holding their monthly Spaghetti Night on Thursday, May 28, from 4-7 p.m. The dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad and garlic bread. The cost is $9. This dinner will be for carry out only. Orders will be taken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 and from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. Call 574-722-9822 to place your order.

Green & Clean Day goes virtual

Logan’s Landing’s annual Downtown Green & Clean event was canceled this year due to restrictions on group gatherings. But the organization has announced that it is reinventing and extending the event.

Virtual Green & Clean Week will be held May 18-22. Everyone is encouraged to participate via Facebook.

As you head out for a walk, run or bike ride in your neighborhood, or at one of the community’s many trails and parks, take a plastic bag along and pick up any litter you may encounter on your trip (while wearing gloves, of course). Take the trash you collect home with you and dispose of it with your household’s trash — but first, take a selfie and post it on Facebook using the hashtag #VirtualGandC. Posting your selfie will enter you into a random drawing to win prizes from downtown businesses. Selfies can also be of other activities, such as pulling weeds, sweeping off sidewalks, trimming bushes or planting flowers or gardens — anything that shows your efforts to make our community green and clean qualifies.

Cass Area Transit to reopen with free rides

Cass Area Transit will be opening back up on June 1. This will also include the City Bus. However, due to the COVID-19 virus there will be changes:

All riders must wear masks or be denied service. Drivers may have a limited number of masks to give out, so you need to have your own mask.

All passengers must wear a mask or face-covering, in order to ride, or to enter the building. The public entrance to the building will be the East door, facing Sixth Street.

Cass Transit will be adjusting the number of passengers on vehicles to comply with social distancing, so wait times and frequency may be affected. This may involve more trip denials. Priority will be given to trips for medical, work, grocery shopping, etc. Operating and driving hours will also be adjusted so that drivers have time to sanitize and disinfect buses regularly.

Phone operations for scheduling trips will open back up May 26. Call 574-753-5555 for direct reservation scheduling or 574-722-2424 for Cass County Council on Aging and Cass Area Transit. Hours at this time will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Due to the current economic situation, Cass Area Transit will not collect fees for city and county trips, at least until the end of this year, as our way of trying to help out the community during a tough time. Contract and out of county trips will still be billed at appropriate fares.

There may be delays in pick up times because of the transit limiting the number of passengers on buses for safety purposes.

If you previously had a pre-scheduled trip and no longer need it, call the Cass Transit scheduler to cancel.

On June 1, only buses will operate. There will be no senior activities or lunch served until a later date, to be announced. Dispatch and scheduling will run 4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City Bus will operate under these same guidelines and will resume the regular scheduled routes on June 1.

All out of county and pre-planned subscription trips will need to be called into the scheduling office (the public will be not allowed in the scheduling or reservation offices until further notice).

The Senior Center portion of the operation will remain closed until further notice. This means no meals will be served and no activities will be scheduled.

Anyone needing medical trips, work through Southeastrans or your medical provider to arrange transportation. For more information, contact our scheduler Brandon at 574-722-2424 beginning May 26.

Farmers’ Market to open June 6

The Logansport Farmers’ Market, at the corner of 4th and Market Streets, will open for the 2020 season on Saturday, June 6. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.

The Market will be open for business each Saturday from June through October. Wednesdays (3-6 p.m.) will be added in July, August and September.

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.

Walton Library has curbside delivery

The Walton Library has curbside delivery in place during the COVID-19 social distancing measures. Call or email ahead to let the staff know which sources from their catalog you would like to check out.

They will gather your requests and call you back to schedule your appointment time to pick up your books at the front door. They will be in a bag and already checked out to you. Call 574-626-2234 and leave a message or email me at ktroutman@walton.lib.in.us

Royal Center Pioneer Days canceled

The Royal Center Lions have canceled all Pioneer Days activates for June 19 and 20.

Walton fireworks and parade canceled

The Walton Fourth of July fireworks and parade have been canceled for this year.

Horizon Bank provides funding to United Way

United Way of Cass County recently received $2,600 from Horizon Bank for their COVID-19 Relief Fund. According to Chris Armstrong, Executive Director of United Way, “we are so appreciative of this funding. Horizon Bank is a great asset to our community, not only for this but for their community minded spirit. Their employees have stepped up to volunteer for needs during this pandemic and we are very grateful.”

“Living United even when we are practicing social distancing. Now more than ever it’s imperative we lift and support each other. Horizon Bank is proud to support the Cass County Community with a contribution to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. To United Way of Cass County, we thank you for all you are doing for our community,” said Brad Marley, Market President of Greater Lafayette.

Cole Porter Festival canceled

The Cole Porter Festival in Peru, scheduled for the second week in June, has been canceled for this year, according to organizers of the festival. “We felt it was the responsible thing to do,” stated festival executive committee member Ellen Mock. “We knew we just couldn’t start in May and have a festival. We’ve been meeting since January, but the lion’s share of the work comes in April.”

For more information or to volunteer for next year’s festival, call Vicki Draper at 765-472-7655.

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 the park restrooms and 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.

{span style=”font-size: 1.17em;”}Cass Democratic announce meeting changes{/span}The Cass County Democrats have moved all meetings online. Their meetings take place monthly on the third Thursday. Request to join the Cass County IN Democrats’ Facebook page for meeting access details. Meeting are from 6-7 p.m. Additionally, each Saturday the organization hosts Coffee with Democrats from 9-10 a.m. Visit https://cassindems.org/calendarr for the event listing and details.

DOR waiving use tax on donated supplies

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is taking steps to encourage the donation of medical supplies and other goods to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manufacturers making donations of medicine, medical supplies or other eligible items to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Indiana will not incur a use tax obligation for those donations and groups or organizations making donations of medicine, medical supplies or other goods will not incur a use tax obligation for those donations if sales tax was not paid when receiving the item.

Use tax typically applies to retail transactions when items are not subject to sales tax at the time of purchase. Eligible items for the COVID-19 use tax waiver include, but are not limited to: Medicine; medical supplies (such as personal protective equipment, ventilators and dialysis machines), food donated to food banks or other charities helping feed those in need because of the COVID-19 crisis; clothing, bedding or personal care products donated to homeless shelters or other charities helping those displaced or in jeopardy because of the COVID-19 crisis; soaps, sanitizers, disinfectants, detergents and other cleaning supplies to medical facilities and the charities mentioned above; and building supplies, beds and other materials used to construct and furnish field hospitals or other temporary medical facilities.

Companies and organizations must get approval from DOR to use the COVID-19 waiver by emailing COVID19donations@dor.in.gov and providing the following information: Name of the donor; the donor’s Tax ID or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN); identify if the donor is the manufacturer or purchaser of the donated items; a list of all items donated, including the cost or purchase price of the items; and the organization(s) receiving the listed items.

A confirmation by the receiving organization(s) that the items have been or will be donated. Email confirmations are accepted. After reviewing the information, DOR will confirm if the donation has been approved for the waiver. If approved, the donor will not be required to report the use tax on their next sales and use tax return, their income tax return or a consumer use tax return.

Eligible donations made prior to March 19, 2020, will be considered. However, donation of such items will not entitle the donor to a refund of any sales or use tax previously paid to DOR or to a vendor.

Any changes to this guidance, additional modifications to normal operations or changes to tax filing and payment deadlines will be posted on DOR’s website, as well as DOR’s social media accounts.

Street Dept. may encounter delays

At this time, the Street Department is still picking up lawn bags but not necessarily on your scheduled trash pickup day because of staffing. Continue to put them out on your trash day and they will be picked up within a week or less. Loose brush will be picked up as scheduling allows as well. Other services may be running on a limited basis as well. Call the Street Department office to leave a message with any questions or concerns at 574-753-4610.

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

Martin’s matching donations for United Way

All 20 Martin’s Super Markets locations in Indiana and Michigan will be taking customer contributions to support their county’s United Way effort to respond to both short term and long term needs of individuals impacted by COVID-19. All donations will aid local COVID19 relief efforts and donations will be distributed to the United Way chapters weekly. The company will be matching customer contributions up to $25,000 made at their checkouts.

The branches included in the effort are: United Way of Cass County, United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties, United Way of Kosciusko County, United Way of Marshall County, United Way of Southwest Michigan and United Way of St. Joseph County.

Mary Max Cinemas closed

Mary Max Cinemas is closed until further notice, because the Health Dept. says there can be no more than 10 people in one place at a time.

High Street closed near County Building

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 only vehicle access to the 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.

No through traffic, eastbound or westbound, will be allowed during the construction, which will last until fall.

The main entrance to the County Building is still accessible.

Cass County Bingo canceled

Cass County Bingo in Royal Center has canceled their Sunday Bingo games indefinitely due to COVID-19 social distancing measures.

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.

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.

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