BMV holiday hours

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) branches will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. All branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours beginning Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.

For a complete list of branch locations and hours, to complete an online transaction, or to find a 24-hour BMV Connect kiosk near you visit IN.gov/BMV.

Walton-Tipton library holiday hoursWalton and Tipton Township Public Library will be closed Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day and open Jan. 2 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Church cancels December breakfasts

The New Waverly United Methodist Church breakfasts for December 2020 dates have been canceled. The church hopes to be able to resume breakfasts at some time next year.

Fulton Xmas light show happening now

The annual Fulton County Christmas light display by Jerry and Shirley Werner, 10957 West

950 South in Kewanna. will happen between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. every evening through Jan. 1.

It’s located on the corner of 950 South and 1100 West in Fulton. The Werners ask that people also pull in the back drive off of the County Road 1100 West for additional displays.

Logansport Parks hosts Christmas in the Park

For the fourth year, The Logansport Parks & Recreation Department and its Foundation, will be offering a holiday display of lights at Spencer Park for the community and the surrounding area. Many sponsoring organizations and businesses are a part of this very special event, which will end following New Year’s weekend. The lights will remain on from dusk to dawn. Spencer Park’s High Street entrance is closed to vehicle traffic, lasting through the holidays until the lighting décor has been removed in January. Daytime park users should plan to park their vehicles on the north side of High Street or near the lower pavilion to utilize the park.

Several changes are being made to keep people safe from COVID-19. Before going, people should know the following:

• New this year, visitors will enter from East Broadway and Cass Plaza Road. As you enter Christmas in the Park, drive slowly, don’t pull over in any parking areas, and people MUST remain in their vehicles for their own safety.

• Pedestrians are not permitted. Both vehicles and guy & electrical wires pose a danger to pedestrians.

• There is no cost to enjoy the holiday lights. Though, an online donation will be accepted gratefully at flowto.it/P6J3wSvb?fc=0.

• No volunteers will be on duty.

County road closures

Cass County Road 150 North will experience intermittent closures in the coming days between U.S. 35 and County Road 275 West while gas line work is underway. Drivers should take an alternate route if possible.

Support Group is canceled for December

The Logansport All Saints Grief Support Group is canceled due to COVID-19 until further notice.

For any questions or needs or for the up-coming holidays, please call Patty DuSchene at 574-753-3483.

State payment telephone scam

Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz warned Hoosiers to be aware of a scam asking for advance payment in order to receive access to state grants and payments. These scams, being made by telephone and email and maliciously posing as Auditor of State employees, falsely claim eligibility for a state grant or payment but require a fee be paid before receiving access to funds.

The Auditor of State (AOS), who serves as Indiana’s Chief Financial Officer, is coordinating with the Indiana Office of the Attorney General, the Indiana Office of Inspector General and the Indiana State Police on these cases. If you receive a call or email you think may be an Advance Fee scam, please contact the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2434.htm

State police patrol for holiday impaired driving/seatbelt violations

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Peru Post are increasing overtime patrols during the Christmas and New Years driving period as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national enforcement mobilization.

From Wednesday through Jan. 1, officers will be searching for impaired drivers, whether its alcohol or drugs. Officers will also be on the lookout for unbuckled motorists.

The patrols are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and dispersed to Indiana law enforcement agencies by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Statistics show the holiday driving season is one of the deadliest times of the year for impaired-driving fatalities.

In every state it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under the age of 21, that have a BAC of .02 or higher, are subject to fines and a license suspension up to one year.

Officers will also be watching for seat belt violations.

Clear ice and snow for mail carriers

The United States Postal Service is asking people to keep paths clear for mail carriers during the winter.

Keep a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways and approach from the street — for walking letter carriers.

Those who receive curbside mail delivery should keep the approach to and from the mailbox clear of snow or any other obstacles, such as trash cans and other vehicles. Carriers need to be able to deliver mail safely without leaving the vehicle or backing up.

2021 state park passes on sale

The 2021 Indiana state park passes, lake permits, off-road cycling permits, and horse tags are now available at property offices and front gates, and online at ShopINstateparks.com.

Blood donation opportunities through Jan. 4

The American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood this holiday season.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million blood transfusions will be given in the United States. Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure hospital shelves remain stocked to meet patient blood needs.

Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Those who donate through the Red Cross from Dec. 18-Jan. 4 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Important COVID-19 information for donors

As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase, hospital demand for convalescent plasma has also grown. COVID-19 convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation given by those who’ve recovered from this coronavirus. Their plasma contains antibodies that may help patients actively fighting the virus.

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

Blood donation dates Logansport

3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dec. 28, Elks Lodge 66, 1100 N 3rd St.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 31, McHale Complex, 1212 Riverside Drive.

Rochester

2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Jan 1, Woodlawn Hospital, 1400 E. Ninth St.

Buffalo

12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Dec. 30, LightStream business building, 306 Indiana 39.

Monticello

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 28, IU Health White Memorial Hospital, 720 S. 6th St.

Cass County health department not accepting walk-ins for business

Those who want a free COVID-19 test should visit scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov to make an appointment.

The Heath Department offers free COVID-19 testing from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1616 Smith St., Logansport.

Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 years of age can be tested with parental consent.

Individuals should bring proof of Indiana residency, such as a state-issued ID, work ID or utility bill.

This testing is made possible through a grant from the Indiana Department of Health to ensure that community testing is available anywhere there is a need. Through this grant, all the testing supplies and equipment, including test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer and the platform for registration and data management, are provided. The grant continues through June 30, 2021, and is renewable.

The state-run Optum sites will continue to offer testing as well. A complete map of test sites across the state is available at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm.

Scammers preying on COVID-19, financial crisis fearsThe Federal Trade Commission, along with 19 federal, state and local law enforcement partners, announced a nationwide crackdown on scams that target consumers with fake promises of income and financial independence. Scammers are now taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and financial crisis.

Called “Operation Income Illusion,” the crackdown encompasses more than 50 law enforcement actions against the operators of work-from-home and employment scams, pyramid schemes, investment scams, bogus coaching courses and other schemes.

“Scammers are preying on the unemployment and anxiety arising from the pandemic by making false promises of big income working from home,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “If someone promises you guaranteed income, but then tells you to pay them, tell the FTC right away so we can work to shut them down.”

Some of the schemes targeted in Operation Income Illusion impact one or more specific groups: students, military families, people on a limited fixed income, immigrants, African-Americans, Latinos, the deaf and hearing loss communities or older adults.

SNAP recipients can buy online at Aldi stores

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] recipients in Indiana can use their Hoosier Works EBT cards to purchase groceries online for pickup or delivery from Aldi through Instacart.

Aldi joins Amazon and Walmart, which were approved for online purchases earlier this year. SNAP participants are automatically eligible to participate.

Indiana SNAP participants will shop via the Instacart app or online at www.Instacart.com. Users can get more information there.

They will also need to add a different form of payment for non-food items such as taxes, tips and fees per SNAP guidelines.

However, through March 16, 2021, Instacart will waive delivery and/or pickup fees on the first three SNAP EBT orders for each account.

Cass Dems winter clothing sale

The Cass County Democrats are selling scarves, beanies and long sleeve shirts in the organization’s logo colors. Place your pre-order at the “donate & wearables” tab at www.CassINDems.org. For information contact info@CassINDems.org or call 574-992-1121.

Residents to put totes in designated spots

Logansport Mayor Chris Martin is asking residents to place their trash and recycle totes in the designated locations.

Republic Services has requested that the large blue recycle totes be placed out directly beside the brown trash totes on the designated recycling pickup day, otherwise they will not get picked up.

Martin said that he has received calls from the Code Enforcement Officer regarding many residents who are not putting their recycling in the designated pickup spot.

Council moves meeting to Revolution Church

The Local Coordinating Council’s monthly meeting will now be held at the Revolution Community Church at 3930 E. Market St.

The meetings will still be the second Monday of the month from noon to 1p.m.

Wanted: hunters to help hungry Hoosiers

Hunters and landowners can help feed less fortunate fellow Hoosiers by donating a deer this season.

With schools closing and job disruptions causing loss of wages, and seniors isolated in their homes, many are experiencing shortages in their food budgets.

After you’ve filled your freezer, please help Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to feed those in need in your area by donating to the “Meat” the Need initiative. Just take your deer in to your local, participating meat processor and tell them you would like to donate it to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. There’s no charge to the donor.

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry partners with 85 meat processors statewide and encourages the donation of large game and livestock to our program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations and gives this nutritious meat to local hunger relief agencies.

For more information on this program, its services, to locate local participating meat processors, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.

Indiana rail plan survey

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is accepting public comments through December in an online survey to update the Indiana State Rail Plan.

The general public and rail stakeholders are encouraged to take the survey and share their opinions on today’s rail system in Indiana and what it could look like in the future.

The online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/INSRP20) takes about 15 minutes to complete. A link to the survey can also be found on the INDOT website at www.in.gov/indot.

The state rail plan will guide INDOT’s efforts to:

• Maintain and improve the rail transportation system,

• Support the movement of freight and passengers in Indiana, and

• Strengthen the state’s economy and raise the quality of life for its citizens.

Federal law requires an update to the state’s rail plan every four years. The previous rail plan was released in 2017.

INDOT will host a virtual rail industry committee on Tuesday, January 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., for stakeholders interested in the development of INDOT’s state rail plan.

For more on the state rail plan survey, project updates and events, visit www.rail.indot.in.gov.

VFW Auxiliary meetings

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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