Troop 2 helping Salvation Army on Saturday

Boy Scout Troop 2 will be holding a food drive and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at D&R Fruit Market, 931 W. Market St.

All proceeds and food will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Fulton 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 from Dec. 12 through Jan. 1.

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

Post offices open Sundays for holidays

For the holidays, the following Post Offices on be open on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Elkhart, Gary—Merrillville, Lafayette, Mishawaka, South Bend—Chippewa, South Bend—Edison Park, South Bend—Main, West Lafayette, Warsaw, Goshen.

Baptist Church hosting recitals in December

The Logansport Baptist Church at 700 E. Broadway will hold this year’s Christmas Music Recitals throughout December. Bob Moore will be featured on Dec. 18.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. and is free. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Christmas Day Dinner canceledFor the health and safety of the workers and the community, Deer Creek Presbyterian Church has cancelled the Annual Christmas Day Dinner Dec. 25.

Cass Area Transit suspending On Demand service

Due to COVID 19, Cass Area Transit’s On Demand service will be suspended from Monday, Dec. 7 until Monday, Dec. 21.

Area Transit will continue to provide service to all of those who have prescheduled daily trips, and the city bus will continue to run its normal schedule.

The only change will be that for the next two weeks, there’ll be no call-in service available.

Scammers preying on COVID-19, financial crisis fears

The 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.

Cass County health department is not accepting walk-ins

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.

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.

Ring In The Light of Christmas Dec. 20

The Calvary Presbyterian Church Outreach Ministry Team has ordered 1,000 white paper bags and 1,000 tea lights for the purpose of making 1,000 luminaries.

On Sunday, Dec. 20, church members will circle the four local nursing homes with luminaries. They are asking its Calvary partners and any of the families of the residents and employees to join them in the placing and lighting of the luminaries. Lighting will take place simultaneously at the four nursing homes at 6:15 p.m. Everyone participating is asked to bring some type of bell and long neck lighter. Once the luminaries are lit, they will “ring in” Christmas. Participants are asked to arrive between 5:30 and 6 p.m. to help place the luminaries.

Visit the Calvary Presbyterian Church Facebook Page for weather related changes.

Walton-Tipton library holiday hours

Walton and Tipton Township Public Library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and will reopen Dec. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library will also be closed Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day and open Jan. 2 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 16-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.

Cass County

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.

Fulton County

Akron

2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Akron United Methodist Church, 121 North Mishawaka.

Rochester

8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Rochester High School, #1 Zebra Lane.

2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 23, Fulton County Library, 320 W. 7th St.

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

White County

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.

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.

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.

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Annual kettle campaign comes to Sanders

The Salvation Army will be ringing the bell at Sanders Grocery, 858 N. Plymouth Rd., Winamac, again this year every day except Sunday until Christmas Eve. For those wishing to donate with their credit card (new this year), they can scan or tap the “QR” or “NFC”code on the sign above the kettle.

New, also this year, six “counter kettles” will be placed in retail stores in town.

To volunteer to ring the bell, visit registertoring.com. All of the money collected is used to help residents in need in Pulaski County. Further information is available from Fred Zahrt at fredz@whsi.tv.

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.

Logansport Parks to Host 4th 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.

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.

Salvation Army bell ringer positions open

For the 2020 Bell Ringing, the Salvation Army has 1,200 volunteer hours available to work at Big Lots, D&R, Rural King and two entrances at Walmart. Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 24, Monday through Saturday.

To sign up for Bell Ringing, go to www.registertoring.org.

Due to the pandemic, aprons will not be used this year. Wipes will be at each site to clean bells as they are handed off to the next volunteer. No more than two individuals can volunteer at a time unless they’re a family members who live in the same house.

It is undetermined if singing carols or playing instruments will be allowed, even with masks or bell coverings. People may bring radios, though.

Groups typically sign up for a series of hours and fill those hours with people from those groups. Individuals are free to sign up, too. This year, individuals and teams can sign up for just one hour at a time because of the removal of the two hour minimum, but groups should consider a minimum of three hours if they’re recruiting individuals or teams to rotate.

The Salvation Army Logansport is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TSALogansport and has a website at https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/logansport/.

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.

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.

Indiana rail plan survey

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is accepting public comments 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.

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

Cross-Wind UMC holds Grief Share meetings

Grief Share grief recovery seminar & support group meets at Cross-Wind United Methodist Church on Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. The program runs through Dec. 1. The church is located at 616 Indiana 25.

Grief Share features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal?,”“The Challenges of Grief,”

“Grief & Your Relationships,” “Why, and “Guilt & Anger” as well as others.

For more information, call Cross-Wind UMC at 574-753-4872 or Deb Rhodes at 574-721-4652. Website information is griefshare.org.

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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