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Sheriff’s office looking for merit deputy

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of merit deputy. The application process is open through 4 p.m. Sept. 24. Applications can be found at www.co.cass.in.us/resources/employment, or at the sheriff’s office at 100 Court Park in Logansport. The process will include a background investigation, polygraph, written aptitude test, physical agility test and an interview with the department’s Merit Board. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma, have an Indiana driver’s license and corrected vision of at least 20/30 in each eye.

Hambones presenting car show Saturday

The Hambones 5th Annual Car Show, hosted by O’Reilly Auto Parts, will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 2545 E. Market St.

Registration will be from 9 a.m. until noon with an entry fee of $15.

The show will be from noon until 3 p.m., judging will start at 11 a.m. with awards handed out at 3:30 p.m.

Awards will include the following: Top 20 (1989 and older); Top 5 (1990 to present); Top 2 Motorcycles; Top 3 Special Interest (Tuner. Rat Rod, Custom); Best of Show; and, People’s Choice.

Dash plaques will be given to the first 75 registered. There will be door prizes handed out.

For more information, contact Stuart at (574) 516-5575. Rain date will be Oct. 3.

LMH Foundation 5K deadline Friday

Friday, Sept. 18, is the last day to register for the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Virtual River Bluff 5K Run and Walk and guarantee a shirt.

This year, the group is going virtual to follow social distancing guidelines. The Virtual 5K kicks off Saturday, Oct. 3, and runs until Friday, Oct. 9.

This annual event, sponsored by the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation, promotes Breast Cancer Awareness and raises funds for the benefit of local Cass County women through the Foundation’s Breast Screening Fund. All revenue from this event is used to provide free screening mammograms to uninsured/underinsured women in Logansport and Cass County.

Participants are asked to share their 5K selfies by tagging Logansport Memorial Hospital and using the hashtags #VirtuallyRunningForACure #RBR2020.

You can register online at www.logansportmemorial.org/RiverBluffRun/. For more information, call Kaitlyn Shidler at (574) 753-1573 or visit the website.

Free COVID-19 testing for Hoosiers

The Cass Heath Department offers free COVID-19 testing from 7:45 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and 12 p.m. 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. Walk-ins will be welcome, but to avoid waiting in line, individuals can register for an appointment by visiting https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/.

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.

Past due tax bills going out

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is starting to send tax bills that were delayed earlier this year due to tax filing and payment extensions related to COVID-19. Bills for individuals who owe taxes, will begin reaching mailboxes this week and continue to be sent through December 2020.

Individuals can pay their bill in full online through DORpay at dor.in.gov using Visa, MasterCard or e-check. Payments can be scheduled for a future date.

Individuals that cannot pay their bill in full and owe $100 or more can set up a payment plan through INtax Pay at in.gov.

Corporate and business customers can pay their bills in full online or set up a payment plan through INTIME at dor.in.gov.

Payments can also be mailed to DOR directly. Customers must include the taxpayer(s) name(s), Social Security number(s) and tax year on the check. Individual income tax bill payments can be mailed to:

Indiana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 7224, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7224

Corinth Brethren Church hosting breakfast on Saturday

The Corinth Brethren Church will be sponsoring a Community Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Twelve Mile Community Building.

Fried mush, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes, smoked sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit cups, pastries, and beverages will be served.

The proceeds will benefit missions outreach.

LWA unemployment benefits to be paid beginning week of Sept. 21

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development [DWD] will begin making Lost Wages Assistance [LWA] payments to eligible claimants beginning the week of Monday, Sept. 21.

LWA is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] to provide $300 per week to supplement unemployment benefits for those who have an unemployment benefit amount of at least $100 and are out of work due to COVID-19.

LWA funding will only cover the six-week period from the week ending Aug. 1 to the week ending Sept. 5. No LWA funding will be available to states beyond that time period.

Indiana will make payments the week of Sept. 21, covering the period of Aug. 1 to Sept. 5, for those eligible. For those claimants with issues holding payment, DWD will make payments, pending funding availability, once eligibility is established.

Since March 8, DWD has paid a total of $4.9 billion to nearly 670,000 Hoosiers.

Annual airport open house cancelled

The Cass County Airport annual open house, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association club, has been canceled on this year’s planned Sept. 26 date due to COVID-19.

Miami prison has new staff development center

With 5,000 square feet of training space, Miami Correctional Facility [MCF] recently increased its ability to train from 55 students to more than 150 students at a time.

MCF serves as the hub for the North Central Training Region. Staff from MCF and Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility also train their new employees at the upgraded training facility. Other regional training programs held at MCF include Women in Leadership, Basic Supervisory Skills for Custody Staff, DOC Supervisory, Oder in the Court, and From Correctional Fatigue to Fulfillment.

The new space allows for separate break areas, four classrooms (increased by two over the previous training building), and a computer lab. It also contains office space for each of the trainers and administrative staff.

The former training building was a part of the former Grissom Air Force Base and is the site of the facilitys current shooting range. MCF Warden William Hyatte welcomed several staff, including executive directors, wardens and facility staff to the open house in celebration of the new building.

For information on jobs, call or email Recruitment and Retention Coordinator David Wence during business hours at 765-593-1021 or DWence@idoc.in.gov.

Red Cross asks for blood donations

The Red Cross is asking for blood donations. All blood types are needed to ensure that the right blood product is available at the right time for all patients.

Donate blood by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Following are upcoming blood donation opportunities:

  • Carroll County

Flora

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 24, Flora United Methodist Church, 107 E. Main St.

  • Cass County

Logansport

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 27, Revolution Community Church, 3324 E. Market St.

3-7 p.m., Sept. 28, Elks Lodge 66, 1100 N. 3rd St.

Royal Center

2-7 p.m. Sept. 28, Royal Center United Methodist Church, 204 S. Market

  • Fulton County

Fulton

9/30/2020: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30, Caston Elementary School, Indiana 25

Rochester

1-6 p.m. Sept. 17, Fulton County Library, 320 W. 7th St.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22, St. Joseph Parish Hall, 1310 Main St.

  • Pulaski County

Winamac

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Knights of Columbus, 340 E. 50 N.

Light Up Logansport seeking volunteers

The Light Up Logansport Parade is seeking volunteers to assist with the planning and organizing of this year’s celebration to be held on Friday, Nov. 27. Volunteers are needed in many different roles such as logistics, safety, entries, float building, music, fundraising etc. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to give some time to make another great holiday memory. Call 574-753-2551 to sign up, The next meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Cass County Community Foundation, 729 E. Market St.

Farmers reminded to update Price Loss Coverage

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is September 30, 2020, to update yields, which are used to calculate the PLC payments for 2020 through 2023. Additionally, producers who elected Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) should also consider updating their yields.

“The last time farmers could update yields for these important safety-net programs was in 2014,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “It is the farm owner’s choice whether to update or keep existing yields. So, if you rent, you’ll need to communicate with your landlord who will be the one to sign off on the yield updates.”

Updating yields requires the signature of one owner on a farm and not all owners. If a yield update is not made, no action is required to maintain the existing base crop yield on file with FSA.

For program payments, updated yields will apply beginning with the 2020 crop year which, should payments trigger, will be paid out in October of 2021.

For more information, reference resources, and decision tools, visit farmers.gov/arc-plc. Contact your local FSA county office for assistance at farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

Lucerne Fire Dept. hog roast canceled

The annual Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department Hog Roast will not happen this year.

The department cancelled the event, which usually happens on the third Saturday in September.

“From the safety of preparation of food, to serving it, to attending families and our communities, we feel with the guidelines in place by health departments (state & local) and government authorities, we would not be able to have a safe and enjoyable evening event due to the Covid-19 virus,” according to the official announcement.

The organizers apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation causes for loyal patrons.

For those who want to continue to support the fire department, its members accept and appreciate all donations. Please send them to: Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1421 W. Indiana 16, Lucerne, Indiana 46950.

“Throughout this pandemic we have responded to emergency needs in our area. In the future, we will continue to respond to emergencies dispatched to us from Cass County Central Dispatch,”

Galveston Cemetery to undergo cleanup

The Galveston Cemetery Association is asking that any wanted decorations be removed by Sept. 15. Cleanup will be held from Sept. 16-30, weather permitting. New decorations should not be placed until Oct. 1. The association asks that decorations only be placed on the east side of monuments.

Coin & Collectible Show slated for Sept. 20The Kokomo Coin & Collectible Show will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Ind. 931, Kokomo.

Admission and parking are free for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

According to the Logansport Coin Club, coin dealers will be buying and selling U.S. and world coins. An exhibit of U.S. quarters dating from the 1800s to present day will be on display.

Finance Committee meeting Sept. 21There will be a Finance Committee Meeting Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Logansport Municipal Utilities Board Room. Topics of discussion include the City 2021 Budget and any other topic that may arise. As the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions have been modified, this meeting will be held online, in person, and open to the public as we continue to follow the safe distancing guidelines. Masks must be worn in the City Building.

Census deadline this month

Sept. 30 is the last day to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census. The census population count determines how many federal representatives Indiana will receive in Congress for the next 10 years, as well as how much federal funding our community will receive for roads, schools, housing and important social programs.

People can complete the questionnaire sent to by mail or can complete it online at my2020census.gov.

Those going online will need to provide the 12 digit Census ID, which should have come in the mail with the paper questionnaire.

Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free 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.To learn more and sign up to host a blood drive this fall and winter, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Program to benefit vets to be held Sept. 19

“The Case of the Missing Horse is a Mystery/Scavenger Hunt” presented at Lake Manitou in Rochester as a benefit for veterans. Teams enter and travel by boat or vehicle to search around the lake to find clues which will help solve the mystery of “Who Stole Mr. McGregor’s Prize Race Horse?”

From 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in partnership with VFW post 1343, Moose Lodge 1107, and Veterans Kitchens, and sponsored by COHEE Family Dentistry and American Veterans Radio, Mayhem 4 Hire will combine mystery and sleuthing in a fun activity that still practices COVID-19 precautions. After the search, teams may gather at the Moose Lodge for the live conclusion of the mystery or watch it on live streaming. The mystery will be followed by available food service at the Moose and the evening will conclude with music by Blue Skidoo.

All proceeds go to the Veterans at the VFW. Veterans Kitchens will be offering picnic baskets for purchase at the VFW before the Mystery Search begins. All money goes to the development of their program at the VFW. Many items offered by generous individuals and businesses will also be raffled at the Moose after the conclusion of the mystery.

Tickets are $50 per team includes the mystery/scavenger hunt, a chance to win many prizes, including a $500 Visa card, live music and a specially created dessert given to each team, compliments of Veterans Kitchens. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mayhem4hire.com , or on Facebook at Mayhem 4 Hire. For questions or more information, call 765-860-1485.

County Pickers coming to Legion Sept. 25

The Country Pickers will be coming to the American Legion Post #60, 828 Burlington Ave., Logansport from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

This event is open to the public and will be held in the dining room due to restrictions. There will be a cash bar, snacks, raffles and more.

For more information, call 574-753-8620.

Kiwanis golf outing for drug awareness

The Logansport Noon Kiwanis Club is hosting the third Annual Golf for Drug Awareness, Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Logansport Golf Club. Lunch and registration begins at 11 a.m. with tee off at 12 p.m.

The event helps fund programs to reach the children of Logansport and Cass County via drug education, to prevent drug use and to help the child victims of drug abuse in families.

For a $10 donation, participants can launch a golf ball up to 400 yards on hole number 14. Ball drop tickets are $10 each for a 1/300 chance for a $500 first prize for closest to the pin, and $250 for second closest. Ball drop will be at 1 p.m., and you need not be present to win. Hole-in-one opportunities too! Other prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, etc.

For more information, contact Tom Nelson, 765-404-4111, or by email tknelson80@gmail.com.

Annual Wheatland Avenue UMC rummage sale

The Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church will host its annual fall rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Homemade noodles will be available, but there will not be a bake sale. All items are 10 cents after noon. No early birds please.

Wheatland Avenue UMC is located at 440 Wheatland Ave. (the corner of Wheatland and Barron Street) Masks are recommended. Hand sanitizer will be available. Watch the classifieds that week for a more detailed list of items for sale.

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.

5K River Bluff Run will be virtual event

This year’s River Bluff Fun Run and Walk will he be held virtually in order to follow social distancing guidelines. The Virtual 5K will kick off Saturday, Oct. 3 and will be open until Friday, Oct. 9. Participants can use the River Bluff Trail, 800 Michigan Ave., Logansport, where they will see signs of encouragement line the path, or they can complete their 5K on their own route.

Registration and shirt fees are $15 for an individual, sizes small to X-large, and $20 for sizes 2X and up. To guarantee your shirt you must be registered by Friday, Sept. 18. Shirts will be available for pick up in the Circle Drive of Logansport Memorial Hospital from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and 1:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1,

This annual event, sponsored by the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation, promotes Breast Cancer Awareness and raises funds for the benefit of local Cass County women through the Foundation’s Breast Screening Fund. All revenue from this event is used to provide free screening mammograms to uninsured/underinsured women in Logansport and Cass County.

Register online at Logansportmemorial.org/RiverBluffRun/. For more information, call Kaitlyn Shidler at 574)-753-1573 or email kshidler@logansportmemorial.org.

Candidate information for November

The League of Women Voters of Cass County invites the Cass County community to go to VOTE411.org for nonpartisan Cass County candidate information for the upcoming November elections. All candidates were invited to answer questions concerning their positions on issues and qualifications for the offices they are running for. Their answers were then entered into the site where they can be seen by the public. This is however, the first time Cass County League of Women Voters has participated.

Road construction roundup

  • Ind. 49 is closed between 400 N and 550 N through late September for a bridge deck overlay project on the bridge over Davisson Ditch.
  • There is 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.
  • Lane closures on U.S. 31 between Indiana 25 and W 1500 N began Aug. 31 and should run through early November. U.S. 31 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for patching and resurfacing in this area. Lane closures will alternate so drivers should be prepared for changing traffic patterns.
  • Drivers will notice paving work on three Cass County roads, beginning after Labor Day. Work on the community crossing-funded projects was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with milling on Old Indiana 25 between Cicott Street and the Hoosier Heartland, followed by paving. By the end of the week of Sept. 6, work is expected to start on CR 200N between 300E and 450E, and will then move to CR 600E between Logansport Road and 150N. The public might encounter work being done on more than one road at once. The affected roads will remain open to traffic, but drivers should prepare for flaggers and possible delays. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be substantially complete by the end of the month.
  • The shoulders on U.S. 421 over Hill Ditch (between Francesville and Monon) will be closed starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, to repair and replace joints on the bridge structure. Wide loads are limited to 12 feet in width. The shoulders will be closed for approximately one month while bridge work is completed.
  • Indiana 25 between C.R. 500 S and C.R. 400 S (Fulton to Rochester) will be closed starting Tuesday, Sept. 14 to rehabilitate the bridge over Mud Creek. The road will be closed through early October 2020. Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow Indiana 16, U.S. 35 and Indiana 14.
  • Indiana 17 between C.R. W 950 S and C.R. W 900 S will be closed beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 for a bridge rehabilitation project on the bridge over Grassy Creek. The road is expected to reopen in early-November 2020. Drivers should seek an alternate route.
  • A shorter detour than the previously planned one will follow Indiana 114, Indiana 17 and Indiana 14.
  • Indiana 25 between C.R. E 575 N and C.R. N 500 E will close beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. The road will be closed through late October, 2020 for a small pipe structure replacement. Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow U.S. 31 and Indiana 110.

Dam Removal Project focus of two public meetingsThe public will have two opportunities to be heard and provide input concerning the proposed 10th Street Dam Removal Project. The topic will be presented during the next two Logansport Municipal Utilities service board meetings: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Both meetings will be held in the LMU Board Room of the third floor of the City Building.

Current information and answers to questions on the Eel River Dam Studies will be presented by Dr. Jerry Sweeten of Ecosystem Connections Institute.

For questions or concerns, call the LMU office at 753-6232.

Purdue online agronomy courses 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: https://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.”

Pulled pork dinner

Weekday Religious Education will host a pulled pork dinner (take-outs only) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (or until sold out) on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Walton Christian Church, 101 W. Bridge St., Walton. The drive-thru meals include pulled pork and a bun, coleslaw, applesauce, a cookie and a bottle of water. Dinners may be purchased on site for $10 each.

Your support at this pulled pork dinner helps provide the WRE program to the third and fourth grade students at Caston, Lewis Cass and Pioneer Elementary Schools and adults at PEAK Community Services Inc.

Contact Steve Farrer (574-702-3484) or Joyce Leach (574-870-1640) if you have questions.

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.

Museum openedThe 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.

Clarifications about COVID-19 testing in Cass County

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Cass County, Logansport Memorial Hospital and the Cass County Health Department (CCHD) want to ensure that the COVID-19 testing process is clear for local residents.

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

At the hospital:

• First call your primary care provider and describe your symptoms.

• Depending on availability, your primary care provider may send you to Express Medical Center instead of seeing you.

• You must have symptoms and 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, it is only available from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Express Medical Center. No appointment is necessary.

At the Cass County Health Department:

• Testing is from 7:45 a.m.–2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, subject to change based on community need.

• The Health Department will offer COVID-19 testing for anyone who wants to be tested with no requirements. People can be tested if needed for work, to return to school, if they believe they’ve been exposed or for any other reason.

• Call ahead at 574-355-8754 to make an appointment, a direct line to the testing location staff.

• Testing from the health department will be performed at the former Logansport Regional Cancer Center building, located at 1616 Smith St. across from Huston Park.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Peru Community Schools Fine Art Gallery open

The PCS Fine Art Gallery located in Peru High School, 401 N. Broadway, Peru, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Oct. 2. The gallery will be closed for fall break from Oct. 3-11. It will reopen Oct. 12 and the hours will change to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The PCS Fine Art Gallery follows the school calendar and will be closed when school is not is session due to weather and holidays.

Currently on display is a “Women Artists of the Suffrage Era” on loan from the Richmond Art Museum which showcases portraits, landscapes and florals of female artists from the turn of the century to 1930. Also, on display at this time is artwork from its permanent collection and Underwood and Underwood historic stereo views.

For additional showings or viewings, contact Alexandria Blong at 765-475-2425 or ablong@peru.k12.in.us for availability.

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