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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

Metea Alumni meeting canceled

The Metea Baptist Church alumni event scheduled for May 8 has been canceled for this year.

Walton May Day Festival canceled

The Walton May Day Festival scheduled for May 16 has been canceled.

Church holding food pantry event

Trinity Episcopal Church, 319 7th St., will be holding their regular Wednesday Food Pantry on May 13 from 3-5 p.m. in the church parking lot. A free carryout chicken breast meal will be included for every participant, prepared by Shawnangigans Catering Service of Warsaw.

Church hosting loaves, fishes lunch

A loaves and fishes lunch sponsored by Crosswind United Methodist church will be held at Calvary Presbyterian church on Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Enter from Spencer Street then down to the lower parking lot for the drive-thru distribution of a carry-out meal.

Royal Center Pioneer Days canceled

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

Bulk, yard waste pickup suspended

Because of the increase in coronavirus positive numbers, Republic Services has decided not to resume the sale of the pre-paid bag and bulk $1 refuse stickers until further notice.

LCSC Meal locations and times

The Logansport Community School Corp. Food Service Team will distribute pre-packaged meals at two LCSC locations — Logansport High School Door 1 and the Columbia Elementary School bus entrance. Meals will be distributed between 10 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, May 12, and Tuesday, May 19.

Students will receive five breakfasts and five lunches at each meal distribution.

Meal service is open to all students 18 and younger, including non-LCSC students.

To ensure safety for both families and the LCSC staff, individuals will be required to get out of their vehicles to get meal bags. Meals are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For those who need food delivered due to being quarantined or if transportation is an obstacle, contact the Administration Building at 574-722-2911 for more information.

Walton fireworks and parade canceled

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

Election information updated

The Cass County Election Board has issued updated information on the 2020 primary election, which is now scheduled for June 2.

Confirm your registration status or register on or before May 4 by visiting www.indianavoters.com or call us at 574-753-7870.

Absentee ballots submitted by mail: Submit an application anytime on or before May 21.

Travel board: Submit an application anytime until June 1 at Noon.

Applications can be obtained at https://www.co.cass.in.us/departments/a-d/clerk/absentee-voting or by calling 574-753-7870.

More information will be updated on the courthouse voting and vote centers.

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.

Cass native’s memoir is out

Cass County native and web series developer/actor Leon Acord has fast-tracked his “non-famous actor’s Hollywood memoir” to be available as an e-book during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The paperback edition is still scheduled to come out in June.

The first third of the book is about growing up around and in Cass County, and the last chapter includes his return to Cass County and Indiana in July 2019 when his webseries “Old Dogs & New Tricks” was honored at the Indy Shorts’ Pride Stride film festival.

“Old Dogs & New Tricks” is available for viewing on Amazon Prime.

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.

Dykeman Park Municipal Golf Course has reopened.

Cass Transit suspends service

Due to the increasing strain on its employees and continuing COVID-19 restrictions, Cass Area Transit will be closed until further notice. The service will reopen as soon as any health threat to the community and its employees has ended.

Cass Democratic announce meeting changes

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.

Rose Society meetings scheduled

The Logansport Rose 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:

June 4: Logansport Public Library, butterflies and pollinators; 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.

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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