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Circus Hall of Fame opens today

The Circus Hall of Fame reopens to the public today after months of being closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We will be offering full tours of this historic property at the top of every hour, plus have the famous circus concessions stand available with cotton candy, sno-cones, popcorn and drinks available for purchase that day,” a news release from the Hall of Fame said.

That will be the first bit of activity that the property on Peru Circus Lane just off State Road 124 has seen since businesses were forced to close down in March because of the ongoing health crisis. Museums were only recently allowed to reopen as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan.

The pandemic also prompted the postponement of an annual work week at the property that sees volunteers turn out for maintenance projects on the aging barns.

That effort has been moved to a two-week period starting July 13.

“Friends, fans and Board members will be coming from all over the country for an opportunity to volunteer to clean, paint, change and improve the Circus Hall of Fame,” the release said. “Anyone can come help.”

The period will also include a fundraising auction on July 17 and an arts and crafts show for July 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those events are meant to help raise money for a re-roofing project at the property aimed at preserving the two historic barns that were once the winter quarters for various circuses.

Money for that project – $40,000 – has already been set aside by the Indiana Department of Transportation as part of historic preservation efforts surrounding the impending loss of the Terrell Jacobs Circus barns along U.S. 31 near the Indiana 218 West interchange that INDOT owns.

“But we have to try to come up with $40,000 to match it and we are having a devil of time,” Bob Cline, the Circus Hall of Fame’s historian and treasurer, told the Tribune in April.

The economic downturn associated with the pandemic isn’t expected to improve prospects, which Cline said worries him because it is his understanding that the matching funds on offer from INDOT won’t be there indefinitely.

“If we don’t come up with the money it’s not going to be good,” he said.

For more information about the coming events or how to get involved with various projects at the Hall of Fame, visit www.visit. circushalloffame.com.

Grissom FD helps with tanker fire

There’s nothing like a 75-foot tornado of fire coming from a fuel tanker truck to make an incident commander look for mutual aid options.

That was the scenario June 19, when the Kokomo Fire Department came upon a tanker truck fire on U.S. 31 North in Kokomo.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. that night a semi-trailer carrying gasoline caught fire when the trailer brakes locked up. The driver called 911 and Kokomo first responders arrived on scene to see the fire had spread from the brakes to the trailer filled with gasoline.

Kokomo’s incident commander then requested mutual aid from the Grissom Fire Department.

“Mutual aid was requested from Grissom due to our resources, including aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles with foam capability,” said John Ireland, Grissom Fire Chief.

Grissom responded to the request with six firefighters and three vehicles, Crash 3 and Tanker 10 – both heavily equipped fire trucks designed to combat a variety of scenarios including an aircraft incident – and a command vehicle.

“The tanker was leaking fuel onto the roadway with streams of fire going in different directions on both sides of the tanker,” said Jason Cahill, Grissom firefighter.

With Cahill and John Denham working the bumper and roof turrets Grissom was able to suppress both of the running fuel fires with a foam and water mixture.

“One of the challenges we faced was the location of the incident,” Cahill said. “We didn’t have access to a continuous water supply.”

Crash 3 made an extensive initial attack with 1,500 gallons mixed with the foam concentrate, while Tanker 10 came behind and resupplied Crash 3 with an additional 4,000 gallons of water.

Once all the water on site was used, Howard County Water Tanker Task Force, established a water shuttle to help keep Crash 3 stay on the attack.

With the running fuel lines extinguished, Crash 3 switched its attack to focus on the tanker trailer itself to extinguish the source of the fire.

“We were able to knock down the ‘seat’ of the fire in a relatively short period of time,” Cahill said.

With the fires knocked down, a waiting game began.

“We had to ensure that the foam blanket we put down was enough to contain fuel vapors from re-igniting from the heat that remained in the burned materials,” Cahill said.

Battling the blaze, Grissom used approximately 5,000 gallons of water with a mixture of 130 gallons of aqueous film forming foam.

After waiting until things cooled down, Grissom fire was released from the scene and it was turned over to the Indiana Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for proper decontamination and restoration of the area.

“Events like this are why mutual aid agreements are very important to each department,” Ireland said. “They allow federal fire departments such as Grissom to use resources and manning of installation personnel and equipment. Emergencies like this one are so large in scale that it takes multi-jurisdictional responses to mitigate them.”

Grissom’s fire department is manned at all times to ensure the safety and protection of the 434th Air Refueling Wing’s 16 KC-135R Stratotankers.

Mutual aid agreements not only help to serve the local community but also help keep Grissom firefighters trained.

“Responding off-base exposes our members to different types of emergencies that may not routinely happen on the installation,” Cahill added.

“Given the fuel load of a Stratotanker, in the tragic event of a KC-135 fire, the tactics used on this semi-truck tanker fire are nearly identical to the tactics that would be used in combatting an aircraft fire,” he said.

Death brings life in wake of tragedy

Katie Maynus was a giving person, her parents say.

Although Katie passed away recently, her caring spirit lives on. Although the car accident on June 20 rendered her brain dead, surgeons were able to donate her organs to others in need.

Katie’s mother Jami Maynus and her father David Maynus Jr. said they were devastated when she got home on June 23, but they remaining positive since she knows their daughter’s death will bring goodness to a tragic situation.

“I lay here knowing that Katie’s heart is beating in someone’s chest right now, pumping life throughout a body that was dying just earlier today,” she shared on Facebook Tuesday evening, giving the Chronicle-Tribune permission to share her story. “Her lungs are now filling up over and over in someone else’s body giving them the life sustaining oxygen they couldn’t get before. Her pancreas, both kidneys and liver are offering new life to people whose bodies were failing them just hours ago.”

Katie had graduated from Oak Hill just weeks before the accident at the intersection of Butler Avenue and Indiana 9, where INDOT officials say the stop sign Katie reportedly disregarded was partially obstructed by branches of a tree.

“Opening the graduation cards that came for her while we were gone was excruciating, but because of her, there may be someone who will be healthy enough to go to school to graduate now,” Jami shared.

Katie’s impact on the community can be seen across the region. In her hometown of Converse, a local car wash proudly displays the message “Pray for the (Maynuses)”. Even in Howard County, the community shows its support for the Maynus family. The Hydration Station, where Katie used to work, has had such high demand for memorial cups, called Katie Cups, that they have sold out every time they get a shipment in.

The cups change colors and come with a rainbow embellished on the side to honor Katie’s love for rainbows and joy.

Hospital staff said they could take a handprint from Katie using her favorite color of paint, so the family decided to use all of the colors since Katie loved them all so much.

“We spent some time today making handprints of my precious girl in the color of the rainbow,” Jami shared on Facebook. “And right now, as I type this, there is a beautiful rainbow over this hospital.”

Donations are being sent from across the U.S. from people Katie’s touched, and the family members said they are overwhelmed by all of the love and support coming from within and outside of Grant County.

“Our daughter was amazing, would never let you have a bad day and would always cheer you up. (She) was full of life,” David said. “Everyone loved her”

“We are so humbled and grateful and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from everyone,” Jami said. “If you ever needed ‘proof’ that we serve a living and loving God, take a look at me: breathing, walking, and still feeling the joy that is in my heart.”

She said messages from all the supporters have helped her realize that her death was not in vain.

“God would never ever have allowed Katie to be taken from us unless he already had plans for extraordinary and miraculous life to come out of it,” Jami said. “She was worth far too much for it to be any other outcome.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit the Maynus family. It can be found at: https://www. gofundme.com/f/ maynus-family.

David said the public is welcome to attend her funeral.

The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Sunnycrest Baptist Church, 2172 W. Chapel Pike, Marion, IN.

Immediately following the time of visitation, a service to celebrate Katie’s life will begin at 1 p.m. A burial will take place at Mississinewa Memorial Cemetery.

Her full obituary can be viewed by going to nswcares.com and searching Katie Maynus. The full link is https://www.nswcares.com/obituaries /Katelynn-Jo-Maynus? obId=15263417#/ celebrationWall.

Community Information

To help keep residents informed during the ongoing health emergency, this section is continuing to evolve.

Though many events have been canceled, some, like mobile food pantries and blood drives, will continue to take place. The top portion of this section will list such events and be updated daily. Cancellations and closures of various events, agencies and public buildings will be listed below those items.

Testing available

The state of Indiana, in a partnership with OptumServe Health, has opened a coronavirus testing site at the Indiana National Guard armory at 77 German St. in Peru. Individuals who are symptomatic or COVID-19 or close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients are eligible for testing. Residents will not be charged for testing and insurance is not required, but those with insurance are asked to bring information with them. For more information or to schedule a test, visit lhi.care/covid testing or call 888-634-1116.

Events and information

The Peru Public Library has reopened to the public with social distancing guidelines and other precautions in place.

The United Way of Miami County is now accepting grant applications for money from a coronavirus relief fund made possible by the Lilly Endowment. Money from the $225,000 dollar fund is expected to paid out in three phases – for immediate relief to longterm recovery – and is targeted to help “human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.” To apply, visit the local United Way website at www. uwmiamip.org.

June 28

Amboy Friends Church will host a free meal on June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 110 E. Pennsylvania in Amboy. Drive thru service only.

June 30

The Dukes Health Care Foundation of Miami County is accepting grant applications from organizations “that promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Miami County.” The deadline to apply is June 30. Application packets for tax-exempt organizations can be picked up at the Miami County Chamber of Commerce office at 13 E. Main St. Those with questions should contact John Claxton at 765-473-7189.

The North Miami School Board will convene a special meeting on June 30 at 7 p.m. at Central Office.

July 1

East Pointe Bible Church will host a mobile food pantry on July 1 at 11 a.m. at 1540 E. Paw Paw Pike.

July 2

The Loree Brethren Church will host a chicken noodle dinner on July 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 8483 South Strawtown Pike. Donations are welcome.

July 7

The Miami County Board of Health will meet for its quarterly meeting on July 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the GAR Room at the Miami County courthouse. For more information contact Diana Vigar at 765-472-3901 ext. 1228.

July 18

The Miami County Health Department will begin offering walk-in vaccinations for children ages 5 to 18 on July 18. Only those with Medicaid or without private insurance are eligible. Vaccinations will be available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Health Department is located at 35 Court Street. For more information, call 765-472-3901 ext. 1216.

The Miami County YMCA will host a “Family Water Games” event on July 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eck Park (corner of Hoover and Ruth). The event is free and will feature water balloon games, slip and slides and water soakers. For more information contact Cassie Korba 765-472-1979.

July 25

The fifth annual Sara’s Run for the Rocks, 5K fun run and walk, will be held July 25. Race begins at 9 a.m. near the Anytime Fitness just off the Nickel Plate Trail. Packet pickup and registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt. For more information call Lori Herrell at 574-298-4385 or email loriherrell71@gmail.com.

County reminds residents to update dog tags

Dog tags are available at the Miami County Courthouse, Room 107, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The fee is $5 per dog.

Residents can also mail payment to Miami County Courthouse, 25 N. Broadway, Room 107, Peru, IN 46970. They are asked to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and tags will be mailed along with a receipt. Please make checks payable to Miami County Treasurer.

For questions, call 765-472-3901 Ext. 1860.

City announces new contact for dog tags

Peru residents looking to renew or purchase dog tags need to contact Peru Animal Care and Control at 765-470-2410 or at the office located at 75 German Street. The animal control officer is available between the hours of 8 a.m and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

North Miami preschool and kindergarten registration opens

North Miami Community Schools is currently accepting online applications for both Little Warriors Preschool and kindergarten.

Little Warriors Preschool is certified through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Child Care Developmental Fund and is Paths to Quality Level 3 Certified.

The school offers both full-day and half-day options. Half-day preschool is open to all 3-and 4-year-olds, and the full-day preschool is open to all 4-year-olds. Children must be 3 or 4 no later than Aug.1 of the current school year to enroll. Preschool is every Monday through Thursday, and tuition is and $35 per week for half-day or $60 per week for full-day.

The elementary is also registering students for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration for both programs can be found on the North Miami Elementary School site under “PK/K Registration Information.”

For questions, please contact the elementary school at 765-985-2155 on Monday or Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.