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

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.

COVID-19 testing is also now available through the Miami County Department of Health in partnership with Dukes Hospital. Testing is available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 can be tested with parental consent. The site at the Boulevard entrance of Dukes Hospital is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions about the site call the county health department at 765-472-3901 ext. 1228. To register for testing visit https://scheduling.corona virus.in.gov.

Events and information

United Way accepting grant applications

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.

Feb. 22

The Peru Community Schools School Board will convene an executive session at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the administrative center on West Third Street. A public session will begin at 6:30 p.m. This meeting replaces the Feb. 16 meeting that was cancelled because of winter weather.

Feb. 23

The North Miami School Board will convene a regular meeting on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the district’s office building. This meeting replaces the Feb. 16 meeting that was cancelled because of winter weather.

Feb. 24

Eastpointe Bible Church will host a mobile food pantry on Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at 1540 E Paw Paw Pike.

The Maconaquah Board of School Trustees will convene a regular school board meeting on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Maconaquah High School auditorium. The meeting is subject to change if county COVID-19 metrics dictate. If held virtually a link will be provided on the school website.

Feb. 27

The Miami County 4-H Council will host the 48th annual Pancake and Whole Hog Sausage Day on Feb. 27 at the county fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s event will be drive-thru only. Bulk meat sales available. Tickets are $5. For more information call 765-472-1921.

March 4

Loree Brethren Church will host a free chicken-noodle dinner on March 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Drive-thru, carry-out only. For questions, contact Marlene Dunn 765-473-7980.

March 6

The Richvalley Lions Club will host its tenderloin day on March 6 from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. (or until supplies run out). Drive-thru service only this year. No all-you-can-eat service. Cash or check only. Meal service includes box of two breaded tenderloins with baked potato, apple sauce, sour cream and butter. Meat-only box with three pieces of tenderloin also available. Price is $10 per box. Follow signs for drive-thru. Enter on McClellen Street, turn right on Jefferson, pick up on Mill Street and exit onto Bridge Street.

March 13

The Peru Circus Band will host its spaghetti supper fundraiser on March 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. Drive-thru at the Peru Maennerchor. Spaghetti, meat sauce, garlic bread and garden salad $7. Children under 6 free.

March 20

The Peru Rotary Club is now accepting applications for the 2021 Opal and Clifford Arnholt Scholarship. This year, the scholarship will be awarded to two winners, each of whom will receive a one-time award of $2,000. To be eligible to win, an applicant must be a graduating senior at Maconaquah High School, North Miami High School, or Peru High School who will be pursuing higher education during the 2021-2022 school year. Additionally, applicants may not be related by blood or marriage to a current Rotarian.

Applications may be obtained from the guidance offices at Maconaquah High School, North Miami High School, or Peru High School and must be emailed to the Arnholt Scholarship Committee at perurotary club@yahoo.com on or before March 20.

March 24

North Miami will host a preschool and kindergarten roundup on March 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the elementary school. North Miami Little Warriors Preschool is open to all students who are at least 3 years old by Aug. 1 and are potty trained. North Miami kindergarten is open to all students who are 5 by Aug. 1. At roundup parents will complete enrollment paperwork, hand in their child’s birth certificate and shot records, and sign up for the August screening appointment as well as enter a back-to-school basket giveaway. Students will be able to see a classroom, do a craft, receive a free book and take a bus ride around the campus. Those with questions concerning roundup, please contact the elementary office at 765-985-2251 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 26

Effective March 22, the Housing Authority of the City of Peru on behalf of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Waiting List for Cass County (excludes within the city limits of Logansport), Grant County (excludes within the city limits of Marion), Howard County (excludes within the city limits of Kokomo) and Miami County. The application portal for Miami County can be found at https://www.wait listcheck.com/IN1806-2500 and will be available from March 22, 2021 at 8 a.m. until March 26 at 4 p.m.

March 31

Parkview United Methodist Church will host a mobile food pantry on March 31 at 11 a.m. at 1785 Indiana State Road 19.

April 1

The Miami County Extension Homemakers are giving two $250 scholarships. The scholarships are available to any graduating high school senior or student who is enrolled in his or her freshmen year of college. The applicant must be a child, grandchild or great-grandchild of a current Miami County Extension Homemaker who has lived in Indiana for the immediate past year. Applications are available in the guidance departments of any of the three Miami County schools or at the extension office at the fairground. For more information, call Diane Robison for any 765-452-4192. Deadline to submit is April 1.

Miami County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for four $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to county high school seniors. All applications must be submitted online this year. The application deadline is April 1. Miami County applications will be judged out of county using the following criteria: financial need of the student, involvement and leadership in all activities, and determination to succeed in the student’s chosen field.

Indiana Farm Bureau offers many scholarships opportunities to students across Indiana. This year’s scholarship will open on Jan. 1 and can be accessed at https://www.infarm bureau.org/scholarships.

Those with questions can contact Becca Bonnell at bbonnell@infb.org or 317-692-7820.

Eligible applicants must:

Be the child of an Indiana Farm Bureau member or a student member and remain such while the scholarship is in force.

Be a high school senior accepted in an approved/accredited college or university: OR be a full time student attending an approved/accredited college or university.

Complete application including attachments. Applicant is NOT eligible if he/she is the child of: an Indiana Farm Bureau employee, an Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance employee, a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau Board of Directors, or a member of the Indiana State Women’s Leadership Committee.

Ongoing

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.

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