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 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

June 3

The Amboy Friends Church will host a Food Finders mobile pantry at 11 a.m. on June 3 at 110 E Pennsylvania in Amboy.

For more information about this Mobile Pantry distribution, please contact Alex Buckles at 765-471-0062 ext. 208 or

June 4

The Loree Brethren Church will host a chicken noodle dinner on June 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 8483 S. Strawtown Pike. Carry-out only.

June 12-13

June Community Garage Sales will happen this year. The sales will be June 12 and 13. Participants are asked to respect social distancing, and face masks are encouraged. Hand sanitizer should be made available for customers and customers are asked to touch only what they plan on purchasing. To sign up for the community garage sales please call the Miami County Chamber of Commerce at 765-472-1923.

June 17

Parkview Methodist Church will host a mobile food pantry on June 17 at 1785 State Road 19. Distribution begins at 11 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

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