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.

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 2 to 8 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.

Events and information

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

Sept. 18. – Sept. 19

New Life United Methodist Church will have a rummage sale Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. a the church on the corner of U.S. 31 and 400 North. Proceeds will go to missions.

Sept. 22

The Peru Community Schools Board of School Trustees will convene an executive session at 5 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the administrative center on West Third Street. There will be a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. and a public meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 23

The Miami County Health Department is offering adult flu vaccines to individuals 18 and over on Sept. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at its location at 35 Court Street. The clinic is paid with help from a grant from the Dukes Healthcare Foundation. Please bring a donation of canned goods or paper products for Miami County Helping Hands and Macy Food Bank. For more information call 765-472-3901 ext. 1216

The Maconaquah Board of School Trustees will conduct a regular meeting and public hearing on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Social distancing and masks required.

Sept. 26

Garden Gate Greenhouse is hosting the annual Build-a-Scarecrow fundraiser for Harvesting Capabilities on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $25 visitors are able to build their own scarecrow with provided materials.

Alpha Mu Chapter is sponsoring a Nelson Port a Pit drive-thru pick up on Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church at 102 W. Main Street in Peru. The cost is $7 for a half a chicken and $4 for the potatoes. You can get the tickets ahead by calling 765-469-1345.

Sept. 28

The Miami County Democratic Party will meet Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in Pavilion 1 at Maconaquah Park. For more information, contact Charles Wagner at 765-473-4771.

Oct. 6

The Miami County Health Department will offer adult flu vaccines on Oct. 6 in a drive-thru at the Miami County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please bring canned goods, paper goods or give a monetary donation to Miami County Helping Hands. Donations to be shared by Miami County Helping Hands and Macy Food Bank.

Oct. 11 – Oct. 18

The Mt. Hope fall clean up period will take place between Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 between dawn and dusk.

Miami 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.

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