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

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

Psi Iota Xi taking orders for annual cheeseball fundraiser

Psi Iota Xi, a philanthropic sorority is taking orders for the holiday cheeseballs offer annually. The cost is $8 each. Sorority members make two varieties, one with nuts on the outside and one without and sell them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Orders for Thanksgiving are due by Oct. 23. Christmas orders need to be placed by Nov. 13. To place an order, contact any Psi Iota Xi member or call Jeri Monroe at 765-327-1182. Proceeds support many local projects including scholarships awarded to Miami County students planning to major in Speech and Hearing as well at the local summer speech clinic and the new YMCA.

Oct. 17

The Peru Lions Club will host a “Tenderlion Day” on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Old Firehouse at Main and Miami streets. The event replaces the club’s bi-annual fundraising efforts. Sandwiches will be sold for $6 and distributed by drive-thru only. Service will continue through 7 p.m. or until supplies run out. For more information, contact Dave Frushour at 765-473-3626.

Oct. 18

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

The Peru Utilities Service Board will convene a regular meeting on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Those wishing to watch or speak at the meeting can do using the link: The meeting ID is 973 1774 8924.

Oct. 20

The Peru Community Schools Board of School Trustees will convene an executive session at 5 p.m. in the junior high school. A budget adoption hearing will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a 6:15 p.m. public hearing on financing for an upcoming project. A regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 21

The Maconaquah Board of School Trustees will convene a regular school board meeting on Oct. 21at 6 p.m. in the Maconaquah High School auditorium. Social distancing will be practiced and masks are required.

Oct. 22

The Miami County Health Department will offer free flu shots on Oct. 22 during a walk-in clinic between 8 a.m. and noon and between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Adults 18 and over are free but are asked to bring a canned goods or paper product donation for area food banks. Children between 6 months and 18 years old can also be vaccinated at this time (some eligibility requirements apply). For more information call 765-472-2145.

Oct. 23

Alpha Mu sorority is selling dinner rolls as a fundraiser for the Christmas season. A dozen frozen rolls and one three-ounce cinnamon honey butter are $6. An additional eight-ounce cinnamon honey butter is available for $2. Order and payment deadline is Oct. 23. Delivery is Dec. 4. If interested, please call Linda at 765-438-5627.

Oct. 23-25

The Grissom Air Museum a “fall fest” Oct. 23, 24 and 25 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The event will include a “scarecrow walk” and decoration contest, hayride with “spooky storyteller” and a bonfire. Admission is $3 for adult and $2 for children. Food available at the bonfire for an additional charge.

Oct. 26

The Miami County Democratic party will hold its monthly meeting on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the former United Methodist Church building at 170 West Harrison in Denver. For more information call Charles Wagner at 765-473-4771.

Oct. 28

St. Charles Catholic Church will host a mobile food pantry on Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at 80 W. 5th St. in Peru. The event will be a drive thru distribution and those attending are asked to stay in their vehicles and not arrive before 10:30.

Oct. 31

Parkview Methodist Church will host a drive-thru fall fest on Oct. 31 as a “safe alternative” to trick or treating. The event at 1785 S. State Road 19 runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information call 765-473-5526.

Nov. 10

Main Street United Methodist Church will host its annual chicken and noodle dinner on Nov. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 81 West Main St. in Peru. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. Drive-thru carry-out only. Guests should enter the parking lot from West Third Street and exit right onto Main Street. Tickets are available from church members or at the parking lot.

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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