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 www.

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. Orders are for carry out only. 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.

The Miami County Democratic Women will meet at shelter 10 on the Riverwalk on July 7 at 6 p.m. Please observe all social distancing recommendations.

July 9

North Miami Schools will host an incoming kindergarten parent informational meeting on July 9 at 6 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. During the meeting, parents will learn about the fall re-entry plan, learn about the new online registration program, sign up for their student’s August screening appointment, hand in birth certificate and shot records and sign up for a back to school basket giveaway. Those with questions concerning the meeting, should contact the Elementary office at 765-985-2251 on Mondays or Tuesdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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 lori

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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