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 www.uw

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. 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.

The Miami County Health Department Board will hold its quarterly meeting on Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the GAR Room at the county courthouse.

The Miami County Democratic Party Women’s Group will meet on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in Shelter on the Riverwalk.

The Miami County Plan Commission will hold a special meeting on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the GAR Room at the county courthouse.

Oct. 7

The Peru Utilities Service Board Meeting will meet Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. The public can watch the meeting and comment by visiting the website: Meeting ID: 954 5591 8067

Oct. 11

New Life United Methodist Church will host a potato bake on Oct. 11 beginning at noon at

3039 W. 400 N. Free will offering appreciated.

Oct. 11 – Oct. 18

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

Oct. 13

The New Waverly United Methodist Church at 9990 East Main St. in New Waverly will have a drive-thru Fish Fry on Oct. 13 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in their parking lot. Curbside pickup only. Dinner includes fish tenderloin, slaw, chips, tartar sauce and dessert. The cost is $10, with proceeds supporting various mission projects.

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. 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. 23-25

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. 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.

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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