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Fulton County Public Library July Events

All Branches will be closed Monday, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day.

 

 

There is still time to sign up for the Summer Library Program! The last day to participate is Saturday, July 23. Grand prizes include a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, a Blu-Ray Player, and a $50 Chamber Dollars certificate! 

 

All Branches

 

Friday, July 8, 1:00-2:30, Meeting Room B at Rochester Branch—Pottery Painting with Tessa: For children and teens 18 and under; space is limited, sign up required (Sign up at any Branch, event at the Rochester Branch).

 

Thursday, July 14, 7:00-9:00 at the Rochester City Pool—Summer Library Program Pool Party: Free admission for SLP participants.

 

Rochester All Ages Event

 

Thursday, July 7 @ 4:30 in Meeting Rooms A & B—Bingo! Open to all ages. Prizes will be awarded.

 

Rochester Adults

 

Tuesday, July 5 @ 10:00 in the Media Commons—Debbie’s Dandies: Washcloth Animals

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:00 in the PC Office—Tech Time with Zak

 

Tuesday, July 12 @ 10:00 in the Media Commons—Debbie’s Dandies: Ocean themed Clothespin Wreath

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:00 in the PC Office—Tech Time with Zak

 

Tuesday, July 19 @ 10:00 in the Media Commons—Debbie’s Dandies: Wood Embroidered Necklace

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:00 in the PC Office—Tech Time with Zak

Tuesday, July 19, 11:00-5:00—Red Cross Blood Drive

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:00 in the PC Office—Tech Time with Zak

 

Rochester Kids/Teens

 

Tuesday, July 5 @ 10:30 or 4:30—Storytime with Craft

Wednesday, July 6 @ 1:00 in the Teen Oasis—Crafts with Kelsey: Watercolor Prints

Wednesday, July 6 @ 4:00—Kids’ Movie

Thursday, July 7, 10:30-2:00 in the Teen Oasis—Teen VR Day: Signup required

Friday, July 8, 1:00-2:30, Meeting Room B—Pottery Painting with Tessa: For children and teens 18 and under; space is limited, sign up required.

 

Monday, July 11 @ 1:00 in the Teen Oasis—Teen Movie

Monday, July 11 @ 3:00 in Meeting Room B—Nutrition 101

Tuesday, July 12 @ 10:30 or 4:30—Storytime with Craft

Tuesday, July 12 @ 1:00 in the Teen Oasis—Teen Sit & Snack

Wednesday, July 13 @ 1:00 in the Teen Oasis—Crafts with Kelsey: Bracelets

Wednesday, July 13 @ 4:00—Kids’ Movie

Wednesday, July 13 @ 4:00—In-Person Science Club with Skylier

Thursday, July 14 @ 4:00 in the Indiana Room—Rather Be Reading Book Club: Grades 5-8.

Friday, June 15, 1:00-2:30, Meeting Room B—Ocean in a Bottle

 

Monday, July 18 @ 1:00 in the Teen Oasis—Teen Movie

Tuesday, July 19 @ 10:30 or 4:30—Storytime with Craft

Wednesday, July 20 @ 1:00 in the Teen Oasis—Crafts with Kelsey: Trashcans

Wednesday, July 20 @ 4:00—Kids’ Movie

Thursday, July 21, 1:00-5:00 in the Teen Oasis—Teen VR Day: Signup required

Friday, June 22, 1:00-2:30, Meeting Room B—Fire Art

 

Monday, July 25 @ 1:00 in the Teen Oasis—Teen Movie

Tuesday, July 26 @ 10:30 or 4:30—Storytime with Craft

Wednesday, July 27 @ 4:00—Kids’ Movie

Thursday, July 28, 3:00 in Meeting Room B—Teen Bingo

Thursday, July 28 @ 4:00 in the Indiana Room—Rather Be Reading Book Club: Grades 5-8.

Friday, July 29, 12:30-3:30 in the Teen Oasis—Teen VR Day: Signup required

 

Aubbee

Friday, July 1 @ 1:00—Outdoor Games

Friday, July 1, 3:00-5:00—Tech Time with Zak

Saturday, July 2, anytime 11:00-2:00—Kids’ Craft: Sea Turtle Hat

 

Tuesday, July 5, anytime 1:00-3:00—Teen Craft: Clam Notebook

Wednesday, July 6, anytime 11:00-4:00—Kids’ Craft: Scuba Kid

Thursday, July 7, anytime 11:00-4:00—Make a Suncatcher

Saturday, July 9, anytime 11:00-2:00—Kids’ Craft: Sea Anemone

 

Monday, July 11, anytime 1:00-3:00—Teen Craft: Ocean Bracelet

Tuesday, July 12, 1:00-3:00—Shaky Shark Game Tournament

Tuesday, July 12 @ 3:00—Adult Craft: Ombre Vase

Wednesday, July 13, anytime 11:00-4:00—Kids’ Craft: Ocean Bracelet & Sea Turtle Suncatcher

Thursday, July 14, Class 1 @ 1:00 & Class 2 @ 4:00—Resin Art

Friday, July 15, 3:00-5:00—Tech Time with Zak

Saturday, July 16, anytime 11:00-2:00—Kids’ Craft: Edible Ocean Craft & Hammerhead Shark

 

Monday, July 18, anytime 1:00-3:00—Teen Craft: Charm Necklace

Tuesday, July 19, 11:00-4:00—Virtual Reality: Signup required.

Wednesday, July 20, anytime 11:00-4:00—Kids’ Craft: Ice Cream & Charm Necklace

Thursday, July 21 @ 4:00—Water Fight

Friday, July 22, anytime 11:00-4:00—Lego Day

Saturday, July 23, anytime 11:00-2:00—Kids’ Craft: clam & Ice Cream

 

Monday, July 25, anytime 1:00-3:00—Teen Craft: School Magnets

Tuesday, July 26 @ 3:00—Adult Craft: Lighthouse

Wednesday, July 27, anytime 11:00-4:00—Kids’ Craft: School Necklace

Thursday, July 28—Back to School Scavenger Hunt

Friday, July 29 @ 6:00 in the Community Building next door to the library—End of Summer Carnival

Saturday, July 30, anytime 11:00-2:00—Kids’ Craft: Back to School Picture Frame

 

Fulton

 

Friday, July 1, anytime 10:00-2:00—Scavenger Hunt

Friday, July 1, 10:00-1:00—Tech Time with Zak

 

Tuesday, July 5, anytime 10:00-2:00—Kids’ Craft

Wednesday, July 6, 12:30-2:00—Kindra’s Art Shop

Thursday, July 7 @ 9:30—Walking Class

Thursday, July 7, 12:00-1:00—Clark the Shark Party

Friday, July 8, 10:00-1:00—Tech Time with Zak

Friday, July 8, anytime 10:00-2:00—Scavenger Hunt

 

Monday, July 11, anytime 10:00-2:00—Kids’ Craft

Tuesday, July 12 @ 1:00—Bubbles

Wednesday, July 13, 10:00-2:00—Game Day with Zak

Thursday, July 14 @ 9:30—Walking Class

Thursday, July 14 @ 1:00—Bingo

Friday, July 15, 10:00-1:00—Tech Time with Zak

Friday, July 15, anytime 10:00-2:00—Scavenger Hunt

 

Monday, July 18, anytime 10:00-2:00—Kids’ Craft

Tuesday, July 19, anytime 10:00-2:00—Lego Day

Wednesday, July 20, 12:30-2:00—Kindra’s Art Shop

Thursday, July 21 @ 9:30—Walking Class

Thursday, July 21, 12:00-1:00—Beach Party

Friday, July 22, 10:00-1:00—Tech Time with Zak

Friday, July 22, anytime 10:00-2:00—Scavenger Hunt

 

Monday, July 25, anytime 10:00-5:00—Kids’ Craft

Wednesday, July 27 @ 10:00—1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Thursday, July 28 @ 9:30—Walking Class

Thursday, July 28, 1:00-2:00—Carnival

Friday, July 29, 10:00-1:00—Tech Time with Zak

Saturday, July 30, 9:00-12:00—Book Sale

State Road 18 to be closed overnight starting next weekend - pushed back one week

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Rieth-Riley Construction Co. will be closing State Road 18 at the intersection with U.S. 35 overnight later this month after work was pushed back one week as part of the resurfacing project on U.S. 35 through Galveston. 

 

State Road 18 will be closed between Woodlawn St and Sycamore St from approximately 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, June 24 to Saturday, June 25 and possibly again from approximately 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26. These closures are for deep patching in the U.S. 35 and State Road 18 intersection. The official detour will follow U.S. 31, State Road 218 and State Road 29.

 

Resurfacing work on U.S. 35 between State Road 18 and South Fork Deer Creek will be ongoing through mid-July, with flaggers directing traffic in the area where work is occurring. 

 

INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area and follow traffic directions carefully. Motorists should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

Culver Community High School Class of 2022

Congratulations to the graduating class at Culver Community High School:

Marquez Donovan Anderson

Ayden Lee Annis

Matthew James Bailey

Mackenzie Michelle Banks

Kyle Eric Beach

Dalton Thomas Binkley

Aiden John James Bishop

AnnaLeigh Judith Bollenbacher

Anniek Sofie Buis

Ivan Michael Callender

Lillyonna Skye Campbell

Makaila Elizabeth Caudill

Lane Conner Coby

Kennedy Rose Creviston

Chloe Renee Darnell

Christopher Joseph Davis

Sydney Sue Denham

MaKayla Lily-Ann Dowd

Alexis Michelle Duncan

Hunter DeWayne Evans

Tucker Ryan Fisher

Sofia Clare Fitzpatrick

Trenton Wayne Fritter

Christian Ezekiel Gearhart

William Thomas Gregory

Sophia Luna Heath

Wyatt Daniel Hesting

Savannah Grace Hissong

Maria Dolores Hueso Fontecha

Jalen Levan King

Diana Mariana Laba

Cheyenne Nicole Lindsley

Frida Cecilia Ellen Lohwasser

Jayvonn James Lutz

Ethan Marcus McCarthy

Cameron Michael Minix

Rebecca Lynn Minix

Brady Alexander Moise

Nicholas Ryan Moore

Nakalvin Reed Morningstar

Shianne Evelyn Jean Moss

Kierra McKenzie Parker

Skyler Leroy Pike

Alina Emily Pizur

Dalton Riley Powell

Noah David Blake Pratt

Elizabeth Ann Pugh

Jasmin Marie Quinn

Cole Austin Rieckhoff

Adrian Owen Schouten

Ryan Douglas Sheets

Hunter Steven Sickmiller

Natalie Mechelle Stevens

Sergio Jesús Tapia

Hunter James Taylor

Blake Andrew Thompson

Sergio Villegas

Braxton Haven Wolff

Grace Elizabeth Wood

Elijah Bryan Wooten

Alex James Zehner

Auston Lee Zehner

Tippecanoe Valley High School Class of 2022

Congratulations to the graduating class at Tippecanoe Valley High School:

Sydney Anne Petersen

Shane Parker Wood

Abigail Reese Beliles

Cheney Elizabeth Canada

Ava Catherine Rich

Andie Renee Schwenger

Emma Elizabeth Howard

Mallory Cavine Durkes

Jesse Ren Scott

Grace Pauline Wilson

Jaeda Courtnie Carpenter

Brianna Nicole Feldman

Morgan Emily Smith

Foster Alan Ashby

Brayden Nicole Baney

Liv Mery Bartsch

McKenzie Lynn Barngrover

Miranda Kathleen Bays

Seth Daniel Blankenship

Fynn Linus Bluhm

Mallory Lane Bowers

Andrew Joseph Burke

Derek Michael Carter

Thomas Alan Ray Clark

Jade Nikole Collins

McKenzie Olivia Craft

Braxton Eugene Davis

Matthew Paul Davis

Keenan Lee Deniston

Alissa Ann Drummond

Aaron Scott Dunnuck

Hunter Boyd Eherenman

Bryce Evan England

Summer Rae Erklin

Delmar Estep III

Allisyn McKayla Evans

Matthew David Felix

Malachi Lee Wilder Ferrell

Hollis Dean France II

Shawn Michael Frantom

Haley Kay Gamble

Cristian Luis Garcia

Maria del Pilar Garcia Camacho

Yadira Garcia-Vera

Desarae Alexandria Goble

Jacklyne Marie Greer

Gavin Joel Grossman

Landon Allen Grossman

Uvaldo Gutierrez-Aca

Skyler James Hale

Brandon Eldon Hammer

Makena Saige Harrison

Maria Yoshiko Henderson

Alexis Hernandez-Vega

Brandon Eugene Hoffman

Logan Kendell Honeycutt

Shayleigh Nicole Honeycutt

Haylee Elizabeth Hughes

Logan Fredrick Hummitch

Ashton Michael Irwin

Myra McKinley Jamison

Kamryn David Keeling

Meta Byrde Keyes

Corrine Lanae Kimble

Dakota Scott Kimble

Macy Lynn Kirchenstien

Owen Raymond Kirchenstien

Rex Joel Kirchenstien

Damion Michael Kohler

Kaylee Ann LaFollette

Areonna Skye Lewis

Torren Matthew Lewis

Hannah Ann Lowman

Katelyn Tucker Lowman

Austin Taylor Martin

Branson Cody McBrier

Grady Alyn McGriff

Isaac Clark McKain

Kyle Dale McVay

Kaiden Eugene Meade

Michael Allen Meade III

Wade Ryan Melanson

Jaerin Thomas-Harley Moffitt

Drake Austin Montelongo

Karla Jovana Murillo

Miguel Angel Negrete

Patrick Steven O'Connell III

Joel Ordaz Cisneros

Gabriel Allan Ortiz

Dawson Lee Perkins

Caleb James Petgen

Braydyn Andrew Stryder Poe

Payton Roby Potter

Erika Paige Poyser

Hunter Lee James Prater

Damon Michael Pyle

Elizabeth Anne Pyle

Ashton Scott Railsback

Michelle Ramos

Aidan James Reese

Kelvin Sousa Reis

Alexander James Reiter

Sydney Lily Mae Rhamey

Hunter Ethan Marshall Rice

Areli Rivas

Nataly Jade Rodriguez

Aliacia Nichole Rosas

Carolyn Christine Roth

Mateo Enrique Salazar

Osbaldo Sanchez-Patino

Zackary Michael Seedorf

Isaac Wayne Shafer

Brianna Sue Sheetz

Braden Parker Shepherd

Chloe Lynmarie Shepherd

Kaydence Rayne Shepherd

Parker Robert Shoemaker

Sage Creadance Shoemaker

Grant Theodore Skeans

Mycah Stephen Skees

Jesse James Slone

Samantha Sue Slone

Ezra Michael Small

Blaine Michael Smith

Mariah Danielle Smith

Mercedes Mae Snapp

Isabella Charlene Stiver

Kytin Dakota Stout

Orion Isaiah Svara

Andrew Lynn Thompson

Eric Tlaxcalteca

Jordyn Taylor Truex

Emma Marie Tucker

Christian Vazquez-Juarez

Jamasyn Kole Virgil

Landon Richard Walters

Hope Elizabeth Winters

Trystan Cole Woodcox

Madalyn Rene Woodward

Jacob Austin Wright

Tyler Eugene Yates

Garret Levi Yocum

Nicole Marie Ziemek

Rochester High School Class of 2022

Congratulations to the graduating class at Rochester High School:

Layne Backus

Dallas Baldwin

Haylee Barnes

Emily Basham

Ethan Baugh

Makenna Beall

Baylee Beck

Nathaniel Beck

Riley Beck

Reagan Becker

Jake Betzner

Bradly Bickle

Elena Bode

McKenzie Bradley

Jude Brooks

Chloe Brown

Kamrynn Burkett

Madilyn Calloway

Ehren Cannedy

Jessa Chenoweth

Jacob Chizum

Levi Coffing

Kinzie Conrad

Natalie Donahue

Stephen Ellinger

Evan Elliot

Alexis Elsea

Myla Eskridge

Hailey Ferguson

Marshall Fishback

Anna Furrow

Daytona Gauthier

Wilfred Gauthier

Cadince Gilbert

D'Auvionne Gustafson

Gunther Halterman

Payton Halterman

Marialyce Hartman

Ashley Haselby

Colton Hatter

Peyton Hiatt

Kyndal Hooks

Carley Hott

Kylie Houston

Emily Hughes

Dakota Isom

Daniel Isom

Katelyn Jenkins

Cameron Johnson

Kadin Kelly

Kailiana King

MaKyna Kneifel

Haley Leedy

Mackenzie Leslie

Jordan Lett         

Jordan Lewis

Logan Linsner

Zachary Lowe

Chelsie Malott

Tanner Malott

Lilah Marden

Adam Maroney

Peyton McTaggart

Braxton Mencias

Dade Mihalic

Ethan Miller

Hannah Miller

Gerwind Milner

Baylie Navarro

Damien Neal

Haley Pesak

Zachary Pickens

Braedon Pinder

Aubrey Price

Shea Prince

Kiya Ream

Jarret Regan

Kathleen Rensberger

Haley Robison

Antonio Schlosser

Gabriel Scorsone

Krystal Scott

Kaleb Shaffer

Jaden Shepherd

Jesse Shriver

Joseph Siciliano

Dustin Siebert

Bailey Skarbek

Noah Smith

Reece Spencer

Brooklyn Sprague

Jessica Stanley

Dylan Steininger

Kyndra Stone

Mario Suarez

Brandon Swope

Alexus Thomas

Dryden Vance

Cayden Weaver

Michael Wicker

Alison Williams

Josh Winter

Kaillie Woods

Timothy Wootten

Luke Wortley

Logan Young

Salvation Army prepares for increased food demand as enhanced SNAP benefits end in Indiana

June 1 marks the end of emergency enhanced SNAP benefits for Hoosiers statewide. In anticipation of increased demand, The Salvation Army Indiana Division is working to ensure that feeding programs and food pantries run by the organization across the state can continue to meet the needs of their communities.

 

Indiana’s COVID-19 public health emergency ended on March 3, 2022, making May 31 the final day that SNAP recipients would receive the maximum benefit allowed in accordance to the number of people in their household. Starting on June 1, benefits will be based on a formula that includes several eligibility factors, including household income. A permanent adjustment to the program made in October 2021 means that most households will receive higher benefits than they did pre-pandemic, but they will still experience a drop from May to June.

 

The USDA has provided examples of how these changes will affect households of difference sizes and circumstances. These can be seen by visiting the online “SNAP Benefits – COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond” page of the USDA website.

 

The Salvation Army has already seen an increase in visits to its food pantries and hot food programs over the past several months as inflation has made it harder for Hoosiers to put food on the table. According to the USDA, between April 2021 and April 2022 grocery store prices have risen by 10.8 percent. Fresh produce, milk, eggs, and meat prices are continuing to skyrocket with farm-level egg prices predicted to increase us to 76.5 percent in 2022. These higher prices mean that struggling households are bringing home less food each time they go to the store, pushing them to find supplemental food at organizations like The Salvation Army.

 

“The cost of food, housing, medical, and transportation has not been put into consideration regarding the ending of the pandemic emergency funds,” said Dena Simpson, Divisional Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army Indiana Division. “Individuals and families are in recovery mode and facing a number of challenges.”

 

These challenges include:

  • Drained savings and strained finances
  • Loss and/or change in housing and utility needs
  • Increased instances of domestic violence
  • Ongoing COVID-related medical needs
  • Loss of primary income provider for the family
  • Larger households with combined and extended families
  • Changes in childcare and educational needs and routines

With inflation outpacing wage increases, the results have been devastating. The Salvation Army is working with partner organizations, food banks, donors, and community volunteers to meet the increased demand. Food costs continue to rise for The Salvation Army, as well, as provider food banks like Feeding America anticipate spending 40 percent more to purchase bulk food in 2022 compared to 2021.

13th annual Indiana State Fair Job Fair is this Thursday

The Indiana State Fair is now hiring seasonal employees to help put on the Great Indiana State Fair, returning July 29 - August 21. 

 

The 13th annual Indiana State Fair Job Fair will be held this Thursday, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building, 1202 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis, 46205. 

 

This year’s 165th Indiana State Fair is seeking hundreds of seasonal employees for positions related to parking, gates, security, operations, tractor shuttles, information booths and education exhibits. Several positions are ideal for college students, retirees, individuals with full-time jobs who want to earn extra money, and others. 

 

During the event, candidates seeking a seasonal position with the 2022 Indiana State Fair can complete an application and be interviewed onsite. Applicants are asked to bring a positive attitude and a copy of their resume if they have one.

 

Knowledge about the Fair is not a prerequisite – only a willingness to help

guests.

 

If applicants are unable to attend the Job Fair, they may visit the State Fairgrounds’ Employment Office, located on the northeast corner of the Fairgrounds beginning June 6 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. For more information on the Job Fair or to download an application for seasonal employment, visit www.indianastatefair.com.

 

“Our seasonal employees help make the Indiana State Fair the best in the country,” said Mark Anderson, director of human resources, Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. “We are excited to introduce new referral and attendance incentive programs to our staff this year. Many of our year-round employees began as seasonal workers, and we hope that trend continues.” 

BBB receiving reports of scammer posing as a lottery winner donating funds

The BBB serving Northern Indiana has issued a warning to consumers about a reported text message scam.

The scammer poses as a lottery winner named Manuel Franco. He claims to have won a $768 million Powerball Jackpot and is donating to 200 random individuals. These text messages request that the victim reach out to the winner’s agent and provide an alternate phone number to contact.

The text messages may come from an out-of-state area code. The message details change often, such as the dollar amount being given or the name of the agent in charge of dispersing the funds. In many cases, the scammer will request banking information or a fee to send the funds. If personal information is given, it may lead to lost funds or hacked accounts, and any fees paid will most likely never be recovered.

Use BBB’s tips to avoid this scam:

  • Don't pay upfront fees to claim a prize. No legitimate sweepstakes company will ever ask to pay a fee or buy something to enter or improve the chances of winning — that includes paying "taxes," "shipping and handling charges," or “processing fees” to get a prize.
  • Checks can bounce after the bank allows the account holder to withdraw cash from the deposit. Check processing is a confusing business. Even if a bank representative tells you a check has “cleared,” you can’t be sure it won’t be detected as a fake weeks later. One thing you can be sure of is that you will be on the hook for any funds drawn against the amount.
  • Be suspicious of irregular communication. Real sweepstakes will not notify you via text or bulk mail. They will not send a check in the mail without first confirming with you. And you won’t be notified that you are a winner and have to respond or act within 24 hours to collect your prize.
  • You’ve got to play to win. A notification that you have won a prize in a contest you do not remember entering should be a red flag. Keep track of all sweepstakes entries so it's easy to check if a legitimate contest-related company is confirming winnings. When entering, read the fine print and rules for how prizes are claimed.

If you spot a scam, whether you've lost money or not, report it to BBB’s Scam Tracker at BBB.org/ScamTracker and the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. 

Fulton Co. Health Department schedules back-to-school immunizations

The Fulton County Health Department will be hosting two walk-in clinics in July to provide back-to-school childhood immunizationsfor those that are underinsured, uninsured, or Medicaid patients.

 

The clinics will be Thursday, July 14 and Thursday, July 28 from 2 pm – 5:45 pm. Vaccinations will be given to all patients who are in the Health Dept. by 5:45 pm until every child is immunized.

 

Please call the Health Department at 574-223-2881 with any questions.

Delays and Cancellations May 19, 2022

Delays and Cancellations Thursday, May 19, 2022

Schools

Eastern Pulaski School Corporation 2-hour delay

Argos Community Schools 2-hour delay

Hoosiers encouraged to protect themselves against tick bites

Indiana health officials are urging Hoosiers to protect themselves from tick bites during and after spending time outdoors as warmer weather increases tick activity.

“We are all ready to enjoy the outdoors again after being inside over much of the winter,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Jennifer Brown, D.V.M., M.P.H. “We ask Hoosiers to take precautions so we don’t see a bump in tick-borne illnesses, which are preventable.”

While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Indiana, Hoosiers are also at risk for other tick-borne diseases, including ehrlichiosis and spotted fever group rickettsiosis (a group of diseases that includes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever). While the risk for ehrlichiosis is highest in southern Indiana, tick-borne diseases are present in all parts of the state, so all Hoosiers should take steps to prevent tick bites from early spring through late fall. Those precautions include:

  • Knowing where ticks are likely to be present (close to the ground in grassy, brushy or wooded areas)
  • Treating boots, clothing and outdoor gear with 0.5% permethrin (NOTE: permethrin should NOT be used on bare skin)
  • Using EPA-registered insect repellents with active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD) or 2-undecanone
  • Treating pets for ticks in consultation with a veterinarian

Once indoors, people should thoroughly check for ticks on clothing, gear, pets and skin. Tumbling clothes in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes will kill ticks, and showering can help remove any unattached ticks.

“Tick checks are an essential part of preventing tick-borne illnesses. Quickly finding and removing a tick can help prevent you from becoming sick,” Brown said.

Ticks can be safely removed by using tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin and then pulling outward with steady and even pressure. After the tick is removed, the area should be washed thoroughly. Ticks should never be crushed with the fingernails.

If desired, an attached tick that has been removed may be saved in a sealed bag or container of alcohol for later inspection in case the person or pet becomes ill. Alternatively, ticks may be flushed down the toilet or wrapped tightly in tape and thrown in the trash. Testing ticks to see if they are carrying diseases is not generally recommended, as the information cannot reliably be used to predict whether disease transmission occurred.

Anyone who becomes ill after finding an attached tick should see a medical provider immediately and alert the provider to the exposure. Most tick-borne diseases can be treated with antibiotics, and prompt diagnosis can help prevent complications.

For more information about ticks and how to prevent the diseases they carry, visit http://www.in.gov/isdh/20491.htm.

Ivy Tech Kokomo sets next 'Tuesday@theTech' for May 3

Anyone considering the next step in their education or career is invited to Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo May 3 for its next “Tuesday@theTech” information session.

 

The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. and will begin in Hingst Hall in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Health Professions Center on the campus at 1815 E. Morgan St.

 

“This is a great opportunity to get ready for summer classes that start June 6, or fall, which starts Aug. 22,” said Derry Ebert, vice chancellor for Enrollment Services for the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area. “Faculty and staff will be on hand to talk about our many program offerings, admissions and registration, and how affordable your education can be with grants and scholarships. It will also be a great time to see the state-of-the-art classrooms and labs that are part of Ivy Tech’s transformed Kokomo campus.”

 

For more information, go to ivytech.edu/kokomo or email Kokomo-enrollment@ivytech.edu . Walk-ins are welcome.

 

 

Photos from Roann and Peru DNR contest winners

In honor of the state’s Historic Preservation Month, which is May, the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology announced the winners of its annual Historic Preservation Month photo contest.

 

Photo by Carla Hall

A variety of the entries and the winning photos will be shared on the DNR Instagram account (@indianadnr) all week.

The winners are:

Altered Category
Chad Williams of Waldron
Photo of barn at sunset in Waldron

 

Artistic Category
Michael McQuillen of Indianapolis
Photo of the Indiana Statehouse reflection

Black & White Category
Amanda Bennett-Cole of Lafayette
Photo of City Methodist Church in Gary

Color Category
Carla Hall of Roann
Photo of the Stockdale Mill in Roann

Kids Category
Kara Baker of Peru
Photo of barn in winter in Peru  

Plymouth native serves as a member of the U.S. Navy's submarine force

A Plymouth, Indiana, native is serving aboard USS Pennsylvania, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.

 

Chief Petty Officer Kyle Borkholder joined the Navy 10 years ago. Today, Borkholder serves as a missile technician.

 

“I was inspired to join the Navy to serve my country,” said Borkholder.

Growing up in Plymouth, Borkholder was homeschooled and graduated in 2011. Today, Borkholder relies upon skills and values similar to those found in Plymouth to succeed in the military.

“The work ethic that my Dad taught me growing up is the biggest skill I brought with me to the military, and it's helped me become successful,” said Borkholder.

These lessons have helped Borkholder while serving in the Navy.

Known as America’s “Apex Predators!,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically-advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security.

There are three basic types of submarines: fast-attack submarines (SSN), ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) and guided-missile submarines (SSGN).

Fast-attack submarines are designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; strike targets ashore with cruise missiles; carry and deliver Navy SEALs; conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; and engage in mine warfare. The Virginia-class SSN is the most advanced submarine in the world today. It combines stealth and payload capability to meet Combatant Commanders’ demands in this era of strategic competition.

The Navy's ballistic-missile submarines, often referred to as "boomers," serve as a strategic deterrent by providing an undetectable platform for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. SSBNs are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles. The Columbia-class SSBN will be the largest, most capable and most advanced submarine produced by the U.S. - replacing the current Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines to ensure continuous sea-based strategic deterrence into the 2080s.

Guided-missile submarines provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform. Each SSGN is capable of carrying 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, plus a complement of heavyweight torpedoes to be fired through four torpedo tubes.

Strategic deterrence is the nation’s ultimate insurance program, according to Navy officials. As a member of the submarine force, Borkholder is part of a rich 122-year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of taking the fight to the enemy in the defense of America and its allies.

Serving in the Navy means Borkholder is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.


“The Navy is important to national defense because it ensures security to our country through its maritime superiority,” said Borkholder.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through underwater fiber optic, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

Borkholder and the sailors they serve with have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.

“Crossing the international dateline was the accomplishment I'm most proud of,” said Borkholder.

As Borkholder and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy provides job security, and it means being a part of something that is bigger than myself,” added Borkholder.

Planting season is here; remain alert to large farm equipment on Indiana roads

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police and Hoosier Ag Today want to remind all citizens of farming season. They want to encourage motorists to slow down and be patient as motorists will start to see more of the large, slow-moving farm equipment traveling Indiana’s rural roads and highways.

 

In Indiana, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020 three vehicles were involved in crashes with farm equipment, which resulted in two deaths.

 

While the term “farm equipment” encompasses a wide range of vehicles, the most common types motorists will encounter during planting season include sprayers, tractors pulling planters or tillage equipment, and large trucks hauling agricultural products. These vehicles are wide, sometimes taking up most of the road, and often travel at speeds less than 25 mph.

Some safety tips for motorists approaching large farm equipment:

  • Farmers will pull over when they are able to let motorists pass, but it may take time for them to get to a safe place to do so.
  • Be patient. Farm equipment is wide, sometimes taking up most of the road.
  • Be careful when passing. Do not pass in a designated “No Passing Zone” or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure or tunnel.
  • Do not try to pass slow-moving farm equipment on the left without ensuring that the farmer driving is not planning a left turn. It may appear that the driver is pulling over to allow a pass when the farmer is actually preparing to turn. You will drive right into its path, endangering yourself and the farmer.
  • Avoid tailgating, as some farm equipment might have to make sudden stops along the road.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to a destination, be aware of alternate routes and avoid distractions.

 

Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler wants to remind motorists that farmers work hard to ensure they are being as safe as possible.

“Hoosier farmers are trying to get to their fields safely and quickly, just like our Hoosier motorists are trying to get to work safely and quickly,” said Kettler. “I want to encourage motorists to be aware during this spring season and know that encountering farm equipment is likely and to slow down when approaching.”

For a list of safety tips, click here or visit isda.in.gov. The following organizations will be working together to share this important safety message during planting season: Hoosier Ag TodayIndiana Department of Homeland SecurityIndiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police.

2022 Primary Election mail-in absentee application deadline is today

Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan is reminding Hoosiers that today, Thursday, April 21, is the final day for a circuit court clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of an absentee ballot by mail.

 

The application to request a mail-in ballot must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., 12 days before the election. Applications may be submitted to the circuit court clerk in person or by mail, fax, email, or online through the Indiana Voter Portal at IndianaVoters.com.

 

New this year, Hoosiers with print disabilities can visit IndianaVoters.com to request a ballot that allows the use of personal assistive technology devices to vote. 

North Miami student awarded BBB scholarship

The BBB announcde its 2022 Student of Integrity scholarship recipients.

 

Students of Integrity scholarships are bestowed upon high school and college students who embody the BBB’s Standards for Trust: character, judgement and ethics. Each student will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the school of their choice. 

 

To date, BBB Serving Northern Indiana and its partners have awarded more than $135,000. 

 

 

Allison Burns is the Brotherhood Mutual 2021 Student of Integrity, awarded to a high school or college student attending a private, Christian college in Indiana. Burns will graduate from North Miami High School and will be a freshman at Huntington University. She participates in Future Farmers of America, Student Council, National Honor Society and she is a member of the dance team.

 

The BBB plans to celebrate each scholarship individual at a private reception for students, families, sponsors and school representatives on May 17 at the Junior Achievement Center in Fort Wayne. 

Gov. Holcomb announces tax refund on its way to all Hoosiers

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced today that Hoosiers should expect to begin receiving their promised $125 Automatic Taxpayer Refund in the coming weeks, resulting in a 12 percent cut in the average Hoosier’s annual income tax liability.

 

“I’m beyond thrilled that this spring and summer we are returning money back into the hands of Hoosier taxpayers, where it belongs,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Our conservative fiscal leadership and pro-growth policies makes this tax refund possible for all Hoosier households.”

 

The Governor first announced in December that an estimated 4.3 million taxpayers will receive a $125 refund after they file their 2021 taxes. An estimated $545 million will be returned to Hoosiers. After the tax-filing deadline passes on April 18, the Department of Revenue in conjunction with the Auditor of State’s Office will begin issuing the refunds via direct deposit or by mailing a paper check.

 

Refunds will begin in May through direct deposit for residents who have filed their income taxes and provided their banking information on their return. Direct deposits are expected to continue through July.

 

Paper checks will be issued beginning in late July and continue through August, with the goal of completing the refund statewide by Sept. 1.

 

Residents do not need to take any action to receive the refund. The refund is in addition to and separate from any refund Hoosiers may receive after filing their 2021 state income tax returns.

 

Hoosiers can visit the Department of Revenue website for information about when to expect to receive the direct deposit or paper check.

Covid-19 funeral assistance is still available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to provide financial assistance for individuals who incurred COVID-19 related funeral expenses for loved ones.

 

Since launching the program on April 1, 2021, FEMA has provided more than $2.1 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance to eligible applicants across the country, but assistance is still available for those who qualify.

 

"This program was created to address the unique financial challenges faced by our nation caused by the pandemic that has taken the lives of nearly a million loved ones, friends and neighbors across the country,” said Thomas C. Sivak, FEMA Region 5 administrator. “While we cannot bring those people back, this financial assistance can help ease the burden of their final arrangements.”

 

Eligible applicants may qualify for up to $9,000 for each deceased individual per application, with a maximum of $35,000 for families who may have multiple funeral expenses due to COVID-19. Since the assistance began on April 12, 2021, the average amount of assistance awarded is $6,500.

 

Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Please note, phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Applicants who use a relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, should provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to them for that service so that agency representatives are able to contact them.

 

Additional information about COVID-19 funeral assistance, including frequently asked questions, is available on FEMA.gov.

Quit Now Indiana offers free help to quit tobacco

Hoosiers wanting to quit tobacco use can now get free nicotine gum, patches or lozenges. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Tips from Former Smokers (Tips) campaign, Quit Now Indiana is offering this promotion while supplies last.

 

The Tips campaign is the nation’s first federally funded national tobacco education campaign. Tips has had significant and sustained impact over the past decade, helping more than 1 million U.S. adults quit smoking and inspiring millions more to try to quit.

 

“The powerful stories shared in CDC’s Tips campaign, coupled with free evidence-based support services, have proven successful in helping adults quit smoking,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “Quit Now Indiana and the Indiana Department of Health are committed to providing Indiana residents the tools they need to prevent smoking-related diseases and disabilities.”

 

The Quit Now Indiana promotion is available to individuals who enroll in one of Quit Now Indiana’s services, such as phone counseling or Pick Quit, a new individual services program. Once enrolled, participants will receive a free two-week supply of nicotine gum, patches or lozenges.

 

“People who use tobacco often go through several quit attempts before succeeding, but proven treatments and services are available in Indiana that can improve your chances to quit for good,” said Miranda Spitznagle, director of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation at the Indiana Department of Health. “Quitting tobacco is one of the most important decisions people can make to improve their health and the health of their family.”

 

Take the first step toward a tobacco-free life and get free help from Quit Now Indiana by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW, texting READY to 200-400 or visiting QuitNowIndiana.com

U.S. 35 to be reduced to one lane near Knox

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor RAM Construction Services will begin a bridge preventative maintenance project on U.S. 35 in Starke County over the Yellow River on or after Monday, April 18.

 

The bridge over the Yellow River will be reduced to one lane for a bridge deck overlay preventative maintenance project, with a temporary traffic signal installed to direct traffic. This work will be ongoing through late June.

 

INDOT urges drivers to stay alert near crews and be prepared to wait for the temporary traffic signal in this location. Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time when driving through this area and should slow down and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

U.S. 31 to have lane closures north of U.S. 30

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Three Star Painting Inc. will begin a bridge deck sealing project on U.S. 31 over the Yellow River on or after Monday, April 18.

 

There will be alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound U.S. 31 between U.S. 30 and Plymouth Goshen Trail while work is occurring, with one lane open in each direction at all times. This preventative maintenance bridge project will be ongoing through late May. 

 

INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area and follow traffic directions carefully. Motorists should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

2022 primary election voter registration ends today

Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan reminds Hoosiers that today, Monday, April 4 is the final day to register to vote in Indiana’s 2022 primary election.

 

“Exercising the right to vote is foundational to our nation’s democracy,” Secretary Sullivan said. “Today is the deadline to register to vote in Indiana’s 2022 primary election. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time to do so online at IndianaVoters.com or by visiting your local election administrator’s office.”

 

If you still need to register to vote you can register in person at your local county election administrator’s office by the end of the business day or you can register online before midnight at indianavoters.in.gov

USDA encourages producers to enroll grasslands into special CRP Signup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages producers and landowners to enroll in the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) starting next week through May 13, 2022.  Grassland CRP provides a unique opportunity for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural landowners to keep land in agricultural production and supplement their income while improving their soils and permanent grass cover.   The program had its highest enrollment in history in 2021 and is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s broader effort to equip producers with the tools they need to help address climate change and invest in the long-term health of our natural resources.

 

Grassland CRP is a federally funded voluntary working lands program. Through the program, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides annual rental payments to landowners to maintain and conserve grasslands while allowing producers to graze, hay, and produce seed on that land.  Maintaining the existing permanent cover provides several benefits, including reducing erosion, providing wildlife habitat and migration corridors, and capturing and maintaining carbon in the soil and cover. 
 

“Grassland CRP is an important working lands conservation tool that offers a win-win to both our country’s producers and the environment by supporting and enabling grazing activities, while at the same time promoting plant and animal biodiversity and stemming rangeland conversion,” said Susan Houston, Acting FSA State Executive Director in Indiana. “We had a successful signup last year, and we look forward to broadening our base and working with new producers, particularly our historically underserved producers, to ensure they can access the program and its many benefits.”  

 

FSA provides participants with annual rental payments and cost-share assistance. The annual rental rate varies by county with a national minimum rental rate of $13 per acre for this signup. Contract duration is 10 or 15 years. 

 

Broadening Reach of Program 

 

As part of the Agency’s Justice40 efforts, producers and landowners who are historically underserved, including beginning farmers and military veterans, will receive 10 additional ranking points to enhance their offers. 

 

Additionally, USDA is working to broaden the scope and reach of Grassland CRP by leveraging the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program?(CREP) to engage historically underserved communities. CREP is a partnership program that enables states, Tribal governments, non-profit, and private entities to partner with FSA to implement CRP practices and address high priority conservation and environmental objectives. Interested entities are encouraged to contact FSA. 

 

More Information on CRP 

Landowners and producers interested in Grassland CRP should contact their local USDA Service Center to learn more or to apply for the program before the May 13 deadline.  Additionally, fact sheets and other resources are available atfsa.usda.gov/crp.

 

Signed into law in 1985, CRP is one of the largest voluntary private-lands conservation programs in the United States. The working lands signup announced today demonstrates how much it has evolved from the original program that was primarily intended to control soil erosion and only had the option to take enrolled land out of production. The program has expanded over the years and now supports a greater variety of conservation and wildlife benefits, along with the associated economic benefits.
 

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit usda.gov

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