Community News Archives for 2021-09

Upcoming changes to SNAP for October

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has announced two upcoming changes the U.S. Food and Nutrition Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Together these changes may impact the benefits received by Hoosier SNAP participants.


  • On Sept. 30, 2021, the 15% increase in SNAP benefits provided as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will end.
  • Starting in October 2021, benefits will increase due to the recent re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan.

The result of these two updates occurring at the same time is that in October most SNAP participants will see a slight increase to their monthly benefit.


SNAP households may have heard that because of the updated Thrifty Food Plan their benefits are increasing. However, they may not understand that this increase is to the pre-pandemic benefit amounts—before the 15% increase. As a result, some participants may be expecting their benefits to increase substantially over their current level.


With these changes happening around the same time, SNAP participants, stakeholders, and others may become confused. Here is a Q and A from FNS that could help.





First Federal Savings Bank named a Five Star Member of the IBA

First Federal Savings Bank has been honored as a Five Star Member of the Indiana Bankers Association.


Pictured is Amanda Morris-Feldman, First Federal Savings Bank Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO and Chris Bennett, Indiana Bankers Association Vice President of Meets & Events 


The award was presented on September 24, by Chris Bennett, IBA Vice President of Meetings & Events, in recognition of First Federal Savings Bank’s Association involvement throughout 2020.


The Five Star Member designation recognizes those IBA-member banks which demonstrate outstanding commitment to the Association in five areas: political awareness, issues advocacy, life-long learning, IBA volunteerism, and Preferred Service Provider utilization.


“We very much appreciate the dedication of First Federal Savings Bankand as a Five Star Member bank,” said Amber Van Til, IBA president and CEO. “Our Association is strong, thanks to our supportive members.”


The Indiana Bankers Association supports Indiana banking through issues analysis, professional education, and products and services that enhance member banks’ ability to serve their communities.

Akron Summer's End Festival

Akron Summer’s End Festival is Saturday, September 25 from 4-9 pm at Pike Memorial Park.  



Car, Truck and Motorcycle Cruise-in and parking for the event should enter into the park on Virgil Street.


Golf Cart, UTV and bicycles should line up behind the Akron Fire Department at 3:30 pm. The route will be Walnut Street to Virgil Street to the park.



Bring your chairs, a sweatshirt and blankets. 

Fulton County Covid testing, vaccinations dates & times next week

September 20-25

Fulton County Health Department & Strike Team

Fulton County Fairgrounds

1009 W. 3rd St, Rochester


Free Drive up Covid-19 Testing

Enter Off Highway 31

Monday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tuesday 12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Wednesday 12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am-1:00 pm


Free Vaccinations- Pfizer and J&J

Everett Smith Building

Enter off of 3rd Street

Monday 12:00pm-8:00pm

Tuesday 12:00pm-8:00pm

Wednesday 12:00-8:00pm


 No appointments required

                Face mask required & social distancing practiced

City of Rochester announces Utility Office drive-up window repair, hydrant flushing

The City of Rochester has announced drive-up services for the Utility Office will be altered during upcoming repairs.  The city has also released the schedule for an upcoming flushing of the hydrants.


Beginning September 27, the Rochester Utility Office drive-up window will be closed for repairs. The office will still be open for business, but the drive up services will not be available until repairs are complete.


The city anticipates drive-up services to be operational by September 30. All payment services are still available, such as: pay by phone, pay online, stop in the lobby, or send by USPS.

Beginning October 4, M.E. Simpson & Company will be performing the semi-annual unidirectional flushing of the city water main lines (process to clean the mains). The work will continue for 30 days, weather permitting.


During these dates you may experience cloudy or discolored water at any time. The water is safe to use and drink. Running it longer before use may help to clear it. Avoid washing white clothes while water is discolored.


The city apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, but this does ensure the lines are properly maintained.

Streetlight pole work, painting continues in Rochester

The City of Rochester offered this reminder with downtown work continuing:


Michiana Contracting is replacing the street light poles in downtown Rochester and repainting the traffic signal poles. The work will continue for 2-3 weeks with weather permitting.


During these dates you may experience traffic delays and congestion in the downtown area. Please be extra cautious when driving downtown during this time as there will be workers located in the street.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as we continue to improve our beautiful downtown streetscape.

Flags to half-staff in remembrance of 9/11

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff in honor of Patriot Day.


Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, Sept. 11.


Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11.