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October 4 - 10 Update

Indiana is not trending in the right direction when it comes to Covid-19. The state set another record on Friday with 1800 new cases.

The Indiana Amvets conference was held at the Wyndham Hotel In Indianapolis the weekend of September 25. Between 80 and 90 people were in attendance. Within days and during COVID-19's 14-day incubation period, people started getting sick.

The Amvets won't release how many people have become ill, But enough people have been diagnosed to prompt three Amvets posts to temporarily shut down for deep cleaning.

Those posts include:

Post 99 - in Indianapolis Post 12 - in Muncie Post 23 -in Hartford City

Dr. Kristina Box , Indiana Health Director, said several counties in southern Indiana have seen increases in COVID-19 cases. The county that is particularly of concern is rural Pike County. However, Box said that everyone must still be cautious and aware of the pandemic.

The pandemic is a very big challenge.

Franciscan Health’s Community Health Improvement team is partnering with Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) to help families strengthen their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For nine weeks this fall, Families Tackling Tough Times Together, a partnership between Franciscan Health and Purdue University Northwest, will provide weekly collections of ideas for families to use. These tools are free, flexible, and informed by science. They are designed for families of all types, with tailored suggestions for children, youth, young adults and older adults, and suitable for both civilian and military families.

The program will provide:

· Nine weekly collections of resilience-building activities you can use.

· Information about resilience for you and your family.

· Opportunities to ask questions of experts.

· Messages of support and encouragement.

Families are invited to join a public Facebook group H H S Families Together or visit the project website at hhs .purdue.edu where they will find materials and activities tied to a specific aspect of resilience.

NIPSCO natural gas residential customers can expect their overall bills during this year’s winter heating season to be slightly higher when compared to last year, assuming normal weather and usage.

The slight difference is largely due to the higher overall cost of natural gas – although the commodity cost of natural gas remains near historic lows. Over the course of the upcoming five-month winter heating season — Nov. 1 to March 31 — NIPSCO’s average natural gas residential customers could expect to pay approximately $425 in total. In comparison, last year’s average bill for the same five months, with a normal usage pattern, would have been approximately $400. This represents about a $25 difference or $5 per month on average for the five total months.

The City of Gary has acquired ownership of two vacant Gary community School Corporation schools – Edison Middle School at 5400 W. 5th Ave. and Ivanhoe Elementary School at 5700 W. 15th Ave.

the Post-Tribune reports that City of Gary Corporation Counsel Trent McCain said the city is also acquiring vacant William A. Wirt High School, Nobel and Aetna elementaries through intergovernmental transfers, but those deals haven’t closed yet.

The School Corporation transferred the deeds to the city through intergovernmental transfer. The stipulation of the transfer was that the property could not be sold to or developed into another any school.

The Fall installment of Lake County Property Taxes due date is November 10.

You may pay your property tax bill by visiting the Lake County government website OR at the following banks from October 5, 2020 to November 10, 2020:

American Community Bank, Centier Bank, Demotte State Bank, Dyer Bank and Trust, First Financial Bank, First Merchants Bank, First Midwest Bank, Horizon Bank, Peoples Bank, Tech Credit Union.


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