FRIDAY, JUNE 15: Five things to know and 5 upcoming events

Here are five things you might want to know for Friday, June 15, 2018:

COUNTY COUNCIL TO MEET TODAY; CITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Cass County Council will meet today at 9 a.m. and abatements are one of the items on the agenda. THe meeting will be held in the Commissioners Hearing Room at the Cass County Government Building. There’s also an executive session set for 8:30 a.m. to discuss pending litigation.

The Logansport City Council hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday night and tax abatements will also be on their agenda.

TYSON MAKES DONATION TO FOOD FINDERS

Tyson Foods announced $151,000 donation to Food Finders Food Bank yesterday to help fund a mobile food pantry and leverage access to federal funding for food programs. The company also donated a nearly 30-thousand pound truckload equivalent to more than 118 thousand servings of protein.

With the purchase of a refrigerated box truck, the food bank’s mobile pantry will be able to increase the number of annual meals provided to the surrounding Logansport area. The grant will also help subsidize first-year costs on a SNAP Outreach Coordinator who will enroll residents in federal feeding programs.

The Food Finders Food Bank delivered over 9 million pounds of food to 120 hunger relief agencies in the region last year. This grant is expected to allow the mobile pantry to increase total number of meals by over 475,000 per year. Also, with help from the SNAP Outreach Coordinator, a net increase of over 700 approved SNAP applications – equivalent to nearly 900,000 meals – is expected for 2018.

Tyson Foods has three facilities in Indiana and employs more than 3,000 in the state, and more than 80 family farmers in the state grow chickens for its operations. The company also purchases cattle, pigs, grain, diesel and other utilities in Indiana and estimates its annual statewide economic impact at more than $619.2 million.

NEW MEDICARE CARDS BEING SENT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began mailing new, more secure cards to Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana this month. Beneficiaries do not need to do anything to get new cards, and they are being mailed at no cost to the recipient. If you receive Medicare, your benefits will not change with your new card.

The new cards much more secure, as the old cards displayed the beneficiary’s Social Security number (SSN). The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning that scammers may use this transition period to try to steal your personal information.

They say once you receive your new Medicare card, you should destroy the old card by shredding or cutting it into pieces, and start using the new one right away. More info is available here and at medicare.gov.

PIONEER DAYS THIS WEEKEND IN ROYAL CENTER

The 50th annual Pioneer Days is set for tonight and tomorrow in Royal Center. The Pioneer Days Parade begins at 4 o’clock Saturday. There will also be fireworks in the park tomorrow around 10 p.m. See the schedule here.

TRAIN EXCURSIONS FROM LOGANSPORT TO KOKOMO ON JUNE 30

Mayor Dave Kitchell says the Indiana Transportation Museum will run two passenger train excursions from Logansport to Kokomo on June 30 as part of the Haynes-Apperson Festival. The boarding area will be behind Brown Construction on Stony Pike east of 18th Street.

These are the first excursions offered from Logansport. but the third excursions offered in Cass County since Thanksgiving. The museum offered excursions from Anoka and Kokomo from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas. In March, the museum offered Bunny Hop Express excursions from Walton to Kokomo.

Ticket information and times for the excursions will be available on www.itm.org.

Find more local information at casscountyonline.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

?6/15 and 6/16: Civic Players of Logansport present “Into the Woods” at 7:30 p.m.

? 6/16: Indian Trail Wines Music at the Gazebo at 7 p.m.

? 6/16: Summer Sundown Music Series at Fairview Park at 7:30 p.m.

? 6/18: Job Fair at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility starting at 10 a.m.

? 6/20: Cass County Historical Society Book Signing at People’s Winery at 5:30 p.m.

Find our complete list of upcoming events at CassCountyCalendar.com.