Community News Archives for 2020-08

Level Up Nutrition breaks in its first month in Rochester

It's been going on three weeks since Level Up Nutrition made its appearance in Rochester at the Peace tree Village Plaza next to Krogers, in the former ‘Healthies’ Location. 

 

Level Up Nutrition is a health program owned by Jeff and Cyndi Lamberson, who have three locations in Rochester, Culver and Plymouth. 

 

 

Cyndi says they’re excited to be apart of the Rochester community. 

 

Rochester reports changes related to Covid-19 from Indiana Dept of Health

Rochester schools Superintendent Jana Vance released the following letter regarding returning to school related to Covid-19:
 
 

Please note the following changes in guidance to when a student, faculty or staff member may return to school from the Indiana Department of Health:

 

  1. If a student, faculty or staff member has symptoms of COVID-19 and has not been tested- all household members should be advised to quarantine. If they receive an alternative diagnosis from a doctor OR do get tested and test negative, then household members no longer need to quarantine. 

 

  1. If a symptomatic person tests negative, they may return without an alternate diagnosis as long as they are fever free for 24 hours and show improvement of symptoms. 

 

  1. Household members of a person positive with COVID-19 need to quarantine 14 days after the last day of their isolation (which is day 10). This means household members will quarantine a total of 24 days unless they have symptoms. At that point, we refer to the symptomatic scenarios. 

 

Students who are absent but feel well enough to participate in elearning are encouraged to do so!  Please discuss with your student(s) principal or school counselor if this is needed.   

 

Thank you in advance for your support as we continue to adjust to changes as they relate to Covid. 

 

 

Jana K. Vance, Ed.S

Superintendent

Rochester Community School Corporation

BBB warns consumers of Facebook based auto parts seller

Better Business Bureau warns consumers to use caution when doing business with Indiana Super Duty, LLC, a business that sells used auto parts over Facebook. BBB has received multiple complaints, ScamTracker submissions, and customer reviews that allege that the company has collected payments but failed to deliver a final product. Since January, the company has received seven complaints involving nearly $7,500.00 in consumer funds. 

 

The company currently has an “F” rating, the lowest on the BBB scale. 

 

Phil, a consumer from Monticello, Indiana, encountered the company on behalf of his teenage son. Phil told the BBB that his son had saved nearly $2,000.00 to repair his first vehicle and wanted to purchase parts from Indiana Super Duty, LLC because of the relatively low cost of the parts. After reviewing the company’s Facebook page, which has more than 30,000 likes, and failing to see any negative reviews or comments, Phil decided it might be a good company.  

Phil and his son paid a deposit of just over $1,000. Chris Davis, the principal of Indiana Super Duty, LLC, provided them with a timeline and said he would be in contact. After several delays which Mr. Davis attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phil requested a refund. Several weeks passed and Phil had still not received a refund. The business stopped communicating. Phil eventually determined they were screening his calls when he realized Mr. Davis would answer if Phil called from a number that wasn’t known to be associated with him.  

 

Phil discovered that the company’s positive reputation on Facebook was largely the result of deleting negative feedback. Phil left negative reviews and several comments on the company’s Facebook page, only to have them deleted. Phil even went so far as to visit Mr. Davis’s home to insist on his refund. Eventually, he was forced to file a report with the Indiana State Police. When Phil notified Mr. Davis about the police report, Mr. Davis finally came through with his refund, although Phil told BBB that it was $50 short. “From reading reviews and comments online, it's obvious that a lot of people have had similar experiences with this business,” Phil told BBB. 

 

For the third consecutive year, online purchase scams remain in the top three riskiest forms of consumer fraud, according to the latest BBB report, New Risks and Emerging Technologies: 2019 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report (BBB.org/RiskReport). In 2019, online purchase scams made up 24.3 percent of all scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/ScamTracker). BBB analyzed this information using its unique BBB Scam Risk Index to determine the riskiest scams based on exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss. Automobile products were among the most common online purchase scams in 2019 along with clothing/jewelry, home/furniture, medical/nutrition, pets, and more.  

 

“It’s relatively easy for a business to position itself as a reputable business online these days,” said Tim Maniscalo, Central Indiana BBB President & CEO. “This is why it’s critical to check out a business through credible and objective source such as the Better Business Bureau. You can save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle by taking that quick extra step before making a purchase.” 

 

Dennis, a consumer from Union City, Indiana, purchased a truck bed and tailgate on behalf of his employer. Mr. Davis informed him that although the company had the tailgate in stock, he would have to locate a truck bed that met Dennis’ requirements. After waiting nearly twelve weeks, Dennis finally requested the tailgate be shipped alone and the funds for the truck bed be refunded. When tailgate arrived, it was damaged to the point of being useless. The refund never arrived. Dennis attempted to contact Mr. Davis for weeks, but similar to Phil’s experience, the business began screening his calls. He still has not received a refund. 

 

BBB offers the following tips for consumers shopping on Facebook marketplace: 

 

  • Always meet the seller and see the item for?sale?before purchasing. This will help you avoid most scams on Facebook Marketplace. This is also true for housing rentals. If you can't tour the house or apartment before renting it, it's likely not available. 

  • Report scams to Facebook. If you’ve encountered a scam on Facebook Marketplace, report them.  

  • Check BBB Tips. Many sales scams use similar techniques as referenced in our tips for online purchases

Report suspicious activities to?BBB Scam Tracker.? 

BZA passes special exception for proposed Pulaski County solar project

The Pulaski County Highway Garage was a full house Monday night, with dozens more waiting outside as the Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals met to vote whether or not the proposed Mammoth Solar project would be granted a special exception to move foward by meeting health, safety and enviromental requirements. 

 

 

The meeting that went for over four hours, came as a continued hearing from last month, with nearly 100 people speaking for and against the proposed project.

 

 

President and Co-Founder to Global Energy Generation Nick Cohen addressed the four questions before the BZA at its continued meeting Monday.

 

 

Emotions were on high as the public spoke their concerns, with emotions ranging from tailgaters to tears and ended with the BZA approving the special exception and plans to move foward with the project. 

 

 

The Mammoth Solar project intends to place solar panels on approximately 4500 total acres in Pulaski County

 

 

Mammoth Solar holds Sunday open house in Winamac

Citizens of Pulaski County were met with more than just free pizza and refreshments Sunday in the Winamac Knights of Columbus building, during the Mammoth Solar Project open house.

 

The event held a steady crowd of concerned or curious locals wanting to learn more. Information about the future proposed solar panel project was made available with in-person experts, including engineers and environmental scientists, who addressed all environmental impacts, residential and agricultural land values and what the panels materials consist of.   

 

Last year Pulaski County officials passed a solar ordinance that encouraged large solar farm investors to come to the county and invest as a way to boost the local economy. 

 

A public hearing will be held in Winamac on Monday, August 24, at the Puaski County Highway Garage where BZA members will be voting whether the project meets the intent of the zoning ordinance. 

 

The county caught the attention of Global Energy Generation's after new transmission wires running through the county opened an opportunity for the development of a utility scale solar plant to tap into those lines. The lines have a convergent two grid system that plans to serve 100 million people all over the country. 

 

Among the entire team of Mammoth Solar attending the open house, was President and Co-Founder to Global Energy Generation Nick Cohen, who filled the audience in on his thoughts of the pending changes that are casting their aim at Pulaski County.

 

"Pulaski County has its chance to step into the future and not be left behind," explained

Cohen. 

 

Cohen hopes Sunday's open house will bring more support from the community.

 

"It's hard to not like what we are wanting to do because the facts are so compelling," he explained.  "They wanted us here and we are following the exact rules the county has originally set for us." 

North Manchester farm receives highest agricultural honor

Garwood Orchards and MPS Egg Farms have been awarded the AgriVision Award, the highest agricultural honor from the State of Indiana. This award was presented at the Indiana Statehouse by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler.

 

Now in it’s 14th year, the AgriVision Award is presented to businesses or organizations within the Hoosier agricultural community that are advancing the industry, whether that is by developing a new technology, working to address a worldwide issue or creating a better community.

 

Garwood Orchards is an agritourism destination in LaPorte, Indiana where there is fun to be had for the whole family, along with nutritious locally grown fruits and vegetables.

 

Garwood Orchards began in 1831 and is now a sixth-generation family owned and operated business by brothers Tom, Mike and Brian Garwood. Their farm produces roughly 500 acres of fresh fruits and vegetables such as sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers and apples for U-Pick, farm markets and wholesale. 

 

This orchard not only features U-pick orchards, wagon rides and live music, they also have a state-of-the-art packing house for fruits and vegetables and the Garwood’s cultivate crops using the latest technologies. During a typical school year, they host local schools and children on tours of their facility.

 

“We are so thankful to be chosen as an AgriVision Award recipient,” said Carey Garwood from Garwood Orchards. “This award means so much to our family and we were honored to be able to represent our industry and community at the Statehouse today.”  

 

The Garwoods are an exceptional family owned and operated business in Indiana and quite deserving of the AgriVision award for the business they have created and for the nutritious food provided to consumers nationwide.

 

“These two agricultural operations take technology and community involvement to the Next Level,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “It was an honor to recognize the families and their agricultural businesses at the Statehouse today.”

 

MPS Egg Farms, one of the largest shell egg producers in the United States, is a sixth-generation family farm business based in North Manchester, Indiana.

 

The family business, run by Bob, Dan and Sam Krouse, has 630 employees who care for 11 million hens, which produce more than 9 million eggs daily at six farms in Indiana, Illinois and Texas. Each farm is equipped with top-of-the-line equipment and is certified by numerous third-party organizations for quality assurance, animal health and product safety standards.

MPS Egg Farms produces both conventional and cage-free eggs that are delivered to grocery stores and food distributors nationwide. MPS Egg Farms is a national poultry industry leader in the conversion to cage-free egg production, in response to client and consumer demand.

 

Sustainability and advancing the egg industry are top of mind for owners, Bob, Sam and Dan. Each serve on a number of industry boards such as the United Egg Producers, American Egg Board and Indiana State Poultry Association. 

 

The Krouse family serves as leaders in their trade organizations and the agricultural community by focusing on what is best for the employees, their consumers, their flock and the environment.

 

As part of their commitment to enhancing the environment, they have installed over 3,000 solar panels at their North Manchester egg production facility.

 

“MPS Egg Farms is pleased and humbled to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Sam Krouse, Vice President of Business Development for MPS Egg Farms. “We are proud to be part of Indiana’s storied agricultural heritage and look forward to continuing to work with our industry partners to further our state’s reputation as a global leader in agriculture and food production.”

 

MPS Egg Farms and the Krouse family had a vision to take egg production in Indiana, and across the U.S., to the next level and they did just that by creating a safe, healthy work environment, keeping poultry welfare a top priority and advocating for the continual success of the poultry industry.

 

“Garwood Orchards and MPS Egg Farms are pillars in the agriculture industry,” said ISDA Director Bruce Kettler. “The passion they have not only for their own businesses, but their respective communities is exceptional. It was an honor to recognize them and their contributions today at the Statehouse.”

Rochester Community Schools releases updated bus routes for the 2020-2021 school year

ROCHESTER COMM SCHOOLS

2020-2021 BUS ROUTES

 

***Please remember that students are to be at their stop location approx. 10 minutes prior to posted time. All students will be required to wear a mask when riding the bus.***

 

Route 04 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:47 am     259 E 600 N

 6:51 am     6346 N 100 W

 6:52 am     1237 W 650 N

 6:57 am     151 W 700 N

 6:59 am     7481 N 50 W

 7:06 am     7702 N 250 W

 7:10 am     7344 N 300 W

 7:15 am     7640 N 450 W

 7:22 am     5071 N 400 W

 7:26 am     5025 Beaman Ln

 7:33 am     2255 W 450 N

 7:35 am     1682 W 450 N

 7:36 am     1133 W 450 N

 7:37 am     4394 N 100 W

 7:38 am     4108 N 100 W

 

Route 05 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:25 am     570 S Paradise Dr

 6:26 am     509 S Paradise

 6:37 am     3651 W 200 S

 6:45 am     4490 W 400 S

 6:54 am     3537 S 75 W

 7:00 am     2554 S State Rd 25

 7:06 am     391 W 375 S

 7:16 am     304 N State Rd 25

 7:32 am     3093 E 300 S

Route 05 AM (cont)

 7:33 am     3022 E 300 S

 7:35 am     2142 S Old US Hwy 31

 7:38 am     S Apple Tree Ln & Sycamore Dr

 7:42 am     506 Mitchell Dr

 

Route 06  AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:28 am     E 10th St & Park St

 7:29 am     E 12th St & Wabash Ave

 7:30 am     Clover St & Spear St

 7:31 am     Clover St & Washington St

 7:32 am     Brown St & Washington St

 7:33 am     Hill St & Jackson Blvd

 7:34 am     1239 Lakeshore Dr

 7:35 am     Jackson Blvd & Rochester Blvd

 7:37 am     1307 Lakeshore Dr

 7:38 am     1400 Mitchell Dr

 7:39 am     1111 Arthur St

 7:41 am     E 18th St & Elm St

 7:43 am     433 E 18th St

 

Route 08 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:52 am     INDIANA AVE

 7:07 am     6871 N State Rd 25?TALMA COMM BLDG

 7:15 am     2750 E 700 N

 7:17 am     6823 Walnut St

 7:17 am     6772 Walnut St

 7:19 am     2059 2nd St

 7:21 am     6699 N 250 E

 7:26 am     2797 E 500 N

 7:30 am     2918 E 550 N

 7:32 am     2418 E 550 N

 7:34 am     1217 E 550 N

 7:41 am     E 11th St & Madison St

 7:47 am     1502 Elm St

 

Route 09 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:28 am     Audubon Ave & E 16th St

 7:29 am     E 16th St & Wallace Ave

 7:30 am     College Ave & E 14th St

 7:33 am     E 6th St & Ohio St

 7:35 am     705 E 4th St

 7:36 am     1125 E 4th St

 7:39 am     NorthGate Circle Apartments

 7:42 am     Clayton St & E 2nd St

 7:43 am     E 4th St & Indiana Ave

 7:44 am     300 E 4th St

 

Route 10 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:53 am     3127 E 300 N

 6:58 am     3427 N 500 E

 7:06 am     3887 Ft Wayne Rd

 7:07 am     4125 Ft Wayne Rd

 7:11 am     E State Road 14 & Oakhill Dr

 7:14 am     76 N 550 E

 7:17 am     5196 E 75 S

 7:20 am     4913 E 150 S

 7:22 am     1125 S 400 E

 7:25 am     2410 Waterview Dr

 7:28 am     3958 Country Club Dr S

 7:32 am     Bessmore Park Rd & White Creek Dr

 7:32 am     1816 Bessmore Park Rd

 7:33 am     Bessmore Park Rd & Gregory Farms Vlg

 7:34 am     Barrett Rd & Long Beach Dr

 7:37 am     1122 Pearl St

 7:41 am     E 11th St & Elm St

 7:41 am     E 13th St & Elm St

 

 

 

 

 

Route 11 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:35 am     Cherry Tree Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:35 am     Monarch Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:36 am     Ravencrest Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:37 am     Maplewood Ln & Ravencrest Ln

 7:38 am     Heritage Dr & Ravencrest Ln

 7:40 am     Heritage Dr & Maplewood Ln

 7:41 am     Cherry Tree Ln & Heritage Dr

 7:42 am     Parkway Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:43 am     Skyview Ln & Parkway

 

Route 16 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:58 am     5378 W 250 N

 7:02 am     2668 N 400 W

 7:03 am     2986 N 400 W

 7:08 am     N 500 W & Trails End Rd

 7:12 am     4348 McCarty Ln

 7:19 am     2821 N 300 W

 7:28 am     1202 N Prairiewood Dr

 7:28 am     610 W 100 N

 7:31 am     1379 W 6th St

 7:33 am     1136 W 9th St

 7:34 am     930 W 6th St

 7:37 am     1100 Park Rd

 7:39 am     1650 Sweetgum Rd

 7:40 am     Cardinal Cir & Lakeview Bnd

 7:40 am     1344 Lakeview Ben

 7:44 am     S Elizabeth Ave & Sanford Dr

 7:45 am     Fortna Dr & S Elizabeth Ave

 

Route 20 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:15 am     1711?1719 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:17 am     1779 E 200 N

 7:19 am     1928 Petty Dr

 7:20 am     2020 N State Rd 25

Route 20 AM (cont)           

 7:21 am      2502 E 200 N

 7:24 am     2027 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:29 am     4403 N Old US Highway 31

 7:34 am     2724 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:36 am     2687 White Tail Dr

 7:39 am     2034 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:40 am     1880 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:42 am     E 6th St & Madison St

 7:43 am     E 4th St & Madison St

 

Route 23 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:38 am     Jefferson St & W 3rd St

 7:39 am     Jefferson St & W 4th St

 7:40 am     Jefferson St & W 6th St

 7:41 am     Jefferson St & W 8th St

 7:42 am     Jefferson St & W 10th St

 7:45 am     Clay St & W 5th St

 

Route 25 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:25 am     3660 S 500 E

 7:32 am     3543 Wabash Ave

 7:35 am     2809 Goose Pond Rd

 7:35 am     Captains Ct & Goose Pond Rd

 7:40 am     1803 Oakwood Dr

 7:42 am     E 16th St & Madison St

 7:43 am     E 14th St & Monroe St

 7:44 am     1715 Monroe St

 7:45 am     1502 Elm St

 

Route 26 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:50 am     6648 W 200 N

 6:55 am     8717 W 200 N

 6:59 am     9211 W 100 N

 7:04 am     Phillips St

Route 26 AM (cont)

 7:25 am     864 S 300 W

 7:29 am     2167 W State Rd 14

 7:31 am     1259 W State Rd 14

 7:34 am     1374 W 50 N

 7:36 am     501 W 50 N

 7:42 am     1412 Jefferson St

 7:43 am     Jefferson St & W 13th St

 7:44 am     E 13th St & Madison St

 7:46 am     Columbia Elementary School

 

Route 27 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:12 am     Reed Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:12 am     Forrest Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:14 am     3135 Evergreen St

 7:15 am     297 Oak St

 7:15 am     302 Oak St

 7:18 am     1186 W Olson Rd

 7:19 am     Buskirk Dr E & W Olson Rd

 7:20 am     1660 W Olson Rd

 7:21 am     1760 W Olson Rd

 7:22 am     1816 W Olson Rd

 7:24 am     Strawberry Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:28 am     4232 N 350 W

 7:33 am     Adele Dr & W Olson Rd

 7:34 am     1779 W Olson Rd

 7:35 am     1659 W Olson Rd

 7:42 am     914 Monticello Rd

 

 

Any questions contact Transportation at 574-223-4675, opt 1.

The Outlet Youth Center opens its doors to area students

The Youth Outlet's ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house Monday August 17, made-way for it's official first day, Tuesday August 18. 

 

From August 18-20, with a limit of 10 students per day due to Covid restrictions, the Outlet Youth Center is partnering with the Rochester Community School Cooperation and offering a place to go for students who need reliable internet for e Learning.  

 

 

Tuesday and Thursday will be for grades 9-12 and Wednesday is for grades 6-8 from 8:15am to 3:15pm. 

 

Once in-person school begins at Rochester Community Schools August 24, the youth center will be available to students after school on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 3:15-5:30 pm and will be able to be used more as a recreational space. 

 


Both masks and social distancing are required at Outlet Youth Center. 

 

Located at 602 Main Street in Rochester, the youth center was created to accommodate area Middle School and High School age students with a safe, supervised place to hang out featuring a pool table, air-hockey table, foosball table, games, snacks, a study area and more. 

 

Executive Director Patience Hisey says the shower and laundry area is also open to the community and can be scheduled for a time outside of student hours. 
All hygiene items will be provided, including towels and washcloths. 
Laundry soap and supplies are also provided, with community access to their washer and dryer. 
 

BBB warns of unemployment insurance scam

The?Better Business Bureau (BBB) is issuing a warning for an unemployment insurance fraud scam that has emerged over the last few months.? 

 

How the fraud works:  

People learn about the fraud when they get a notice from their state unemployment benefits office or their employer about their supposed application for unemployment benefits. If this happens to you, it means someone is misusing your personal information, including your Social Security number and date of birth. Act fast.? 

 

The unemployment rate clocked in at 11.1% last month according to the?U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. You or someone you know may have had their personal information stolen and used to apply for state unemployment benefits. What you might not know, is that this may have been part of an organized criminal effort targeting U.S state unemployment systems.? 

 

A?New York Times article in May 2020?claimed that according to a Secret Service memo, there has been evidence of unemployment insurance fraud emerging in a handful of states. Investigators estimate losses could reach hundreds of millions of dollars and noted that attackers appear to have extensive records of people’s personally identifiable information.? 

 

What to do IMMEDIATELY if someone files for unemployment with your personal identifiable information: 

 

Contact the HR Department where you work or last worked. 

Contact the State Unemployment Office immediately. 

Inform your banking institutions. 

File a report to your local police department.? 

Change passwords to sensitive accounts including banking, email and other personal accounts. 

Contact the three major credit reporting agencies (Experian,?Equifax,?TransUnion) to add an alert on your credit file and search for any other fraudulent transactions on your credit. report.? Visit for FREE,?https://www.annualcreditreport.com

Freeze your credit reports. It is a free service provided by all three credit reporting agencies. You can always temporarily unfreeze them for free when applying for credit. 

Report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at?IdentityTheft.gov

Keep all documents and records of conversation. 

See Metallica in concert at Tri-Way Drive-In in Plymouth

Are you a fan of Metallica?  You'll be able to watch the rock band from your car at numerous drive-in movie theaters around Indiana on Saturday, August 29. 

 

That includes one in Marshall County.  The Tri-Way Drive-In in Plymouth is among those hosting the event.

 

Tickets go on sale this Friday at Noon on TicketMaster's website. It will cost $115 per vehicle.

 

The concert will be shown at ten drive-in theaters around the state:

State Road 16 to be closed for seal coating

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for State Road 16 between U.S. 35 and State Road 17 beginning Monday, August 10. 

 

The road will be closed for seal coating. Weather permitting, State Road 16 will reopen in the evening on Friday, August 14.  

 

Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow U.S. 35, State Road 25 and State Road 17. 

State Road 10 to be closed for 1 day for culvert replacement

The Indiana Department announces that State Road 10 will be closed between State Road 17 and U.S. 31 on for approximately 12 hours on Wednesday, August 5. 

 

The road will be closed for a culvert replacement, with an alternate date of Tuesday, August 11 if needed. 

Study: Up to 84,118 K-12 students in Indiana may lack internet access at home

When K-12 classes start in the next month across Indiana, school teachers may have students whose educational achievement suffered due to the lack of internet access during the pandemic, says a new policy brief from Ball State University. 

 

How Many School-Age Children Lack Internet Access in Indiana?” found that about 68,649 to 84,118 Indiana school-age children do not have internet access at home.  

 

The study also found the most urban areas of the state (including the city of Indianapolis and northwest Indiana near Chicago) and the most rural parts of the state have the highest percentages of households without internet access. 

 

“The lack of access to appropriate devices and the internet — also known as the digital divide —could increase educational and social gaps among children,” said Michael Hicks, director of Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the brief’s lead author.  “With the closing of school buildings during the final months of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential closing of schools if COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the coming months, this policy brief helps to gauge the impact on vulnerable children without access to internet.” 

 

He pointed out that various studies over the last decade suggest that moderate and monitored home computer/internet use has positive impacts on children’s social development, cognitive development, and school performance.  

 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to acknowledge the impact of the digital divide on children who have limited alternatives to remote and virtual learning during school closures,” Hicks said. “This inequality in internet access could further increase the learning gap between children with and without access to the internet.” 

 

CBER’s study found that among households with school-age children and without internet access, most are single parent households (57%), have parents not in labor force (18.9%), are low-income families (35.2%), have non-English speakers at home (22.4%), and are households living in rental property (49.3%).  

 

The study also found:  

 

  • About 42,413 households or about 6.5 % with school-aged children do not have internet access at home. 
  • The absence of broadband access disproportionately affected students in families with characteristics that already challenge academic success. 

 

Hicks said CBER’s research points out that the interruption of school in March 2020 resulted in wide variation in delivering online education because there are large gaps in internet access across the state.  

 

“In the coming months, Indiana lawmakers will need to fund efforts to remediate students whose educational achievement suffered due to the pandemic,” Hicks said. “Indiana policymakers must also prepare for learning impacts of school closings during the 2020-2021 school year.”  

 

In addition to Hicks, the CBER research team included Dagney Faulk, director of research: Srikant Devaraj, research professor; and Yuye Zhang, a graduate research assistant specializing in GIS. 

Rochester Community Schools 2020-2021 Bus Routes

Please remember that students are to be at their stop location approx. 10 minutes prior to posted time.  All students will be required to wear a mask when riding the bus.  Any questions contact Transportation at 574-223-4675, opt 1.

 

Route 04 AM – Mr. Smiley

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:46 am     259 E 600 N

 6:49 am     1237 W 650 N

 6:54 am     7481 N 50 W

 7:00 am     7702 N 250 W

 7:04 am     7344 N 300 W

 7:10 am     7640 N 450 W

 7:20 am     5025 Beaman Ln

 7:27 am     2255 W 450 N

 7:29 am     1682 W 450 N

 7:30 am     1133 W 450 N

 7:31 am     4394 N 100 W

 7:32 am     4108 N 100 W

 

Route 05 AM – Ms. Wallace

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:42 am     570 S Paradise Dr

 6:43 am     509 S Paradise

 6:54 am     3651 W 200 S

 7:02 am     4490 W 400 S

 7:17 am     2554 S State Rd 25

 7:24 am     304 N State Rd 25

 7:34 am     3093 E 300 S

 7:39 am     S Apple Tree Ln & Sycamore Dr

 7:42 am     506 Mitchell Dr

 

Route 06 AM – Mrs. Geier

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:32 am     E 10th St & Park St

 7:33 am     E 12th St & Wabash Ave

Route 06 AM (cont.)

 7:34 am     Clover St & Spear St

 7:35 am     Clover St & Washington St

 7:36 am     Brown St & Washington St

 7:37 am     Hill St & Jackson Blvd

 7:38 am     Jackson Blvd & Rochester Blvd

 7:39 am     1307 Lakeshore Dr

 7:41 am     1400 Mitchell Dr

 7:42 am     1111 Arthur St

 7:44 am     E 18th St & Elm St

 7:45 am     433 E 18th St

 

Route 08 AM – Mr. Reinhold

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:55 am     INDIANA AVE

 7:10 am     6871 N State Rd 25?TALMA COMM BLDG

 7:18 am     2750 E 700 N

 7:20 am     6823 Walnut St

 7:20 am     6772 Walnut St

 7:26 am     2797 E 500 N

 7:31 am     2918 E 550 N

 7:32 am     2418 E 550 N

 7:35 am     1217 E 550 N

 7:42 am     E 11th St & Madison St

 7:47 am     1502 Elm St

 

Route 09 AM – Mr. Meyer

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:28 am     Audubon Ave & E 16th St

 7:29 am     E 16th St & Wallace Ave

 7:30 am     College Ave & E 14th St

 7:33 am     E 6th St & Ohio St

 7:35 am     705 E 4th St

 7:36 am     1125 E 4th St

 7:38 am     NorthGate Circle Apartments

 7:42 am     Clayton St & E 2nd St

 7:43 am     300 E 4th St

 

 

Route 10 AM – Mrs. Crill

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:55 am     3127 E 300 N

 7:00 am     3427 N 500 E

 7:08 am     3887 Ft Wayne Rd

 7:09 am     4125 Ft Wayne Rd

 7:13 am     E State Road 14 & Oakhill Dr

 7:16 am     76 N 550 E

 7:19 am     5196 E 75 S

 7:22 am     4913 E 150 S

 7:24 am     1125 S 400 E

 7:27 am     2410 Waterview Dr

 7:30 am     3958 Country Club Dr S

 7:34 am     Bessmore Park Rd & White Creek Dr

 7:35 am     Bessmore Park Rd & Gregory Farms Village

 7:38 am     1122 Pearl St

 7:41 am     E 11th St & Elm St

 7:42 am     E 13th St & Elm St

 

Route 11 AM – Mrs. Wojtyska

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:35 am     Cherry Tree Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:36 am     Ravencrest Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:37 am     Maplewood Ln & Ravencrest Ln

 7:38 am     Heritage Dr & Ravencrest Ln

 7:39 am     Heritage Dr & Maplewood Ln

 7:40 am     Cherry Tree Ln & Heritage Dr

 7:42 am     Parkway Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:42 am     Skyview Ln & Parkway

 

Route 16 AM – Ms. Ingram

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:07 am     2668 N 400 W

 7:08 am     2986 N 400 W

 7:13 am     N 500 W & Trails End Rd

 7:21 am     2821 N 300 W

 7:30 am     1202 N Prairiewood Dr

 7:31 am     610 W 100 N

 7:34 am     930 W 6th St

Route 16 AM (cont.)

 7:37 am     1100 Park Rd

 7:39 am     1344 Lakeview Ben

 7:40 am     Cardinal Cir & Lakeview Bend

 7:43 am     S Elizabeth Ave & Sanford Dr

 7:45 am     MS/HS STOP

 

Route 20 AM – Mr. Ulery

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:16 am     1711?1719 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:18 am     1779 E 200 N

 7:20 am     1928 Petty Dr

 7:21 am     2020 N State Rd 25

 7:22 am     2502 E 200 N

 7:25 am     2027 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:30 am     4403 N Old US Highway 31

 7:36 am     2687 White Tail Dr

 7:39 am     2034 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:40 am     1880 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:43 am     E 6th St & Madison St

 7:44 am     E 4th St & Madison St

 

Route 23 AM – Mr. Bradley

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:38 am      Jefferson St & W 3rd St

 7:39 am     Jefferson St & W 4th St

 7:40 am     Jefferson St & W 6th St

 7:41 am     Jefferson St & W 10th St

 7:44 am     Clay St & W 5th St

 

Route 25 AM – Mrs. Pitman

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:26 am     3660 S 500 E

 7:35 am     2809 Goose Pond Rd

 7:36 am     Captains Ct & Goose Pond Rd

 7:41 am     1803 Oakwood Dr

 7:42 am     E 16th St & Madison St

 7:43 am     E 14th St & Monroe St

 7:44 am     1715 Monroe St

Route 25 AM (cont.)

 7:45 am     1502 Elm St

 

Route 26 AM – Ms. Rensberger

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:50 am     6648 W 200 N

 6:55 am     8717 W 200 N

 6:59 am     9211 W 100 N

 7:04 am     Phillips St

 7:25 am     864 S 300 W

 7:29 am     2167 W State Rd 14

 7:31 am     1259 W State Rd 14

 7:34 am     1374 W 50 N

 7:36 am     501 W 50 N

 7:42 am     1412 Jefferson St

 7:43 am     E 13th St & Madison St

 

Route 27 AM – Mr. Wallskog

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:10 am     Reed Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:10 am     Forrest Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:12 am     297 Oak St

 7:13 am     302 Oak St

 7:16 am     1186 W Olson Rd

 7:16 am     Buskirk Dr E & W Olson Rd

 7:18 am     1660 W Olson Rd

 7:18 am     1760 W Olson Rd

 7:19 am     1816 W Olson Rd

 7:21 am     Strawberry Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:25 am     4232 N 350 W

 7:30 am     Adele Dr & W Olson Rd

 7:31 am     1779 W Olson Rd

 7:32 am     1659 W Olson Rd

 7:39 am     914 Monticello Rd

 

Eastern Pulaski School registration information

Eastern Pulaski School's online registration must be completed for every student prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. This process includes:


– filling out eight required online forms


– completing the Food Service Application if you would like to see if your family qualifies for free or reduced meal rates for the 2020-2021 school year


– paying for book rental (payments may be made online or by a check delivered or mailed to your child’s school)


– reviewing and updating demographic information

 

For those who do not have Internet access to do these things at home, EPCSC will open a computer lab on August 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

There will be a limited the number of people in the computer labs in order to allow for social distancing.

 

They ask that you please use the auditorium entrance if you need to come in to school for assistance.

 

 

Transportation
EPCSC uses EZRouting Software for Transportation.

 

They ask that you please register your child(ren) – regardless if they will ride a bus or not – through the link that will be emailed to you within the next couple of days.

 

Be sure to check your spam folder to find this email.

 

Please check this even if your child(ren) rode a bus last year to ensure their transportation plan is still accurate. If your child(ren) rode a bus last year and will NOT this year, please go in and request that we remove their transportation plan from last year.

 

PARKING PASSES
Students who will be driving to school must fill out a parking pass form online. Once this has been submitted, the student or parent can come in to school to pay for and pick up a parking pass for the 2020-2021 school year.

Lawsuit in legal limbo after Fulton Co.hearing on lawsuit for Cass County for proposed zinc recycling plant

The first of three lawsuits against Cass County by it's citizens, stemming from concerns about the proposed zinc reclamation plant, Waelz Sustainable Products, better known as WSP, made it's way into the Fulton County Courthouse for a hearing Friday afternoon.  The out of county case had been transferred to Fulton County due to possible conflict of interest in Cass County courts. 

 

The suit is based off the Cass County commissioners decisions about WSP, a new, state of the art kiln facility, set to produce zinc oxide from steel mill byproducts. 

Fulton County Circuit Judge Christopher Lee heard arguments from both sides for and against the case going to the Indiana Supreme Court as a public lawsuit. Cass County, being the party that wants the case declared as a public. 

 

The case was put in legal limbo. If Judge Lee decides it to be a public lawsuit, the Supreme Court would choose a special judge for the case to speed up its process. 

 

Judge Lee requested proposed orders from both sides be written on what each side wants the decision to be, by Wednesday. 

 

He has set no date for his decision, although it's likely to be made before Sept. 25, when the lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in his court.

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