September 12, 2023 at 7:17 p.m.

Care Trak system is available for help

Taking Note

For those who are at a risk of wandering off, there is a local tool that can help.

Portland Fire Chief Mike Weitzel issued a reminder recently that the Care Trak system is available to those who have loved ones who are prone to getting lost.

The tracking system comes with a device similar to a wristwatch that can be worn on the wrist or ankle. If the individual wearing it gets lost, local emergency personnel can track them.

It is recommended for the elderly, children with autism and anyone else who may be a “flight risk.”

“It gives the family a piece of mind that we are able to track the individual if they do decide to take off,” said Weitzel. 

Currently, three individuals are utilizing the system. It has been in place locally since 2017.

For more information, or to request a Care Trak device, call the fire department at (260) 726-4500.


New website

Indiana Commission for Higher Education unveiled its new website for students, families and educators this week.

The website — learnmoreindiana.org — offers resources, tools and other guidance for Hoosiers regarding post-high school education. It is available in five languages.

“Learn More Indiana is an important channel for the Commission to communicate with the public,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Chris Lowery in a press release. “Whether it be through social media or the website, Learn More Indiana provides timely updates and resources for Hoosiers who are pursuing education after high school. Our expectation is that the revamped website will make information more accessible to students, families and educators.”


Chicken supper

The Museum of the Soldier’s annual chicken supper fundraiser is Friday.

The drive-thru meal from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be offered on the south side of the Bubp building at Jay County Fairgrounds. Bearcreek Events is catering the meal, which will include chicken, cheesy potatoes, baked beans and a drink. The fundraiser will be in conjunction with the Indiana Military Vehicle Show, which is slated for Friday through Sunday at Jay County Fairgrounds.


ArtWorks classes

The Jay County Campus of Arts Place will offer a variety of ArtWorks classes from now through December.

The next ArtWorks class is after school painting beginning Thursday, Sept. 14.

Other classes that begin this month are surface decoration (Sept. 16), hand-building basics (Sept. 16), beginner wheel throwing (Sept. 18), home school art (Sept. 21) and stamped metal keychains and bracelets (Sept. 27). Additional classes will begin in the coming months.

For more information, email [email protected] or call (260) 726-4809. To register, visit myartsplace.easybooking.site.


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