Community briefs


Pressel backs House bill protecting
small businesses during pandemic
From State Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie: “Indiana is making great strides in bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses found that 55% of Hoosier small businesses considered the possibility of pandemic-related legal action a serious concern.
“That’s why I supported Senate Enrolled Act 1, which provides temporary immunity to Hoosier businesses, schools, health care entities and others from frivolous lawsuits alleging someone contracted or was exposed to COVID-19 at their facility or business.
“This new law does not cover non-COVID-19-related claims, and defendants who are grossly negligent, commit willful misconduct or intentional misrepresentation are not protected by this law.
“It’s critical that Indiana’s businesses keep their doors open and Hoosier jobs are protected. I think this is a necessary step to give some security to our employers and schools, as we all continue to navigate this pandemic.”
La Porte American Legion plans
three public events
American Legion Post 83, 228 E. Lincoln Way, La Porte, plans the following three events for the public:
— The American Legion Riders of Post 83 will host a spaghetti dinner Saturday, March 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost for adults is $7 and for kids 10 and under, $4. Dine in or carry out. Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert. All proceeds benefit local veterans and their families.
— On March 21 the post will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring regular and blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, fresh scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Dine in or carry out.
Cost for adults and carry out is $8; for seniors, $7; and for children 5 and under, $5; and for firefighters, police and EMS members, $5.
— On Friday, March 7, the post will host karaoke with Funkytown tunes at 7 p.m. Shot and drink specials.
For more information on these events, call Kathy at 219-380-9383.
Members Advantage donates $500 to
Portage Township Food Bank
Members Advantage Credit Union recently donated $500 to the Portage Township Food Bank. The money will help further the food bank’s mission which includes, among other outreaches, providing emergency assistance to approximately 600 families in crisis situations.
Credit union President Frank Beachnau said, “It’s a privilege to be able to help facilitate donations that make an impact on people’s lives in our communities. Food is a basic need that a lot of us take for granted, so we are grateful for the opportunity to remind ourselves and others of how fortunate we are to know where our next meal is coming from.”
Members Advantage Credit Union is a locally managed, nonprofit, full-service financial institution open to anyone who lives or works in La Porte, Porter or Lake counties. It has locations in Michigan City and Portage.

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