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Charities benefit from Kroger

December 17, 2016 GMT

Fort Wayne/Allen County

Charities benefit from Kroger

The Kroger Co. is donating more than $126,000 to seven charities, the grocer announced Friday.

The largest check, $82,500 from the company’s Fight Cancer Day, went to the American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and Francine’s Friends. Kroger customers provided more than $32,000 of that at checkout. Kroger donated 3 percent of its sales on “Fight Cancer Day” for an additional $50,000.

The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program received more than $30,000. From August through November, customers donated $4,203. The Marines collected toys worth $26,000 at 17 area Kroger stores.

In addition, Community Harvest Food Bank received $12,000. Coats for Kids and the Salvation Army of Fort Wayne each received $1,000.

Area

New outage map unveiled by I&M

Indiana Michigan Power has introduced a new online map that provides more details about power outages.

Built on a Google Maps platform, the mobile-friendly map allows customers to zoom in to see power out­ages by street or neighborhood. Outages also are searchable by street, city, ZIP code or county.

Among the outages detailed in the map will be those planned for equipment maintenance, repair or replacement. I&M informs customers of planned out­ages by phone in advance.

The map, which does not require a login, is at www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/OutageMap.

Indiana

IURC looks to fill board vacancy

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Nominating Committee is soliciting applications for a vacancy on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission created by the retirement of Commissioner Carol Stephan.

Applications must be received in the governor’s office by close of business Jan. 5. The committee will then conduct a public meeting to interview applicants. Incoming Gov. Eric Holcomb will choose from three candidates to fill the remainder of Stephan’s term, which ends Jan. 31, 2020.

Applicants can review the Party Affiliation Resolution posted at http://in.gov/gov/2682.htm. The resolution identifies how the nominating committee will determine an applicant’s party affiliation.

Applications are available by email at boardsandcommissions@gov.in.gov, by phone at 317-232-4567, at the Statehouse, Room 206, or at www.in.gov/gov/2682.htm.

Completed applications must be returned to: Allen Paul, Chair, IURC Nominating Committee, c/o Office of the Governor, Statehouse, Room 206, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Ohio

Paulding Putnam reports scams

Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op is warning about scams in the area.

The first was in the Monroeville area where a person pretending to be a PPEC worker requested payment for tree trimming services, the utility said in a statement. An elderly person paid $150. PPEC does not charge for tree trimming.

The second was near Wetzel, Ohio, where a person pretending to be a PPEC contractor asked to enter a home. The person had a West Virginia license plate. The homeowner refused to let the person in and called PPEC.

To report a suspicious person, call PPEC at 1-800-686-2357. If there is a danger, contact police first.

– Journal Gazette