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Local Briefs 09/26/12

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Don’t fear, your 911 call can be anonymous

People who call 911 to report criminal activity can do so without giving their names and phone numbers to dispatchers.

Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, said some people assume they have to give the information when dispatchers ask for it as a matter of procedure.

He said the fear of retaliation discourages some people from calling.

“That assumption is a major public safety issue when you’re trying to keep crime down and need the help of the community to do it,” Myers said.

“People need to understand that if they see bad things happening, we want them to call no matter what. We’ll protect their identity so they can feel safe.”

Myers said police became aware of the misunderstanding during neighborhood watch meetings they attended, including ones in the areas of Pence Park and Two Worlds Drive.

In 2011, about 5 percent of callers did not share their personal information with dispatchers who asked for it, Myers said. So far this year, the figure is at about 4 percent.

Health fair will include screenings, education

A health fair is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Kroger, 3110 National Road, Columbus.

Columbus Regional Health, co-sponsor with Kroger, will provide free blood pressure screenings plus heart attack and stroke prevention education.

The Columbus Police Department will accept unused medications and provide child identification information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Flu shots are available for $25, or free if a person has Medicare coverage.

A diabetic educator will answer questions. Information will be offered about alcohol and narcotic addiction treatments, and information about lice prevention and treatments.

Blood glucose screenings, bone density measurements, body weight analysis and shingles vaccinations also are available.

Seminar for Alzheimer’s home safety tomorrow

Fully 67 percent of Alzheimer’s care givers die before their loved one due to stress and their inability to find time for themselves, according to the national Alzheimer’s Association.

Shenan is the organizer of a workshop on Alzheimer’s and home safety set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Community Church of Columbus, Room 300, 3850 N. Marr Road.

Shehan wants caregivers to know they are not alone and is seeking to give them a chance to get the practical help they need.

“Being a family caregiver can be a very lonely endeavor, especially if you have little or no chance for social interaction with others,” she said.

Information: 526-5646.

Medicare information programs set at library

Two upcoming programs at the Bartholomew County Public Library will help residents make sense of their Medicare coverage.

On Monday at 6 p.m., Scott Donahue from the nonprofit organization Medicare Simplified will teach attendees when and how to enroll in Medicare, when to review and make changes to your coverage and more. The seminar will be held in the Red Room.

On Oct. 9, Medicare Supplement Insurance: What You Need to Know, featuring Judy Mankin from Western Southern Financial Group, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the library conference room. Mankin will discuss the importance of supplemental coverage and the many options available.

For information on either program: 376-1266 or

Library program studies Revolutionary War figures

The Bartholomew County Public Library Community Book Read goes back in time next week with impersonators of prominent figures from the Revolutionary War.

Indianapolis-based impersonator Frank Watson will bring Franklin to life, while Barbara McNamara will portray his fictional assistant Goodye Watson, at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 2. In his role as Benjamin Franklin, Watson will address people interested in coming to America, including Thomas Paine and Marquis de Lafayette.

Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by retired IUPUI professor David Best will swing by the library at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 for A Conversation with Mr. Jefferson, which will explore pivotal events in his life, as well as his role in the writing the Declaration of Independence.

Book read selections this year are the U.S. Constitution and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. Both programs are funded by the Bartholomew County Library Associates.

Community blood drive slated for Oct. 5 at hospital

A community blood drive hosted by Columbus Regional Hospital and the Indiana Blood Center will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 in Meeting Room 1 of CRH, located in the basement of the hospital, 2400 E. 17th St.

Indiana Blood Center must collect 550 units every day to supply more than 60 Indiana hospitals including Columbus Regional Hospital.

To register to donate, call 375-3901 or visit

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