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Parkview tops off new Mirro Center

Parkview Health officials on Tuesday marked the ceremonial topping off of the $20 million Mirro Center for Research and Education, which is being erected on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus.

The 82,000-square-foot facility, with 90 rooms, is scheduled for completion early next year.

“The Mirro Center will allow Parkview to improve patient care through access to new trials and research, education and medical simulation,” Michael Mirro said in a statement. He is Parkview Health’s chief academic research officer.

Parkview Foundation has raised more than $4 million for the cutting-edge center from nonprofits and individuals. Foundation officials are still accepting donations, which include naming rights in some cases.

Parkview Health will pay the remainder of the project’s cost.

The center will include lab­oratories, equipment rooms, offices, meeting rooms and a large auditorium.

Researchers will focus on heart disease, oncology, radiation oncology, neurological conditions and orthopedics, officials have said.

One of the Mirro Center’s primary goals is to shorten the time between medical research breakthroughs and real-world use on patients.

Literacy Alliance has new location

The Literacy Alliance has found a new location for its Waynedale area learning center at Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Road, at the corner of Winchester and Airport Ex­pressway.

­The Waynedale classes have been temporarily housed at The Harvest Church in Wayne Plaza.

The agency offers classes for adult learners, helping them improve their reading, writing and math skills on Mon­days and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

To learn about enrolling in classes or volunteering to tutor, call The Literacy Alliance at 426-7323.

2 more Little Free Libraries going up

The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne will install two more book boxes in its Little Free Library program as part of its goal of sponsoring 100 by next year.

At the libraries, which are wooden boxes mounted on posts and set up in public places, people can pick up or donate reading materials.

Brian Acuzio Dawkins, a member of Boy Scout Troop 43, has built and donated five libraries as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The first of the two new boxes will be installed Thursday at St. Joseph Township Park, 6033 Maplecrest Road, and the second will be installed Friday at the Bluffton Indiana National Guard Armory, 500 E. Spring St., Bluffton.

Both installations will take place at 4:30 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend.


Traffic at bridge switches sides

Traffic at a bridge project in Columbia City will switch to the other side of the highway, effective today.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that two-way traffic on the Morsches Park bridge will change from eastbound lanes of the bridge to westbound.

The new configuration, which was expected to start today, will remain in effect until the end of the project, INDOT said.

The project had a bid of $2.5 million is expected to be finished Oct. 31.

Morsches Park Drive and the trailways at the bridge will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week until the project is finished.

Boys & Girls Clubsreceive $50,000

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has pledged $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington, which will be donated in $10,000 installments over the next five years.

Bendix’s donation is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ $2.5 million capital campaign to fund the construction of a new facility and new program enhancements. With four sites and 430 employees, the company is one of Huntington County’s largest employers.

“Giving back to community organizations like the local Boys & Girls Clubs is deeply ingrained in our Bendix culture,” said Mike Pogorelc, plant manager for Bendix at Huntington. “The club is a tremendous asset to the community.”

– Journal Gazette