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Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:01 am

New disability rules for airlines

The Department of Transportation announces new federal accessibility regulations to make flying easier for people with disabilities. Some of these requirements were already present in Americans with Disabilities Act regulations; the new regulations are a continuation of the Department's efforts to implement the Air Carrier Access Act.

New regulations include accessible websites; boarding passes and luggage tag kiosks and ticket agents offering any online discount fares to customers who were unable to use the airline's website due to a disability. Airlines have two to 10 years to comply.

Mammography locations

Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography November locations:

•Today, Owen's Supermarket, 2211 E. Center St., Warsaw

•Today, LifeCare of LaGrange, 0770 N 075 E, LaGrange

•Tuesday Curves, 5909 Bluffton Road

•Wednesday, Parkview Physician Group-Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven

•Thursday, RSVP Senior Expo, 615 Professional Way, Kendallville

•Friday, Tuthill, 8825 Aviation Drive

•Nov. 20, HealthVisions of Fort Wayne, 2135 S. Hanna St.

•Nov. 23, Owen's Supermarket, 903 Lincolnway S., Ligonier

•Nov. 26, PPG Family Practice, 817 Trail Ridge Road, Albion

•Nov. 27, Miller's Merry Manor, 1900 Alber St., Wabash

•Nov. 29, Calvary Lutheran, 1301 Williams St., Angola.

Blood drives

American Red Cross November blood drives:

•Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Spencerville Community Club, 5629 County Road 68, Spencerville

•9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 17, St. Therese Catholic Church, gymnasium, 2304 Lower Huntington Road

•1-3:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Tomkinson BMW, 929 Avenue of Autos, 14/69 Auto Mall

•8:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 19, Ruan, 3909 Limestone Drive

•3-7 p.m. Nov. 26, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 14318 Lima Road

•8:30-11 a.m. Nov. 27, Glenbrook Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing, 3811 Parnell Ave. Donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

•1-3 p.m. Nov. 27, Bethlehem Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation, 4430 Elsdale Drive. Donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

•11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Monroeville EMS, 103 S. Water St., Monroeville. Donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

Diabetes awareness

African American Healthcare Alliance Coalition for Diabetes will hold a diabetes awareness program in acknowledgement of National Diabetes Month at 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Greater Progressive Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 2221 Reed St. Speakers, “Ask a Doc/Nurse” sessions, educational material and free flue shots will be available.

For more information, email

Remembrance Tree display

Lutheran Hospital will host its annual Remembrance Tree display in commemoration of loved ones who are gone but not forgotten. Personalized ornaments may be placed on the tree at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23. A special dedication will take place in the hospital's south lobby at 12:45 p.m. The names of loved ones will be read at that time.

Special ornaments will be available in memory of fallen heroes from the armed forces and fire and police departments. Each ornament will remain on the tree until shortly after the new year and then may be picked up at Lutheran Hospital.

Area Choirs and musicians will share songs of the season throughout the morning. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 435-7704.

2-1-1 honored

United Way of Allen County's 2-1-1 Services was recently recognized for 10 years of resource assistance during a breakfast held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center Nov. 7. 2-1-1 is a national dialing code for free, confidential 24-hour line access to more than 1,800 local health and human services, such as housing, shelter, food, legal aid, clothing, counseling, utility assistance, health care, transportation and more.

For more information about 2-1-1 Information and Referral Services, email Tiffany Bailey at

Heating help

Arc of Indiana is accepting applications for its winter heating assistance program. Low income people with disabilities could qualify for up to $100 in assistance on their heating bills.

To qualify, the individual or someone in the household must be an SSI or Medicaid disability recipient. Only 250 people will be accepted.

To download an application, go to