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I don’t often share the photo quotes that fill up my newsfeed on Facebook — if you follow me on Twitter, it’s a different story, because I definitely do retweet things that resonate with Michelle Laird DIALS Editor/publisher me. The ones on Facebook sometimes seem trite and overshared. But this morning, I saw one that was particularly meaningful: “People don’t leave because things are hard. They leave because it’s no longer worth it.” Those of you who read this column regularly know that I always try to be just as cheery in words as my cheesy photo leads you to believe that I might always be. But the truth is, more often than not, I have to remind myself to Say Something Nice. And sometimes, I wonder if it’s worth Editorial Information Views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Cass County Communication Network or its parent company, Existential Media LLC. Our publications provide information about events and activities happening in or near Cass County, Indiana. The information is provided by Existential Media LLC for general information purposes only. We strive to keep the information up-to-date and correct, however we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in our publications for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will Existential Media LLC be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of our publications.

it. When I’m having a tough day, I search for beachfront property close enough to commute to an imaginary job where I report to a certain Mouse. But, I’m lucky, because usually, I can turn to our Facebook pages and see that what Cass County Communication Network is doing is worth it — because a lost dog has been reunited with its owner, a family has created happy memories at a local event or we’ve helped someone get the information they need to make their life better. What we do isn’t easy, but our fans make it worth it. I get to see a side of our community that doesn’t always make headlines, because the good news isn’t always what people want to hear. I always look at new seasons as a chance for new opportunities. So this fall, I challenge you to look at our community from a different perspective. Instead of looking at what we don’t have, look at what we do have, and celebrate it. When someone complains that there’s nothing to do, show them Cass County Calendar. Attend a local festival or event. Learn more about an organization and donate an hour a month as a volunteer. When someone shares an article about something negative, share two about something positive. So many people are working hard to make Cass County a great place to live, work and play., and I guarantee that at least a few of them have wondered if it’s still worth it. You might just be the person who reminds them that it is.

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City's first roundabout completed Cass County Commissioners Gene Powlen, Jim Sailors and Dave Arnold cut the ceremonial ribbon at the roundabout at the intersection of Chase and Davis Roads as former Mayor Mike Fincher, Mayor Ted Franklin and others look on. Those involved in the city/county project marked its completion with at the ribbon cutting ceremony on August 2. The project included the widening of Chase Road, construction of a multi-use path along Chase Road and construction of the city and county’s first roundabout, which opened in time for use by those attending the Cass County 4-H Fair. PHOTO BY PHILL DIALS

New clinic with bilingual physician opens in Logansport The new Dukes Medical Group Outpatient Clinic, located in the Eastgate Plaza Shopping Center at 3065 E. Market, opened to the public on Tuesday, Aug 7. Luis Velasco, M.D., AAPS-OBGYN and the staff of Heartland Obstetrics and Gynecology will be seeing patients at this new location on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-6 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:30-11 a.m. Additional services provided and other providers rendering care at this new location will be announced at a later date. “We are thrilled to be able to provide a bilingual ob/gyn physician of this caliber locally to the Logansport community, ” stated Debra Close, Dukes Memorial Hospital CEO, Heartland Obstetrics and Gynecology now has offices located in Logansport, Peru and Wabash. If you are an individual interested in scheduling an appointment at this new Logansport office or any of the other Heartland Obstetrics and Gynecology locations, please call toll free 1-877- OBGYN (62496). The clinic is also looking to hire bilingual staff members with certified medical assistant training and diploma. 4 | Cass County INfo: | August 2012

United Way of Cass County kicks of 75th anniversary campaign “Founded in 1937, the United Way has set an aggressive goal of $600,075 in honor of its 75th anniversary,” says executive director Joyce Mayhill. “You can double your donation this year with a match opportunity for new donors of $100 or more. Participation is key, so the United Way has also set a goal to increase donor participation by 20% in this 75th year. In order to sustain and hopefully increase member agency funding as well as fund the additional programs we need folks to take advantage of the matching opportunity in order to support organizations that care for our community.” Funds are allocated to ten agencies working to make a difference in the areas of education, income and health: American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cass County, The Salvation Army, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, Boy Scouts of America, Cass County Family YMCA, Mental Health Association, Food Finders, Senior Center, Peak Community Services. The Cass County Backpack Program and the Cass County Reading Railroad will also be funded through the 2012 campaign. You can learn more, or make a donation online, at

Announcing a goal 2012 United Way of Cass County campaign chair Joe Johnson delivered a birthday cake at the end of the United Way Rally. His shirt shows the organization’s 2012 fundraising goal of $600,075. In September, United Way volunteers will come together again for Live United Day on Sept. 21, joining forces to complete more than 100 community projects.

Celebrating 75! United Way of Cass County is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012 and each month, we’ll highlight a United Way agency or program. This month, we’re focusing on the Girl Scouts of Northern-Indiana Michiana. Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana - Michiana (GSNI-M) would like to thank the United Way of Cass County (UWCC), our partner, for their support and commitment to Girl Scouting in Cass County and for joining with us to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. “One thing I love about the Cass County United Way and GSNI-M/ Cass County is that both organizations service the entire county,

not just Logansport... We have troops in the Logansport, Pioneer, Caston, Walton, and Galveston School Corporations,” says Krista Slusser, Community Liaison for GSNI-M. From all of us at GSNI-M and Cass County Girl Scouts, “We wish you a Happy 75th Anniversary and thank you for everything that you do!”

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Cass County Bankfishing Catfish Tournament August 18 Sign-in at Eel River Bait and Tackle at the Adamsboro Public Access Site starting at 4 p.m. Fishing starts at 7 p.m., with weigh-in at 7 a.m. Bubba’s Smoke Shack will have BBQ available at Sign-in and Biscuits and Gravy available at weigh-in. Lots of door prizes and raffles. Fishing is allowed only in Cass County and only on the Eel or Wabash rivers or tributaries. No boats, no wading. Bankfishing only. Rules and registration are available at Eel River Bait and Tackle or on facebook at Cass County Indiana Bankfishing Catfish Tournament

DINO Series at France Park August 11 & 12 Held annually at France Park, Saturday’s event is the Xterra DINO Triathlon features a 1/2 mile swim, 10 mile mountain bike, 4 mile trail run while Sunday features a mountain bike race. Visit for more information.

1st Annual Fiber Art & Quilt Exhibit August 14-September 14 The Logansport Art Association is issuing an open call to all fiber artists and quilters. Entries will be accepted Monday, Aug. 13 from noon-3 p.m. through August 31 during regular hours (Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the LAA). There is no entry fee and the exhibit will be fluid, changing daily as entries are accepted and displayed. Fiber art encompasses a large variety of styles including traditional quilts, art quilts, fabric making, printing & dyeing, weaving, needle craft work including artistic machine sewing, wearable art, sculpture, 3D art and mixed media, and other artwork including textiles such as fabric, yarn and natural & synthetic fibers. To request an entry form, or for questions or more info call 574.735.2915 or email Food Finders Mobile Pantry Food Giveaway August 18 Food Finders will host a first-come, first-serve mobile pantry food giveaway at First Baptist Chuch of Galveston, 207 S. Sycamore St. beginning at 11 a.m. It is sponsored by Thompson Totes. Place: First Baptist Church of Galveston

What are your favorite memories from Summer 2012? Check out our photo gallery on the Cass County Calendar page on Facebook and then share your favorite photos. Despite the drought, so many great things happened in our community this summer! Join as as we look back on them and look forward to a great fall! Catch up with us online at Have an event you’d like to promote? It’s free to post upcoming events on Just head to the website and click the submit button, and we’ll help you share the details!

Martin’s Celebrity Baggers Aug. 24 & 25 Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cass County at Martin’s Supermarket on Friday, August 24, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, August 25, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. “Celebrities” from Cass County will be bagging your groceries to earn tips, which are then donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. ALL donations stay in Cass County! Cass County Farm View August 25 Learn more about where your food comes from, and meet the farmers that bring it to you. Food, Fun, and interactive excitement, including a live milking demonstration. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Forgey and Foerg’s River View Dairy on Georgetown Road. Follow the Signs for Parking) 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15 — Like traveling on two wheels? The 4th annual 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels gets underway at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park on Saturday, Sept. 15. Courses totalling 10, 25, 32, 45, and 62 miles will be offered. You can find an entry form and more information at

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In the meantime, find these guys and gals on Facebook by searching 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels Bike Tour, where they often post details about group rides. We caught up with them at Adamsboro before the Old Style Raft Race — keep an eye out for them, and share the roads!

West Logan Neighborhood Meeting August 25 The West Logan group will meet at 6 p.m. at Franklin Elementary School. West Logan is a neighborhood revitalization group working to enhance Logansport’s west side. Neighborhood residents and those living elsewhere are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss plans for beautification and community events. For more information, call West Logan Co-Chairs Cathy Miller at 574-722-4451 or Anthony Cozzello at 574-516-1921.

Pancake Day Sept. 8 7-11 a.m. at the Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds. Benefit Baseball Game Sept. 8 The Logan Lovelies vs Team from 4-6 p.m. at Fairview Park. All proceeds go to benefit Relay For Life (American Cancer Society) $3 Art on the Avenue Sept. 15 This annual event presented by the Cass County Arts Alliance features more than 30 artists and an adult beverage tent with live bands September 14 and 15.

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Shrine Parade August 25 The Shrine Parade makes its way through downtown Logansport starting at 1 p.m.


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Fit Club Learn about exercise and being fit! Come have fun and participate in a varitey of fitness activities such as running, endurance drills, weight lifiting, swimming and more!!! Ages 10-15, Tues & Thurs 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call Jessica Crowder for more info! Enroll Today! Ensure a Brighter Future with the Y Preschool. Kindergarten readiness, social skills and nurturing the love of learning. Financial Assistance is available. Call Aubrey Erickson for more details. Afterschool Child Care K-5th Grades. Homework help, games, crafts, snacks and more! Call Aubrey Erickson for more info. 4th Annual 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels Bike Tour Saturday, Sept. 15. Mass start at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park.

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He completed this on-stage pass to a young fan at the Friday Night Draft Party in April, but the world will be watching to see how Andrew Luck does when he takes the field for the first time with the Indianapolis Colts. Here’s a look at the first few games: PRESEASON: Sunday, 8/12 at 1:30 p.m. vs. St. Louis Rams Sunday, 8/19 at 8 p.m. @ Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday, 8/25 at 4 p.m. @ Washington Redskins Thursday, 8/30 at 6 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals REGULAR SEASON: Sunday, 9/9 at 1 p.m. @ Chicago Bears Sunday, 9/16 at 1 p.m. vs. Minnesota Vikings Sunday, 9/23 at 1 p.m. vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, 10/7 at 1 p.m. vs. Green Bay Packers Looking for local sports? Check out for sports schedules for the Logansport Berries, Lewis Cass Kings, Pioneer Panthers and Caston Comets. 8 | Cass County INfo: | August 2012

Community Foundation offers home game food drives The Cass County Community Foundation Tent will be up and sponsoring a food drive at the opening football game of the season at Lewis Cass High School between the Pioneer Panthers and Lewis Cass Kings. On Friday August 17, 2012, be at Lewis Cass to support your team and help our local food pantries. Bring non perishable or canned food items to help the hungry and receive your choice of a monogrammed Panther or King Rally towel. The Community Foundation food drives continue the following week at Caston High School where the Comets take on the West Central on August 24th at the Comet Crater football stadium. Fans bringing a non perishable or canned food item to the CCCF tent will receive a red Comet Rally towel. On September 14th, the CCCF tent will be

at Logansport High School for Berries fans to support the food drive and our community in the big rivalry game with Marion. Berries fans bringing food items will also receive a Felix Rally Towel! For more information about the Football Food Drives or the Community Foundation, contact Deanna Crispen at 574-722-2200.


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Back to school The first day of classes of the 2012-2013 school year for Cass County schools are listed below: Pioneer — Tuesday, August 14 Southeastern — Tuesday, August 14 Logansport — Thursday, August 16 Caston — Friday, August 17

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Caught on Each month, we select photos for our “Caught on Camera” pages from those that our fans have posted on the Cass County Calendar and Cass County Online Facebook pages, or submitted online, as well as those that we’ve captured through our own lenses at various community events.

Fairview Park hosted the Ohio Valley Tournament at the end of July. Opening ceremonies featured all of the participating teams. See a photo gallery on our Facebook page! PHOTO BY PHILL DIALS

One of the highlights of the 2012 Cass County 4-H Fair was a performance by country artist Justin Moore. Fans enjoyed a summer evening with friends while taking advantage of local entertainment options. PHOTOS BY MICHELLE LAIRD DIALS Lyla Larimore submitted photos of the firefighters who participated in the Waterball competition at this year’s Cass County 4-H Fair!

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