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December 9, 2011 — January 6, 2012

Welcome Welcome, 2012!


I looked back to see what I wrote in my first column for 2011 and I’m going to echo the same words I wrote then. I’d just attended a community prayer vigil for a young man who was killed just days into the new year, and the lyrics of a song that was played really resonated

with me:

“Greater things have yet to come, Greater things are still to be done in this city.” I can’t think of a more appropriate thought on which to end this year. Cass County Online now provides us with an easy way to page through the headlines that have told our community’s story over the past year. Looking ahead, December 31, 2011 marks Mayor Mike Fincher’s last day in office; January 1, 2012 marks Mayor Ted Franklin’s first day in office. Mayor Fincher (and his department heads) have been a tremendous help to me as I’ve worked to start a business in Logansport. When Mayor Fincher took office, I was a 23-year-old who didn’t speak Spanish trying to get the community to buy into the idea of a Spanish newspaper. Eight years later, I’m in awe of what that business has become. I am, essentially, a nosy reporter, who wants to know what’s going on in our town, and Mike Fincher always took the time to tell me. So, to him, and to his administration, I would like to

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offer my most sincere gratitude. Throughout the years, as the city’s arson investigator, Ted Franklin has also been there to answer questions when I have them — though I must admit that I really don’t chase as many fires as perhaps I should. Back to my original point though —

“Greater things have yet to come, Greater things are still to be done in this city.” No matter who sitting behind the mayor’s desk, our city is only as great as its residents let it become. We have an obligation to get involved and work to make this community a place we’re proud to call home. Sharing community information every day is my job, and sometimes, it takes a while for me to realize the impact that what we do as Cass County Communication Network does has on our community. So to the 1,330+ people who receive our CASSINFO text alerts, the 2,500+ people who like us on Facebook, the thousands of people who visit our websites annually, the dedicated readers who pick up this newspaper every month and the dozens of advertisers who make what we do possible every day, I would also like to say thank you. I look forward to being able to look back a year from now and write a column that reflects on the great things we’ve done as a community. As we head into 2012, remember those lyrics:

“Greater things have yet to come, Greater things are still to be done in this city.”

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Logansport Memorial Hospital will partner with St.Vincent Health for Hospitalist and Emergency Medicine services effective January 2, 2012. Logansport Memorial Hospital began its Hospitalist program in 2007. Hospitalists are medical doctors who specialize in caring for inpatients from the time of their admission until discharge. The St.Vincent Hospitalist program ensures that physicians and nurse practitioners will be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. In 2010, Logansport Memorial Hospital had 16,482 emergency room visits with an average wait time of 13 minutes from door to doctor and two hours in the emergency room, ranking above the national average of four-plus hours. “We believe this new relationship with St.Vincent Emergency Physicians will allow us to continue to improve this valued community service,” said David Ameen, president and CEO of Logansport Memorial Hospital. “When immediate critical care is needed, it is imperative to have the necessary resources to deliver patient care in order to achieve the best possible outcome,” said David Ameen. “We are looking forward to benefiting from St.Vincent’s years of expertise as an emergency medicine group practicing in eight Indiana communities.”

Cass County saw its first sure to include it on our list. measurable snowfall the • CASSINFO mobile alerts POWER OUTAGE? season on November 29. WinWe’ve partnered with Cass Keep these numbers ter doesn’t officially begin County Emergency handy to report a until December 22, but we’ve Management to deliver local utility outage: already started preparing for information like road LMU — (574) 753-6231 the snow and ice. closures and weather alerts. NIPSCO — (800) 464-7726 • On Cass County Online, Subscribe to our text we’ve put together a “Winter message alerts and you’ll Weather Preparedness Guide” that includes stay on top of what’s happening in Cass links to area forecasts, County (and get great deals from local busiFranklin announces information on how to report an outage to nesses who make it all possible!) It’s a free appointments area utility companies, road conditions and service, but message and data rates from your The new Logansport city administration will county travel status maps, in addition to carrier may apply. To sign up text CASSINFO take office on January 1, 2012. Mayor-elect safety tips. to 46786 or see Ted Franklin has announced that Matthew D. • CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS for Barrett will serve as city attorney and Chris We post closings and cancellations on Cass more info. Armstrong will be the Community County Online. If your business or • FACEBOOK Development Director for the city. Turn to organization is having an event that is We’ll continue to post updates on our for additional coverage as additional appointments are announced. affected by inclement weather, please notify Facebook pages (/casscountycalendar and us by calling (574) 721-4636 and we’ll make /casscountyonline). We encourage you to We’ve partnered with Cass County Emergency monitor all local media to make sure you are Management as one way to make sure local as informed as possible this winter. information is delivered as quickly as possible December 2011 << Cass County INfo: << 3


HOLIDAY EVENT: Surround yourself with holiday spirit as you drive through SATURDAY this pageant and witness the story of Christmas during the Twelve Mile Christmas Pageant. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Plank Hill Park. December


HOLIDAY EVENT: Surround yourself with holiday spirit as you drive through SUNDAY this pageant and witness the story of Christmas during the Twelve Mile Christmas Pageant. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Plank Hill Park. December


HOLIDAY EVENT: Join the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department for the SUNDAY 5th Annual North Pole Wonderland. For a $1 ticket, make a Christmas craft with the Berryettes, listen to holiday stories with the Reading Railroad, have a treat of hot chocolate and cookies and ride the North Pole Carriage Express. 1-3 pm. at Dykeman Park. December


HOLIDAY EVENT: Games, crafts, snacks, face painting and a visit from SUNDAY the Jolly Old Elf himself are all a part of Christmas at December


Remember the reason for the season! Holiday worship schedules for many Cass County churches are posted online at

the Y. 5-7 p.m. at the Cass County Family YMCA. BOOK SIGNING: Logansport author David J. Kirk will sign copies of his WEDNESDAY new novel, "Particular Stones" from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at CoďŹ&#x192;ng's Cafe, 722 E Broadway, Logansport. December


LIVE MUSIC: Come to the Logansport Library and get into the holiday WEDNESDAY spirit. Logansport High School Swing Choir will be performing at 6 p.m. The students will be singing and dancing to several holiday classics under the direction of Mr. Tim Cahalan. December


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LIVE MUSIC: The Acoustic Round Robin will take place in the Logansport SATURDAY library's meeting room. This is a gathering of local musicians who enjoy music and also getting together to share their talent. Each musician has an opportunity to share their choice of song while the others join-in. Come and listen to the area's talent starting at 1 p.m. December


FISH FRY: Walton Lions' Club Fish Fry at the Lions' Den. The meal will SATURDAY consist of white fish, fries, fancy beans, coleslaw and drink. The cost will be $9 for adults and $5 for children twelve and under. 4-7 p.m., 104 Depot St. December


December OPPORTUNITY: All HOLIDAY EVENT: boys and girls December Walton Christian interested in Boy Church invites Scouts/Girl Scouts TUESDAY kids of all ages for are invited to a reSATURDAY Snacks with Santa! cruitment meeting in the Thompson Make crafts, listen to Christmas Elementary Cafeteria from 6-7:30 stories, have a snack and visit with p.m. Take home craft project, snacks Santa and Mrs. Claus from 10 a.m. to and fun, plus parent information noon at Walton Christian Church. meeting. SATURDAY Looking for more local events? Head to!


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FLU SHOTS The Cass County Health Department will continue to oďŹ&#x20AC;er influenza vaccine to adults only (19 years and older) December 12-15 from 8 a.m. to 3;30 p.m. at 512 High St. Influenza vaccine for this age group is $15. Payment may be made with cash or check only. The health department does not bill Medicare or insurance.

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We've tried to be really good this year so that Santa would keep us posted on his whereabouts. Some of Santa's stops are listed on, but we've also got the scoop on how you can chat with him. Indiana's Best Radio will host Santa's Hotline to the North Pole starting December 12. Call (574) 739-1023 or (574) 739-1230 between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Dec. 23 and they'll connect you with Santa. You can listen on Mix 102, WSAL or Hoosier Country 103.7 or online at One of our own holiday traditions is tracking Santa on Christmas Eve. We love following along with NORAD, who's been tracking Santa's flights since 1958. We'll keep you updated on their news of Santa's whereabouts throughout the day on Christmas Eve via the Cass County Calendar Facebook page, but in the meantime, check out! We know Santa will be making stops at the Logansport Mall and Walton Christian Church this month, but if you know of other places he'll be, help him out and submit the details at so we can help spread the word! Merry Christmas!


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