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For the last couple of months, we’ve been cleaning out closets at my grandparents’ house. Nestled away in the top of my grandma’s were a number of hat boxes — when I pulled them out, I found that they were from The Golden Rule. We also have a couple of vintage boxes from there that we found in our own attic a few years ago. So when I was looking for this month’s cover photo, to go along with the 175th anniversary theme, the photo of The Golden Rule seemed appropriate. Michelle Laird DIALS Editor/publisher I can’t really remember when it closed or when it was torn down, but I have vague recollections of shopping there when I was little. I remember an elevator, and there’s a story in our family folklore of someone asking me if I was having fun shopping with my INFO is a free, monthly newspaper grandma — when I serving Cass County, Indiana and was with my mom. the surrounding areas. It is part of the Cass County Communication She hates that story. Network, published by Existential Media LLC. So I guess if this Published by Existential Media LLC Calendar Items 206 Fourth St. issue of INFO had a P.O. Box 314 Community events that are open to Logansport, IN 46947 theme, it’d be memothe public and have a specific date, time and location can be submitEditor/Publisher ries. In this month’s ted FREE to Michelle Laird Dials (574) 721-4636 No But Seriously, (michelle@ Use the submit link on the website or e-mail details to Matthew Paul talks Cover Photo with his dad in honor We reserve the right to select courtesy Cass County specific events to feature on our of Father’s Day. This Historical Society Facebook page, in e-mail newsletters, in Cass County INFO issue is pretty short One copy of INfo: is free. or in other community updates. Additional copies are $.50 each. and sweet, because CAUGHT ON CAMERA The views expressed the fair falls so early Photos posted on our Facebook by our fan pages may be selected, at writers are not and we always do a our discretion, to be published in necessarily those of INFO. Photos can also be Existential Media LLC. special fair issue. So e-mailed to contact@cassnetwork. For advertising com. look for that next information, contact month, and in the Advertising information Phill Dials (574) 721-4635 The Cass County Communication meantime, keep up (phill@ Network offers print, web and mobile advertising solutions. For with us online. There’s information about advertising, e-mail truly a lot happening or call (574) 721-4635. in our community. Next month we’ll Editorial Information Views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect celebrate the 3rd the position of the Cass County Communication Network or its parent anniversary of company, Existential Media LLC. Our publications provide information about events and activities happening in or near Cass County, Indiana. Cass County The information is provided by Existential Media LLC for general information purposes only. We strive to keep the information up-to-date and Communication correct, however we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitabilNetwork. Time sure ity or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, does fly when you’re services, or related graphics contained in our publications for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at having fun ..... 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.

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Keep fireworks laws in mind as holiday approaches

Within the city of Logansport, fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset June 29 through July 3 and July 5-9, and between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on July 4. Residents who do not follow these rules are subject to a $100 fine. In other areas of Indiana not governed by local restrictions, fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. On the Fourth of July, times are 9 a.m. to midnight. Fireworks can only be used on the user’s property, the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks. For more info, see You can find more info on Fourth of July activities in Cass County, including parades and more at

Local orgs offer free meals for children

Main Street United Methodist Church 319 Montgomery St. Mondays Noon - 2 p.m. Through August 5

River of Life Christian Church 130 Mall Rd, Monday- Friday Noon - 1 p.m. Through August 9

The serving sites are closed on July 4. River of Life will not serve meals on July 3.

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Sponsored by the Grissom Air Museum and Montgomery Aviation, the third annual GUS Fly In will be held on Saturday, June 22nd. Aviators, aviation enthusiests, and interested groups will convene at Montgomery Aviation’s main hangar at 8:00 AM for a pancake breakfast with all of the trimmings. Breakfast will be served from 8-11. All attendees will be shuttled back and forth to the museum during this event. For those of you that can’t make for breakfast, the museum will be serving lunch from 11-1, and the shuttle service will continue from the airport. Each meal is $5, and the proceeds go to Down Syndrome Indiana. We hope that you can join us for a day of aircraft, good food, good fellowship, and do it for a good cause! $5 per meal, $5 museum admission Old Style Raft Race

at Broad Ripple bridge, which will take place about 2 p.m. To reach the Adamsboro launch site, head east on Market and turn left on N County Road 600 E. Turn left on E County Rd 150 N. You can’t miss the Adamsboro Canoe Launch public access directly on the right. Community Fit Day

Independence Day Thursday, July 4

Parades in Twelve Mile and Walton, the annual running of the Twelve Mile 500 Lawnmower Race, Independence Day activities through the Logansport Parks — we’ll be posting details on for all of them as we receive them, so check back often!

Saturday, June 22

Come and get a healthy start to summer! The Better Health of Cass County Obesity Taskforce is hosting a Taking Steps 2013 kickoff event from 9 to noon on the lawn of Logansport’s Ivy Tech Community College campus. Community vendors and resources will have fun activities available for both children and adults. This family-focused event is free for all who attend. Free giveaways and prizes will be available to the first 200 participants. Registration for the free Taking Steps 2013 fitness challenge will also be available at the kickoff.

Saturday, June 22

Information Fair

In the past three years, the Old Style Raft Race has raised over $15,000 for Cass County nonprofits including the Cass County Humane Society, Peak Community Services and A Cause for Paws animal rescue. The 2013 Race will donate the proceeds to A Cause for Paws animal rescue. On Saturday, June 22 at Adamsboro canoe launch, participants will begin at the 1 p.m. shotgun start and race down the river in homemade rafts, canoes, kayaks and anything that floats. 30 canoes will be available to rent by donation from our sister event: The Annual Lilly Float (call Barb at 574992-1536 for more info). $10 donation if bringing your own watercraft. $15 donation if borrowing a canoe. Along the 4-mile route to Spencer Park, racers can receive freebies from sponsored islands like bottled water or frisbees. Food and music by Steve Michaels will be offered

Saturday, June 29

Firebase Support Logansport will be holding an information fair June 29, 2013 at the Salvation Army Gym from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The information fair will consist of various forms of information to assist local military families and the general public with any needs or concerns they may have and need assistance with. We will also be holding a food drive to support local food banks so please bring along non-perishable food items for donation, and the Red Cross will also be holding a blood drive in the gym during this time. In addition, nursing students from the IUK School of Nursing will be on hand to offer blood pressure checks. Children welcome! Please make plans to drop by and see us and mark your calendars for June 29, 2013 from 11 am to 3 pm!

Cass County 4-H Fair Starts Sunday, July 7

The weeklong Cass County 4-H Fair begins with the crowning of Miss Cass County (and Little Miss, Jr. Miss and Teen Miss Cass County!) on Sunday, July 7. Then, it’s a week of food, fun and festivities as 4-Hers show off all their hard work! Be sure to look for us during Fair Week and say hello! Once the official schedule is released you’ll be able to find it on, and we’ll also have a special 4-H Fair issue of Cass County INFO next month! Looking for more local events? Check! New events are added daily! If you’re having an event that’s open to the public, you’re welcome to post the details on by clicking the submit button. Garage sales, fundraisers, church events, festivals, business open houses, special sales — if it’s open to the public, share the details and we’ll help spread the word! Want more information about advertising with Cass County Communication Network? Give us a call at (574) 721-4635. We offer print, web and mobile advertising options to fit any budget!

Gene Prifogle Being a Dad is weird. No one tells you how to do it. You just sort of get thrown in to the situation. See, Dads aren’t born with an innate instinct on how to do stuff. We don’t automatically know how to comfort a screaming baby, change diapers, or how to not fall asleep while the toddler shoves kitchen utensils down the toilet. We can barely keep ourselves presentable, let alone put our daughter’s hair in a decent looking pony tail. We just don’t grasp some of these concepts. They weren’t hard wired into our psyche. Plus, the dirty secret that no one tells you about being a dad is that once your baby is born and you’re officially a don’t matter anymore. You sort of become a side note. It seems like no really cares what you’re up to. This is especially true at family gatherings & functions where the talk centers around mom and the labor pains she went thru and what color poop the baby has. Which is fine... I mean, WE weren’t the ones shoving a watermelon thru a drain pipe, right? Now, the second we let the kid eat a tub of play doh, or feed them chocolate pudding for breakfast, suddenly we’re front and center. If this comes across as sounding bitter, believe me, I’m not....I promise! In this installment of No, But Seriously, I interview my Dad, Gene, in honor of Father’s Day.

He was born and raised on a farm with 3 younger brothers in rural Howard county, went to Northwestern High School, was a football star, was offered a full ride scholarship to play at the University of Oklahoma, which he declined, went to work at Delco, got married to his high school sweetheart, had two kids, raced sprint cars on two different occasions, owned at least 3 Corvettes and a Harley, was a prominent figure in the UAW, is a very talented archer, hunter, and golfer. He’s also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. So, when I sat down to interview my Dad, did we discuss the differences between parenting now and what it was like in his day? Or what it’s like playing second fiddle to moms? No. No, we didn’t. We talked about the times he coached my brother Brad in Little League, and how he enjoyed watching me play in my two year stint in Little league (I had a .400 batting average vs the pitching machine. I wonder why the Cubs never signed me...) We talked about the time he was working the chain crew at one of my high school football games, and seeing me get absolutely flattened by some gigantic lineman. Seriously, I never saw it coming. I got up from the turf not five feet from my Dad laughing hysterically. We talked about the time he got my brother a go cart (I was maybe 4 or 5), and we turned our yard into a racetrack. Apparently uncle Jerry came over to race and he ran head on in to a walnut tree. I don’t think go cart racing happened very much at our house after that. When I was 9 years old or so, Dad raced sprint cars. Many of our weekends were spent at Gas City, Putnamville, and the Kokomo racetracks.

There wasn’t a lot for a 9 year old to do before the races, so I’d go walking around the track, and see vendors set up selling pictures of all the different race cars. It’s slightly surreal seeing some other kid buy an 8x10 glossy of your Dad’s #21... We also talked about one of the scariest moments of being a Dad that he could remember....the time my brother nearly fell out of a roller coaster. He wasn’t riding with Brad at the time, my mom was. Still, knowing that your first born was inches from being flung from a high speed wooden death trap would be terrifying. Speaking of scary, apparently he and my uncle Mike used to make homemade parachutes out of bed sheets and would then jump from the hay loft in one of the barns on the farm. Believe it or not, they never got hurt. Different times? Yup...they sure were. The thing is, my Dad taught me certain things. He taught me that when you do something, you do it right. You don’t do things halfway. He taught me that practice makes you better. He taught me that no matter how much people or family may disappoint you, you’re still there for them, and you still love them. Are these things that still have relevance today? Absolutely! Are these things I hope to instill in my kids as they grow up? You better believe it! Can dads be old-fashioned and not undestand the way parenting is done today? Yes. Absolutely. However, the thing to keep in mind is he probably comes from a time when it was okay to make homemade parachutes, eat fatty foods, and swim in non-chlorinated water. But, if you’re like me, then your Dad comes from a time when the most important thing in his life is his family, and that’s one thing that will never be old fashioned.

--- Matthew Paul Mix 102 Morning Guy & Mid America Radio Director of Operations

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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 our Facebook pages or submitted online, as well as those that we’ve captured through our own lenses at various community events. To submit a photo, post it on our wall at casscountycalendar.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 500 Festival Princess & first runner-up Bailey Farrer at the 500 Festival Parade; Representatives from US Rail with Mayor Ted Franklin and the Consul General of China from Chicago; Pioneer and Caston Marching Bands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Race Day; 2013 Cass County Community Foundation Scholarship Recipients; 2013 Lilly Endowment Scholarship Finalists — PHOTOS BY PHILL DIALS & MICHELLE DIALS

Logansport High School English teachers Melanie Lang, Beth Myers and Jitka Nelson are spending a month teaching English in China. Flat Matt, from Mix 102, is with them and frequently makes appearance on the Indiana’s Best Radio page on Facebook. We never know where he’ll turn up next! — PHOTO BY PHILL DIALS

We can hardly believe it’s almost time for the fair! Mini-4Hers discovered 4-H during Mini Day Camp on June 13. The Cass County 4-H Fair begins July 7 with the Queen Contest. PHOTO BY PHILL DIALS

Balloon release at Lincoln Middle School on the last day of school — SHARED BY ANA LORENZO


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