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This month, Logansport celebrates another historic anniversary, marking 100 years since the Flood of 1913. On March 21, 1913 — Good Friday — the whole state experienced Michelle Laird DIALS a windstorm that was Editor/publisher followed by heavy rain that began on Easter Sunday, March 23, and continued for three days. By Tuesday, the Wabash River flooded and continued to rise for two more days, flooding downtown areas including Third and Fourth Street and Market and Broadway. According to the Cass County Historical Society, “by Thursday morning, March 27th, despite heavy snowfall the previous day and night, the waters were rapidly falling. By Thursday evening, most of downtown’s stores, offices, and sidewalks were free of water. By noon Friday, the Wabash was flowing within its banks and thousands of sightseers were walking on the streets where nine feet of water had stood the previous day.” The Cass County Historical Society has an exhibit dedicated to the Flood of 1913 on display this month. I saw it yesterday with a friend who was visiting from Indianapolis. We spent about an hour touring the three-story museum. (We could have easily spent more time but I had a deadline!) Thelma Conrad, the

museum’s executive director and curator, does a fantastic job keeping the museum’s exhibits current and relevant. My favorite displays are the kitchen and the new Castaldi grocery. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and is located at 1004 East Market St., and there’s no cost to visit, so if you’re looking for something to do over Spring Break, there’s my suggestion! The Historical Society also has a new photo book on the 1913 Flood that will be released soon, so look for more information about that on page 6. There are lots of big decisions being considered in our community right now, and I encourage you to attend public meetings and stay informed. Of course, we’ll continue to keep you updated through Cass County Communication Network, but when local leaders ask for input, please don’t be afraid to attend and speak up! My favorite holiday —Easter — also falls in March this year, and Matthew Paul was also able to get an ‘exclusive interview’ for this month’s “No But Seriously.” He won’t tell me how, but that guy’s got connections! I mean, he hosts Santa’s Hotline to the North Pole in December, and now he’s scored an interview with the Easter Bunny? I’m just hoping that when they talked, he reminded Mr. Bunny to add his local appearances to CassCountyCalendar ...

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Interested in advertising with Cass County Communication Network? Call (574) 721-4635 for more information! Our cover photo commemorates the Flood of 1913. The photo on the left is included in the book, “Where Two Rivers Meet; the one on the right was taken by Phill Dials for Cass County Communication Network on Thursday, March 14, 2013, one week before the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Flood.

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WILL SEE YOU NOW. Timothy Hall, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Timothy Hall, MD to the Logansport Memorial Physician Network. He is an obstetrician/gynecologist who will join the physicians of the Women’s Health Center, caring for women of all ages and stages of life. Dr. Hall received his medical degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and completed his residency at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is board-certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Timothy Hall, MD | Obstetrics / Gynecology 1025 Michigan Avenue , Suite 115 | Logansport, IN 46947 574.722.3566 |

Dr. Hall is now accepting new patients. His practice is located inside the Women’s Health Center in Medical Office Building East at Logansport Memorial Hospital. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Hall, please call



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Need help with those high heating bills? Help is available for eligible individuals and families while funding lasts. A family of four (4) is eligible, if they make under $2,881 a month. Families can apply once between October 2012 and the first week of May 2013. Call Area Five today at 1-800654-9421 for more information.

Live United projects sought The United Way of Cass County is seeking project proposals for the September 20, 2013, Live United Day. Live United Day is a day of action when volunteers work in the community to help local residents and nonprofit organizations with projects in need of a workforce and skilled expertise. Past projects have included installing new playground equipment at local parks and schools, adding landscaping to the home of an elderly resident, constructing wheel chair ramps for people who are disabled, and collecting books for children. New project ideas are presented each year and vary according to the needs of local residents and nonprofit organizations. Project proposal forms may be obtained by calling the United Way of Cass County office at 574-753-3533 or by visiting the organization’s website at Proposals will be accepted through April 10, 2013.

Boy Scouts develop geocache Logansport’s yearlong 175th anniversary celebration includes traditional observances, such as tours and presentations, and a high tech activity, geocaching. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. To introduce people to Logansport’s history in a new way, Boy Scout Troop 200 led by Scoutmaster Scott Grandstaff have developed a geocache tour of historical sites in Cass County. The geocache is free and open to anyone to explore all year long. Participants can choose to find all historical sites in one day or can spread out their tour all year long. Visit and search Logansport’s zip code, 46947, to begin your tour. 4 | Cass County INfo: | March 2013

Driving Directions Right now, the Veteran’s Day parade marks one of the few occasions when you’ll see cars heading east on Broadway in downtown Logansport. Members of the Downtown Business Owners subcommittee of Logan’s Landing are discussing a proposal to convert several one-way streets back to two-way traffic. The idea was included as part of the city’s comprehensive plan in 2009: With the extension of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor to the east of Logansport, pressure for moving traffic directly through Logansport has been reduced. Once the highway is completed to the west there will be still less of a need to focus on through traffic, as opposed to local traffic. As the streets are rarely congested at present (except on Friday rush hours), the rerouting of the one-way streets of downtown Logansport may prove to be a highly functional solution that will make it easier to get around, and may attract more shoppers downtown. While the one-way street system is functional from the perspective of traffic movement and level of service, many in the community find the one-way streets to be a nuisance and question whether they are all needed. From an economic perspective, the one-way system can be detrimental to businesses because of the difficulty in finding addresses on the streets and the need to “double-back” in order to reach a specific destination. The major one-way thoroughfares also create a “race track” character that encourages speeding with a negative impact on the neighborhoods they pass through. One way streets also conflict with pedestrian comforts as well as cause interference with other circulation goals. With the completion of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor, the major thoroughfares of Market Street and Broadway could also be considered for two-way traffic, which would greatly enhance mobility and accessibility within downtown and in the neighborhoods to the east of downtown. Conversion of Market Street and Broadway would represent a major change in the character of the city, but could be greatly beneficial to the city’s businesses and character. Within downtown, angled parking could be introduced to some blocks to create a setting that encourages shopping and business. Outside downtown, two-way streets with parallel parking on each side would remain suitable for local traffic to traverse between the city’s neighborhoods, but improve access and improve the

city’s character by eliminating the “race track” aspect of the one-way system. Eliminating the one-way traffic pattern may be costly and time consuming. As such, it will be important to implement a sophisticated phasing process that integrates optimal construction time and public outreach to ensure that all citizens are aware of the changes. Insufficient community outreach and advertising may lead to safety issues and confusion. — Logansport Comprehensive Plan

Proponents of the plan will be meeting with community members and soliciting input on the proposal, which would be funded through relinquishment money received when current state highways are released to the city upon completion of the Heartland.

Logansport looks at annexation

County gets planning grant for Clymers

The Logansport City Council has given initial approval to a plan to annex about 3200 acres south of the city. If the council approves the proposed annexation on second reading, the areas would become part of the City of Logansport. The city is looking at two separate territories — 1548 acres southwest of Logansport and 1714 acres southeast. The proposed timeline for annexation calls for a public hearing to be held in May, followed by a final vote on the ordinance by the Logansport City Council on June 24. If approved, the areas which are largely agricultural, would become part of the City of Logansport and would receive city services like police and fire protection following a 90 day window for remonstrances. More information about upcoming dates related to the proposed annexation, and more information about other projects like the new power plant, will be posted on and as it is made available.

Cass County has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant from the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs Lt. Governor to fund a Master Utility Study. “Planning grants are an important first step as communities consider the best way to attract new businesses,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. “Cass County continues its efforts to improve services for its residents, and we’re pleased to be able to support their grant request.” The planning grant for Cass County will be used to address future service needs regarding water, waste water, and storm water in the unincorporated community of Clymers. The funding comes from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. MEETING DATES: Logansport City Council: First Monday at 5 p.m.; Commissioners: 1st Monday at 1 p.m., 3rd Monday at 6 p.m.; County Council 3rd Friday at 9 a.m. Agendas are posted on

Here to play a pivotal role in your orthopedic care. Gregory A. Konrath, M.D., brings 13 years of orthopedic experience to Dukes Memorial Hospital. He’s here to help adults with joint replacements, shoulder and knee problems, sports medicine, fracture care and other orthopedic issues. With Dr. Konrath on staff, you can find quality orthopedic care without leaving town. He’s now accepting new patients. For an appointment, call 765-472-8041. 285 W. 12th St., Suite 106 Peru, IN 46970 765-472-8041

Gregory A. Konrath, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon

Dukes Medical Group

Member of the Medical Staff at Dukes Memorial Hospital

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Easter’s on it’s way! There’s already one Easter Egg Hunt posted on Hop on over and post your spring events! It’s free!

Civic Players Auditions

Friday, March 15 & 22• 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, March 16 & 23 • 2-4 & 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday, March 17 & 24• 5:30-8 p.m.

Civic Players of Logansport will hold auditions for“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” This bawdy musical comedy, inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, tells the story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. Roles being cast include 6-7 men age eighteen and over, and 7-8 women age eighteen and over. Many extras are also needed. All auditions will take place at the Civic Players building at 1115 Erie Avenue in Logansport. Performances are at the McHale Performing Arts Center, on the Logansport High School campus, on June 14, 15, 21 and 22. For more information, contact director David Quigney at 574-5161158 or, or Civic Players Board President Ralph Anderson at 574-722-3000 or

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Logansport Mall Friday, March 15 Saturday, March 16 Sunday, March 17 Sears Optical will be hosting a Trunk Show in the common area at the Sears end of the Logansport Mall. Many Designer Frames to choose from. Doctor will be available for exams or bring your current prescription with you. Many designer frames to choose from including NIKE, Harley Davidison,Calvin Klein and many more. 50% off frames and lenses. Fun time... free give-aways and drawings. Check out the Tip-Wa Antique Tractor show on Saturday and Sunday. Visit with the Easter Bunny Saturday 1-6 and Sunday 12-4 through March 30!

ArtRageous 2013 Friday, March 16 This Cass County Arts Alliance fundraisers includes cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment by Sam Piercy. For additional information contact any CCAA Board Member or call 753-ARTS. 7 p.m. at Angie’s Catering, 1007 17th St. Registration Deadline: Dining with Diabetes Thursday, March 28 Learn to cook with sweeteners, cook with less fat and sodium, cook dishes with fruits and vegetables. Information and motivation to help you adopt a positive lifestyle change. Cost is $30 for one person or $40 per couple. Class will be held April 4, 11, 18 and 25 and May 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds Cloverleaf Complex. For more info contact Cass County Purdue Extension at (574) 753-7750. Sponsored by Purdue Extension Cass County & Logansport Memorial Hospital. Bingo Bash Friday, April 19 Doors open at 5:30p.m. Bingo starts at 6:30p.m. in the Thompson Elementary cafeteria. Tickets are $20 for 18 games (Hot Dog, Sloppy Joe, chips and drink included). There will also be an intermission bingo ($5 each card), raffles ($2 each or 3 for $5) and numerous door prizes. There will also be sweet treats for purchase!! Benefits Thompson PTO and Backpack Program. Looking for more events? Head to as new events are added daily! If you have an upcoming event you’d like us to feature, submit the details at www.casscountycalendar. com. Events may be featured in Cass County INFO as space permits.

There are legendary figures...and then there are LEGEND....ARY FIGURES. One of them is the Easter Bunny. Every year, without fail, he brings baskets of treats to boys and girls the world over. I had the chance to sit down with Mr Bunny, and discovered that he’s much more complex than just jellybeans and chocolate. -- Matthew Paul Mix 102 Morning Guy & Mid America Radio Director of Operations

So...You must be busy... OH MY YES! We are very busy here at the Headquarters. We’ve got bunnies and ducks working around the clock getting everything ready! Jellybeans, decorated eggs, various chocolate treats, and fake green grass are being worked on as we speak.

You seem bitter about Mr Claus... NO! I’m not bitter. I mean, I deliver baskets of treats to all the girls and boys, in ONE NIGHT, without the use of magical elves, glow-in-the-dark flying reindeer, or a wife, and yet HE gets all the glory. It’s fine... No, really.

No. No, I didn’t. So, if you could switch places with any other holiday “icon”, who would it be and why? Oh, that’s easy! The St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun! He gets a pot of gold, wears green, and he throws the most BANGIN’ parties! I like green, but then, I hate potatoes...

Fake green grass? Oh yes! Someone has to make it. Did you know we’re testing out a new method of making fake green grass from recycled baby bottles and used tires? It’s really quite fascinating.

Um...On a different note, you don’t sound British. EXACTLY! Every depiction of me EVER makes me sound British. I’m clearly not British. I sound more Southern Irish if anything. I think it’s all because of Beatrix Potter and her Peter Rabbit character. Those books are legendary, and they did a masterful job of celebrating British country life, however, they went a long way in pigeon-holing rabbits as being British. Also, did you know white rabbits are typically pompous?

Tell us one thing about yourself that would be a total surprise. Not only do I represent one of the most celebrated holidays in the world, but I’m also an accomplished banjo player. The ducks, the bunnies, and I all unwind by playing what you call “mountain music”. We play under a pseudonym and are actually quite popular in parts of Romania.

Okay then...So you have ducks...and bunnies working for you? Yes, that’s right. Unlike SOME people I don’t have a work force of magical little elves doing MY dirty work. And yes, ducks. Most people would think I’d have chicks working for me, but the ducks are more reliable.

Hunting for Easter events?

Want Matthew Paul to interview you for an upcoming issue of “No, but seriously ...”? Email contact@ to set up your interview!

The best place to look if you’re searching for egg hunts?, of course! You’ll also find worship services, Lenten Breakfasts and other holiday activities. New events are added daily, so check back often! Local organizations are also welcome to submit events!

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It’s time for

Kindergarten Roundup Logansport Schools

Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. INFORMATION STATION for parents only Parents attend an informational meeting at their child’s school. Register for kindergarten, get info from school administration and fill out required paperwork. KINDERGARTEN CORRAL Parents visit the school with their kindergarten student to meet the teachers, participate in a kindergarten readiness screening and get a free t-shirt. Attend the visit date for your school. Fairview Monday, April 15 8 a.m. - 5 p .m.

Franklin Wednesday, April 17 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Columbia Tuesday, April 16 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Landis Thursday, April 18 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Southeastern Schools

April 11th at Thompson Elementary 8:30 - 11:30 and 12:30 to 2:00

Pioneer Schools

Round Up will take place at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Please call Pioneer Elementary for details if you have a child entering Kindergarten at Pioneer in the fall.

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From our family to yours .... Wishing you many blessings this Christmas season and the coming new year.


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She’s dedicated to your family’s health. Whether it’s a simple stomachache or something more serious, you can trust Patricia Benedict, FNP, and Dukes Medical Group physicians with your family’s well-being. Your trusted partner in health, Family Nurse Practitioner Patricia Benedict is an advocate for your health and believes in treating the “whole” person, not just your symptoms. Walk-ins welcome. For an appointment, call 574-992-8421. Logansport Outpatient Clinic 3065 E. Market Street Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Patricia L. Benedict, FNP

Dukes Medical Group

Member of the Allied Health Staff at Dukes Memorial Hospital

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Caught on Camera

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 Lewis Cass Lady Kings track team members helped pack food bags for Thompson Totes on Thursday, March 7 at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Walton, IN. Pictured are1st Row: Tori Powell, Maddie Eurit, Mariah Swartz, Julissa Orozco, Megan Mannering, Keltricia Turko. 2nd Row: Colleena Brummet and Katerin Rubio PHOTO SHARED BY GRACE SCOTT Logansport High School Speech Team placed third at Sectionals at Carmel on March 2, 2013! Individual Sectional Awards go to Lari Rutschmann, Sectional Champion in Discussion, Jake Hawes-2nd in Discussion, Logan James-3rd in Prose, Alli Biggs4th in Prose! They’ll compete at State on March 23. PHOTO SHARED BY JESSICA KRANZ

Chrysler’s CEO and Indiana Governor Mike Pence were in Kokomo on February 28 to announce a major investment in Kokomo and Tipton that will create the world’s largest transmission facility. We caught up with some local folks who were “caught on camera” while we were there! PHOTOS BY PHILL DIALS

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We had a blast at the Founders Day Extravaganza on Sunday, February 17, 2013! Mary Hess was the winner of the Las Vegas trip from Unique Travel, while Bob Nesbitt unwrapped the gift certificate for a birthday party at the Cass County Family Y courtesy of Jarrell Orthodontics! PHOTO BY PHILL DIALS



April, July and September 2013

Join us in celebrating Logansport’s 175th anniversary in photos! Each day in April, July and September 2013, share a Logansport photo on your favorite social network that relates to the theme listed below. There’s one theme for each day of the month. 1. parks 2. downtown 3. railroad 4. water 5. art 6. trail 7. bridges 8. food 9. school 10. graduation 11. sports 12. icons 13. festival 14. reunion 15. transportation

16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31.

neighborhood celebration parade carousel shopping tradition street signs church decoration black and white gratitude building throwback music reflection

Anyone can participate! If you’re sharing your photos on Facebook, be sure to tag Logansport’s 175th Anniversary.

If you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #logan175.



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