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November 15 — December 15, 2013

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There are two characters in the Cass County Communication Network archive who make annual appearances — Ghostie Man in October and The Turkey, who graces our cover this month. Both were designed by Melissa Laird. As the countdown to Christmas begins, I make sure The Turkey gets to spend some time on our publications for those who say Thanksgiving always gets left out. (There’s another holiday in there, too — this year, Hanukkah starts the night before Thanksgiving.) There’s been lots of debate about how early the race to Christmas begins and I have to admit, I’ve been in the holiday spirit since I picked up the Michelle Laird DIALS August issue of INFO and there were Christmas decorations in at least one Editor/publisher store. The holidays are about tradition and while it may seem like retailers are trying to push holidays on us earlier and earlier each Thanksgiving, for many people, starting their holiday shopping is INFO is a free, monthly newspaper one of those traditions. As a colleague serving Cass County, Indiana and pointed out yesterday, many of those who the surrounding areas. It is part of the Cass County Communication are “forced” to work on the holiday may Network, published by Existential Media LLC. actually be thankful for the extra income Published by Calendar Items they’re getting working on a holiday. I’m Existential Media LLC Community events that are open to P.O. Box 314 not a hardcore Black Friday shopper, but the public and have a specific date, Logansport, IN 46947 time and location can be submitlast year, I braved one of the big box stores ted FREE to Editor/Publisher Michelle Laird Dials on Thanksgiving night just to see what it (574) 721-4636 Use the submit link on the website (michelle@ or e-mail details to was like, and there’s a chance I might do the same this year, for the same reason. As We reserve the right to select Cover Illustration Michelle Dials specific events to feature on our soon as I send this issue of INFO to press, & Melissa Laird Facebook page, in e-mail newsletters, in Cass County INFO my mom and I are off to the Holly Bazaar at One copy of INfo: is free. or in other community updates. Additional copies are $.50 each. Logansport Memorial Hospital — an event CAUGHT ON CAMERA The views expressed we attended for the first time last year and Photos posted on our Facebook by our fan pages may be selected, at writers are not are turning into a new tradition. And that our discretion, to be published in necessarily those of Existential Media LLC. INFO. Photos can also be reminds me — there won’t be a parade on e-mailed to contact@cassnetwork. For advertising com. Black Friday this year, but as our calendar information, contact on page 6 shows, there are plenty of holiday Advertising information Phill Dials (574) 721-4635 The Cass County Communication events where you can create new tradi(phill@ Network offers print, web and mobile advertising solutions. For tions. Maybe it’s running in the Turkey information about advertising, e-mail Trot, driving through Plank Hill Park for the Twelve Mile Christmas Pageant or shopping Editorial Information downtown during the Downtown Christmas Views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect Open House and newly revamped Light Up the position of the Cass County Communication Network or its parent company, Existential Media LLC. Our publications provide information Logansport celebration — there are plenty about events and activities happening in or near Cass County, Indiana. The information is provided by Existential Media LLC for general inforof holiday traditions to be made. And in mation purposes only. We strive to keep the information up-to-date and correct, however we make no representations or warranties of any kind, addition, I’ve continued the Cass Network express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitabiltradition of posting “Holiday Favorites” tv ity or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in our publications for any purspecials on So if pose. 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 you’d rather stay home and watch “Lady or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or Gaga and The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of our publications. with the family on Thanksgiving night, I Interested in advertising with Cass County Communication totally understand. Here come the holidays! Network? Call (574) 721-4635 for more information! or call (574) 721-4635. Make the most of them!

Security Federal invests in future of Huston Park


Holiday mail

•Security Federal Savings Bank has contributed $10,000 to be used toward the establishment of the new maintenance trust fund for Huston Park, the City of Logansport’s newest park and recreational facility. This fund will be operated exclusively for the preservation, maintenance and repair of Huston Park.


What an exciting month it has been for the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department! Here are some great announcements they’ve made since our last issue:

The new Cole Bridge connecting the Eel River Trail in Riverside Park with the River Bluff Trail was put into place this month.

• Logansport Parks and Recreation will be honored with a 2013 Award of Excellence Award at the Indiana Park and Recreation Association’s State Conference on January 16. • The Logansport Parks & Recreation Department was awarded a $4,000 “Local Giving Program” Grant from WalMart to assist with the creation of new sidewalks and landscaping at Memorial Park, located on the corner of Market Street and Front Street.

The new holiday Forever stamps sheet feature four different gingerbread houses decorated with sugary fruit slices for shingles, peppermint sticks for support beams and round, candy-coated chocolate doorknobs and holly berries. The busiest mailing day this season is projected to be Monday, Dec. 16, when more than 600 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed. The same day, 6 million customers are expected to visit Post Offices nationwide. The busiest delivery day for mail will be Wednesday, Dec. 18 and the busiest day for packages will be Thursday, Dec. 19. First Class Forever stamps are currently 46 cents. New single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, takes effect Jan. 26, 2014: Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents; Letters additional ounces — 1-cent increase to 21 cents; Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15; Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents Find local news and information all month long online through Have news you’d like to share? Send us a press release! You can submit it online through our website or email it to

Congratulations to the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department!

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City of Logansport reminds residents of rules for leaf pickup season Leaf season is once again upon us and Public Works Director Dan Williams is asking for the cooperation of the Logansport residents when raking leaves. If you choose to rake leaves into piles for the leaf vac to pick up, the City of Logansport asks that you follow these rules:

Cass County Communication Network congratulates the LogansportCass County Airport on being chosen as the Airport of the Year! PHOTO PROVIDED

• DO NOT rake leaves onto the catch basins. • Loose leaves should be placed as close to the street as possible, but NOT in the street. • NO loose leaves will be picked up in the alley. • DO NOT mix limbs with the loose leaves. When limbs are mixed with leaves and the leaf vac or street sweeper pick them up, it can cause damage to the machinery which will cause delays in the leaf pick up process. • DO NOT place leaves in PLASTIC bags, they WILL NOT be picked up by the Public Works Department. Those who wish to bag their leaves may do so as long as they are placed in the brown paper biodegradable yard waste bags and placed at the normal trash pickup site. The biodegradable yard waste bags will still be picked up on your normal trash pickup day by the Public Works Department. As a rule, brush piles WILL NOT be picked up during leaf pick up season.

Logansport Memorial Hospital welcomes new pediatrician

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Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Namita Sahgal MD to the Logansport Memorial Physician Network. She is a pediatrician who will join Dr. Craig Pawlowski and Dr. Beverly Ahoni in LMPN Pediatrics. Dr. Sahgal received her medical degree from the University College of Medicine in New Delhi, India. From there, she went on to complete her residency in Pediatrics at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is looking forward to partnering with parents and families to work together and promote healthy development of children, teens, and young adults in our community. Dr. Sahgal is now accepting new patients. Her practice is located inside the pediatrics suite in Medical Office Building West at Logansport Memorial Hospital. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Sahgal, please call (574) 753-4151. Logansport Memorial Hospital has also entered into a partnership with the physicians of Indiana Neurology to offer more access to neurology services here at the hospital for the community. Appointments will be scheduled by calling their Lafayette office location at (765) 448-3040.

Reminders about recycling Last month, Cass County Solid Waste Management director Bob Ehle reported that a number of electronic items had been dumped at the rolloff recyling bins. This is against city ordinace and could result in a $2,500 fine. Here are some tips to remember as you recycle: • Rolloff recycling bins are located at the Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds, at Pioneer Elementary in Royal Center, behind the Walton Christian Church, at the Wastewater plant in Galveston and the the junction of County Roads 350S and 50 E. • Each one of the bins clearly indicates what is acceptable: paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum, tin along with glass jars and cans. • Cass County Solid Waste Management District collects electronics from area residents five days a week, by appointment by calling (574) 732-9253. • The tire collection effort will continue in April. • The Cass County Solid Waste Management will host a community electronics recycling and Christmas Tree collection event on January 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Spencer Park.

DOING THE DREAM 2014: THE OTHER WES MOORE hosted by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech announces “Doing The Dream” speaker for 2014 An Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, best-selling author, youth advocate, and business leader, Wes Moore is an American success story and a born leader — but he wasn’t always on the path to achievement. Raised in a single-parent household in Baltimore, Moore was drawn toward trouble as a child, enough so that his mother eventually enrolled him in a Pennsylvania military school. This single, determined choice effectively changed the course of her son’s life. It is no surprise, then, that Moore addresses this very issue of choice in his compelling keynote talks as well as in his New York Times bestseller, The Other Wes Moore. In his book, he tells the fascinating story of another Wes Moore — a man who shared his name and much of his personal history. About the same age and raised in the same neighborhood by a single mother, this “other Wes Moore” arrived at a starkly different fate: he now serves a life sentence without parole on murder charges. Compelled by their similar upbringings, Wes penned his book in an effort to discover how small choices make big differences in life. Wes presents the persuasive argument that it is support systems — dedicated networks of families, mentors, teachers, friends, colleagues — that have the most profound and lasting impact on one’s life. Drawing on his experiences, he stresses the vitality of leadership in every community, from the smallest school up to the largest Fortune 500 corporation. High school students are invited to a free convocation at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center on Friday, Jan. 24 to hear Wes speak about his inspiring story and the transformative power of education. That evening, Wes will be the featured speaker at Ivy Tech Kokomo’s “Doing the Dream 2014” banquet honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The dinner will be open to Ivy Tech students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information contact Dr. Leo Studach at 574-753-5101, ext. 2209 or

JAN. 24, 2014 | 6 P.M. Kokomo Event & Conference Center

An Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, best-selling author, youth advocate, and business leader, Wes Moore is an American success story and a born leader — but he wasn't always on the path to achievement. Raised in a single-parent household in Baltimore, Moore was drawn toward trouble as a child, enough so that his mother eventually enrolled him in a Pennsylvania military school. This single, determined choice effectively changed the course of her son's life. Dinner program and speaker reception | $75 (limited to first 200) Dinner program | $50 FOR MORE INFORMATION: | 574-753-5101, ext. 2209.


If you love the holidays, here are a few of the local events you won’t want to miss. We don’t have official details on all of the local holiday traditions yet, so check often!

Thursday, Nov. 28 Turkey Trot Every year, a whole lot of people feel far less guilty than we do after gobbling down Thanksgiving dinner because they participate in this annual event sponsored by the Cass County Family YMCA.

Friday, Nov. 29 & Saturday, Nov. 30 Carousel Open

Holiday Worship Services

Churches are invited to post Holiday Worship Service times on If your church is having a special event, like a music or Christmas program, make sure to share that, but weekly worship service times are welcome as well.

Have family in town? Bring back childhood memories as you try to grab the brass ring! The Cass County Dentzel Carousel will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. both days. Rides are 75 cents.

Sunday, Dec. 1 Winterfest Enjoy an afternoon of free carousel rides and refreshments sponsored by Jarrell Orthodontics at the Cass County Dentzel Carousel from 1-4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5 Downtown Christmas Open House & Light Up Logansport The streets of downtown Logansport will be bustling with shoppers as downtown merchants invite you to their holiday open houses from 4-8 p.m. You can also enter to win prizes by donating non-perishable items to be given to The Salvation Army, Emmaus Mission and Cass County Humane Society. Don’t miss the Light Up Logansport Lighting Ceremony at Little Turtle Waterway at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7 Craft and Gift Fair 21st Annual Thompson Elementary PTO

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Craft and Gift Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thompson Elementary. Cookies with Santa from 10:30 to noon!

Sunday, Dec. 8 IU Singing Hoosiers Christmas Show Performing Arts Council of Logansport wraps up the 2013 season with a holiday performance by the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers, with Logansport graduates Olivia Sears and Laura Cahalan and Winamac graduate Emily Paulson. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Show starts at 3 p.m. at McHale Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, Dec. 14 Holly & Ivy Christmas Party No admission charge, family friendly Christmas Party for all ages at the Cass County Historical Society’s carriage house. Food, crafts, stories plus Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free museum tours in a festive, Victorian atmosphere. 1004 E. Market St.

Saturday, Dec. 14 Sunday, Dec. 15 Twelve Mile Pageant Enjoy the spirit of the holiday season as your drive through this annual celebration in Plank Hill Park. Sunday, Dec. 15 Birth of A City As part of the city’s of Logansport’s 175th anniversary observance, this one-time show written by local author Garry Williams will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 15 at McHale Performing Arts Center. All tickets are $5. Call the box office at 574-753-4116.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Every year, we round up the dates when your favorite holiday classics will air and post them on Cass County Calendar. Even if you own them all on DVD, there’s still something magical about gathering around the TV to watch them! Head to and click on the Holiday Favorites icon to find YOUR favorites.

Community Foundation announces scholarship orientation sessions Mandatory scholarship orientation sessions will be held this month for all students wishing to apply for any scholarships administered by the Community Foundation, including the Cass County Lilly Scholarship. The Foundation also has several new awards with specific criteria that will be shared at the meetings. In 2013, the Cass County Community Foundation awarded 95 scholarships to 73 individuals plus one Lilly Scholarship for total awards in excess of $230,000. CCCF “There are many changes to the program again this year as we continue to try and make the process easier for faculty, students and parents,” CCCF president Deanna Crispen noted.

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CCCF Scholarship Orientation Schedule Caston High School Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Lewis Cass High School Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. Pioneer High School Wednesday Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Logansport High School Monday Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact your school’s guidance office, or call the Community Foundation at 574-722-2200.

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The gift of giving The holiday season is upon us and several local organizations are offering opportunities to help those in need. If your organization is hosting a holiday drive and you would like us to add it to our list, email the details to Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bell for their Red Kettle Drive through Christmas Eve, and also has angel tags available for those who would like to purchase Christmas gifts for children and families in need.

Closings and Cancellations When inclement weather forces your business or organization to close or reschedule an event, Cass County Communication Network can help you share that information. Just contact Michelle Dials at (574) 721-4636 and we’ll take care of the rest. For more information on getting closings and delays via our CASSINFO mobile alerts, visit

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Since our launch in 2009, Cass County residents have trusted to let them know what’s going on in our community. The City of Logansport’s comprehensive plan even encourages the use of as the “official” events calendar! Add your event or use the website to find something fun to do today! November 2013 | Cass County INfo: | 9

Caught on

Logansport Savings Bank was the winner of Logan’s Landing’s 2013 Scarecrow Row Competition. The judges said it was a tough decision to make, as so many of this year’s scarecrows were outstanding! Community Development Director Chris Armstrong and Mayor Ted Franklin help James Galbreath, who designed the city’s 175th anniversary time capsule, prepare it for burial in LMU Park, to be opened 25 years from now for the city’s 200th anniversary. The time capsule includes a couple of copies of Cass County INFO! More than 1,000 kids participated in Logan’s Landing’s annual Downtown Spooktacular trick or treating event on Oct. 29! Rainy weather postponed Logansport’s second night of trick or treating from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, but Logan’s Landing’s event early in the week meant kids and their families could enjoy a safe night of trick or treating downtown at 20 participating downtown locations!

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Big thanks to the LMU crews who dress up downtown Logansport for the holidays!

Congratulations to the winners of Cass County Communication Network’s 2013 Halloween Costume Contest!

There was a very large turnout for the annual Cass County Veterans Day Parade, presented by the Cass County Veterans Council on Monday, Nov. 11. There were performances by Logansport, Lewis Cass and Pioneer bands, Brandt Carmichael and messages from Cass County Commissioner Jim Sailors, Judge Rick Maughmer, Judge Tom Perrone and Mayor Ted Franklin.

First place with 451 votes was Shelby Price as “The Woman in Black.” Second place with 323 votes “Headless Woman,” submitted by Brandy Girton. Third place with 138 votes was Batgirl, submitted by Samantha Schmidt.

There were 86 entries. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department received the traveling trophy for “The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive” First, second and third held at All Saints Elementary School in Logansport on Oct. 30. Julianna Callaway, a teacher at All-Saints place winners received Elementary, started this blood drive in 2000 in memory of two of her former students who lost their lives as movie passes courtesy a result of drunk driving accidents. The competition among departments includes the Cass County Sheriff’s of the new Mary Max Department, Indiana State Police, Cass County EMS, Logansport Police Department, and the Logansport Fire Cinemas Logansport 5! Department. November 2013 | Cass County INfo: | 11

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