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August 3, 2012

Let’s all join in the big celebration

In case you hadn’t heard, the city of Logansport will be celebrating its 175th birthday next year.

The celebration begins with Founder’s Day parties on Feb. 17, the day Logansport was founded in 1838. The committee’s goal is for that celebration to span across several businesses and people’s homes. Lita Rouser, the committee chair, says she envisions it like a Super Bowl party, where one event is celebrated in multiple locations.

Rouser’s small committee has been meeting with area businesses and organizations to host events ranging from costume shows to a commemoration of the 1913 flood. The committee needs sponsors for events that are already being planned, but it’s also open to ideas from the organizations themselves.

Activities already in the planning stages are a CD filled with songs about Logansport made by local artists, tours of Underground Railroad sites and Native American sites and reminders of the 175th anniversary in local parades and festivals.

Local Boy Scouts will sponsor a “geocaching adventure” where participants will be given GPS coordinates that will lead them to a historical objects in the area.

Rouser says the committee also hopes to reach out to school groups and organizations like the American Red Cross so that they can feature the number 175 in their service hours or projects.

This is an important milestone in the history of Logansport. It’s time when the city look back on its past and look forward to its future, a time when we can take stock of what we’ve accomplished and set some goals for the 200th anniversary and beyond.

Logansport has a lot to celebrate. It has a developing arts and design district downtown, and it has some great social service organizations working to make life better for the people who live here.

It has an improving school system and a first-class performing arts center. It has the historic Cass County Carousel, and some wonderful trails and beautiful parks.

The community has a rich heritage starting with a small settlement at the confluence of two rivers and continuing with the development of the Erie Canal and later the railroads.

And it has a bright future ahead with the completion of a new four-lane highway in the same year the city celebrates its 175th birthday.

We hope the whole community will join in celebrating this important milestone.

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