Local News

April 2, 2013

Lighting the town blue for autism

Event starts off Autism Awareness Month

Event organizers are hoping Logansport turns blue today, as they kick off Autism Awareness Month.

In its second year, the “Light the Town Blue” event asks townspeople to put blue light bulbs in their homes or businesses to help spread awareness of autism. The event culminates at 6 p.m. tonight, as Mayor Ted Franklin speaks and event participants walk around the town.

The event will also feature face-painting and a balloon launch.

Organizer Marlene Espinoza said last year they had many people put a blue light out on their porch. But this year, Espinoza said she would like more businesses and storefronts to include blue.

“We’re really asking that the town get even more creative,” Espinoza said.

An award will be given out to the business that has the most blue light, Espinoza said.

The blue lights are part of the national campaign of Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization. Espinoza said though autism is typically represented by rainbow colors, blue is the specific color of this campaign.

At 6 tonight, Espinoza said Franklin will proclaim the “Light the Town Blue” event an official town event. Afterwards, she’s asking everyone to follow her as they walk down Broadway and finish up back by the City Building.

“We’re hoping to have at least 35 people or more there,” Espinoza said.

In the park behind the City Building, Nicole Hicks, from the Autism Society of Indiana, will answer questions while face-painting and other activities will be offered to kids.

Hicks said this year’s message is about accepting autistic children, whether it to be befriending them or understanding their behavior in stores.  

“It’s more of a community-wide acceptance,” Hicks said.

Espinoza, the mother of a 4-year-old autistic child, said she is also hoping to spread the message of how to understand and love autistic children.

“There’s a different type of sympathy when your child gets diagnosed with autism,” Espinoza said. “It shows more as a pity and we want to change that.”

Espinoza and two other mothers of autistic children are helping organize the entire event. And while its a small workforce, Espinoza said that the work they’re doing is making a difference.

“Sometimes that’s what it takes to get things started,” Espinoza said.  

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS-PT073014 Hickman.jpg Two arrested in purse-, wallet-snatching spree

    MONTICELLO — Two were arrested late last week in relation to a string of purse and wallet thefts from shopping carts in local department stores. Lindsey R. Hogg, 22, Monticello, and Rachel D. Hickman, 23, Burnettsville, were arrested by the Lafayette

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fatal wreck UPDATE: Monticello woman killed in overnight wreck

    A Monticello woman was killed late Monday night in an automobile accident involving a car and semi-trailer truck in the northbound lane of U.S. 31 near the junction with U.S. 931.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pool sets Sunday at closing date

    The season will close at Tower Park Municipal Pool on Sunday, according to the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department. Final season activities will begin on Friday, including "Floatie Friday." Pool-goers are invited

    July 29, 2014

  • Police investigate possible stabbing

    A woman called 911 late Monday to report she had been stabbed in her Brookston home.

    July 29, 2014

  • Winamac woman dies in crash with county truck A Winamac woman is dead after failing to stop at an intersection and being struck by a Pulaski County Highway Department dump truck. Just before noon on Monday, Dollie Frinkle, 71, Winamac, was driving a 1996 Buick Park Avenue westbound on 100 South

    July 29, 2014

  • Indiana BMV asks court to delay vanity plate sales INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled. The Indiana attorney general's office announced Monday it ha

    July 29, 2014

  • Police Blotter: July 29, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT - PT072914 Colts-pic [Duplicate] QB Luck making progress ANDERSON — Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University.During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.The Indianapolis Colts quar

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • District's tire collection effort still going strong If you’ve got old tires, the county still wants them.The Cass County Solid Waste District extended the county-wide tire collection program Monday for the next few weeks — or until the new semi-trailer is full at least.District director Bob Ehle has b

    July 29, 2014

  • Permanent road closure has Miami Co. residents worried PERU — Residents who live near a safety-flare company that’s expanding north of Peru spoke out against a proposal to permanently close a section of county road that runs through the company’s facilities.Orion Safety Products, located at 3157 N. 500 W

    July 29, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Should grocery and convenience stores be allowed to sell cold beer?

     View Results