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November 23, 2012

Thorns & Roses

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• To Bill Fouts, recipient of the Cass County Community Foundation’s 2012 Richard W. Cassidy “Thanks for Giving” award. Fouts, a Young America native and lifelong farmer, was recognized for outstanding community volunteer work. The award, named for a founding member of the foundation, is given periodically to someone who displays unselfish and outstanding commitment of time, talent and treasure, embodying the CCCF spirit of giving, according to a press release from the foundation. Fouts, 84, is the ninth recipient since the award was established in 2001. Fouts was on the steering committee involved with the foundation’s efforts to build a Lewis Cass Scholarship Endowment Fund. He suggested the first Corn for Kings Grain Drive to encourage farmers to donate grain to support the new scholarship in 2004. The fund has grown to almost $175,000 in endowed funds, producing five $1,000 awards annually to Lewis Cass seniors. Two dozen Lewis Cass graduates have benefited from the fund since the spring of 2005.

• To Southeastern school administrators for organizing a “Body Safety” presentation for elementary students. The program will be presented by Sgt. Terry Hall, a veteran of the Indianapolis Police Department and former director of a child abuse prevention program. He’ll speak to fourth- through sixth-grade classes at Galveston Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon and to third-graders at Thompson Elementary School that morning. The program’s goal is “to empower children to know about inappropriate sexual touch.” Administrators have also scheduled a meeting for parents to discuss the presentation. That meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Lewis Cass Junior-Senior High School auditorium, 6422 E. Ind. 218 in Walton.

• To Maryland native Doug Masiuk, founder of the Run1 organization, on his bid to become the first Type I diabetic to run across the country. Masiuk, who passed through Logansport this week, started his run in May in San Fransisco and has been running 20 to 30 miles a day. While en route, Masiuk said, he has been stopping and talking to doctors and educators. He has also spoken to people with diabetes about how to live with the disease. He’s now about 25,000 miles into his run, and he hopes to reach New York City by Dec. 20.

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