• To the volunteers who made possible the 12th annual Light Up Logansport parade. The annual event takes a lot of hard work and planning — from the folks who gather in garages and storage buildings to construct the floats to the ones who bundle up each year to stand in the cold and direct traffic. It’s a great holiday tradition that simply wouldn’t be possible without a great deal of volunteer labor. Hats off to everyone who made it happen.
• To the runners and walkers who turned out for last week’s 16th annual Turkey Trot. Put on by the Cass County YMCA, the Thanksgiving day event features a one-mile and a four-mile course that participants can choose to run or walk. Proceeds from the event go toward the YMCA’s Building Strong Kids Campaign, which gives financial assistance for programs and membership. The annual event supports a great cause, and it’s a great way to build a healthy appetite for Thanksgiving dinner.
• To River of Life Christian Church on staging its 44th annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The event drew one of the biggest turnouts ever, with meals planned for more than 600 people. The annual event requires lots of planning and a fair amount of support from the community. Volunteers start cooking the meal the Sunday before, with church members taking home at least one of the 27 turkeys and cooking it beforehand. On the day of the event, church members start work before daylight to prepare for the large crowd. The church had 50 loaves of bread, 35 pies and large numbers of sides and cakes. Some of the food is donated by nearby businesses and clubs, and church members furnish the rest. Some of the members have been doing this for more than two decades. It’s a great event that offers a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to get together and give thanks.