For the fourth year, The Logansport Parks and Recreation Department and its Foundation, will be offering a holiday display of lights at Spencer Park for the community and the surrounding area. Many sponsoring organizations and businesses are a part of this very special event, which will end following New Year’s weekend. The lights will remain on from dusk to dawn. Several changes are being made to keep people safe from COVID-19. Before going, people should know the following:

• New this year, visitors will enter from East Broadway and Cass Plaza Road. As you enter Christmas in the Park, drive slowly, don’t pull over in any parking areas, and people MUST remain in their vehicles for their own safety.

• Pedestrians are not permitted. Both vehicles and guy & electrical wires pose a danger to pedestrians.

• There is no cost to enjoy the holiday lights. Though, an online donation will be accepted gratefully at https://flowto.it/P6J3wSvb?fc=0

• No volunteers will be on duty.

Calvary Presbyterian announces pastor

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Lute was installed as the pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Nov. 15. Lute is originally from Hanna, Indiana and has been married to his wife Deb for 38 years. He grew up on a dairy farm until 1972. Lute attended Grace College and Seminary, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical. He earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2008 and his Doctor of Intercultural Studies/Missiology degree in June of 2014. He earned multiple Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude academic honors.

Living Christmas pageant Dec. 12-13

The 50th annual Twelve Mile Living Christmas Pageant will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13. For more information, contact Kathy Buczkowski at 574-721-6876 or kbutch622@yahoo.com.

County gets Battle of the Badge trophy

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Ed Schroder have been presented with the traveling trophy for the Battle of the Badge blood drive that took place Oct. 6. The sheriff’s department received more votes in blood donation than The Logansport Fire Department, The Logansport Police Department and the Indiana State Police teams. The total was 11 units of blood, compared to 33 in 2019, 21 in 2018 and 23 in 2017. The event was started 20 years ago. Since 2004, the event has garnered 475 units and 1,425 blood products, according to the American Red Cross records.

Residents need to put totes in designated spots

Logansport Mayor Chris Martin is asking residents to place their trash and recycle totes in the designated locations. Republic Services has requested that the large blue recycle totes be placed out directly beside the brown trash totes on the designated recycling pickup day, otherwise they will not get picked up. Martin said that he has received calls from the Code Enforcement Officer regarding many residents who are not putting their recycling in the designated pickup spot.

All Saints concert is canceled

Due to restrictions placed on gatherings as a result of the increase in Indiana’s COVID numbers, the All Saints concert scheduled for Dec. 6 was canceled.

Wanted: hunters to help hungry Hoosiers

Hunters and landowners can help feed less fortunate fellow Hoosiers by donating a deer this season. With schools closing and job disruptions causing loss of wages, and seniors isolated in their homes, many are experiencing shortages in their food budgets. After you’ve filled your freezer, please help Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to feed those in need in your area by donating to the “Meat” the Need initiative. Just take your deer in to your local, participating meat processor and tell them you would like to donate it to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. There’s no charge to the donor. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry partners with 85 meat processors statewide and encourages the donation of large game and livestock to our program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations and gives this nutritious meat to local hunger relief agencies. For more information on this program, its services, to locate local participating meat processors, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.

Salvation Army bell ringer positions open

For the 2020 Bell Ringing, the Salvation Army has 1,200 volunteer hours available to work at Big Lots, D&R, Rural King and two entrances at Walmart. Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 24, Monday through Saturday. To sign up for Bell Ringing, go to www.registertoring.org. Due to the pandemic, aprons will not be used this year. Wipes will be at each site to clean bells as they are handed off to the next volunteer. No more than two individuals can volunteer at a time unless they’re a family members who live in the same house. It is undetermined if singing carols or playing instruments will be allowed, even with masks or bell coverings. People may bring radios, though. Groups typically sign up for a series of hours and fill those hours with people from those groups. Individuals are free to sign up, too. This year, individuals and teams can sign up for just one hour at a time because of the removal of the two hour minimum, but groups should consider a minimum of three hours if they’re recruiting individuals or teams to rotate. The Salvation Army Logansport is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TSALogansport and has a website at https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/logansport/.

Spencer Park closed to vehicle traffic through January

For the fourth year, The Logansport Parks & Recreation Department and its Foundation will be offering a holiday display of lights at Spencer Park for the community and the surrounding area. As of Monday, Spencer Park’s High Street entrance is closed to vehicle traffic, lasting through the holidays until the lighting décor has been removed. Daytime park users should plan to park their vehicles on the north side of High Street or near the lower pavilion to utilize the park. The Parks Department has requested that park users please stay away from the Christmas décor in the Park. Once again, it could pose a danger due to guy wires as well as electrical wires. We do ask that all daytime walkers please stay on the sidewalk and roadway. Questions can be directed to the Parks Administrator, Janet Fawley at 753-6969 or e-mail at parksadministrator@cityoflogansport.org.

Holiday Home Tour canceled

Delta Theta Chi sorority has cancelled this year’s November Holiday Home Show. The organizations hopes to see everyone in November 2021.

Church cancels November, December breakfasts

The New Waverly United Methodist Church breakfasts for November and December 2020 dates have been canceled. The church hopes to be able to resume breakfasts at some time next year.

2021 state park passes on sale

The 2021 Indiana state park passes, lake permits, off-road cycling permits, and horse tags are now available at property offices and front gates, and online at ShopINstateparks.com.

State Parks close for deer culls

Some Indiana state park properties will temporarily close in the coming weeks so controlled deer management hunts can take place. Each hunt runs two days. The next is on Monday, Nov. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 1. Participating state park properties will close to the general public on the evening before each of the two hunts. Participating state park properties are: Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Spring Mill, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial state parks, as well as Trine State Recreation Area. These state park properties will re-open the morning after each two-day hunt. All Indiana state park properties not mentioned will be operating under normal hours.

Indiana rail plan survey

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is accepting public comments in an online survey to update the Indiana State Rail Plan. The general public and rail stakeholders are encouraged to take the survey and share their opinions on today’s rail system in Indiana and what it could look like in the future. The online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/INSRP20) takes about 15 minutes to complete. A link to the survey can also be found on the INDOT website at www.in.gov/indot. The state rail plan will guide INDOT’s efforts to: • Maintain and improve the rail transportation system, • Support the movement of freight and passengers in Indiana, and • Strengthen the state’s economy and raise the quality of life for its citizens. Federal law requires an update to the state’s rail plan every four years. The previous rail plan was released in 2017. For more on the state rail plan survey, project updates and events, visit www.rail.indot.in.gov.

Logansport Parks’ 4th annual Christmas in the Park

The fourth annual Christmas in the Park holiday display of lights at Spencer Park will open on Friday, Nov. 27, thanks to the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department, its foundation and many sponsoring organizations and businesses. The display will end after New Year’s weekend, and the lights will be on daily from dusk to dawn. There’s no cost to enjoy the holiday lights, but people can make an online donation at https://flowto.it/P6J3wSvb?fc=0 Spencer Park’s High Street entrance will be closed to vehicle traffic from Nov. 2 until the lighting is removed after the holidays. Daytime park users should park on the north side of High Street or near the lower pavilion. Park visitors and daytime walkers should stay on the sidewalk and roadway and stay away from the decorations. They could pose a danger due to guy wires, as well as electrical wires. For COVID-19 and other safety precautions: • New this year, visitors will enter from East Broadway and Cass Plaza Road. Drive slowly, and don’t pull into any parking areas. People MUST remain in their vehicles for safety. • Pedestrians are not permitted because vehicles and guy and electrical wires pose a danger to pedestrians. • Homeowners on Broadway near the entrance are encouraged to decorate their homes as well. •There’ll be no volunteers will be on duty or handing out Holospex 3-D glasses. Beginning Dec. 2, sponsoring businesses will hand out Holospex. A new Holospex design will be available each Wednesday at a different businesses. To collect them all, participants must go to that designated business to pick up them up. Watch the Pharos-Tribune ads or listen to the radio stations of Ironhorse Broadcasting to learn which businesses you’ll need to go to each week. Questions can be directed to the Parks Administrator, Janet Fawley, at 574-753-6969 or at parksadministrator@cityoflogansport.org.

Free COVID-19 testing for Hoosiers

The Cass Heath Department offers free COVID-19 testing from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1616 Smith St., Logansport. Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 years of age can be tested with parental consent. Individuals should bring proof of Indiana residency, such as a state-issued ID, work ID or utility bill. Walk-ins will be welcome, but to avoid waiting in line, individuals can register for an appointment by visiting https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/. This testing is made possible through a grant from the Indiana Department of Health to ensure that community testing is available anywhere there is a need. Through this grant, all the testing supplies and equipment, including test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer and the platform for registration and data management, are provided. The grant continues through June 30, 2021, and is renewable. The state-run Optum sites will continue to offer testing as well. A complete map of test sites across the state is available at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm.

Cross-Wind UMC holds Grief Share meetings

Grief Share grief recovery seminar & support group meets at Cross-Wind United Methodist Church on Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. The program runs through Dec. 1. The church is located at 616 Indiana 25. Grief Share features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal?,”“The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief & Your Relationships,” “Why, and “Guilt & Anger” as well as others. For more information, call Cross-Wind UMC at 574-753-4872 or Deb Rhodes at 574-721-4652. Website information is griefshare.org.

VFW Auxiliary meetings

The Auxiliary to VFW Post #3790 meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and generally last one hour. The start of the 2020-2021 year will mark a year-long celebration of the formation of the “Ladies Auxiliary” in 1920. In 2006, the “Ladies Auxiliary” and the “Men’s Auxiliary” joined forces and are now known as the VFW Auxiliary. Male relatives of veterans may now join The VFW Auxiliary. Membership is $20 a year, and Life Memberships are available. The Auxiliary has lost over 300 members in the past 10 years. For more information, contact Auxiliary President, Liz Troxell at 574-721-0166 or Auxiliary Treasurer, Jane Viney at 574-737-8110.

Cass County Democrats online meeting

The Cass County Democrats invites the public to Drinking Liberally, An Online Happy Hour, the last Friday of every month at 6 p.m. The event provides an opportunity to meet people and candidates running for office. For information on how to join, visit the “Online with Linda Lawson” tab at the Cass County Democrats’ web page: www.CassINDems.org, or call 574-992-1121.

Indiana 211 adding resources

Indiana 211 is adding additional resources for Hoosiers in need of assistance connecting with health and human services agencies in their local communities. Indiana 211 has created a new website to serve as a clearinghouse of information on COVID-19 resources. The organization is also adding 20-30 new navigators to handle increased call volume. Community Navigators help people to contact 211, identify their goals, prioritize their needs, and connect them to valuable community resources. Indiana 211 is a free service that connects Hoosiers with help and answers from thousands of health and human services agencies in their local communities — quickly, easily and confidentially. This includes needs such as food, utility, health care and childcare assistance. For individuals seeking services within Indiana, you can contact 211 here: New website for COVID-19 related information: https://in211.communityos.org/COVID-19 Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-211-9966 (available 24/7, this line is only for seeking services within Indiana) Text: Text your zip code to 898-211 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) For all other 211 assistance: www.in211.org

Visitors Bureau accepting grant applications

The Cass County Visitors Bureau (CCVB) will be awarding grants for out-of-county marketing and visitor experience enhancement, to events and attractions within Cass County. Grant requests will be considered and awarded by the Cass County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Multiple grants will be awarded from the $10,000 fund so that a variety of organizations can be assisted with their events or attractions. These grants are very competitive, so it is suggested that applications be made as early as possible. Rules and regulations for funding requests and grant applications will be available in the CCVB office between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday, or electronically by contacting Toni Savini at info@visit-casscounty.com. Grant applications will be accepted throughout 2020, but must be in the CCVB office by the 20th of the month for consideration at the following month’s regularly scheduled meeting. Recipients of the 2019 grants were: Carousel in the Park Fun Day, Two Rivers on Two Wheels Bike Tour, the 2 Rivers Music Festival, the Panhandle Pathway Trail, Christmas in the Park, the Taste of Cass County and AIM Softball Fields.

Ivy Tech offering free classes, training

Ivy Tech Community College has announced it is offering free classes and training for 10,000 participants. The college is elevating its commitment to Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19 experiencing unemployment, reduced hours or furloughs across the state. Participants may take more than one class or training in a range of relevant high-demand areas. Those interested can obtain detailed information about the classes and training, and register for free, by visiting ivytech.edu/RapidRecovery/. Classes and training sessions that are currently being offered as part of the initiative include: Advanced manufacturing: Industry 4.0 silver level multi-skill maintenance and operations. Technician certifications (associate, electrical systems, electric motor control systems, motor control troubleshooting and pneumatic systems. Tools of the Industry with Autodesk: Introduction to CAD, CAM, and practical CNC machining, Fusion 360 introduction to CAD and CAM, simulation analysis for mechanical engineers, 3-axis machining with Fusion 360, introduction to mechanical engineering design and manufacturing, and modeling and design for mechanical engineers.

Applications available for Logan’s Landing program

Applications for the Commercial Facade Improvement Funding Program are available to commercial business or property owners within the Logan’s Landing district, according to a release. Applicants have a full-year from the date of approval to complete the project, and the program offers 50 percent matching funding up to $5,000 per property for eligible improvements. Those improvements include exterior painting, exterior lighting, windows and doors, facade maintenance and restoration, awnings and installation of brick facade. For an application or further information, contact Logan’s Landing at 574-722-9345 or lldirector@loganslanding.com.{!--[if gte mso 9]}{xml} {o:OfficeDocumentSettings} {o:AllowPNG/} {/o:OfficeDocumentSettings} {/xml}{![endif]--} {!--[if gte mso 9]}{xml} {w:WordDocument} {w:View}Normal{/w:View} {w:Zoom}0{/w:Zoom} {w:TrackMoves/} {w:TrackFormatting/} {w:PunctuationKerning/} {w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/} {w:SaveIfXMLInvalid}false{/w:SaveIfXMLInvalid} {w:IgnoreMixedContent}false{/w:IgnoreMixedContent} {w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText}false{/w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText} {w:DoNotPromoteQF/} {w:LidThemeOther}EN-US{/w:LidThemeOther} {w:LidThemeAsian}X-NONE{/w:LidThemeAsian} {w:LidThemeComplexScript}X-NONE{/w:LidThemeComplexScript} {w:Compatibility} {w:BreakWrappedTables/} {w:SnapToGridInCell/} {w:WrapTextWithPunct/} {w:UseAsianBreakRules/} {w:DontGrowAutofit/} {w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/} {w:EnableOpenTypeKerning/} {w:DontFlipMirrorIndents/} {w:OverrideTableStyleHps/} {/w:Compatibility} {m:mathPr} {m:mathFont m:val=”Cambria Math”/} {m:brkBin m:val=”before”/} {m:brkBinSub m:val=”==”/} {m:smallFrac m:val=”off”/} {m:dispDef/} {m:lMargin m:val=”0”/} {m:rMargin m:val=”0”/} {m:defJc m:val=”centerGroup”/} {m:wrapIndent m:val=”1440”/} {m:intLim m:val=”subSup”/} {m:naryLim m:val=”undOvr”/} {/m:mathPr}{/w:WordDocument} {/xml}{![endif]--}

Cass Area Transit suspending On Demand service

Due to COVID 19, Cass Area Transit’s On Demand service will be suspended from Monday, Dec. 7 until Monday, Dec. 21.

Area Transit will continue to provide service to all of those who have prescheduled daily trips, and the city bus will continue to run its normal schedule.

The only change will be that for the next two weeks, there’ll be no call-in service available.

Country Christmas Craft Show

The Twelve Mile Country Christmas Craft Show will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the new Twelve Mile Community Center, 7913 E. Indiana 16.

There’ll be artisan, craft and handmade items only for sale, as well as door prizes and food available.

Annual Christmas Day Dinner canceled

For the health and safety of the workers and the community, Deer Creek Presbyterian Church has cancelled the breakfast on Dec. 5 and the Annual Christmas Day Dinner Dec. 25.

Ring In The Light of Christmas Dec. 20

The Calvary Presbyterian Church Outreach Ministry Team has ordered 1,000 white paper bags and 1,000 tea lights for the purpose of making 1,000 luminaries.

On Sunday, Dec. 20, church members will circle the four local nursing homes with luminaries. They are asking its Calvary partners and any of the families of the residents and employees to join them in the placing and lighting of the luminaries. Lighting will take place simultaneously at the four nursing homes at 6:15 p.m. Everyone participating is asked to bring some type of bell and long neck lighter. Once the luminaries are lit, they will “ring in” Christmas. Participants are asked to arrive between 5:30 and 6 p.m. to help place the luminaries.

Visit the Calvary Presbyterian Church Facebook Page for weather related changes.

Baptist Church to sell noodles

Logansport Baptist Church will resume its tradition of providing noodles in December.

On Monday, Dec. 7, a noodle class will be held at 4 p.m. at the church. Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, a pack and bag event will begin at 4 p.m. with the sale of noodles for $3.50. Noodles will be sold at the Heritage House on 11th Street and the Baptist Church at 7th and Broadway.

Musical performances to be held at Baptist Temple

Bob Moore, board member at Walton Public Library and Tyler Long, Jr., band instructor at Lewis Cass, will be performing two free organ concerts at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, and Friday, Dec. 18, at the Baptist Temple.

Refreshments will be served.

Auxiliary to VFW 3790 to hold Christmas dinner

The Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 3790 in Logansport is holding its annual carry-in Christmas dinner Tuesday, Dec. 8 after a short meeting at 6 p.m.

The Auxiliary will furnish meat, drinks, plates and utensils. Instead of a gift exchange, members are asked to bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Emmaus Mission during this Christmas season. All members in good standing are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Liz Troxell, president, at 574 721-0166.

Blood drive to be held on Dec. 14

There will be a Red Cross blood drive from 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 at the First Baptist Church of Denver Fellowship Hall, 111 N. Yorick, Denver.

Call 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment or go online to RedCrossBlood.org. and enter: fbcden and if possible use the Rapid Pass.

Donors temperatures will be taken, social distancing will be observed and masks are required.

Post offices open Sundays for holidays

For the holidays, the following Post Offices on be open on Sundays, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Elkhart, Gary—Merrillville, Lafayette, Mishawaka, South Bend—Chippewa, South Bend—Edison Park, South Bend—Main, West Lafayette, Warsaw, Goshen.

Baptist Church hosting recitals in December

The Logansport Baptist Church at 700 E. Broadway will hold this year’s Christmas Music Recitals throughout December. Today will be the first in the series with Bob Moore playing the organ and Tyler Long soloing on the saxophone. Moore will be joined by Steve Skelton, who will play the piano, on Dec. 11. Finally, Moore will be featured on Dec. 18.

Each event will begin at 4 p.m. and is free. Refreshments will be serve

Support Group is canceled for December

The Logansport All Saints Grief Support Group is canceled due to COVID-19 until further notice.

For any questions or needs or for the up-coming holidays, please call Patty DuSchene at 574-753-3483.

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