Looking back at 2016

Last Updated on December 31, 2016 by cassnetwork

Putting together our “Year in Review” album is one of my favorite things to do. I’m always amazed when I look back at all the things that happened during the course of the year.

This year, we saw brand new events and the return of old favorites. It was unexpectedly hot for the new Two Rivers Art and Music Festival in June; despite the rain and some unanticipated controversy, the Carousel Festival in the Park was enjoyed by kids of all ages. The Light Up Logansport Parade returned to kick off the holiday season. The summer also included Celebrate Logansport, Art on the Avenue, Taste of Cass County and several community parades. (Check out photos on our Facebook page here).

Cass County joined in the celebration of Indiana’s 200th anniversary with dozens of Bicentennial Legacy events and Mayor Dave Kitchell reminded us of the accomplishments of those who’ve called Logansport home, honoring “Logansport Bicentennial Citizens.” Costumed Bicentennial characters made appearances and what was supposed to be an outdoor performance by the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra drew a huge crowd at its rain-out location in McHale Performing Arts Center. And in October, the community came together for a two-hour procession to bring the Bicentennial Torch through Cass County.

New city officials were sworn into office in January and in late December, recently elected county officials were sworn in to begin their terms on the first day of 2017. We welcomed new leaders of local organizations like the Logansport Parks Department, United Way of Cass County and The Salvation Army.

This year, because of a change in the application deadline, the Cass County Community Foundation named the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar (Sydney Sofronici) in the spring and the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar (Cassia Scagnoli) just before Christmas.

In September, Logansport High School’s Jitka Nelson was named Indiana’s Teacher of the Year.

Logansport was chosen as one of two Indiana communities to participate in the Hometown Collaboration Initiative and more than 1800 local residents shared their opinions on the community’s future in a survey that wrapped up yesterday. (Results will be announced at a community forum in January).

Logansport Memorial Hospital completed its Community Health Needs Assessment and announced multi-million dollar plans for a new Cancer Care Center and a renovation of the Family Birth Center.

We celebrated the 90th anniversary of Felix the Cat as Logansport High School’s mascot and the renovation of the Cass County Government Building.

In 2016, we witnessed the end of an era, as Logansport Municipal Utilities closed its electric generating plant and stopped producing its own electricity.

2016 was the year bike lanes came to Logansport.

We watched as our elected officials struggled with decisions about budgets, employees and public safety. We came together as a community to remember and to mourn.

As we turn the calendar to 2017, it will write its own narrative.

We’re looking forward to continuing to share the great things that are happening in our community.

See more photos from 2016 on our Facebook page here.