CHEERS to all those who have touched my life during my time in Fort Wayne; it’s not possible to thank everyone in person. My job allowed me to meet countless wonderful people from all walks of life in this community. I spent far more nights than I can remember coaching everything from high school basketball to Little League baseball. I wouldn’t trade those hours or relationships for anything. As much as I love teaching a sport, the opportunity to influence a young life is what I’ll miss the most. Several years later, I still keep in contact with many of my former players, many of whom are now adults. I saw up close the struggles of some families and what a difference a positive role model can make for a child or young adult. I would strongly encourage any adult to make a difference where you can. While my family is thrilled about a new career opportunity in Orlando, Fla., leaving home is never easy. Thank you to everyone who made our many years here so special. You will be missed.
RYAN ELIJAH Fort Wayne
CHEERS to the couple who bought our drinks at Club Soda Sept 29. It was a perfect birthday addition, and we are blessed to have met you.
MIKE and ASHLEY BREMER Monroeville
CHEERS to the gentleman behind me at the Meijer store on Maysville Road who paid for my groceries. I am a World War II veteran. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
PETER FACCENTO Fort Wayne
JEERS to the man in the green pickup truck who, at 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 4, was heading east on Paulding Road at the intersection of Lafayette Street. He put his truck in reverse at the intersection and backed right into my 17-year-old daughter’s car. Accidents happen. But what he did next is despicable. He told my daughter to pull into the closest driveway and wait for him to come to her to exchange information – then he drove off. That is called a hit and run, and it is illegal. What makes his crime even worse is that his teenage son, who was also in his car, witnessed his father commit a crime. Shame on him. My daughter called the police and she did remember a bit of his license plate. He will be found.
TRISH SCHEIBLE Fort Wayne
CHEERS to the kind couple behind us who paid for our meal at B. Antonios, making it a more memorable occasion. I had taken my son and his friend out for a gluten-free birthday pizza.
SHERRIE FLOYD Huntertown
CHEERS to my neighbor, Larry Myers, for his assistance over the years. I especially appreciate his help during the week of Sept. 10 in dealing with the loss and replacement of my car. He graciously provided transportation as well as a valuable insight and alternative perspective.
KAREN TARITAS Fort Wayne
JEERS to the Fort Wayne Salvation Army. We phoned on Sept. 27, after the death of our mother, and offered to donate all of her living room, dining room, bedroom and home office furniture. All was relatively new and in excellent condition. We told them we had to have everything out of the apartment by Oct. 4 and they indicated that they could be there. We described exactly what there was to pick up and that it would require a substantial amount of space in their box van. We received a call around 4:55 p.m. on Oct. 4 from the Salvation Army; they indicated they could stop but that their truck was 97 percent full. That left us scrambling as we did not have the vehicles or people to move all this furniture, which had to be out. We will no longer donate time, money or goods to this organization that left us hanging.
RICK KNUTH Fort Wayne