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CHEERS to newspaper carriers. Day after day, my newspapers are at my door and I appreciate that. You may think the editors and writers are the important ones. They do a good job, but none of that counts until it gets to the reader. Readers are fortunate. Fort Wayne is one of the few cities left in the country with two daily newspapers. Keep subscribing.


CHEERS to John and Erin Grant and their wonderful children. After my husband passed away, the whole family would come over and shovel my walks when it snowed. They no longer live across the street, but amazingly, after the recent significant snowfalls, they have loaded the family, snow blower and shovels in their truck, driven back to the old neighborhood and shoveled my sidewalks.


CHEERS to the four kind gentlemen who worked very hard trying to dig my car out of a large snow bank it had slid into on Dawson’s Creek Boulevard. One had a tow rope and pulled it out once they got the snow removed. I thanked God and then my four heroes. It strengthened my faith in my fellow humans.


CHEERS to the three men and boy of about 7 years old who braved the cold and snow on Jan. 25 to use a front loader to plow out the roughly 4-foot by quarter-mile drift on Dody Road just south of Ricker Road. I was already late for work (as a nurse ) and turning around to find a different route would have just made me more late, but thanks to these caring individuals I made it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and please know that I plan to pay it forward.


CHEERS to all the snowplow drivers – state, county, all the cities and the many private operators who keep the roads and parking lots open;

to the snow angels, and many others, who help those who can’t help themselves; to my neighbors, Tim Gross with his big John Deere tractor and blade; Chad Mertz with his plow truck; and Bub Button and Luther Gross with their Bobcats. They’ve helped many of their neighbors and churches with snow removal.

The adverse weather this winter has tested us all. It has brought out the worst in some people, but it also brought out the good in so many who lent a helping hand to their fellow man. And thank you, God, for the panoramic views of nature and the life-sustaining moisture the winter snows bring to us.


CHEERS to the 11,000 Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana who are actively building leadership skills and financial knowledge through the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program (today starts National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend). And CHEERS to the 4,200 adult volunteers and scores of family members who are encouraging their skill-building activities. And CHEERS to the community members who have already purchased Girl Scout Cookies and to those who will buy another box or two – or a baker’s dozen for the freezer – before the program closes on March 11.

SHARON POHLY CEO, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana