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CHEERS to the couple at Richard’s on Washington Center Road on Jan. 27 who bought our lunch. We appreciate your kindness and we will do the same for someone else.

PAT and PAUL RIDER Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the people who deliver The Journal Gazette, the mailman and my neighbor, Chris Shatto, who cleans our walks on the 1700 block of West Main Street.


CHEERS to Journal Gazette carrier Angellica Menefee. In spite of dangerous roads, hideous weather conditions, ice and unplowed association streets, she faithfully places our morning paper by our front door. Her dedication far exceeds expectation.


CHEERS to the Larwill Fire Department for braving the below-freezing temps and huge snow drifts to save my home from fire on Jan 6.


CHEERS to the gentleman in the white car and the firefighters at Fort Wayne Fire Station 10 for pushing my car out of a snowbank at a slick, busy intersection after our most recent winter storm.


CHEERS to the wonderful gentleman and his Bobcat for plowing out my driveway and making Oswego Avenue passable. Also to Tim, Karen, John, Sally, Jim and Deb for all the encouragement this winter and the use of their driveways while I hunted for mine. Spring will be here soon, groundhog or not.


CHEERS to Canterbury Lower School students and teachers for making 245 Valentine’s Day cards for U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan. Your thoughtful cards will definitely bring smiles to the faces of many soldiers. Thanks for honoring and supporting those who make our freedom possible.

ALISON R. MANSFIELD Founder,Operation U.S. Troop Support, Inc. Fort Wayne

CHEERS to all who made the first performance in the new Auer Black Box Theatre such a success. Thanks to all of the Youtheatre actors and actresses for their fine and moving performances; to Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation for making our afterschool drama club partnership possible; to parks staff members Camille Curry and Diane Rogers, who did a wonderful job with the drummers and dancers; to Arts United and their staff, who have created a wonderful alternative theatre space; to McDonalds, which generously provided our cast lunch; and to everyone who braved the snow and came out to enjoy Youtheatre’s “People Could Fly.” Fort Wayne is very lucky to have such a growing arts scene.

LESLIE HORMANN Executive director, Fort Wayne Youtheatre