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CHEERS to the St. Charles maintenance man who, after clearing snow from their church house, has cleared our sidewalks for several years. This is a wonderful gift.


CHEERS to the people who got to Chocolate Box to feed and water the horses when I could not get out of town: Jim and Linda Benjamin, Ralph Graf, Henry Herendon and Dan Portmess; and to Jim Keckler, who helped keep the drive from the road to the barn open. None of this could have been done without the again-magnificent effort of the Allen County Highway Department, which kept Killian Road accessible. Chocolate Box is blessed with help like this. I hope we will not see any more monumental snows for some time.

VAUNETTA BARNHILL Chocolate Box Horse Rescue Fort Wayne

CHEERS to Alan, Jennifer and Ben Oetting for plowing and salting our sidewalk, drive and street up to the main road. I had to take my husband to the hospital many times this winter. We love and thank you.


CHEERS to all those who came to help me on March 23, as I was walking up to a coffee house on North Anthony Boulevard when I tripped on the sidewalk. It resulted in a nasty fall onto my left shoulder and rib cage (I suffered a stroke two years ago) . Immediately, 8 to 10 good Samaritans came running to help me. I’d like to thank them for their concern. Thanks to the gentleman who helped me up and brushed me off to restore my dignity. Thanks to the gentleman who was concerned with injuries and my self-awareness. Thanks to the young lady who, by the arm, helped me into the coffee shop and turned me over to my Air National Guard buddies.


CHEERS to Helen Snow, our Journal Gazette carrier, for the great job she has done this past winter. We are in a rural area and our roads didn’t get cleared sometimes until later in the day, but we still received our paper.


CHEERS to our neighbors, Laura and Eric Clancy and Mark Saveo, for helping us so much this winter. There are still good people in the world, and these neighbors are a testament to that. My husband and I couldn’t have gotten through this rough winter without them.


CHEERS to Sandra of Cancer Services Northeast Indiana for her kindness and thoughtfulness in scheduling for radiation treatments and then having to cancel because of the patient’s hospitalization. All the employees of Cancer Services, along with the many volunteers, need to be recognized daily for their time and efforts.