CHEERS to the kind person(s) who bought dinner for my special needs cousin and myself at IHOP between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 28.
CHEERS to my Journal Gazette carrier, Edward Desouza, for his excellent delivery service. He always puts my paper inside my front porch.
CHEERS to Summit Brands employees Nancy and Ben, who came to my home Aug. 7 in response to United Way of Allen County’s 22nd Annual Day of Caring.
I was the second of three recipients who benefited from their services that day. For me, this entailed edging the front sidewalk and tackling extensive weeding in the backyard, chores I can’t manage. I was very appreciative of their time and efforts. The fact that the sun was blazing and temperatures hovered in the 80s made them all the more treasured. And, despite my best intentions, all I could provide was ice water.
In today’s harried and hurried society, time is a precious commodity many are unwilling to share unless there’s a monetary reward. Yet I know the scene in my yard was replicated throughout the community not just that day, but 365 days of the year. Fort Wayne is blessed to have these volunteers in place, a contingent of caring individuals, willing to assist others and expecting nothing in return.
To them and all the hundreds of other volunteers who participated in this year’s project, I convey the sentiment of fellow Hoosier Red Skelton: “May God bless.”
CHEERS to the six Republican members of the Fort Wayne City Council for standing up for city employees. They joined Steve Shine, chair of the Allen County Republican Committee, to propose a good appeal process and great work policies for a first-class workforce.
CHEERS to the kind and generous young man who paid not only our lunches but everyone eating at the time at Angel’s Cafe on Aug. 6. What a surprise and so thoughtful. We will pass it on.
ADY and NED BRENIZER
NANCY and DAN KLINE
CHEERS to Sharon Hoffman at the recorder’s office; she is dedicated to helping you. Recently, my husband and I tracked in with our abstract in hand, told the attendant that we were computer illiterate and needed help, to which she replied “I have just the person for you.” She helped us so patiently, knowing where to tap for extra facts, et cetera, for 45 minutes. We had been searching the original abstract for over three weeks. So many times the general public never hears about positive experiences that happen at the courthouse.
NANCY AND LESTER PAINTER
CHEERS to Ben Smith. We’ve read his column/commentaries for years, and now it has been more than a week without them. It’s like waiting for OT to start – the suspense is killing us. Will he be back with something soon? Please, blow your whistle or whatever you do in the editorial offices and get Ben back out on the floor, even if he only comes in occasionally.
DAVE BRUMM AND KIM MCDONALD
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