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Cheers & jeers

CHEERS to the good Samaritans, EMTs and police personnel who helped me and my family out in regard to the auto accident on U.S. 33 and U.S. 30 on Jan. 6. Everyone is doing well and out of the hospital, and it is because of these good people. Thank you.


CHEERS to the four lovely ladies with German heritage who we enjoyed talking with at Triangle Park restaurant on Jan. 3. After talking for a few minutes, one of the ladies reached into a shopping bag and presented me with a wrapped Christmas present. It was a lovely candle. What a thoughtful lady. Thank you very much.


CHEERS to all of the people who were able to attend the Rose Bowl parade on New Year’s Day who stood and cheered as the military units passed by. It was great to see that all of the veterans are appreciated. Cheers also to the sponsors of the beautiful Korean War Monument float. We were all proud of it. In 2013, let’s all pray for peace and remember all of our wonderful veterans who are serving and have served.

MARY ANNA ROEMKE GARRY SINK Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana #1 chapter

JEERS to the individual who stole a Christmas tree from my husband and kids’ dad at Greenlawn Cemetery. I don’t know what kind of person could take from somebody who has passed away. For your information, that tree was placed there to let him know how much we love and miss him, not just on Christmas but every day. It was heartbreaking not just to me but also to his 8-year-old son to know that on Christmas Eve, somebody took something with so many emotions.

It took our son to remind me of the spirit of Christmas when he told me, “Maybe some kid didn’t have a tree and took it so his family could have a tree. You know, Daddy likes to share, and he wouldn’t mind letting somebody else have it.” Shame on you for stealing, but cheers to your family who teaches you better.

JENNY YORK Columbia City

CHEERS from the American Red Cross to the following donors for reaching life-saving platelet donation milestones. These dedicated donors have helped save countless lives. Platelets are vital for patients undergoing cancer treatment, newborns struggling with medical issues and others facing health crises.

100 donations: Denise Albertson, Thomas Harris, Anthony Huth, Keith Mortoff, Doug Rydman, Edward Soberalski, Barbara Spreen and Michael Stebbins; 200 donations: Dennis Spreuer; 300 donations: Dennis Holp and Kirk Tolliver.

TRACY DUNCAN FOX Communications manager American Red Cross Blood Services

CHEERS to Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity for committing to protect the health and futures of young children by becoming a Lead-Safe Certified Firm through the Environmental Protection Agency. Thank you to all companies committed to lead-safe work practices and becoming certified.

AMY HESTING Director of the Allen County Healthy Homes Program Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health