CHEERS to the following American Red Cross donors for reaching life-saving platelet donation milestones. They have helped save numerous lives through their selfless acts. Platelets are vital for patients undergoing cancer treatment, newborns struggling with medical issues and others facing health crises. Please consider joining these heroes by donating blood or platelets today. 300 units: Joseph A. Dwenger, Rockford, Ohio; Farrell Habegger, Grabill.
100 units: Laura L. Miller, Bluffton; Peter Wright, Fort Wayne; Steven Dickman, Auburn.
TRACY J. DUNCAN FOX Communications manager American Red Cross Blood Services
CHEERS to St. Jude Catholic School. Thanks to Teri Stoots and Sara Weissert for their effort in creating an earth-friendly recycling program at the school. It takes some extra time from the school staff, volunteers and the students, but it’s proving to be a great example to everyone.
TERA HOGAN Fort Wayne
CHEERS to the Allen County Public Library for being a wonderful, well-organized and accessible library system with a wide catalog. I have to write a persuasive paper for school about improvements for the library, but there isn’t a lot that’s left to be improved.
MATTHEW JACOBS Fort Wayne
CHEERS to the Allen County Highway Department for trying to fix all the nasty potholes in the Grabill area. Unfortunately, these fixes don’t last long. At the root of the problem is horse-drawn traffic. I have found a few thrown shoes and closely examined them. Besides being solid steel, they have additional hardened metal cleats. With horses pounding a narrow section of roadway, it’s understandable that the road surface crumbles away. The worn-down areas then hold water and ice, enabling more erosion.
I only see two solutions. Raise the tax on horse-drawn vehicles high enough to pay for resurfacing or change the type of material used to make the horseshoes so less damage occurs to the roadway. The latter solution seems more cost effective.
GARY BARTLE Harlan
CHEERS to Vicki Morreale, Claudia Johnson, Dave Fiandt, Gary Shearer, Karen Fraser, Tracy Warner, Mayor Tom Henry, Linda Buskirk, Karen Francisco, Elizabeth MacDonald, Jenni Showalter, David Nelson and 91 regular reading volunteers who each joined us during February for our annual Guest Reader Month. Their participation helped us provide audio access to our radio and Internet broadcast of newspapers, magazines and more for people who struggle to read independently.
LISA BORDNER Manager, Northeast Indiana Radio Reading Service Allen County Public Library
CHEERS to the Philharmonic, which presented an absolutely thrilling concert on March 1. Three standing ovations! From the first piece, Ravel’s Bolero, then a wonderful compilation of West Side Story melodies and, finally, one of the most challenging and beautiful oratorios, featuring more than 100 voices along with a fantastic guest soloist. All deserving of those standing ovations.
Our Philharmonic concerts continually remind us of our good fortune in having these wonderfully talented musicians in our community. Maestro Andrew Constantine is a joy to watch as he conducts the orchestra, bringing out the best of their talents.
If you have not attended a concert, treat yourself to an evening of great entertainment.
DAR RICHARDSON Fort Wayne