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CHEERS to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for a great program, “Schubert: Revealed.”


CHEERS to everyone who came out to the Northern Indiana Pet Expo to support the Allen County SPCA. More than 3,800 people and their pets were in attendance, up 44 percent from last year. CHEERS also to the hundreds of shelter pets who found their forever homes at the Pet Expo and to all the vendors and sponsors who made our event so successful. On behalf of everyone at the Allen County SPCA, thank you for choosing pet adoption.

JESSICA J. HENRY Director Allen County SPCA

CHEERS to the kind strangers who helped me while I was in line at Wal-Mart on Lima Road on April 7, paying for my groceries. I realized I was $8 short. I was so embarrassed. I decided to put some items back when a lady behind me said to wait; she could give me $3 to help. Then a gentleman, also behind me, pulled out $5 to pay the rest. I wanted to cry. I thanked them profusely over and over. I will pay it forward.


CHEERS to the people who stopped to offer help when my car gave out April 19 on Dupont Road. It was a very upsetting experience, but all of you were so very nice. I came through with more good faith that there are really nice people in this crazy world. A special thanks to M.B. and the tow truck driver.


CHEERS to the person in the black Arcadia who was in front of me at Panda Express North on April 26. I was having such a crappy day and you paid for my lunch – which brought me right out of my funk and jolted me into how I know people really are, generous and good.

EMILY MUNK Churubusco

CHEERS to the kind lady who paid my bill on April 23 at Jamison’s Meats. I couldn’t find my billfold. I went to the parking lot to find it (I did). When I returned, she had already paid her bill and mine, too. She was gone so I couldn’t thank her. I want her to know I appreciate her kindness and I will pass it on.


CHEERS for the recent Youtheatre production of “Anansi the Spider.” It was an energized spectacle, starring an elephant the size of a van and a spider that was bigger than some closets. Director Leslie Hormann took the Youtheatre to a new level, weaving puppets, dancers, and the Three Rivers Jenbe Drum Ensemble into a magical tale. She added black light to tell the story of Anansi’s six sons.

Byron Thompson, visual arts teacher at Weisser Park Elementary School, designed and produced the puppets. Anansi himself wore a striking yellow top hat (don’t all spiders?). You could see the fuzz on his puppet legs. An added pleasure was hearing the Voices of Unity choir, directed by Marshall White. There’s another Fort Wayne treasure.

In the early 1970s, Gerald McDermott, author/artist of the Anansi tales, visited Fort Wayne to work with FWCS teachers/students for a few days. His book won the prestigious Caldecott Award for children’s art in 1972. How delighted McDermott would have been to see our own Youtheatre production of the Anansi tale.

Congratulations to all the performers for teaching us that oral history is an important part of our culture and for giving us a delightful production.