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Cheers

CHEERS to the owner and Sunrise Cafe staff for making our fundraiser a huge success. The Parkview YMCA Strong Kids campaign will benefit tremendously from this recent event.

JUDY WEE and SHOAFF PARK LIONS CLUB Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the kind and gracious person who paid for my groceries on a recent Tuesday morning at the Georgetown Kroger store.

CAROL ROTH Fort Wayne

CHEERS to Mayor Tom Henry, the Rev. Terry Anderson, Amir J. Tamir Rasheed, and the Rev. Michael Spath for organizing “Prayers for the City: A Celebration of One Community, Many Faiths” on May 5 at the Performing Arts Center at the University of St. Francis. Hundreds of people of all faiths and backgrounds participated in an inspiring service of prayer, music, singing, readings of peace, and fellowship. I was honored to read a passage from Mohandas Gandhi. CHEERS also to the other readers, religious leaders, and performers who participated in this outstanding service that united our community in prayer.

GEOFF PADDOCK Fifth District City Councilman

CHEERS to the many blood donors who supported the American Red Cross, Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region during our first Ride for the Red blood donor campaign April 27 at Lucky Harley-Davidson. A total of 28 units of blood were donated, 133 percent of our goal. Special thanks to Scott Wyman, owner of Lucky Harley-Davidson, and the band Bonafide, which provided entertainment. Our next Ride for the Red is June 29 at the Auburn Auction Park.

JUDI LOOMIS American Red Cross/ Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Board of Directors Ride for the Red coordinator

CHEERS to a woman named Mary. She helped my son when he had a motorcycle accident on County Line Road on May 1. She stayed with him and we thank her so much. He is doing great. He remembers her and was very happy she was there.

THERESA GARBER Huntington

CHEERS to Canterbury High School director Bob Schantz, the students and the faculty who braved the unseasonably cold weather to survey residents and work in Hamilton Park on April 19. They had positive attitudes, were respectful at all times and helped collect much-needed data.

WENDY CLARK Assistant professor of nursing University of Saint Francis

CHEERS to the best public genealogy library in the nation. My husband and I have returned to Fort Wayne on 17 annual trips to visit our son and to work on our family genealogies in the Allen County Public Library. We spend about six hours a day at the library and have not run out of research tips and information.

THE REV. ALFREDA BATDORFF Coos Bay, Ore.

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