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Cheers & jeers

CHEERS to the birthday party group that paid for my dinner at El Azteca on April 27. I was delightfully surprised.


CHEERS to Mayor Tom Henry for speaking to our adult education class at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren on May 12. The class is studying the book “America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé,” by James Atwood. Henry was the first mayor in Indiana to become a member of “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” and he spoke to the class about the coalition and its initiatives. He gave the class a lot of good information about gun violence and inspired us to continue working to end this terrible epidemic.


CHEERS to the Indiana State Police trooper who, around noon on May 14, briefly positioned his patrol car across the busy eastbound lanes of West Jefferson Boulevard at the entrance to the Village at Coventry so a mother duck and her ducklings could cross safely from the median to the south side of the road. There was nothing flashy about this performance of a good deed – no lights, no siren, just did the job and moved on – but it was a good deed nonetheless.


JEERS to Coldwater Crossing movie theater’s parking for people with disabilities. It should be in the first row closest to the entrance. Instead it is half a block away.

J.M. COLLINS Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the individuals, businesses and organizations for their support, donations and assistance that made the Lutheran Health Services Society’s recent 27th annual Festival of Wines very successful. All proceeds are donated to Visiting Nurse’s Hospice Home.


JEERS to Light & Breuning for not having an attendant at its Harrison Street garage for a recent Philharmonic Pops concert. And JEERS for their machine that would not take any credit cards that evening. And JEERS for that same machine that had a useless call button on it that was answered by an office answering machine. But CHEERS to the total stranger behind me who graciously gave me the two dollars I needed to get out.


CHEERS to New Haven residents and New Haven postal carriers, whose generosity and commitment made the recent food drive successful once again. The Blaising’s Food Pantry, located at St. James Lutheran Church, received 1,344 pounds of food items. This food will be used to help feed the families served by our food pantry.

BLAISING’S FOOD PANTRY St. James Lutheran Church

CHEERS to Fort Wayne moving company Two Men & a Truck for moving a large display case for the Antwerp, Ohio VFW Post 5087. They sent four men and did a great job then deleted any cost to the VFW as a way of thanking us for our service to our country. We salute their generosity.

MARTIN HUNT, quartermaster, and VFW POST 5087 Antwerp, Ohio