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CHEERS to Terry Lichtsinn, a total stranger to us, for helping with our daughter’s car.

The upper ball joint on Chloe’s car broke off. Luckily she was backing out of the driveway when it happened and she wasn’t on the road.

Terry was driving by and asked whether we needed help. He came back to help my husband repair it after we got the part. With a couple hours and grease up to his arms he wouldn’t take anything from us. He simply said, “Pay it forward.” (I was able to put something on the front seat of his truck while he wasn’t looking).

We just can’t be more appreciative of his help. This generosity anymore is almost unheard of. What a great act of kindness that he gave. Hope the dear Lord rewards him one way or another.


CHEERS to all who made Rockin’ the Blues, an evening to benefit the programs of the Allen County Council on Aging, a success.

CHEERS to sponsors Parkview Ortho Hospital, American Senior Communities, Angel Corps/Home Nursing Services, PNC, and Sweetwater Sound; our dedicated volunteers Margeaux Corrao, Debbie Blacketer, Tony Henry, Julia Meek, Larry Wardlaw; and our auction item donors, especially Karen Wolfgram who designed and created an exceptionally beautiful “Dancing Leaves” quilt.

JENNI SHOWALTER Director Allen County Council on Aging

Huge CHEERS to Dominic, a new employee at Meijer at Indiana 37 and Maysville Road, who on May 28 found and turned in a change purse that my mother lost. We are thankful for your honesty.


CHEERS and thanks to the young couple with two boys who paid for our lunch at the Teppanyaki Grill on June 7. We are two older veterans from World War II and the Korean War. We didn’t get their names but know they live on Dupont Road.


CHEERS to all those who make the Youth Symphony Orchestra and Youth Concert Orchestra such a wonderful program for our student musicians in the community.

CHEERS to Marcy Trentacosti, who shares her exceptional skills and wisdom with the students in the YCO each week, and to David Cooke, who does the same excellent work with the YSO. The future of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic is going to be bright indeed, if even a portion of these young people continue their musical involvement here in our area.

CHEERS to the owners and staff of The Orchid in New Haven for hosting an excellent banquet to celebrate the wrap up of this successful season.


CHEERS to The Journal Gazette for the the spot-on article on my good friend Ralph Tourkow, “Musician remembered for enthusiasm, talent” (May 21). He will be surely missed by everyone.


CHEERS to the Do It Best Corporate office and all the people who made it possible to provide transportation of Project Linus blankets to the children in Moore, Okla.

PEGGY ALBERTSON Project Linus Chapter Coordinator Fort Wayne