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Cheers & jeers

JEERS to the man at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo on May 30. I was on a field trip with my son’s special ed class. My son is a happy, energetic 8-year old with autism. This man was at the Jeeps in the African section with his small daughter, who was in the driver’s seat. My son was standing at the door of the Jeep looking inside it. The little girl paid no attention, but the father got angry. He, in a very loud voice, said: “Excuse us!” and snatched his daughter out of the Jeep. He kept staring at me as he walked away. As we came out of the rainforest, here came the same big bully who this time loudly said: “Oh, we better watch out for that kid!” So I said: “You know what? He is autistic. On a special field trip! He can’t help being excited.” My son and I were walking to our car and there he was again, yelling “retard!” as he drove past. The good thing was that my son, being autistic, was in his own happy little world. While this guy was calling him names, my son was saying in his little Mickey Mouse voice: “That was a great trip to the zoo, mom!”

AMY WOODWARD Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the person who found my missing tan crocheted purse at Jefferson Pointe Friday Nights Live on June 14 and turned it in to lost and found with everything intact. My two little grandsons were very concerned that I had misplaced it along with my keys, license, eyeglasses and credit cards. The youngest said we should pray that God would help us find it, and you were the answer to that prayer.

LYNETTE ESSLINGER Ossian

CHEERS to 154 volunteers of the Northeast Indiana Radio Reading Service who donated 6,536 hours in 2012 to provide audio access to magazines, newspapers, grocery ads and short stories for people who struggle to read independently due to visual or physical impairment; to the Towne House for donating its facility and a fabulous luncheon; to Friends of the Library, Chrome Plated Diner, International House of Pancakes, Meijer, Cinema Center, Lunch Box Cafe, Lassus Handy Dandy, Olive Garden, Country Kitchen SweetArt, Kroger, Casa, Spyro’s, O’Charley’s, Bandido’s, and 9-Mile Restaurant for donating gift cards that were given to NEIRRS volunteers. The work done by these extraordinary volunteers makes our 24/7 broadcast possible.

LISA BORDNER NEIRRS manager Allen County Public Library

CHEERS to the Fort Wayne Fire Department and EMS for their quick, efficient, caring response in my husband’s time of need. Fort Wayne is in good hands when emergencies arise.

SHARON RILEY Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the Fire/Police City County Federal Credit Union and the Volunteer Connection for volunteering their time at Germanfest. They help every year, and it is greatly appreciated by all four German clubs.

ED KELLER Vice president, Germanfest Leo-Cedarville

CHEERS to the gentleman who paid for my friend’s and my luncheon on June 7 at Bob Evans at Apple Glen. It was unexpected and much appreciated; it made a good day better.

M.L. CONROY Fort Wayne

CHEERS to Larry Rusher for treating all of us to a wonderful lunch at the Channel-Marker (Wawasee). What a great surprise from a thoughtful person.

JENNA GILBERT and the Lunch Bunch Park Place Senior Living Fort Wayne

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