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Cheers & jeers

CHEERS to the Three Rivers Festival crowd. It was unbelievable, and we were so proud as we passed by and thankful for the signs and cheers. The Korean War is no longer “the forgotten war” in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. CHEERS to Jack Hammer, festival director; WPTA-TV; Fort Wayne Newspapers; all of the units; and everyone who made this parade possible. It is true what they say: “Life is better here.” Let’s keep all veterans in our thoughts and prayers.

MARY ANNA ROEMKE Publicity director GARRY SINK Commander CARL FOWLER Color guard commander And all Korean War Veterans Association members Indiana Chapter One

CHEERS to coach Steve Manter of Manter and Sons St. Joe Little League team. His positive approach to the game and dedication to the team were outstanding. He put sportsmanship and skill above everything right to the end. Coach Steve gave my son important lessons he will carry with him throughout his life.


JEERS to the seven vehicles turning south onto Broadway from Bluffton Road around 10 a.m. on July 16. My 2-year-old son and I were crossing Broadway. We had the “walk” signal, and yet each vehicle turned right in front of us without slowing down. Not yielding for pedestrians with the right of way is rude, illegal and extremely dangerous.


CHEERS to all the folks who assisted with our recent Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinic. Mobilizing the resources to effectively vaccinate 1,100 people within 22 hours of notification requires a strong intradepartmental and community response. We are very appreciative of the folks who quickly changed personal plans and volunteered to plan, set up, provide security and traffic control, immunize, collect data, staff telephones, troubleshoot maintenance issues and all of the other functions necessary to provide this important public health service. Thank you to our Department of Health staff, Allen County Police Department, Southwest Allen County Schools and their Transportation Building maintenance staff, Community Emergency Response Team volunteers, Medical Reserve Corps volunteer nurses, District Three public health nurses, Indiana State Department of Health, G3 Technology Partners, Fort Wayne Fire Department and Allen County Emergency Management. We are truly fortunate to have so many people and agencies willing to serve our community.

DR. DEBORAH A. McMAHAN Health commissioner MINDY WALDRON Administrator

CHEERS to the crews that chip and sealed the county roads east of New Haven. The weather was very hot yet they did a good job. JEERS to the county road department that doesn’t fix the humps and bumps on these roads before they send the chip and seal contractors out to do their work. It would be nice if the roads were made drivable before sealing them.