CHEERS to all who helped make the Little River Wetlands Project’s annual Monarch Festival our largest ever. Almost 1,200 people came out to Eagle Marsh Sept. 7 to hike our trails through towering sunflowers, participate in educational games and activities about the monarch butterfly’s life cycle, watch monarch caterpillars munching away on milkweed leaves and plant swamp milkweed themselves.
As the monarchs’ food source becomes increasingly threatened, our efforts to provide native wildflowers for nectaring and milkweed for caterpillars become more important than ever. LRWP is committed to helping protect the natural environment locally.
We’d like to thank our volunteers, who helped us share this event with the community. Our event sponsors, Coventry Meadows and PHP, also deserve thanks. And to our visitors, we appreciated your patience as we dealt with heavier-than-expected traffic and parking.
AMY SILVA Executive director Little River Wetlands Project
JEERS to those in charge of the Sept. 10 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture for yelling, chair grabbing, door blocking and lack of preparedness for the nearly 40 people who arrived at the Allen County Public Library prior to the event but after the theater was full. Having the overflow area and sound system prepared in advance would have eliminated the unfortunate problems.
DARLENE HACKETT Fort Wayne
CHEERS to whomever bought our breakfast Sept. 15 at Friends Too Restaurant on West Jefferson Boulevard. You made our day; may God bless you.
BELLE WHITEMAN Fort Wayne
CHEERS to a Cheers and Jeers story that melts your heart.
The story on Sept. 14 was hard to beat. An unknown woman heard a young man with autism asking why he didn’t win the 5K after finishing last with his family. He was very upset and confused. She walked up to him, took off her medal and gave it to him, saying, You left too early. Here’s your medal; you are a winner.
I can only imagine the look on his face and the feeling in his heart. That woman just disappeared into the crowd, not giving her name. Priceless.
RON D. HOLLE New Haven
JEERS to the Fort Wayne Police officers who worked the Defenders Dash. I signed up for the 10K in Fort Wayne, and when I turned to follow them one officer told me I was too far behind and to follow the 5K. I wear a big knee brace because I’ve gone through three ACLs and can only walk. If these people do not want walkers, then say so. This race was to honor the very people working them. I was very upset I didn’t get to accomplish my goal I’ve been working very hard to do. If they don’t want people with handicaps who are trying to get better, then put that on the sign-up sheets.
GAIL HITE South Whitley