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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:00 am

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS to the Papa John's on Goshen Road. They donated pizza to the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center on May 30.


Dispatch coordinator

CHEERS to all the people who pitched in to help at the 34th Annual Bill Smith Golf Outing on May 25 at the Autumn Ridge Golf Course. Our hats off to the golfers, advertisers, donors to the silent auction, and many hard-working volunteers who helped make this annual fund-raising event a success. Special thanks to the four major contributors – Meijer, Parkview Health, Belmont Beverage and NIPSCO. Also, a thank you for the generous contribution of golf balls from Longe Optical and Peg Perego's super kids' tractor.

All funds raised will be divided among the four agencies supported by the Lions Club: The League (formerly the League for the Blind and Disabled), Matthew 25 sight clinic, Leader Dog and Audio Reading Service.

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions of the world to become “her knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Lions have continued in this journey, thanks to the caring individuals and corporate entities in this community who also have become “her knights” in this mission to help the blind and vision impaired.

Sean R. Bushnell

Chair, Golf Committee

Mike Keesler


Fort Wayne Central Lions

JEERS to Mayor Tom Henry, who has failed repeatedly to provide City Council with a Comprehensive City Plan. His vaunted riverfront project has a two-page marketing plan instead of a detailed revenue stream, private and public involvement, and alternatives. This meager plan does not even mention the Parks Department's ownership of Phase I. The citizens of Fort Wayne deserve better leadership than this.

CHEERS to City Councilman (at large) Michael Barranda, who has been willing to say that there is no there with this plan. Barranda has shown the courage to say that the mayor has no clothes on in this vaunted riverfront project. City Council should not move on this project or any other going forward without a comprehensive plan to review.

W. Patrick Sefton

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to Mark Meyer and Matt Kelley for bringing singer-songwriter Ari Hest to Fort Wayne to perform at The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar. The show was great, and the fact that both the artist and the intimate venue were new to me just made it better. CHEERS  also to local singer-songwriter Sunny Taylor for opening the performance and singing duets with Hest. That was the cherry on the sundae.

John Gastineau

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to Steve at Big C Lumber for his donation. He was a blessing in our desperate time of need after many rejections. Steve stepped up with no questions asked, other than how could he help. I truly believe he found it an honor to do so. His kindness and compassion is what we all need and should be sharing. 


Fort Wayne