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April 29, 2014

LETTERS: YMCA festivities Friday; Elwood perceptions of wind farm

‘Y’ plans festivities for downtown Friday

How audacious was it for our community to launch a $16 million fundraising campaign to build a new 73,000-square-foot YMCA in downtown Kokomo? Has that audacity been justified? The answers are, “Very!” and resoundingly “Yes!”

The silent phase of the campaign has resulted in nearly $10 million of cash and hard pledges being received, as we prepare to roll out the public phase this Friday. Appropriately, the public phase of the campaign has been named “Audacious 2014!”

The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday afternoon across Union Street from the downtown library at the old Firestone building, whose restoration-in-process will further enhance the revitalization presently underway in downtown Kokomo. The committee has planned loads of fun activities for people of all ages, including a digital fly-through of the new facility and interactive activities for the kids.

Don’t wait to be invited. Everyone is welcome!

The overriding purpose of the public phase is to give every member of our community the opportunity to participate in this transformative undertaking; donate a dollar, volunteer an hour of time, attend one of the many planned activities or watch a local youth baseball player at any Howard County ballpark have $25 donated in the slugger’s name by Joe Thatcher to the Y campaign for hitting a home run this season.

Kokomo is on the move! It’s your community. It’s your YMCA. Come and join in on the excitement!

Ron Metz


Wind farm attitudes different in Elwood

I am a resident living in the Wildcat Wind Farm. I live there in peace with my neighbors, do not suffer any ill effects from the turbines, and I do not hear any of my neighbors saying their lives have become miserable due to the wind farm, either.

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