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November 10, 2012

Cheers & Jeers - Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

Kokomo — Great book, great weekend

Debby Wimberley, of Kokomo, sends this Cheer to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library:

“I just returned from the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library sponsored trip to Savannah, Ga. This was organized in relation to this year’s Howard County Reads book selection, “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt,” as the story took place in Savannah.

“Not only was the book an enjoyable read, the trip was wonderful! OK, the bus seats were hard, but otherwise truly a nice weekend. Met some lovely people and was able to enjoy time with an out-of-state friend who also went.

“Trisha Shively and her assistants did a great job of organizing the trip and kept us very well fed!

“Imperial Tours provided a clean bus and personable drivers. I think we all wish we could have had just one more day to see more of the sights.

“Hoping that next year’s book selection will lend itself to another trip!”

Gave it our best shot

Bob Bishop, of Peru, sends this Cheer to those who helped with his campaign for Miami County commissioner:

“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Jerry Hamman and Larry West for their victories and becoming the next Miami County Commissioners, District 1 and District 2. Congratulations to all candidates for their victories in their respective positions as well. I want to thank all of those who supported my campaign and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be the Democratic candidate for District 1 County Commissioner. I truly appreciate all the people we had the pleasure of meeting along the way from all affiliated political parties. I especially thank my family for all of their support. My wife did a tremendous job in helping knocking on doors, talking to voters, serving fish and tenderloins at all those functions and working the phone banks. My children and grandchildren helped greatly in parades, knocking on doors, talking to friends and neighbors, and passing out flyers as well.       

“We had the opportunity to meet many people along the way and we are grateful for the responses we received. I thank those who posted my ‘reflective green’ signs in their yards throughout the county and kept them off the tree lines in the city. I respect Jon and Sandy Faust and their family for their efforts and hard work to retain Jon’s position as current District 2 Commissioner. I thank the local Democratic Central Committee for their support and efforts in the attempt to elect me Miami County Commissioner District 1. Even though we didn’t win the election, we had a great time meeting and greeting friendly people throughout Miami County.

“My main goal for running in this election was to help Peru and Miami County prosper and grow economically and functionally. We have the potential to expand business and develop land with the Heartland Corridor and Grissom Aeroplex. We have the opportunities and all the tools we need. By working together, communicating together and burying any barriers or obstacles, including political preferences, standing in the way of progress and commitment, Miami County will grow and prosper. It takes all of us to be successful and to progress.

“My family and I wish the very best for the newly elected officials in Peru and Miami County.”

50 homes and counting

The Rev. Mark Sloss, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of the Kokomo Community, sends this Cheer to all who’ve helped the organization:

“Habitat for Humanity of the Kokomo Community will dedicate the 50th Habitat home in Howard County on Sunday. And I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved! This milestone celebration belongs to all who have participated in the Habitat for Humanity venture in our community over the past 24 years.

“The 50th home, just a block away from Highland Park at 816 W. Woodland Ave. was built in partnership with Christy Elliott and her daughter Rachel. Christy works at LeReve Salon and Day Spa and she’s engaged to be married to Mike Smith. Christy and Rachel are ecstatic about the move from apartment living into the new home that Christy helped build. We invite the public to participate in Sunday’s dedication.

“Habitat for Humanity envisions a world free of inadequate housing and has built more than half a million homes worldwide and now 50 in our local community. We partner with people and equip them with the knowledge and skill necessary to succeed in the challenges of home ownership.

“Other partners in this 50th home include numerous volunteers and many people and organizations throughout our community who have given monetary and/or in-kind material donations in sponsorship of this 50th home: Hendershot Fence, Coca-Cola Bottling, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Jones Concrete, American Tool Time Rental, First Christian Church, St. Joan of Arc Christian Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Robin and Sue Symonds, Alan and Marie Kunkle, The Wyman family, First Baptist Church, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Featherstone Construction, Dow Chemical, Whirlpool, Hunter Douglas, Square D Electric, BRS Mechanical, Feightner Excavation, Home Builders Association, Wolff Insulation, Kokomo Grain, First Bank of Berne, Donald & Betty Frederickson, St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Dan & Cathy Valcke, Doug & Lynn Vaugh, Norma Wheeler, Duke Energy Foundation, PNC Bank, Barb Sehr (and all who sponsored her in the Cover Indiana Bike Tour), Kelly Ayers, Richard and Susan Ardrey, Community First Bank of Indiana, Salin Bank, Second Missionary Baptist Church, First Congregational Church, First Baptist Church, Buckner Distributing, Marvagene Cummings, Moore Title & Escrow, Inc., Diana Delgado, Robert Mullen, David and Lynn Deno, Larry and Sharon Kerns, Kenneth Maddock, Oakbrook Community Church, John and Vonda Rigel, and Doug and Lynn Vaughn.

“It’s really great when our community can join together to make a big difference in someone’s life.  

“Cheers to you all!”

Trail helpers thanked

Joan Smith, secretary for Nickel Plate Trail Inc., sends this Cheer to volunteers who help with work on the trail:

The Nickel Plate Trail, Inc. would like to thank trail volunteers Tom Gebeau, Gerry Maxcy, Joe Yeagle, Alan Flowers, Dennis Shirley, Charlie Skoog, Mike Green, and Dick Wiles, led by Trail Vice-President Bill Click for their hard work sealing cracks along the 35 miles of paved trail.

This group of hard-working volunteers worked tirelessly, six to seven hours for five days to fill and sweep the trail and ensure the safety of all users.”

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