Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 3, 2013

Aug. 3, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Helping offenders with job-readiness

Holly Foster, Mentoring Incarcerated Parents program coordinator at Gilead House, sends this Cheer:

“Cheers to the Howard County Probation and Parole departments, Department of Workforce Development and the Rev. Lonnie Anderson and the congregation of Mt. Pisgah for the kickoff class Aiming For Success.

“The callout class, held July 11 at Mt. Pisgah, offered ex-offenders an opportunity to sign up for classes which are Wednesdays, Aug. 7 through Sept. 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah. These classes will offer ex-offenders a chance at gaining valuable skills necessary for meaningful employment. Topics will address how to present past legal issues to an employer and other job readiness skills.”

‘Kokomo certainly has a lot of them’

Joe DeKever of Mishawaka sends this Cheer for the helpful spirit of Kokomo:

“July 19, my wife and I were traveling through Kokomo on U.S. 31 when our car stalled at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Sycamore Street.

“I no sooner got out of the car and started to push the vehicle off the highway, while my wife was steering, when three individuals got out of their vehicles to assist me. One of those people was a mother who left her two children in her car to help push us.

“When we finally got the vehicle to a safe location, another person offered to help us to a gas station, thinking we were out of fuel.

“I did not get the names of these individuals, but if they read this, I’d simply like to say, ‘thank you.’

“There are a lot of wonderful people in this world, and Kokomo certainly has a lot of them.”

‘Our proudest salute to all of you’

Gary Hill sends this Cheer on behalf of the family of Grant County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Andry:

“The family of Michael Andry sends this Cheer to the people who helped them through a terrible family tragedy.

“Grant County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Andry was killed in a motorcycle accident July 12. Our family has received monumental support via cards and emails, flowers and food, charitable donations and dozens of visitors.

“On behalf of Mike’s daughter, mother, father, sister, brother and girlfriend, we send a heartfelt thank-you to Mike’s extended family, his many friends and co-workers, the Blue Knights motorcycle group and his many fellow riders.

“A special thank-you must be extended to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Rev. Darrell ‘Chappy’ Smith (the department Chaplin), and their Honor Guard for their delicate handling of our desperate situation.

“Arms & Hunt Funeral Home, Grace Community Church and Mike’s fellow Masonic brothers all worked admirably with the Sheriff’s Department to create a majestic funeral service that was attended by hundreds of law officers, firemen, EMTs, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, Mike’s 1982 Eastern High School classmates and motorcycle riders from all over Indiana.

“As the huge funeral procession passed through downtown Marion, we were absolutely amazed by the huge American flag that was displayed outside the Sheriff’s Office, and the crowds of citizens who lined the streets.

“What an overwhelming tribute to this officer of the law.

“Mike’s family now offers our proudest salute to all of you!”

Postal Service ‘failed miserably’

Duane Powell of Kempton sends this Jeer for the U.S. Postal Service:

“Several weeks ago I purchased three reserved-seat tickets, valued at $270, for the Brickyard 400 and gave them to my mother-in-law and two of her friends in Columbus.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, they found out they would be unable to attend the race, and on July 15, she put the tickets in a plain, unassuming envelope and mailed them back to me first class.

“Well, the race has come and gone, and I still don’t have the tickets.

“I know they weren’t stolen, because I work in the stands at the Speedway during the events there and nobody was sitting in those seats during the race.

“When I brought the missing tickets to the attention of the Postal Service, they said they probably got shredded by one of their machines. Really? Why is it none of my bills ever get shredded?

“They also said they should have been sent by certified mail and insured, which in hindsight is probably a true statement. But in reality, regardless of whether they were sent first class, certified or not, shredded or not, the Postal Service was responsible for me not getting the tickets.

“They may be in disarray and going bankrupt, but until the Postal Service goes out of business, they still have an obligation to deliver the mail in a timely manner, and in my case, they failed miserably.”