Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 19, 2013

Oct. 19, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘Due to your stupidity ...’

Barb Middleton of Greentown sends a Jeer to whomever removed the October editions of the Greentown Grapevine from businesses downtown:

“What a childish and thoughtless act! If you didn’t like an article that appeared in the paper or are mad about the school taking over the paper, you could have written a letter to the editor to appear in the November issue.

“I paid for an ad in memory of our son, Larry, and intended to pick up four or five copies to send to out-of-town relatives. But due to your stupidity, I’m unable to do so.

“Also, many business people paid for ads and are not reaping any benefit from them.

“Shame on you!”

One-and-done was wonderful

Jeannie Townsend of Kokomo sends this Cheer for the Highway Half Marathon and 5K:

“What a great day! I want to give a big shout-out to all the planners and volunteers of this one-time event. We don’t fully realize the time it takes to plan an event like this. This was in the making for a year.

“Greg and I did the half marathon, and we both agree that from packet pickup, parking, start and finish lines, food, awards and course volunteers, we did not encounter any problems.

“Traffic was managed by the city, community members, clubs, schools, cross country teams, and Boy Scouts came out to support water stops, participants and the start and finish lines. McGonigal’s, Price Auto and Morning Star Church opened their parking lots and facilities.

“We are lucky we have people with vision in this city. We are lucky we have a city government ready to support these visions.

“Thank you to all the planners, volunteers, city government, businesses, city employees and Morning Star Church! The Highway Half was a first-class event that Greg and I are happy we participated in.”

Barktober Fest: A great day!

Jean McGroarty, director of the Kokomo Humane Society, sends this Cheer:

“The weather was picture perfect. The company was great. The Kokomo Humane Society’s seventh annual Barktober Fest Oct. 12 couldn’t have happened on a better day!

“Dog walk participants helped by collecting pledges from community members and local businesses, and we send our thanks to all who walked and all who donated. Because of the generosity of our community, the Humane Society netted more than $13,000 to help Howard County’s homeless pets.

“We were also grateful to have received such generous support from our sponsors, including:

“Kokomo Animal Hospital; Always About Pets; Bill and Karen Peelle; Tom and Carol Scherschel; BCR CPA Group; William and Sandy Knarr; King’s Heating and Plumbing; Hoosier AM/FM Radio; Advanced Medical Imaging; Bolinger Law Firm; Larry and Irene Rolland; Jeff and Linda Saul; Dechert Law; Melisa Ellis Residential Appraisals; Jefferson Road Animal Hospital; Peelle Law Office; Four Hounds Haven and Cattery; Hometown Graphics; Stephens Machine Inc.; Noah’s Ark Veterinary Clinic; Community First Bank; Dianna Delgado and Robert Mullen; Dr. Pratap Gohil; Host Design; Subway; Charles and Patricia Hinders; Scott Pet Products; Spectrum Photography; Lynn Murray; Button Dodge; McGonigal Buick-GM-Cadillac; Burger King; Kim and Linda Gilbert; and Del and Joyce Walker. Many, many local businesses and individuals donated prizes for top fundraisers and for our raffle. Susan Kline of Peru donated artwork for our logo.

“A final word of thanks goes out to our wonderful Barktober Fest committee and the volunteers who helped with the setup and running of our event — we appreciate you so much!

“We hope everyone involved had as much fun as we did and will join us again next year. As soon as you purchase your 2014 calendars, be sure to make note of Barktober Fest 2014, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11.”

Outstanding service, with a smile

Sally Duke, Community First Bank’s travel officer, sends this Cheer for two Kokomo businesses:

“A big, GIANT thank-you to Dan of Limousines Unlimited and Gene from Kokomo Cab for saving 17 stranded people on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“We were on our way to the Indianapolis airport, when the drive shaft fell off of the mini-bus we were traveling in. We were stranded and sure to miss our flight, but they came to our rescue and got us to the airport just in time.

“Thanks to them, we were able to enjoy our beautiful Autumn in New England vacation!

“I will have them on speed-dial in case of any future breakdowns! They were both very eager to help and got there as quickly as possible. They offered excellent customer service with a smile!”