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March 16, 2012

Cheers and Jeers - Saturday, March 17, 2012

— Disease can happen to anyone

Renate Sharp, Francie Hutton and Chris Markiewicz sent in this Cheer on behalf of those suffering from the debilitating disease Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).

“We would like to thank Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and the Kokomo Tribune for their assistance in spreading the word about Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a devastating neurological disease, currently of an unknown origin.

“We thank Mayor Goodnight for his proclamation for designating a week in March as MSA Awareness Week and Governor Mitch Daniels for also proclaiming a week in March for MSA Awareness in the State of Indiana. The entire month of March is MSA Awareness Month worldwide.

“The March 10 article in the Kokomo Tribune written by Ken de la Bastide was very much appreciated.

“The three of us are dedicated to educating the public, to make them aware that MSA does exist and to familiarize themselves with the symptoms. It manifested itself in Renate’s husband Tom, Francie’s husband Dewayne, and Chris. It can happen to anyone.

“We wish to also thank Mayor Goodnight for showing his keen interest in the disease, as he talked quite at length with Renate, asking her questions and discussing MSA with her.”

Park Band concert was enjoyable

John Wilson of Walton was so impressed with a recent Kokomo Park Band concert he sent in this Cheer:

“My wife and I attended a Kokomo Park Band Concert Sunday afternoon at Kokomo High School. It was entertaining and very enjoyable. The concert had some humorous portions, some serious music portions, and a large helping of Sousa marches, as should all brass band concerts. The concert was patterned like the concerts by the maestro John Phillip Sousa during his lifetime. I know he passed away many years ago, but the content of those concerts is ageless. Steve Rhodes as a conductor and as music director did a superior job, and Curt Alexander did well as the announcer, educator and directorial valet. However, Mr. Alexander did do a poor job as valet to Mr. Rhodes — his shoes badly needed polishing. Mr. Rhodes’ wearing of a Navy officer’s jacket helped set the flavor for the concert. The narration by Curt was excellent, as usual, and very educational about Sousa’s life and the music presented. The band was outstanding and should not be missed this summer at Highland Park on Wednesday evenings. The clarinet solo by Purdue student Sarah Verkamp, the 2012 College Student Soloist Competition winner, had your attention from her first note to the end of von Weber’s ‘Concertino, Opus 26.’ The humorous end of the first half of the concert with the ‘Musicians’ Strike’ was a delight, as was the rendition of the ‘Stars and Stripes Forever,’ followed by the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ to end the concert.

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