Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 15, 2013

June 15, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘Kokomo, you should be proud’

William D. Flack of Galveston sends this Cheer to VFW Post 1152:

“Kokomo, you have an organization in your town you should be extremely proud of: your VFW Post 1152 Military Rites Team. This team is a precious asset not all cities have. The members do anything and everything possible to ensure each American military veteran who passes on, and whose family has requested one, is honorably and professionally awarded the highest military honor America can bestow: a three-volley rifle salute, taps, and a folded American flag.

“When asked, this team went far above and beyond the normal scope of its operations when it voluntarily, enthusiastically and on their own personal time drove to Galveston Cemetery to award a fallen Army hero his full military rites, something that had fallen through the cracks close to 20 years ago at his funeral.

“Not only did the Kokomo team show up in force to fire the rifle salute and play taps, it invited the Army to show up to fold the American flag and present it to this hero’s widow on behalf of a grateful nation. What devotion to duty.

“What an honorable thing to willingly do. What an amazing and loving tribute the team gave Sgt. James L. Wilson, his widow and invited guests. Kokomo, you should be extremely proud of your VFW Military Rites Team. I know I am.”

Up-and-comers played well

Brian West, president of Northside Youth League, sends this Cheer:

“Northside Youth League would like to thank everyone for coming out to the Rookie League championship game and tailgate party on June 6. The weather was beautiful for night baseball, and the kids played a great game.

“Congratulations to H&R Photography for taking home the championship! Our hats off to all the Rookie League teams that played in the tournament. Kokomo and the county leagues have some great up-and-coming baseball players in the near future. Rookie League is truly one of the best things to happen to youth baseball!

“Button Chrysler Jeep Dodge hosted the tailgate party, providing all of the meat, buns, chips and drinks, with all the proceeds being donated to Northside. Thank you to Rex Gingerich and his crew for coming out and sharing the evening with the kids. Button’s is truly a business that gives back to their community, not just during baseball season, but all year long. Thank you for all you do.

“Last but not least, I would like to thank the volunteers who helped get the park ready, not only for the championship game but each and every day. We have some very hard-working people at Northside, and I want you to know that your dedication, and commitment to making your park a great place to play ball does not go unnoticed!”

‘A great community to live and work’

The folks at the Mental Health Association send this Cheer:

“Mental Health Association (Mental Health America) wants to thank these generous companies and their employees for having Jeans Day for our non-profit agency:

“Haynes International, its employees, vendors and especially Micky Kelly, who oversaw the collection of the money and did this during the flood problems. Thanks so much, Haynes, for assisting our agency and being so kind and generous.

“Chrysler also had a Jeans Day for MHA, and it did super also. Thanks so much for the donations from employees and others. Kudos to Patsy Cohee, Jim and Renee Hullinger for organizing this event.

“These two companies are great supporters of United Way, which benefits our agency and other non-profits. Blessings to you all!

“Kroger (west side), which unfailingly provides donations to the Social Club and our small food pantry. People who work there are great, pleasant and very helpful. The remodeled store is more spacious and very nice. Thanks, Kroger.

“Kokomo Eye Care Associates, which donated time, bags and goodies when it volunteered for a Monday Night Social Club. First time there, and they did a wonderful job. We are grateful for the help.

“Big Lots gives our agency seasonal items that are saved and given out during the holidays. Other floor items have helped furnish an apartment for someone who was homeless. Again, employees in Kokomo are very big-hearted. Grateful to Big Lots.

“Del Ra Nut Club, which sells nuts and MHA gets a portion of the proceeds. They remember this agency every year.

“Individuals are Sharon Herr, who donates her time to present the Thumbody Special Program to second-grade classes. This unique, free program benefits all Howard County students with learning about self-image and self-esteem problems. A hug to Sharon.

“Don Smith from the Ministry Garden gave information to MHA’s Veterans Support Group about how to access food for their use. Thanks, Don, and all those who volunteer to work on any of the community’s gardens. This is a great asset to people in need.

“Jessica Thomas for giving needed line poles for the Social Club consumers to organize themselves when receiving donations at the Social Club. Also keeps order so no one is left out. Thanks, Jessica.

“Our regular volunteers are Kent and Jeanette Land, Joe Breedlove, Pat Renshaw, Cindy Krause, Wayne and Marilyn Orem, and Emmy Wilson, who give out magazines and clean our front yard area. And Tracey McKee, an Ivy Tech student, helped with many different projects and to earn hours in assisting and learning about mental health problems.

“Howard County is a great community to live and work!”