Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 26, 2014

CHEERS & JEERS: Repair Jefferson St.; volunteers prepare 1,000 tax returns

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Kempton Fire Dept. serves 115 breakfast

Stan Jones of the Kempton Fire Department sends this Cheer:

“The Kempton Fire Department would like to thank all who attended our breakfast April 12. We served about 115 people, including most of those running for office in the upcoming elections.

“Lots of old friends and new shared stories and enjoyed pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage patties and hash browns.

“We will put the money to good use buying equipment for one of the trucks. Again, we thank you for your support and generous donations.”

Jefferson St. in need of repair

Darlene A. Krieger of Kokomo sends this Jeer for road conditions on Kokomo’s Jefferson Street:

“I am wondering how a city that is trying to make itself beautiful and enticing to new people and businesses can have a major east/west city street in the condition Jefferson Street is? The street itself is terrible, but the railroad crossing by Rudae’s Beauty Salon is deplorable.

“Just wondering.”

Volunteers prepare over 1,000 tax returns

Dave Johnson, the local AARP Tax-Aide coordinator, sends this Cheer for the program’s volunteers:

“More than 1,000 local taxpayers were provided free income tax preparation assistance during the recent filing season by the following dedicated AARP Tax-Aide volunteers: Dick Abel, Larry Cracraft, Bill Dague, Joan Davis, Ted DeGarmo, Bob Janes, Linda Kirkpatrick, Jerry Maden, Betty Madsen, Don Silvey and Gene Sweeney.

“A special thanks to Faith Brautigam and her Downtown Library staff for hosting and facilitating these efforts.”

Promoting health awareness, education

Willie E. Storman, executive director of the Minority Health Alliance of Howard County, sends this Cheer to the community:

“On behalf of the Minority Health Alliance of Howard County Board of Directors, we would like to sincerely thank you for your support of the 4th annual Barbershop Health Outreach Program. You continue to show interest in the health issues of our community and understand the importance of health education and awareness. These are the kind of programs that will assist our community with various health screenings and much encouragement to seek more health information.

“We certainly appreciate the special attention that Dr. Ratcliff Jones did in providing counseling and advice to so many, along with sharing information on kidney disease and organ donation.

“Special thanks to our board members Joan Peterson, Sherry Rahl and David Hale in spending time on a Saturday morning to assist with the health screenings. There were so many representing various organizations along with employees of the Howard County Health Department, Community Howard Regional Health, Indiana University Kokomo and many other volunteers. It is important to note that their in-kind contribution is greatly appreciated along with the staffs of Hair Affair, Hair Experience and Davis Barber/Beauty Shops, as they encouraged customers to be screened.

“The following volunteers should be commended for the time devoted on Saturday morning to help in making this a successful health event: Valerie Johnson, Kristianna Upchurch, Amber Stroman, Sylvia Jones, Scott Niles, Bruce Shaw, Rebekah Martin, Trevor Martin, Cathy Shaw and little Jaylen Stroman. Your time and contributions are the key factors that continue to make the Minority Health Alliance continue to be a health force in Howard County.

“We had great sponsors that included Community Howard Regional Health, Family Services Association, Telamon, Kokomo Chapter IBE, Howard County Health Department, American Cancer Society, St. Joseph Hospital, Project Access, Breath Easy and Carver Community Center.

“Again thanks for all that you do.”