Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 27, 2013

April 27, 2013: Cheers and Jeers

Encouraging better health

Willie Stroman, director of the Minority Health Alliance of Howard County, sends this Cheer:

“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 fourth 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 both Drs.  Lance Washington and Ike Ozoigbo did in providing counseling and advise to so many when their screening numbers were not acceptable or borderline.   

“Special thanks to board members Joan Peterson and Dr. Ozoigbo 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, North Woods Commons 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 Barbershops, 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, Elissa Hughes, Jessica Calderon, Scottie McGowan, Andrea Blackshear, Amber Stroman, Bruce Shaw, Shirley Dubois, Valerie Smith and Cathy Shaw. 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, Abbott Diabetes Care, Kokomo Chapter IBE, American Cancer Society, St. Joseph Hospital, Project Access and Carver Community Center.”

Heroes Run raises $650

John Hubbert, a sixth-grade teacher at Kokomo’s Central Middle School, sends this Cheer:

“Thanks to all of the following who made Central Middle School’s inaugural Heroes Run 5K for Homes for Wounded Warriors Program a success! We raised more than $650.

“CMS administration for support: Sargent, Herrera, Justin and Augustus.

“Sixth Grade International Team: Goad, Peredo, Stockdell, Sullivan, Wolf, Sukle, Page, Rice, Taylor, Hampton, Watkins and Skye ‘Dukesey’ Dukes for the phenomenal T-shirt design.

“CMS dance chaperones and volunteers: Hale, Holtson, Hugenburg, Magnuson, Rutherford, Speck, Waite and Wiley.

“Thanks to the rest of the staff for your support!

“Sponsors: Kin Foster and the Patriot Guard Riders for your great support and starting our race, ‘Dollar Bill’ and HCVVO, Monica Reed and KPRD, AAA DJ Company, Larry Sullivan and Greentown Lions Club, Barker’s BK on East Markland, Club Fitness 24, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Collins Auto Group, Dairy Queen Brazier on West Sycamore, J Edwards Fine Chocolates, Jim’s Pizza, Kokomo Tribune, Le-An Properties, Little Caesars, Pizza Hut on West Sycamore, Style for Miles Car Wash, Texas Roadhouse, Matt and Heather at Vickers Graphics, WWKI, and Lora Lacy and WZWZ. Thank you for supporting our Hoosier veterans!

“Last and certainly not least, a huge Cheer to all participants who braved the balmy 30-degree day! See you next year!”

Puzzle-lovers appreciate change

Dorothy Hart of Kokomo sends this Cheer for the Tribune:

“I don’t know whom I talked to, but the woman who answered the phone when I called about the puzzle page was very kind. I told her I was calling on behalf of all puzzle-lovers that it was upsetting to have the puzzles in the middle of the page where the fold of the paper landed. It made doing the puzzles more difficult.

“She said others had called about it, too, but that the page layout wasn’t done locally. She would check to see if anything could be done.

“Well, the puzzles have been away from the center fold for several weeks now, and I just want you (and her) to know how much I and a lot of other puzzle-addicts appreciate it.”

‘Spring Jam’ draws record crowd

Charleszetta Lewis, director of Loving Hands Adult Day Care, sends this Cheer:

“Loving Hands Adult Day Care Inc. and the Road Knights Motorcycle Club partnered on April 13 for ‘Spring Jam, Party With a Purpose’ — a fundraiser for both nonprofit organizations! We wish to thank first of all our corporate sponsors, Solidarity Federal Credit Union and Bluitt & Son Funeral Home.

“We want to thank our table sponsors: IBE, Bluitt & Son Funeral Home, and Janie Issac.

“A big thank-you and appreciation goes out to the following local businesses that supported this event: Pizza Hut, Booster Club, Coca-Cola, Hawg Heaven, Texas Roadhouse, Chili’s, Golden Corral, Meijer Inc., Grindstone Charley’s, Walmart, Mike’s Express Car Wash, Blondies Cookies, Rally’s and Pastarrific. We thank Pastor Lonnie L. Anderson Jr. for the publicity and support of this event.

“A special thank-you to Karen Williams, who donated the decoration items plus decorated for the event; Debbie Dowlen, who catered: Ambrose (the DJ); Cynthia Hendricks (photographer), as well as those who volunteered to serve on the Spring Jam committee and oversaw the selling of tickets for this event.

“Lastly, we deeply appreciate those who bought tickets and attended this event. Every year ‘The Jam’ is well-attended! This year was the highest attendance ever! We appreciate our community support!”