'A leader above all others'
Robert Parks of Kokomo sends this Cheer for Sagamore winner John Martino:
"On July 27, former Kokomo Parks Superintendent John Martino received the most prestigious award given by the governor. On behalf of Gov. Mike Pence, state Rep. Mike Karickhoff presented Mr. Martino the Sagamore of the Wabash.
"Mr. Webster describes a sagamore as a chief or leader. John Martino certainly has been a leader above all others.
"For the past 30 years, John has been touching lives and teaching thousands of children about life in general and fishing in particular through the Moose Carden Kids' Fishing Clinic.
"It has been said that a man stands his tallest when he stoops to help a child. Mr. Martino is a giant among men and exemplifies that statement, for he is certainly the heart and soul of this program.
"Being the humble man he is, John is quick to pass on the credit of the kids' fishing clinic's success to the boat captains and the instructors, as well as the behind-the-scenes volunteers, and we tip our hats to them as well and say, thank you.
"Mr. Martino has raised the quality of life in the City of Firsts. He has helped make it a better place to live and raise a family. As parks superintendent, he made many vast improvements.
"After 30-plus years, John left the city administration for greener pastures as director of facilities for Ivy Tech Kokomo. We wish him the best and thank him for his indelible mark he left on our city.
"With sincere gratitude, we say, thank you, John.
"You are the most deserving of this award, and to quote the late, great Bob Hope, 'Thanks for the memories.'"
Good manners abound at Carver
Debby McCombs of Kokomo sends this Cheer for the fine young people at the Carver Community Center: