A ‘faith-affirming’ New Year’s Eve
Brent Faulkner, pastor of high school ministries at Crossroads Community Church, sends this Cheer:
“I want to thank the volunteers and local businesses that made ‘NYO 2013’ a successful event. Because of this community’s support, we were able to give 615 middle school and high school students a safe, fun and faith-affirming environment to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
“Close to 90 adult volunteers helped run the all-night event at Northwestern High School.
“Special thanks go to the members of Kokomo’s Youth Leaders Roundtable for their leadership; Northwestern School Corp. for opening up its facilities; Blush and First Congregational Church for their financial support; Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Jamie’s Soda Fountain, Olive Garden, Dairy Queen, KFC, Frito-Lay and Weaver Popcorn for their generous food donations; and the numerous volunteers who spent the night serving community youth.
“Thanks for helping make this New Year’s safe and fun for so many students!”
‘The residents were truly blessed’
Jennifer Vary, executive director of Howard Haven, sends this Cheer:
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the individuals, organizations and churches that made Christmas a wonderful place at Howard Haven. All of our residents were adopted for Christmas and were very excited to open their gifts on Christmas morning. We had many visitors, presents and festivities along the way. The residents were truly blessed with the community’s outpouring support that made this Christmas a holiday to remember.
“We would like to thank our volunteers for their continuous dedication to our residents, by providing fun activities and weekly outings. It is through the tremendous support of our caring community that helps us provide the best possible care for our residents.
“If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter, Haven Happenings, it provides all the current events, needs list and volunteer opportunities at Howard Haven. Please feel free to contact me at 765-452-4552 and I will add you to our contact list.”
‘Helpfulness is just normal behavior’
Rebecca Lepper of Kokomo sends this Cheer for a top-performing employee:
“A Cheer and thank-you to Donna at Kokomo Lock and Key on Alto Road.
“She went out of her way to help me solve a problem, and her solution cost me nothing; she wouldn’t even take a cup of coffee or a Coke for her assistance. I have no doubt her helpfulness is just normal behavior.
“When I entered the store, I heard the customer in front of me say something along the lines of, ‘Thank you so much. You have helped me with this more than anybody else has been able to.’
“Bravo, Donna! How great to be part of a community that includes you!”
Stop by and try Skeeters
Jenny Tudor of Kokomo sends this Cheer for a new business:
“Just wanted to give a big Cheer to Skeeters on 1720 W. Boulevard. This place has great breakfasts, and the biscuits and gravy are awesome. I would invite everyone to stop by and try it.
“Skeeters also has some nachos that are wonderful, hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches. The prices are great and food is very, very good.
“The couple who run it are very friendly.
“There’s a drive-thru if you go to the back. And if you go inside, check out some of the antiques and other items they have for sale.
“I would like everyone to stop by Skeeters, check it out and order some great food. Also, if no one has checked out J. Edwards on Sycamore, I would invite you to do that too for some great candy or cakes.
“Have a great day.”
A ‘faith-affirming’ New Year’s Eve
Move over, Ind. drivers
Keep highway and utility workers safe; remember to pull over for utility vehicles.
May 18, 2013: Cheers & Jeers
Commissioner earns respect of inmates
Kyle Stacy sends this Cheer for Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman:
House of Burgess: The revolution will be printed
Another major milestone in the history of 3D printing was reached earlier this month when Cody Wilson, director of the nonprofit Defense Distributed, announced he had conducted the first-ever successful test firing of a completely 3D-printed gun in (where else?) Texas. Wilson then uploaded the plans online. These files were then downloaded over 100,000 times over the next 48 hours. That was, until the State Department intervened.
Hayden: From good to great in education
On the campaign trail last year and early into his administration, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said repeatedly that his goal as governor would be to take Indiana from “good to great.”
Mom’s simple advice still presents a valuable challenge
Most moms don’t base their advice on scientific research. Instead, their words of wisdom come from a greater source — the heart, where they store and process life experiences. Unfortunately, some folks don’t receive the gift of maternal guidance, for various reasons.
Wolfsie: Making bird calls
One afternoon in 2011, my friend Eric spent a couple of hours over lunch explaining Twitter to me and I thought I understood it all, but as you’ll see from my first few tweets, I wasn’t very confident: “Is anyone getting this?”
Letter to the Editor: May 13, 2013
Good people wouldn’t do this to their neighbors. This common refrain is being heard over eastern Howard County where industrial development is planned for our farmland in the form of massive wind turbines.
Vasicek: Mother’s Day stresses
For two hours, the lady sitting next to another airplane passenger boasted about her grandchildren, producing a barrage of photographs. She finally realized that she had been talking the whole time, so she tried to make amends:
“Oh, I am sorry! I have monopolized the conversation. I will listen to you now. So please tell me: what do you think of my grandchildren?”
Letters to the Editor: May 12, 2013
How fortunate, that after years of trying to bring top-notch wind energy companies to Tipton County, this great choice is here for us — just at the right time. Tipton County badly needs the revenue from clean wind farm companies.
Cheers & Jeers: May 12, 2013
“A big cheer goes out to Kokomo for those who parked along the route to cheer on the bikes and to the riders who participated in the 11th Annual Ride For The Troops on Sunday, April 28. Despite the rain, we had a excellent turnout of 457 bikes!"
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