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CHEERS to the most creatively performed play I have ever seen. The Arena Theatre did a parody of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” using four actors playing dozens of parts in dozens of locations using not much more than hand props, three crates, a chair, a bed, a gun, a curtain, a lamppost, sound effects, and (most importantly) a lot of hats, jackets and wigs. These amazing actors created the ambience around them.

It is a shame that live plays are nearly always prohibited by the copyright holder from being recorded; exceptional performances such as this one exist only in memory and retelling.


CHEERS to Paul Davis Restoration. In June 2011 I wrote a letter to the editor on the plight of Becky Leone and her family. The Leones live off Dupont Road, and the city had a contract to perform repairs when they arose. City workers admitted they made a mistake when they accidentally pumped built-up sewage that resulted in the flooding of the Leones’ mobile home. They advised the Leones how to recoup their losses, but the risk management director ruled the city was not liable. I cannot express what joy I had reading Frank Gray’s column to find out that Paul Davis Restoration stepped in and helped the Leones reclaim their home.


CHEERS to Chuck Surack and Sweetwater Sound for all they do to support the arts in our community, and especially for their generous gift of $50,000 to the Voices of Unity Choir in support of their participation at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati with opening ceremonies July 4.


CHEERS to John Evans and his crew from the Fort Wayne Fire Department for transporting our father from the funeral home to the cemetery using the No. 42 fire engine. Thanks, also, to the on-duty firefighters at the Reed Road fire station who stood resolutely in the pouring rain and saluted as we enjoyed the piper at the cemetery playing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes also.

STEVE KRAUSE and family Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the good Samaritans who came to my aid after my bike accident March 17. Thanks to Harmony, who drove my wife and me to the emergency room, and Sam, who stored our bikes and brought them to us when we were finished at the emergency room.


CHEERS to the following businesses for their support of Toucan Snow Adventure IV, sponsored by the Fort Wayne Ski and Snowboarding Club: Legacy Heating & Air Conditioning, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Haller & Colvin PC, Shuttleworth Insurance, Lebamoff’s Cap ’n Cork, Rock 104, Lima Road Dentistry, Wild 96.3, Findley Financial Corporation, 1250 The River WGL-AM, Fort Wayne Dental Lab, V102.9 and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates. The Jan. 28 ski trip to Timber Ridge raised 107 pounds of food for Community Harvest Food Bank and $1,615 for Honor Flights of Northeast Indiana.

MARK LUTTIK President, Fort Wayne Ski and Snowboarding Club