CHEERStoC.J. Steigmeier, who helped me see my former husbands name on the memorial plaque in the Memorial Coliseum. I had never seen it, so my daughter inquired about being able to see it. (After being married for a little more than one year, my former husband, Albert R. Bidelot, was killed while serving on the USS Helena during World War II.) When she inquired at the administration office, Mr. Steigmeier offered to give us, of his own personal time, a special tour. This tour included all of the Coliseum and was quite extensive (also very informative). We wish to thank him for his time and consideration, as this afforded a time of closure for me.
MARTHA KRIEG and PAMELA IOANNOU Milford
CHEERS to Dorothy Kittaka and FAME as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. Through the sustained efforts of dedicated teachers and arts educators, many thousands of lives have been enriched. We saw firsthand the impressions and reactions of at least 1,000 children in Allen County when we served as drivers for Kevin Locke, Lakota hoop dancer, one of FAMEs artists in residence. All the children and adults appreciated and welcomed his artistry and stories. One tearful and grateful principal said Lockes message of hope, personal empowerment and confidence to achieve – presented in stories and music – and the fascinating Lakota hoop dance were exactly what she and her staff have been trying to impart to her students for years.
CAROL and TOM BUTLER Fort Wayne
JEERS to Allen County Health Department officials for assuming ordinary workers can afford to take a day off if they feel ill. Not everyones salary is as impressive as certain local officials, and I dont see compensation being offered.
ROB BOGLE New Haven
CHEERS to the customer who turned in the official Hoosier Lottery envelope that contained several lottery tickets that I had left behind at the Kroger store at St. Joe Plaza. A customer had given it to a clerk who was collecting carts, who in turn gave it to the service clerk, who called me that same evening with the news of my retrieved tickets. I, of course, thought that the lost tickets would have hit the jackpot for the lucky finder. The returned tickets garnered no cash but did restore in me more faith in fellow humans. While I was at that same Kroger recently, I witnessed someone turning in a purple purse somebody had left outside in a shopping cart.
MICHAEL SCROGHAM Fort Wayne