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CHEERS to the staff and students of Forest Park Elementary School. Once again they have collected non-perishable food items for the Forest Park United Methodist Church Food Pantry.


CHEERS to the nice, young couple who paid for my breakfast at Bob Evans Restaurant on Meijer Drive about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 8. I don’t know who they were, but I want them to know that their kind act was much appreciated. I tried to pass their kindness on by giving the waitress a larger-than-normal tip.


CHEERS to the Illinois Road Meijer store for its contributions to the Dana Corp./USW Local 903 Toys for Tots Campaign. With help from local businesses, we raised $16,717.39, and purchased 1,768 toys for needy children in the area. CHEERS also to Dana Plant Manager Bob Flynn for donating extra money this year, and to USW Local 903’s Toys for Tots Chairman Janeen Parrish, who does an outstanding job of making this event happen year after year.

LYNNETTE PRICE United Steelworkers Local 903

CHEERS to Kim Hughes and the staff of Heritage Park for giving 40 residents of the apartment complex across the street a warm place to stay when a fire caused them to evacuate on Thanksgiving weekend. She even brought in extra kitchen help to provide a hot meal until the Red Cross could take over.


CHEERS to two deserving people. Having come off a serious ankle injury, I found my walking ability greatly impaired. Coming out of Spyro’s on Bluffton Road, two people saw I really needed help. One was a gracious lady and the other was the owner’s son. I can’t thank them both enough.


CHEERS to Kroger Marketplace-Village at Coventry and Gander Mountain for allowing us to collect donations for the troops on Thanksgiving weekend; to those who generously donated; to Foot Solutions, the employees of Biolife, VFW Kekionga Post 1421, Korean War Veterans Association, and many others for their ongoing support of our soldier-heroes.

ALISON R. MANSFIELD Founder, Operation U.S. Troop Support, Inc. Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the gentleman behind me who paid for my groceries at the Georgetown Kroger on Dec. 13. What a lovely thing for a stranger to do for a 90-year-old lady. In my shock, I didn’t get his name. I wish I had.


CHEERS to Kala Bickel, general manager of Pets Supplies Plus in Warsaw, for sending me my license, which was found in the parking lot.

SHIRLEY A. GLADE North Manchester