CHEERS to the state highway department, city traffic engineers and the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission for their work to improve traffic flow and patterns through and to downtown Fort Wayne. The state and city worked together to creatively craft routes that did not eliminate access to downtown and to key destinations such as Science Central while the Clinton Street bridge was closed. It took many hours of planning and communication to make this work effectively. And the Redevelopment Commission recently funded enhancements to Jefferson Boulevard that make the blocks between Ewing and Calhoun safer for both pedestrians and vehicles.
KELLY UPDIKE Executive director Embassy Theatre
CHEERS to all the people who work at BF Goodrich in Woodburn. The company and the United Steelworkers Local 715 worked together to raise $11,200 for Toys for Tots.
CHARLIE ODIER Rapid Response Cord United Steelworkers Local 715, Woodburn
CHEERS to James Christian, supervisor of landscaping, and his team at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department for planting a memorial tree in honor of my brother, Terry Minick. Christian made it easy to arrange for the tree by directing me to the website. The tree, a burr oak, was planted just when he said it would be, and the plaque was installed, again, just when he said it would be. Family and friends have already visited the tree, which is in Lakeside Park. Having the tree in a beautiful Fort Wayne park means a lot to Terrys family and friends; we are grateful for the program that allows us to honor a dear one and beautify a park.
CLARE MINICK Mountainside, N.J.
CHEERS to The Journal Gazette for publishing the Dana Summers cartoons in remembrance of the Newtown victims on Christmas Day. A more touching and tasteful memorial would not have been possible.
RYNE JOHNSON Decatur
CHEERS to the kind people who helped my husband and me when our car died at Hillegas Road and Coliseum Boulevard on Dec. 27 – the gentleman who helped push us out of traffic, the second gentleman who stopped to help, the city police officer who helped us secure a tow truck, the people at the nearby business who gave us a place to get warm, the tow truck driver who picked up our car and the courtesy driver from the garage who took us home. You certainly made our bad day much brighter.
DARLENE HACKETT Fort Wayne
CHEERS to all those who were recognized at the annual CASA volunteer appreciation dinner. The dinner celebrated 27 years of volunteer advocacy on behalf of the abused and neglected children of Allen County. Nearly 150 men and women are court appointed special advocates, who volunteer for these children. Many volunteers have spent years advocating on behalf of these children. If anyone is interested in learning more about the program, call the office at 449-7190.
PATRICIA HART GUMBERT 27-year CASA volunteer