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Cheers & jeers

CHEERS to the person or people who turned in our daughter’s beloved “pupple” at the Maysville Road Wal-Mart on Feb. 22. “Pupple” is our daughter Pamela’s favorite “stuffie.” Penelope the purple poodle was given to Pamela when she was 6 months old. She is now 6 years old and has never gone anywhere without pupple (except school). It is great to know there are people out there who saw the value and love in that motley pooch.


CHEERS to Aboite Elementary School students and the Korean War Veterans Association for making more than 600 Valentine’s Day cards for the troops; to Brain Balance for their ongoing troop support drive; and to Denice and Irene, who rallied others to donate 1,500 items to our brave soldiers.

ALISON R. MANSFIELD Operation U.S. Troop Support, Inc.

CHEERS to the anonymous person who paid the deductible for a customer who has been battling cancer the last four years and brought his vehicle in for collision repairs. This was the first time in 52 years of business this had happened.


CHEERS to our hunger relief network: Lincoln National Life and its employees, Young’s Greenhouse and Flowers, Main’s Flower Garden, Maplewood Elementary School PTA, Fellowship Missionary Church, Melissa Long and WPTA-TV Channel 21, Daniel Mudrack, R.W. Van Camp, David Hartman and WBNI Public Radio. Last summer the Maplewood Elementary School Garden Angels/Fort Wayne Community Urban Farmers delivered more than 2,000 pounds of organic produce to the Community Harvest Food Bank, donated 1,500 pounds to low-income senior citizens and filled the freezers of 20 participating families.

EPHRAIM SMILEY Project manager

JEERS to whoever is responsible for the puppy found with the broken front legs. Why are people so cruel to animals? They only want to be loved and treated with kindness. They can’t protect themselves. If people are treating an animal this way, how and what will they do to one another? Thank goodness for the person who found him and the Angel Fund for their help. I lost my pet dog after 16 years, and I just don’t understand how anyone could do this.

ELVIS TERRY Kendallville

CHEERS to everyone who helped in getting Zero and Scarlet home, both law enforcement and civilians. They are off antibiotics now, taking probiotics and eating twice as much hay as would be normal but looking and acting like they feel better. All the horses in the barn nickered and whinnied when Zero came back; he has been in their lives for years. Scarlet is resettling in with her pasture pal, Kami, and things are returning to normal. As a member of my Tuesday Bible study said to me: “You get to rescue them twice,” which is a thoughtful way to put it.

Also, CHEERS to the firefighters who showed up at Chocolate Box Horse Rescue to chase down and stop a grass fire accidentally started by a neighbor on a windy Monday. They worked efficiently, rapidly and were so well organized and calm that even the horses realized they were safe. After it was all over, they even apologized for the ruts they left.

VAUNETTA BARNHILL Chocolate Box Horse Rescue Fort Wayne