Around Town – February 16

Orchids to

• all the junior varsity players on the North girls basketball team for giving me a piece of the net at the sectional and regional games, from Gumpa.

• the nice couple who paid for my mother’s groceries after her check would not process, as you truly blessed her with your generosity and kindness.

• Bender Lumber for all your donation of goods and services to give our school a beautiful buddy bench, from Columbus Signature Academy — Lincoln Elementary School.

• Fisher’s Flower Basket for the great service on Valentine’s Day.

• Scott for the great job rebuilding our driveway and for starting and finishing it when he said he would.

• Roger for bringing me the lovely red roses for Valentine’s Day.

• everyone at Columbus Regional Hospital for saving my life, from Risa.

• Smitty, Kathy and her sister for helping me when I fell.

• the gentleman who paid for my dinner at McDonald’s Valentine’s Day. I paid it forward.

• Lindsey, Carolyn and everyone at Papa’s Grill who helped make John’s birthday so special!

• Mike Beas for the great article on Caleb Swanigan from Purdue.

• children and parents who strode through the halls of Silver Oaks and distributed Valentines to residents.

• the people at United Way who worked hard to fix my friend’s floor, bathroom and more, from Betty.

• J. Waddel for coming to my rescue when I ran out of gas. 

• the thoughtful person who placed the surprise lovely flowers in my mailbox on Valentine’s Day, from Dorothy.

• Jerry Wayne Henry for his weekly visits and for bringing food to his grandma and grandpa, Cecil and Maxine Jackson.

• Jeff, the pharmacist at Walgreens on State Road 46, for his help in straightening out the confusing prescriptions I received.

• Tracy at That Special Touch for your kindness.

• Willow Crossing Nursing Home for the wonderful Valentine’s Day party, from Edna Basham.

Onions to

• neighbors being petty over parking at property line when the street belongs to the town.

• the operator who blew his train horn nine times going through one railroad crossing Wednesday morning.

• those who expect taxpayers to pay for vouchers to cover private-school costs and taking money away from public schools.

• the traffic light on 10th Street that needs a turn signal.

• people who neglect and mistreat their animals.

• people who wonder why we question the current administration when all major news outlets report campaign aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during the election. 

• people who accuse others of not being true Americans or patriots just because they don’t like the new administration.

Happy Birthday to

• Cody Clouse, from Mary and Elsie.

• Cody Clouse, with love from aunts Connie and Colleen.

• Anyah Carrigan, from Bethel Baptist Church.

• Tim Knox, from Pastor Lewis Burton and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Ed Reuter, from your family and Donna.

• Teresa Janes, from the DeLays, Dirk and Donna.

• John D. Harker, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Dorinda Sneed.

• Jason Gearhart.

• Carla Finke Cole.

• Marla Finke Stone.

• Matthew W. Harker.

• Alex Justus.

• Elijah Roberts on No. 5, from Mom, Dad, Charlie and Tanner.

• Pauline Huntington, from Jean Patrick.

Happy Birthday to …

• Cathy Simmons, from the entire family.

• Dave Parks, from Dove Ministries.

Happy Anniversary to

• Ken and Cathy Burnes, from friends at the Moravian Church.