Around Town – October 17

Orchids to …

• volunteers with Friends of Germany for the time and dedication given to make the Ethnic Expo booths a success, especially with regard to the financial proceeds donated to help fund Orphan Grain Train shipments.

• the generous people at the Walmart on Whitfield Drive for supporting us and our Cub Scout Pack No. 559, by purchasing popcorn and making donations, from Ayden and Braeden.

• Brock, Carrie and Ian for the box of delicious goodies, especially the homemade bread, for our anniversary from Gramma and Grandad.

• Jennifer Villiger for all your help these past few weeks, from Mom.

• the surgeons at Methodist Hospital for fixing my wife Diana’s broken neck from an August head-on collision in Columbus — God bless you, from Mike Bova.

• Steve at Columbus Missions and all the volunteers who helped, for the wonderful new sidewalk to our front porch and the beautiful deck with a ramp at the back door — a beautiful work, from the Perdues.

• John Vanderbur for his letter to never forget the children and families of Newtown, Connecticut.

• to the woman at The Commons playground who hunted me down in the Subway shop when my phone fell from my purse while I was paying more attention to my 3-year-old grandson.

• Michael Schroer and a big thank-you for being such a wonderful mail carrier for the Parkside addition.

• Robert Jordan for your spot-on letter to the editor regarding increases in tax.

• Jonathan Lamb for his letter to the editor about young children learning their good values and behaviors from their parents in a good stable home environment.

• For Don and Paula Spurgeon for gifting and planting three trees in my yard, from Evelyn Garwood.

• Marilyn Hashman for being such a good friend and neighbor, from Marilyn Dill.

• the three Columbus firemen who came Friday afternoon to help with my freezer issue.

Onions to …

• the school with fruit-dropping ginkgo trees lining the parking lot and sidewalks, creating a mess for staff and walkers to try to negotiate.

• those who act irresponsibly in front of a football team by wrestling with one another at a game.

• neighbors who stick their noses into everyone else’s business.

• those who say we get a $25 average raise per month in Social Security payments, which will go to secondary insurance’s hands rather than to people who need to buy other things for themselves.

• the county council that voted for a local income tax increase of 0.50 percentage point when 0.25 percent point would have been preferred.

• the small group of tenants who are stirring up trouble, without realizing how most of us are happy here.

• those supporting increased taxes who pay a CPA or tax accountant to find tax code loopholes to avoid payment.

• the business on the east side of Columbus that has trash and clutter in front of its building.

• to the neighbor who has an extremely bright yellow light on their house that shines in our window at night, blinding us.

• certain people parking in front of the courthouse when there are parking garages for them, taking up spaces for people who need to go to court.

• people who start every sentence with the word “absolutely.”

Happy Birthday to …

• Sandy Huffman, from Bethel Baptist Church.

• Luke Swift.

• Ariel McFarland from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Kathy Hill.

• Mike Flack.

• Audrey Boss, from Jean Patrick.

Happy Anniversary to …

• Greg and Sherry Burton.

• Alan and Tammy Magner.