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.