Around Town – February 23

Orchids to …

• the man who turned in a blue purse to Walmart on Feb. 18.

• high school students for showing much-needed leadership and courage in the fight for common-sense gun control.

• to the president who took time to listen to victims and families at the White House.

• Roger Keller, for all your help with the singing lessons, from Betty Lou.

• Garden of Grace Gift Shop on Cottage Avenue for the beautiful angel we received as a memorial gift.

• Susie Shaw for printing out the tax forms I needed.

• Dr. Chaille of Best Friends Animal Healthcare and Laser Center for going beyond the call of duty so our beloved dog, Cookie, could cross over in the comfort of her home with family, from Bob and Karen.

• Nancy Shoaf of Pet Cremations for being so compassionate and sincere with the animals she cares for, and bringing our so-beloved companion home, from Bob and Karen.

• CVS Westhill pharmacists and technicians for all your help in resolving the insulin issues, from TC.

• brave Florida students for speaking out.

• Peters Heating and Air Conditioning for doing an awesome job installing my new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner, from Barbara.

• Country Chevrolet for outstanding customer service after our recent mechanical repair.

• Cathy at the Columbus BMV for being professional and helpful, answering all my questions.

Onions to …

• the driver of the pickup on 25th Street who ran a red light at intersection of National Road on Tuesday night.

• people who just want to throw bombs at the other side and not listen to solve the violence problem.

• the U.S. representative from California who thinks a $1,000 payment is crumbs.

• a city council that gives tax abatements to established companies looking to expand in a market with a labor shortage.

• those who so easily forget the kind things that you go out of your way to do for them.

• those who fail to realize the only common denominator in mass shootings is the person.

• the country that has put men on the moon but can’t find a way to protect students at school.

• school officials who think it’s a good idea to teach children civil disobedience and truancy and encourage them in those endeavors.

• a political party that wants to use school shootings to implement new gun laws.

• advocates of open-carry.

Happy Birthday to …

• Pam Steinke and Anna Couch, from Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Cathie Martin, from your family and Donna.

• Adycyn Rager, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Ashley Chambers, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Emma Goecker on No. 16 from Papaw and Mamaw Goecker, Mom, Dad, A.J., Kayla, and from the rest of your family.

• Emily Jo, from Jamie.

• Alice Heck on No. 80 and sister Anna Couch, from the Gates family, the Morrow family and the Heck family.

• Lori McQueen, from Alma.

• Roger Keller, from Jerry Jones.

• John Dorenbusch, from your IMCo friends.

• Roger Keller, from the crew at Pebble Beach.

• Nick Curd from Mark, Kim, Grandma Jean and Grandma Joan.

• Olene Williams, from Mark, Mary, Michele Williams, Jimmy and Shannon Lee, Bayleigh Williams

Belated Happy Birthday to …

• Archie Bill Herron, from all of his Bartholomew County friends.