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    Orchids to…

    • Debbie and Doug for helping me start my truck,

    • from Claire.

    • The Republic and Mary Ellen Anable for mentioning my daughter and the fundraiser we have organized for the people of the Philippines, from Lisa King.

    • those good Duke Energy men that worked late into the night cutting trees and pulling wire in the alley off 25th street between Washington and

    • Franklin streets.

    • Brenda Ross on your letter about animal abuse, which I wanted to write but didn’t have the courage to, from one animal lover to another.

    • Candy Spiker for the beautiful, touching and heartfelt vocal in church this past Sunday, from the Benjamins.

    • Rick Scalf, Tom Lane and William Scarbrough for their excellent recent letters to The Republic, from Gary Hallum

    • Kevin Lair for the thoughtful letter about Columbus, from

    • Mike Hatten.

    • the Columbus Bar owners/staff for hosting another round of Theology on Tap for St. Bartholomew Young Adult Ministry this past fall, from

    • St. Bartholomew Young Adult Ministry.

    • the cashier at Taylorsville McDonald’s for comping my son’s Happy Meal when I realized I had forgotten my wallet.

    • all our friends and family who helped make our move go so smoothly, from Jason, Kristen, Lauren and Lillian.

    • Eastern Bartholomew Water, Natalie and Jane for great customer service, from Kim.

    • Tim Jordan for quitting smoking, from Mom.

    • the staff, especially the kitchen, for the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner last Friday, from residents of Keepsake Village.

    • John Krull for his column, from a appreciative reader.

    • the staff on 5 Tower at Columbus Regional Hospital for taking such good care of my husband Ralph, from Gloria Martin.

    • Brenda Ross for her letter to the editor about the dog, from a dog lover.

    • Love Chapel for all the help you give.

    • Doug Southern and crew for the wonderful job on the new roof and cleanup, from an east side customer.

    • Bethany Brooks, Elizabeth and Linda for being kind caring and wonderful people and for the fireplace wood they brought us, from Lloyd and Mary.

    • all the people who do not shop on Thanksgiving Day, from all your retail associates.

    • Betsy Downey, Jon Dillman, medics who came to the funeral home and staff at Jewell-Rittman for their kindness, from Sam Ogilvie.

    • Harry McCawley for the tribute to Gerta Antle, from Evelyn Jewell.

    • Tom Lane for his letter to the editor, from a reader who wholeheartedly agrees.

    • Onions to…

    • drivers who forget that pedestrians have the right of way.

    • price of gas in Columbus when Seymour is $2.89 a gallon.

    • driver of the white Jeep with the red and blue stripes who tried to go out of his way to hit a black-and-white cat with a collar on Monday.

    • the receptionist at the front desk with earbuds in both ears when the office is open.

    • churchgoers who hang out in bars and drink.

    • people who physically mistreat their dogs while claiming to be training them.

    • Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day.

    • the city for not having a bike lane or walking area on Rocky Ford east of Taylor Road.

    • The Republic for all the corrections that were published in the Tuesday paper.

    • the city for not removing all the dead trees in the median on Caldwell Place causing a mess for homeowners to clean up after the Sunday storms.

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