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Orchids & Onions (October 5, 2012)

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Orchids to…

• Smith’s Row for the delicious catering, from IUPUC.

• Tim Coomer and Bryan Burton for helping to make Touch a Truck a big success again this year, from Family School Partners.

• all the volunteers who brought their vehicles to Touch a Truck and so graciously and gently helped children in and out of each vehicle; you made it a very special day for a lot of little people, from Family School Partners.

• Jim Ogilvie for flying his helicopter to our Touch a Truck event under not so favorable conditions, from Family School Partners.

• Michelle at J.C. Penney for taking time to save me on my wedding day, from Patrick Alyea.

• Bus drivers Curt, Justin and Lisa for always looking out for the children of Wayne Township and getting them where they need to be safely, from Kelly Bower.

• Kim Milligan for going above and beyond the call of duty at Hospice of South Central Indiana, from Angie Watson.

• the person who sent the flowers to me at work, Janet Tedder.

• Gordon Lake and the volunteers at the Columbus Air Museum for the wonderful field trip and great history lesson, from Parkside third-graders.

• Glenn Petri for his Letter to the Editor, from John Tinkey.

• Mike Sharp for rescuing our dog, Cedrik, from getting hit by a car, from Ron and Cheryl Bolachek.

• Family School Partners for the Touch a Truck, from Title I Pre-K.

• Housing Partnership Inc. team of Chuck Dewey, Steve Cecil, Kevin Meyer, Bob Neth, John Stang, Ed Tower and Ted Unrue, for the wheelchair ramp, from the grateful residents of Apple Way.

• Angie Benrose for 20 years at Rumpke.

• Mrs. Stone for your wonderful tomatoes, from Mrs. Gates.

• Family School Partners for Touch a Truck, Thomas.

Onions to…

• City officials and those responsible for thinking more money should be spent on the Front Door Bridge by adding lights than on food and shelter for the elderly and sick.

• those who think that gates are to keep vehicles out and protect people when in fact they are to provide a controlled point of access to collect admission fees for events.

• the bully who complained because he didn’t like the line he was standing in.

• illiterate drivers in Columbus who are unable to read the “One Way” signs.

• greedy lottery winners who would exclude group members from the winnings.

• a middle school that would not let my daughter have breakfast because she owed 40 cents.

• a horrible football coach.

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