Around Town – February 7

Orchids to …

• everyone in town who can manage to put on a smile, fake or otherwise, when there is so much madness around us daily, from simply me.

• Mayor Kristen Brown and neighborhood residents for working well together to eliminate blight and illegal drug activity.

• First Church of the Nazarene for the very special, fantastic evening at your church, from the CBC kids.

• Kristyn Plummer for making the dean’s list in the fall semester of 2014 at IUPUC, from Mom.

• Chris Rudd for saving your dog and risking your life, from your dad.

• Brett for trying to help an elderly lady get in her locked car Wednesday.

• Columbus Police Department for helping me get my car unlocked Wednesday at Walmart.

• the anonymous woman in the van in front of me at the drive-thru at Taco Bell at 1 p.m. on Thursday for paying for my lunch, from Ed Bruenjes.

• Joe Willy’s for the awesome free hot wings on Super Bowl Sunday and to bartender Sabrina for the awesome sangrias.

• Hope Utilities, David Clouse and his co-workers for going above and beyond getting my sewer problem fixed, from Margie.

• Brenda Woods and Jean Abner for all you do for the women of the Moose.

• the animal care gentlemen who quickly disposed of the skunk on Terrace Lake Road, from Jan.

• Susie Johnson for the various items from your overseas trip, the cocoa packs and marshmallows, and the many unique gifts throughout the year, from Debbie Greene.

• Randy Gratz and Joe Bronkella for helping me Friday morning, from John Tinkey.

• Lindsey and Dr. Sanders at Southern Indiana ENT for working me in to put tubes in my ears when I was in horrible pain, from Melanie Cockerham.

Onions to …

• people who think that fundraising should be for only the irresponsible people with inadequate health insurance.

• those who think the Onions section of a privately owned newspaper is covered by freedom of speech.

• my new neighbor that comes home each night around 11:30 p.m. with his subwoofers bumping so loudly that it consistently wakes up my 11-month-old, from your neighbor.

• the writer who criticized a fundraiser.

• the person who drove over the curb and into my yard on Regency Drive.

• the coach who cares more about his own personal satisfaction of winning a game then he does about being fair to the kids on his team.

• the young teacher who thinks leggings are professional wear, from an unimpressed parent.

• people who assume that home-schoolers do not educate their children.

• those who do not understand the added, miscellaneous expenses over and above medical expenses when someone in your family is hospitalized with a serious injury or disease.

• the man who always puts Orchids in just so he can see his name in the paper.

Happy Birthday to …

• Anisha Vuligonda, from Martha Erickson.

• Luretta Garrison Clark, from Kathy Likens Darnell, Judy Williamson and Wanda.

• Julie Greene, from Grandma Judy and Paw-Paw Tom.

• Luretta Clark, from Troy and Sara Bishop (aka Ward and June).

• Jan Wagner, from your family and Donna.

• Jeanie Wheeler, from your family and Donna.

• Julie Greene, from Grandma Judy and Pap-paw Tom.

• James Pitney, from Pastor Lewis and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Deborah Luenebrink, from Aunt Estella.

• Zoe Fleetwood on No. 3, from Daddy, Mommy, the Comptons, Fleetwoods, Snyders and St. Clairs.

• Dee Robinson, from Mom and family.

• Julia Greene, from Mom and Dad.

• Patsy Battin, from Jayson, Brandon, Rylan, Kamryn, Courtney, Mom and Dad Hitch, Betty, Marilyn, Penny, Donny, Sammy, Charlie, John, Kirt, Sisko and all the rest of the family and friends, Mt. Pleasant Christian Union Church.

• Ambra Burns, from Mommy, Ashley, Orie, Garrett, Maw-maw and Paw-Paw Vannice, Granny and Pap Hitch, Marilyn, Patsy, Penny, Royce, Donny, Sammy, Charlie, John and all the rest of your family and friends.

• Gabe Schoettmer, from Mom, Dad, Maddie, Nike, Grandma Joan and Grandma Jean.

• Hunter Minton, from Dove Ministries.

• Samantha Alsip.

• Mary Curry.

• Shaylie Grace Fouts.

Belated Wishes to …

• Chris Elkins, from Betty, Ferrell and Nevy.

Happy Anniversary to …

• Troy Bishop on No. 17, from Sara Dee.

• J.B. and Jeanette, from John, Pam, Sarah, Travis, Briley, Christopher, Stephanie, Hudson, Amanda, Kaitlynn, Zoey and Katie.

• J.B. and Jeanette Freeman on No. 56, from Marian, Shane, Tiara, Imogene, Paw-Paw, the Millers and the Kirbys.