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Letters Published in June 20, 2007 Issue
June 20, 2007 - Letter submitted by Randy Anderson, Knightstown water plant operator, and Mel Matlock, Knightstown works manager
The Town of Knightstown Water Dept. will be mailing a Consumer Confidence Report to every water consumer. This report will show that the town of Knightstown has no violations and exceeds or meets all federal and state requirements. The report is a requirement of the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management. This will be an annual report that will be compiled each year to let the consumers know the quality of the water. If for some reason you do not receive a report before July 1, please call the office at 345-5977, or come by the office at 26 S. Washington St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
June 20, 2007 - Letter submitted by Officer Danny Baker, Knightstown Police Dept.
The Knightstown Police Dept. would like to thank the following people and businesses for their donations of service and/or equipment to the police department during the Jubilee Days: Paul Glentzer of PGG Enterprises, Greenfield; Christine Rapp, Hancock County Sheriff's Dept. DARE officer; Landon Dean, Henry County Sheriff's Dept. DARE officer; Tom and Roxanne Lane of Lane's Service in Knightstown; Mark Fort, Hoosier Outdoor Power & Farm Supply; Royal Hylands Golf Course; Shawn Mullins, Knightstown; Carey and Wendy Spivey, Knightstown; Pat Voris of Gorman's Market; and Kelly Graham of Main Street Threads.
June 20, 2007 - Letter submitted by 2006-2007 Knightstown Athletic Booster Officers - Larry White, president; Cindy Biehl, vice-president; Tony Ortman, treasurer; Barbara Haase, secretary
At this time, we would like to express our thanks to the many volunteers that make the Knightstown Athletic Boosters the successful and supportive group that it is. The monies that this group generates help in many areas for our student athletes. Thanks goes to Cheryl Hammer, Paula Ortman and Barb Haase for baseball concessions. Tony Ortman organized the selling of ads and printing of the fall and winter athletic program books. Without co-chairs Nina Smith and Kelly Hall we would not have had a successful dunk tank at Jubilee Days. We would especially like to thank the many volunteers not mentioned who worked in the concession stands, sat in the dunk tank and helped with our membership drive during Jubilee Days. Without all of these willing and wonderful people, we would not be the great group that we are. Lastly, we thank the community for your continued support in all of our endeavors.
June 20, 2007 - Letter submitted by Jarrett Hagy, president, Hoosier Gym Community Center
On Friday, June 8, the Hoosier Gym held its second annual Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic. This game brings the best graduated girls and boys basketball players in the state to our small town. Most of these players are not only college-bound, but Division I college-bound. Three players from last year's game played in this year's NCAA championship game. Those who have been able to attend have been treated to a close-up view of some of the best basketball players in the country. They are also treated to a big game, in a very small and intimate atmosphere. These are only a few reasons why I believe this is one of the most unique games in the country.
A game of this caliber takes a lot of work to plan and pull off. I want to make an attempt to thank everyone that helped to make this year's game such a success. Our community owes a great deal of thanks to Garry Donna and everyone at Hoosier Basketball Magazine for everything they do to bring the best talent to Knightstown. Thank you to John Mayhill for his help and support. Thanks to Brent Compton and Pacesetter Sports for their fine work on the uniforms. A very special thanks to the Hoosier Gym Community Center Board of Directors for an entire year of planning and the many hours of hard work leading up to game day. Thank you to all that helped with concessions and merchandise sales. Thanks to the fire department for their help with security and safety. Thanks to our scorekeeper, Larry Bundy, the games' announcer, Steve Cherry, and our officials, Tony Ortman, Dennis Angel, Jason Hornaday and Greg Reece. Thanks to all of our cheerleaders who help it feel like a real Friday night game. Thanks to Dennis Kasey and all of the Channel 40 crew. Thank you to The Banner for all of its coverage. A big thanks to Henry County Sports Medicine for providing the fine athletic trainers for the entire day. And, of course, a big thanks to everyone that purchased a ticket or sponsored an ad in the program. I'm sure there is someone that has been missed but I hope that everyone who helped in any way knows that their time, support and efforts are greatly appreciated.
Let's look forward to next year and all the wonderful things that our Hoosier Gym brings to our outstanding community.
June 20, 2007 - Letter submitted by Susan Blower, Knightstown
A community is a group of people who support and cherish one another in good times and bad. The community in Knightstown is fortunate to have a good network of caring people and supportive businesses that give of themselves, often without any fanfare. All of us benefit when that happens.
The Knightstown Optimist baseball/softball program recently held its second annual Barry Elzey Day, a fundraising event featuring food, games and raffles. The funds will go to repair or purchase needed equipment at the ballpark. Many youth enjoy and benefit from the program, largely run by volunteers. Along with our sponsors for this event, I would like to express my appreciation for all the coaches, assistant coaches, umpires and parents who year after year donate their time to make the program possible. I especially want to thank Joe Peggs, who spends every Saturday and many other nights at the ballpark doing all the thankless tasks needed to keep the ballpark running. Perhaps a retired baseball-softball fan is out there who might assist with these tasks next year. It really is too much for one person, especially when he/she has a young family at home. Also, I want to thank Andrea Jessup for organizing Barry Elzey Day, in honor of the founder of the Optimist baseball/softball program. None of these people do this work for recognition, but they should be recognized anyway.
Please support our local businesses that give back to the community in terms of financial and hands-on support. Especially now that gas is so expensive, it makes sense to shop locally. The following businesses graciously offered donations for Barry Elzey Day: The Banner (half-page ad and free subscription); Curves (one free month membership); Knightstown Tire and Auto Service (free oil, lube and filter); Tom True Auto (one free oil change); YOUnique Full Service Salon (one free haircut); Top 10 Videos (15 tanning sessions); Todd Funeral Home ($25); Leakey Insurance ($50); Farm World newspaper (free subscription and goodie bag); Hancock Communications (Garfield autographed poster); Kahlo Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge ($50); Thumpers Diner (3 free dinners and two desserts); Auto Value (goodie bag); Post & Post (Case knife, valued at $37); Bittersweet Memories Antiques (candle, valued at $10); NAPA (six hats and die-cast car); H & R Block (umbrella); and Royal Hylands Golf Club (three golf hats, valued at $22 each).
Thanks to all of you. If I missed anyone accidentally, please let me know at 345-5824.
June 20, 2007 - Letter submitted by Angela Halicki, Carthage
Of the many dreams and visions never realized, one dream - one such vision in Hancock County has come to pass. A turn of the century sanctuary, once vacant and in poor repair has again come to thriving life and beauty. A need of the community was recognized for a place, a special place, for the moments of celebration and congregation, for family, for corporate needs - for pivotal points in life - that lends its additional beauty and elegance to those irreplaceable memories.
Such a place is found in Wilkinson, Indiana - a small town centrally located between Greenfield, New Castle and Anderson, where a fifteen minute drive through the winding countryside along State Road 109 just a few minutes off I-70 takes you to The Righteous Oaks, a gracious historic white chapel and hall with bell tower and steeple - able to accommodate 200 for sit-down banquets and more for cocktail-type gatherings. Lit by golden stained glass and chandeliers, the original hardwood floors and ornate woodwork blend with the updated décor for a breathtakingly beautiful sanctuary/ballroom combination. Rich with color, floral and greenery, and the beauty of solid oak, the building flows into the Garden Room - a perfect place for smaller gatherings and meeting space, complete with break out rooms and a brand new kitchen.
The Righteous Oaks was designed with weddings in mind - from reverent ceremony through elegant reception - offering complete professional packages for effortless planning. A bridal parlor suite connects a lovely dressing room with a spacious ladies' room, equipped for the needs of pampering and preparing the bridal party - including a gentlemen's' room for the groom and his attendants. Coordination assistance, often a costly luxury, is included for all events at The Righteous Oaks at no extra charge. Experienced, friendly and creative staff will assist in making events flow with perfect preparation. Everything from catering and cake to DJ and décor is included, customized for each wedding. Corporate needs are covered with in-house meals and beverages, AV rental and several options for meeting space. Rates are designed for the outside Indy audience and are sure to please.
Several unique offerings will be shared with the community, including the Acorn Academy - an after-school arts program offering art, choral, instrument, and dance instruction beginning this autumn. This lovely facility will also welcome the adults and teens of the community every Thursday evening for a Community Dance Night - with line and ballroom dance step class from 6-7 and open dancing from 7-9. There will be games and cards in the Garden Room for those who wish to socialize off the dance floor. With faith at the heart of this vision, the needs of family are close in mind. Sunday afternoons will be reserved at a lower rental cost for anniversaries, reunions and open houses to give large families and friends a warm, accommodating place to meet. Also in mind of low budget weddings, Sunset Weddings will be offered on Friday evenings with ceremony after dinnertime, a delicious dessert buffet and shorter reception time. Early Saturday, Morning Glory weddings are another way to lower costs for a beautiful and cost-effective wedding.
Though a wide variety of events and needs for the community are met in this lovely facility, the heart for each is to be faithful to the vision of integrity and inspiration that will touch each guest with the glory and compassion of the One for Whom this beautiful sanctuary was designed.
The Righteous Oaks is located at 310 South Main, Wilkinson, on State Road 109, and appointments made by calling 765-561-5473. The community is invited to a Welcome Walkthrough tour on Saturday, June 23, from 11-6 p.m., and Sunday, June 24, from 1-5 p.m. Event dates may be reserved through July 1 with no deposit required.
June 20, 2007 - Letter submitted by Norm Bohnert, Make a Difference Knightstown
Yesterday I had a unique opportunity to visit with a successful businessman who manages a large enterprise in our community. He freely admitted to me that other than coming into town to do his job, he really hasn't been involved in other aspects of the community. He had seen some of us working on the Public Square and was curious about our efforts. It seems that he thought we worked for the town and was amazed to find out that we were a volunteer group. Why do we do this, he wanted to know. After about an hour of conversation about local issues we shook hands and parted company.
Later some pieces of our discussion started dancing around in my mind. Why do we do the things we do? Who are those who belong to our group and those who assist us financially with our projects? My usual comment to those who ask me why we do what we do is: "I am a volunteer. If I knew what I was doing, I probably wouldn't do it." Volunteerism is driven by a least two emotions: elation and frustration.
Volunteers have a vision of how good things could be; pessimists simply complain about what is. Stop any local citizen and strike up a conversation about what is wrong in our community. It sure is very easy to find fault and exact judgment. Every morning the mayor's office is full of people who can tell you what is wrong with everybody and everything else is the community.
Issues from the town council, the school board, property taxes and poor housing sales would saturate a list from here to the front door. Through a volunteers eyes a fault is detected and then, instead of spreading the bad news to someone else, a volunteer finds a way to fix the problem. At times, volunteers make mistakes. Unfortunately they don't have a book that tells them how not to make mistakes. The only thing I am sure you can do to not make a mistake is nothing; and doing nothing is a mistake.
Looking in the rear view mirror several notable problems were corrected through the efforts of volunteers. In 1981 a battle was brewing over the old Academy building and its attached gym. Several floors of the building were condemned as unsafe and some parents were concerned about their kids going to school in these conditions. These people wanted a new school; others did not. After much debate and many lines drawn in the sand a new grade school was built. In the aftermath the Academy and gym sat empty. The easy fix would have been to bulldoze both buildings and haul the debris to the landfill.
Enter the volunteer; the eternal optimist. A man with a vision saw what could be and the rest is history. First a movie and now people from all parts of the world have become acquainted with the "Hoosier Gym."
In the mid-80s, the former Alhambra Theater had been relegated to the unseemly position of a tavern. A late night fire and a lack of proper insurance coverage relegated this once beautiful lady to rubble buried within the foundation of her once stately structure. The lot sat vacant in the middle of town, occasionally belching forth some of her hidden debris and growing a fine crop of weeds and poison ivy. Again enter the vision of volunteers who saw this liability as an asset. Today we have a world class veterans' memorial on the same location as the once majestic Alhambra stood. People from all over the country helped finance and have visited this memorial.
Seven years ago a successful and thriving car show was abandoned by everyone involved. Petty grievances and spite caused a riff between parties who laid claim to be operators of the show. After a year's hiatus, a group of volunteers decided that the car show meant too much to our community to let it die an untimely death. Today, because of the efforts of volunteers and the backing of their sponsors, the Cars of Summer (the Knightstown Car Show) has become an acclaimed event among those who travel the car show circuit. Hundreds of cars and thousands of people have come to our community because of the efforts of volunteers. During a visit to Phoenix, Ariz., this past winter, one of our volunteers was elated to hear from a management member of the Speed Channel that he had been to our Car Show on two occasions. He considered it one of the best in the country. He wondered how such a small town could put on such a quality event. I think sometimes we are so close to what happens that we can't really tell what is really going on.
This weekend is Car Show weekend in Knightstown. Ten years ago I was told that you can't get people in Knightstown to work together. This event is proof positive that you can. A record number of sponsors have helped us raise the almost $12,000 necessary to put on the show. The ladies and gentlemen of the Knightstown Volunteer Fire Department, Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Kappa Kappa Kappa Sorority, the St. Rose Men's Club, the Knightstown High School Cheerleaders and Make A Difference Knightstown, Inc., have worked together since January to bring this quality event to life in our community. Each and every one of them is a remarkable volunteer who is concerned about Knightstown. On Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the members of these organizations are going to hold an event on the Public Square which they refer to as Community Appreciation Day. It is their way of saying thanks to all the local businesses and town folk who support the car show and all the other events which take place over the year. Our small town is full of quality organizations, which consistently strive to support the entire community.
If you are able, make it a point to show up during the Community Appreciation Day event, eat lunch, enjoy our community and register for some of the fine gifts that will be given away. Remember that volunteers and their organizations do a lot of fine things for our community. Say thanks to them by supporting their efforts as they thank you by putting on this event.
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