Letters to the Editor week of 10-9-08


Great weekend

To the Editor:

What an entertaining weekend we had in Switzerland County. Sorry if you missed it.

It started with Storyfest on Thursday. Martha Bladen organizes this event every year and she does a wonderful job doing it. This year there was a theme, it was all about the circus. The students from Switzerland County and Jeff Craig schools started the day with a tour of the museum and they got to see the miniature circus that is on display there. Thanks to a grant that Martha received it is all free including the admittance to the newly remodeled museum. The circus will be there for the next few weeks, and it is well worth taking the time to see it. After the museum, we went to the other shows and the children really enjoyed the day.

The next event was “First Friday”, which is sponsored by Main Street. Town was busy with people socializing, carriage rides, music, and food. Stores were open for evening shoppers, the weather was great, and it was a nice time for everyone. Thanks to everyone with Main Street for sponsoring this free event for the public.

Saturday was a special day, also. My family and I went to some of our Amish friends to watch them make apple butter. They make it outside over an open fire, which was quite interesting and it tasted good, too.

Then we went to town to “Sleepy Hollow” or as my granddaughter, Bella, calls it “Happy Hollow”. Again, what a great little festival sponsored by tourism. The folks at tourism really did a good job decorating the town for fall, and organizing the festival. They also sponsored a scarecrow contest, which added to the festivities. Thanks tourism.

From uptown we went to the Ogle Park for the car show. The cars were awesome with over 180 on display. There was a DJ there playing oldies, and a parade of old model T’s at 4:00. This was also another free event with various sponsors contributing. Thanks to Mike Bear and Floyd Canada for their great job of organizing the show.

With the economy as it is right now, money is tight, but we had a great, free, week-end in Vevay thanks to everyone who helped.

Rosemary Bovard


Exceptional citizens

To the Editor:

The Switzerland County Board of Commissioners wishes to express its thanks and gratitude to the citizens of Switzerland County who on their own initiative and concerns cut and removed downed trees and other debris that aided the county to quickly recover from the past wind storm. We know who some of you are but not all. We thank you for being exceptional citizens.

The board also appreciates all the efforts that went beyond the call of duty performed by the EMS, fire departments, sheriff’s office, 911, city police, the county highway department and all other organizations that assisted.

K. C. Banta

Brian Morton

Craig Bond

Candidate forum

Dear Editor:

There is a revival of the “Meet the Candidates” forum being planned for October 23rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay. All candidates have been invited and hopes are for a big turnout. The voting age seniors at the high school have registered to vote and are, with the help of Mr. Barger and Nancy Peters, helping with this forum. A student run “podcast” is being planned and local radio and cable TV coverage is possible. So far there is a representative from the Obama campaign and the Jill Long-Thompson campaign on the schedule and the McCain and Daniels campaigns have been contacted. We hope all the local candidates will come.

This forum, moderated by Dr. Findley and Nancy Peters, is non-partisan and each candidate will have the same two minute limit to answer each question. Questions can be sent to the website: swissroundtable.com or mailed to Swissroundtable, P.O. Box 1, Vevay, Indiana 47043. We will also have boxes scattered around the county for your questions or you can write them down the night of the forum.

The point of the forum is to help the electorate learn more about the candidates before the election and to give the candidates the opportunity to find out, first hand, the concerns of the voters.

Since this is one of the most exciting elections in years, we expect this to be a fun and invigorating night. Everyone is welcome.

Sarah Brichto

Near Vevay

Unique candidate

To The Editor:

Last week, we had the privilege of meeting our candidate for State Representative, Jud McMillin. We had emailed Jud with some questions we had, and he promptly not only called us, but offered to stop by and talk with us in person. What a unique candidate. He was in our home for two hours, and we discussed many political issues.

He impressed us with his personable style, leadership qualities, and aspiration for change in our local government. Jud made it clear that he is committed to listening to the concerns of his constituents and doing everything he can to make southeastern Indiana an even better place to live and work.

If you would like to get to know Jud and talk to him as we did, we invite you to the Town Hall Meeting on October 16 at 7 p.m. at the senior center in Vevay.

 David and Diane McCarty

Near Patriot