Letters to the Editor week of 12-13-07


Helping kids

To the Editor:

The Steven B. Adams F.O.P. Lodge #174, performed their first Christmas with the children of Switzerland County. The Lodge took 29 less fortunate kids on a Christmas shopping spree. The gifts purchased were anything from needed clothing to wanted toys.

We are proud to announce that through several fund raisers in 2007, along with donations from the Vevay Town Council, Switzerland County Council, and Dow Corning the F.O.P. raised over $5,000 for this event. We would like to express a huge thank you to the Town of Vevay and the Switzerland County Council for their support. Also a special thanks to Marla Edwards for her assistance in helping coordinate this event. Huge thanks to everyone that supported the F.O.P. at their events such as the Gun Raffle, Softball Tournament and our food booth during Sleepy Hollow. Without these events and the community’s participation, a Christmas with the F.O.P. would not be possible. Investing in the future is a big priority to the F.O.P. We believe by making a small investment in young people now, we are sure to see great gains for our community in the future.

The F.O.P. is continuously looking for ways to get involved within the community. We also invite the community to get involved with the F.O.P. As a pro-law enforcement citizen in good standing you can join your local F.O.P. The F.O.P. is always in need of volunteers to help with events. If you are interested in becoming an associate F.O.P. member, please feel free to contact us at the Vevay Police Department. I would gladly talk with you about an associate membership. If you like what you have seen from the F.O.P., and would like to show your support with a donation, you can do so by sending it by mail to the Steven B. Adams F.O.P. Lodge #174, P.O. Box 52, Vevay, IN 47043. We encourage you to keep an eye out for, and to participate in, F.O.P. sponsored events. Once again, thank you to everyone who has supported the Steven B. Adams F.O.P. Lodge #174.

Nick Kitts, F.O.P. president

Kris Colen, F.O.P. vice president

Christmas gifts

To the Editor:

My granddaughter, Erica, called the other day to thank all of you who contributed all your time and effort to the packages that went to our armed service personnel. Her husband, Christopher Cook, in Iraq received not one but three packages. He couldn’t get over the fact that he was getting something from Indiana.

He told her to make sure and tell all of you “many thanks.” He was actually a little overwhelmed that folks that don’t even know him would care enough to do so much. He had so much that he shared with others who have not received anything.

Erica is at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with their two little boys while Chris is in Iraq for a tour of duty of up to 18 months. Please keep them and all of our service people and families in your prayers. Thank you so much.

Carolyn Wainscott


Best museum

To the Editor:

Recently Martha Bladen was notified that the Switzerland County Historical Society was to receive an award from the State Historical Society for the work that she, and her board of directors, have done in the past few years.

The museums here have been named as the best county museums in the state.

I want to take this public forum to congratulate Martha and her cohorts for bringing this prestigious award to the county.

To those of you that have taken the time and toured the museums, you are well aware of the amazing transformation that has taken place in the last few years.

To those of you that haven’t, shame on you.

I am often asked when I am out and about, why this and that haven’t been done here or there and in particular with reference to the Living History Museum at the old Bear farm below town.

The people that usually ask these questions and complain about one thing or another about the property, invariably have one thing in common.

When I ask them, “Have you been to the new River History Museum or the newly renovated old museum?” the answer is always, “Well, no, I haven’t had the time.”

I guess it’s more fun to complain than it is to go to the museum and possibly learn something new from just being exposed to a bunch of old stuff.

While my support for Martha and her passions is not always visible, it is always there.

Again, Martha, I congratulate you.

Steve Bladen

Tapps Ridge