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Updated: December 24, 2012 7:01AM



A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all of you. It is my sincere hope and prayer that your life is filled with smiles and laughter, and just enough “bumps” to appreciate all you have.

If I had the space to list all our blessings, there would be no room for anything else in today’s paper. We’ve had some “bumps,” but the road always seems to smooth out if we wait and trust long enough, whatever the hurt or worry may be.

If we look around, it doesn’t take long to realize many others in many countries have much rougher roads than we can imagine. So, please count your blessings, even if they seem like small ones.

I am especially grateful for all the super people and groups in our area who have graciously and continuously supported our Special Olympics athletes all year. Without you, our more than 600 athletes would not know the joy of competition, the experiences of new places and events, the delight of lifetime friends, the joy of fun activities and realizing the “I can” spirit.

From individuals to groups, our athletes flourish because of so many who fill the needs. We are also blessed with awesome volunteer coaches and assistants who willingly attend training sessions to give their best to our best.

“Thank you” never seems enough to say, but I truly hope you know how important all your help is, and how much it is appreciated.

This year, we have new special friends who are supporting Porter County Special Olympics. The South County Love Your Neighborhood is hosting a holiday madrigal dinner on Thursday, Dec. 6, to benefit our athletes.

The Porter County Expo Center will be filled with music and charming performers starting at 6 p.m. The delicious dinner, divided into several courses, will be heralded with song and amusement, as the Middle Ages comes to life.

Best of all, the homemade food will be mainly from Porter County farms, and prepared with love. What a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season with song, a play, and a concert, all while enjoying yummy food.

Tickets for this splendid evening are $30 for adults or $15 for ages 12 and younger. They can be purchased at Birky’s Market, Birky’s Bakery or Piggies & Cream — all in Kouts — or by emailing catering@birkyfarms.com.

Thanks to all of you in South Porter County for this wonderful opportunity.

If you’d like to stay fit during the “eat, drink and be merry” season, give some serious thought about attending the Valparaiso YMCA’s “50, Fit, and Fabulous” style show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Old Town Banquet Center, 712 Calumet Ave., when 50 women over 50 years old will be the models. (I can’t understand why they didn’t ask me to model.)

Proceeds will support Livestrong, a 12-week program designed for adult cancer survivors, some of whom will be modeling fashions from “Beyond Pink,” and the Changing Lives Campaign, which provides income-based financial scholarships to those in the community who then can enjoy the classes and activities offered by the “Y.”

Tickets are $50. For more information, call Donna Demko at 462-4185, Ext. 351.

What could be better than to get fit, then go madrigal?

When you consume all that fabulous Thanksgiving food today, you’ll be ready to get fit. Then, by Dec. 6, your tummy will be ready for more fabulous food.

Again, I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving Day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading.

Fly your flag.



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