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Show support for Valentines for Vets program

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Updated: March 8, 2013 7:33AM



If you missed reading “Annie’s mailbox” last week, there is still time to do something special that will take little time, dollars or energy.

You will be a real sweetheart to our hospitalized veterans when you let them know we care enough to support them, thank them, and tell them they are the best.

The Valentines for Veterans program is a neat way to say thank you and put a smile on the faces of men and women who could use a boost from “strangers.”

Just go to the Veterans Affairs website at www.va.gov to find the nearest VA facility’s address, and get those valentine cards in the mail. Please take time to write a short personal note in the cards. Thanks!

Just a reminder: if you haven’t decided what to do for your valentine, call 766-3851 to reserve your spots for a scrumptious dinner with delightful entertainment at the Expo Center, sponsored by South County Love Your Neighborhood.

The $30 price will bring you twice as much in fine food and fun entertainment . Autistic children will benefit from this event by receiving iPads to help them learn.

How fortunate we are to be able to enjoy the marvelous voices of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club Sunday, Feb. 17, at Valparaiso High School.

This outstanding group of young men was recently invited to the United States Air Force base in Cincinnati where, as part of the weekend singing tour, they boarded the plane that brought President John F. Kennedy back after his assassination, and sang “Stars and Stripes” and the national anthem to honor those who have served our country.

And now it’s our turn to savor their melodious tones. Each time the Glee Club has performed here, it has been before a sellout crowd, so purchase tickets ($12 adults, $8 students) from any Kiwanis member or at the Valpo YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, before it’s too late!

Boy, I’ll never gripe about our NIPSCO bill again (well almost never). Last Saturday evening when I came in our house, I smelled gas, and although my husband hadn’t noticed any smell, we called the NIPSCO emergency number, and were told exactly what to do — and not to do — until an on-call employee arrived.

It was less than half an hour before help arrived. Jerry (who also smelled gas) immediately checked and rechecked every possible place for leakage, both inside and outside, and after discovering the culprit, capped the nasty gas problem, and explained what needed to be done.

But that’s not all. To make sure all was well, he checked again on Sunday and Monday to ensure our safety, and then called to make sure the necessary work was done.

I’d say that was going the extra mile, and we really appreciated Jerry’s concern. His response to our compliments was, “It’s my job to make sure you’re OK.”

Hmm! Maybe the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. does do us a public service. Oh, I know I’ll gripe about our bill again, or be frustrated when it takes too long to get a streetlight replaced, but I have a new admiration for their employees.

Thanks, Jerry.

Now, I hope you all have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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