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Updated: April 29, 2013 11:32AM



Maybe by the middle of April, all the snow and cold weather will have disappeared.

The Rebuilding Together Valparaiso board is sure hoping that, by April 20, the sun will be shining brightly and warmth will permeate the air. That is the workday for 20 projects, including everything from yard work, painting and home repairs to installing a new bathroom.

Rebuilding Together assists the elderly, disabled and low-income families with much-needed repairs to their homes so that they are safe to live in. With their commitment to so many projects, many volunteers are needed.

If you are willing and able, please go to www.rebuildingtogether.org, print out the volunteer form, and mail it to Rebuilding Together Valparaiso, P.O Box 1001, Valparaiso, IN 46384. If you prefer to volunteer by phone, please call 548-4827.

Join hundreds of your neighbors to help our neighbors in need.

This past weekend our Special Olympics basketball season ended with four of our junior teams and one master’s team qualifying for the state championships.

As usual, our Porter County athletes showed their class with their super behaviors. Somehow, there always seems to be a story to share compliments of Special Olympics events.

Our junior team, the Heat, received a fourth-place ribbon, and one of our younger players sadly asked the coach why he didn’t get a medal. As Coach Terry was explaining the reason, an athlete from the winning team, who had heard Elias, came over and “traded” him by giving his medal to Elias and taking the fourth-place ribbon.

That, my friends, is the ultimate in true sportsmanship, and that young player taught everyone around him a “lesson in love” without even realizing the unselfishness of his actions. He is a prime reason that the word “special” is in Special Olympics.

I think both boys went home very happy!

Be careful with your comments on email and your Internet choices. There is really no privacy from “Big Brother,” (government) as they can learn anything and everything about anyone through computers.

If there is any interest in you (not necessarily criminal) by any government agency, your “secure” computer information is easily available without you ever being aware of it being seen. That, to me, is quite frightening.

Personally, anyone could see any and all of our files without finding anything unusual or condemning. But it certainly is a concern that such measures exist, and privacy is basically nonexistent.

Maybe such tactics assist in identifying the “bad guys,” but it is the “good guys” whose information is subject to prying eyes, and could possibly be used illegally. So, I repeat, be careful!

Last year, I commented on the G.E. Marshall Company’s classy look by planting trees and shrubs to “hide” the piles of stone, sand, and enormous machinery around their area on Joliet Road.

I knew it was a company that valued its neighbors, and thus would value the work they do. My assumption has proven to be very right, as our street has been torn up with BIG trenches to put in new storm drains with large pieces of equipment, big trucks and lots of workers starting their day at 7 a.m. and working straight through until 4 p.m.

When they leave, aside from the equipment that will be needed to continue the job, the employees leave the area in great condition, even sweeping off sidewalks where some debris has landed.

There is no standing around chit-chatting, no inappropriate language, just good hard workers who are also polite. How fortunate the city of Valparaiso is to have such a quality group of people entrusted to do such a difficult undertaking.

Thanks for doing such a great job on a demanding task, all of you from G.E. Marshall. You are my pet persons of the week for your awesome work ethics.

To all my Jewish friends, God’s blessings during Passover, and to my Christian friends, a blessed Easter as we celebrate the Risen Christ. I pray that our Lord’s love fills each and every heart with His abundant blessings and joy.

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



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