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Relay for Life event a happy celebration of hope

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Updated: June 24, 2013 1:48PM



A big thank you to all of you who walked, contributed or cheered during the Relay for Life at Thomas Jefferson Middle School this past weekend.

It is always a very special time for those touched by cancer, and the survivors walk is a goosebumper. The rain that fell in the 7 to 8 p.m. hour made me remember “Into each life a little rain must fall” so that we can appreciate the sunshine.

This year, following the survivors lap, we were treated to dinner in the T.J. cafeteria, which was served by lovely ladies.

Thank you to Elizabeth Manning and her volunteer crew, to the Valparaiso school district, the artists who decorated the luminaria bags, the food givers and to everyone who cared.

Our two great-grandchildren, Addie and Simon, were especially delighted with the cute clowns who joined us for dinner. It truly is a time of hope and believing even through the sads.

Our granddaughter sent us pictures of their walk too, so it made it an all-around happy-and wishful- time.

I can’t believe it’s the end of May already, and this weekend is Memorial Day weekend.

Oh, I know it’s a great time for picnics, parties, and a day of fun or relaxation, but please don’t forget the reason for the holiday. Talk to your kids about why we still have a free country, thanks to many who gave their lives for all of us.

Take a few minutes to reflect on what you have in life because others sacrificed theirs. And maybe even take a flag out to the cemetery to place on some veterans grave, or fly one in your yard.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to say a thank-you prayer. God has blessed America!

And while you’re at it, please include a prayer for all the families who lost their homes, or lives in the horrific tornadoes in Oklahoma. I’m going to try very hard to never complain about our weather again.

In just a few more days, June will be upon us, and it will be time for summer fun. Please put a big circle around June 29 and join the crowd at Sunset Hill Farm County Park for a day of fun, food, and fireworks.

This third annual Livin’ It Up festival boasts something for everyone from little ones all the way to the top. There will be a car show, 24-hour run, crafts, vendors, and even Leroy’s beer garden, and music, music, music as a variety of bands will be on stage all day and evening.

The day ends with an awesome fireworks show at dusk by Badaboom Fireworks.

The neat part is that the cost for the entire day is only $10 per carload. The fest begins at 10 a.m. and will be going strong until 11 p.m.

For many of us, the very best part of the Livin’ It Up festival is that all proceeds benefit Porter County Special Olympics.

In just two weeks, 130 of our Porter County crew will be heading to Indiana State University for a three-day weekend to compete at the state summer games.

Tickets are available from any Special Olympics parent, or coach, or call 309-0070. If you are interested in entering the car show, or bring your crafts, call Paula at 759-3345.

Congratulations to Ameriprise financial advisor Linda Stover for earning the status of Private Wealth Advisor, which is accomplished by only 6 percent of advisors. We have known Linda for 20-plus years, and her honesty, courtesy, and caring have made her a dear friend. Bless you, Linda.

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



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