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Updated: August 26, 2013 4:03PM



Hurry! There is still time to sign up for a very special scout camp, thanks to the BSA LaSalle Council.

This year, for the first time, a week-long camp will be held for youngsters with autism, Asperger’s or ADHD. This is the newest camp program by the scouts, and is open to children age 7 through 17.

The camp will be held from Monday, July 29, to Friday, Aug. 2, at Camp To-Pe-Ne-Bee in Michigan City, just a short distance off of Hwy. 421.

Each day at camp will be filled with outdoor experiences in a small-group environment.

It sounds like the perfect week for these special young people, and, as a plus, can give their caregivers a respite (although they are welcome to be at the camp, if they choose).

Registration for the camp only is open until tomorrow, Friday, July 26. The cost for the week-long camp is $175. To register a child or donate, please call 608-1470 or email Erika.dutcher@scouting.org.

There ought to be a law!— or maybe there is. Have you ever gotten frustrated trying to find a specific address for a business or private residence, and there are no visible numbers anywhere on the block?

That happened to me twice this past week (whine, whine), and though I admit to being directionally handicapped, it was more than a little upsetting to go back and forth looking for any number on any building.

Maybe the county can start painting numbers on the streets or sidewalks, so senseless people like me don’t keep getting lost! It would sure keep this old lady’s blood pressure down if addresses were visible.

A fairly new group called “Y Kids” was started by Heather Rudd, who thought it was important for young elementary school age children to learn to give of themselves for others.

Their newest fundraiser, planned by the kids, is going to be a kids-only obstacle course for ages 4 to 10 years old.

Proceeds will be donated to Porter County Special Olympics. The event will be held at a Valpo farm at 307S 100W on Saturday, Aug. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. with registration and check-in at 10 a.m.

Participants will be asked to guess how many times they think they will be able to complete the course in an hour’s time. Children can register at the Valpo Y for $20, or the day of the race for $25.

Thank you kids and parents for choosing Special Olympics to receive your gift. You are my pet persons of the week.

For the first time in my life, I wrote a letter to the President of the United States. Oh, I know he’ll never see it, or even be aware of it, but it made me feel better having written it.

I frankly don’t know why the national media chose to make the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman sad affair such a national focus for so long, but I do believe the remarks from President Obama helped fan the flames of distrust and hatred, and that, in my opinion, is irresponsible from the man who leads our country.

Zimmerman will never be “free” from his hideous action, but ugly actions by others won’t help solve our problems. As I’ve said before, if we were all blind and couldn’t “see” differences, we would be a kinder society.

Now, to that I add, if we would follow the examples of our Special Olympics athletes we would follow a far better road, as there is no racism, intolerance, or hatred because of your background.

I hope you have a great day because you deserve it (especially you, Jack). Thanks for reading. Fly your flag



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