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Early snowfall leaves us prepping for winter

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Updated: December 15, 2013 7:36AM



Hey! Who turned on winter so fast? With leaves still hanging on the trees and carpeting the lawn still to be raked, the white covering at least makes the yard look prettier.

Maybe by winter starting early, spring will come around in February. We can only hope.

If we still had a place to ski close to home, I admittedly would be happily doing a snow dance, but now I join the masses in moaning about the cold and snow, although I still enjoy the beauty of soft falling snow.

Thanks to the Ben Franklin Middle School Builders Club, who invited the T.J. Club and Valpo High Key Club (all sponsored by the Kiwanis Club) to join them for a day of leaf-raking, the heavy blanket of leaves on our yard disappeared before the snow fell.

Each year, these young students rake leaves for elderly (that’s me!) and handicapped homeowners, and with their enthusiasm and energy, in 30 minutes grass is once more discovered under the crunching leaves — a job that would take the owners hours to do.

It is a great, and a much-needed gift to their neighbors. Thank you to every student and sponsor who happily spent their Saturday piling up leaves. You are my pet persons of the week.

Did you take time on Veterans Day to stop long enough to give thanks for the men and women who have kept our country safe? Or did you attend a Veterans Day program to sing the National Anthem, listen to a veteran’s experience, shed a tear as Taps was played?

In many places, Veterans Day means a day off of school, and I’m thankful that our Porter County schools are in session where every school has a special program to honor those who are often forgotten and to remind young students how blessed they are because others sacrificed for them.

We often take our freedom for granted and only pay attention when a headline reports another death or injury while serving in the military.

Every year, our grandsons called on Veterans Day to thank their Gramps for serving to keep them safe, and it was one of the most important and cherished phone calls he got from each of them. Let’s keep the honor they deserve going by thanking anyone you see in uniform, no matter where it is, or what day it is.

Then we can prolong Veterans Day.

What a wonderful gift opportunity is being offered by CEO Mark Chamberlain of Lakeside Wealth Management, a financial service company. Between now and Dec. 15, any donation to Frontline Foundations will be matched by him.

Director Amber Hensell-Hicks feels like Christmas came early, and said, “We are so grateful for Mark’s generosity to help drug abusers reclaim their lives.”

Frontline provides life-saving services and treatment to young people, age 18 to 25, who want to become a blessing, not a burden, to their families and community, and provides scholarships for those who are unable to afford treatment.

The need has been so great that Frontline now has two substance abuse treatment centers — 1008 Broadway in Chesterton and 259 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso. No matter how large or small your donation is, please go to www.FronlineFoundations.com/donate, and help those who want to help themselves out of the “pit.” Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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