Letters to the editor for week of May 11

Come learn what you can do to help protect Lake Monroe

To the editor:

Way back in 2020 the first Brown County forum was held to develop plans to protect Lake Monroe. Much has been learned and done since then and it’s time for the next phase. Will you help?

Friends of Lake Monroe have much progress to report. The data is in. Maggie Sullivan, Lake Monroe watershed coordinator, will share results of a two year sampling project, top threats to the lake, water quality and recreation opportunities. What part of protecting Lake Monroe means the most to you? Having safe drinking water? Being able to camp and swim and boat and fish? Watching the sunset over the water? Providing biodiversity for native flowers and wildlife? Flood control? Quiet walks among the trees? Whatever your interests are, your thoughts and energy are wanted to help develop a plan to protect Lake Monroe.

What can you do to help? Attend one of our upcoming Lake Monroe Community Forums this spring to learn more about the watershed management plan and to share your ideas on how to put it into action.

The League of Women Voters of Brown County supports resource conservation, stewardship and long-range planning for all watersheds touching on Brown County and especially the Lake Monroe watershed. The League also supports preservation of the entire watershed ecosystem with the maximum protection of the public health and environment.

League of Women Voters Brown County is pleased to co-host public forums on protecting Lake Monroe with Friends of Lake Monroe and the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County. Please join us Thursday, June 9 in Nashville, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brown County Public Library. Two other forums will be offered covering the same information – one in Bloomington on May 24 and one virtually over Zoom on June 15. For more information visit https://lwvbrowncounty.org/ or www.friendsoflakemonroe.org/events. Event registration is encouraged but not required, except for the virtual event.

Please join us to show your support for water quality and share your ideas of how to protect and improve our lakes and streams. For more information you may contact Shari Frank at [email protected] or Maggie Sullivan, the watershed coordinator for Friends of Lake Monroe. at 812-558-0217 or [email protected]

Sincerely,

Shari Frank, president, League of Women Voters of Brown County

Thanks from the humane society for rabies clinic

To the editor:

On Sunday, April 24 nearly 200 families and their pets came to the Brown County Humane Society (BCHS) SPOT program’s Rabies Vaccination Clinic.

This was the first time since 2019 that BCHS was able to hold this much-needed event. We had a new location, a drive-thru style and many volunteers willing to spend their day helping with our community pets. In total, 344 dogs and cats received their vaccinations. Additionally, 66 pets received microchips, which can mean the difference in them finding their way home should they get lost.

The new location at the Brown County Music Center provided the perfect setup for this year’s clinic. We are grateful to Christian Webb at the BCMC for allowing us to use their parking lot. Additionally, a thank you to Susan Armstrong from Brown County Emergency Management for helping with logistics of the event and providing a safe space for the cats to get their vaccinations.

A big thank you goes out to the over 30 volunteers who came together to make this event possible. Thank you to local groomer Diane Brubaker who clipped 89 dogs’ nails throughout the day. Finally, to the veterinarians who donated their time on a Sunday – doctors Finney, Funk, Hennessy and Soto — we are so grateful for your dedication to keeping community pets healthy.

We can’t go without thanking every person who brought your dog and/or cat out to the clinic. Your patience and understanding were greatly appreciated as we navigated the changes with this year’s event.

Personally, this is an event that I hold dear to me because I know how instrumental it is in ensuring that every animal in our community has access to these basic needs. I was thrilled with its return this year and look forward to doing it again next year!

Sue Ann Werling, board president, Brown County Humane Society

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