Letters to the editor for week of April 26

Kirlin blessed by community in difficult time

To the editor:

Nashville, Ind. is a wonderful place to live.

Nashville is filled with beautiful nature, artists and interesting characters.

We were tourists. We fell in love with the people, then made this our home A leap of faith moment. This community embraced us 26 plus years ago.

The last several years have been challenging for us.

Our community has given us strength, courage and faith. Friends and strangers alike. We were overwhelmed by kindness during the time of Bob’s passing.

You continue to lift my spirit as I continue on my journey. Thank you.

Continued blessings,

Chris Kirlin, Nashville

Library thanks tax prep team

To the editor:

Tax season is over and the Brown County Public Library would like to thank our team of dedicated volunteer tax preparers for another great year. Working through United Way of Monroe County’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, Terry Becksinger, Randy Boer, Becky Courtney-Knight, Gloria Sooby and Kathy Roberts filed over 70 tax returns for Brown County residents — all for free. Their work shows true dedication to their community (we consider them to be “tax heroes”) and without them the Library would not be able to provide such a valuable service.

Brown County Public Library

‘Big thank you’ for vaccine clinic support

To the editor:

On Sunday, April 16, nearly 200 families and their pets came to the Brown County Humane Society (BCHS) SPOT Program’s Rabies Vaccination Clinic. Despite the dreary day, everyone remained positive and many of our community pets received much-needed vaccinations.

In total, 337 dogs and cats received their vaccinations. Additionally, 52 pets received microchips which can mean the difference in them finding their way home should they get lost.

The location at the Brown County Music Center once again provided the perfect setup for the 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 as well as Corey Frost from BC 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 90 dogs’ nails throughout the day. Finally, to the veterinarians who donated their time on a Sunday — Drs. 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 worked through the line of cars waiting for services.

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 this year’s results and look forward to doing it again next year!

Sue Ann Werling, Board President, Brown County Humane Society

The real people behind your power

To the editor:

Sometimes it’s a snake, squirrel or other small critter that causes a short circuit and knocks out power. Other times, cars may take out the poles that support power lines. And most of us are familiar with the severe and even catastrophic weather events that can put us in the face of challenging, untimely and even dangerous circumstances.

We rely on electricity to power our lives and it can be frustrating when it goes out. But no matter what the cause of an outage, lineworkers answer the call. These dedicated men and women mobilize to do jobs unlike any other — chasing storms, climbing poles, understanding the intricacies of power generation — being prepared no matter the circumstances.

They help keep our families, neighbors and communities safe by keeping electricity flowing, fixing it when it goes out, and working on large-scale projects that are preparing the grid to be more reliant and resilient than ever before.

While the official day for National Lineworker Appreciation Day was April 18, lineworkers are valued and appreciated each day for the outstanding work they do safely and reliably serving customers. They are caretakers, emergency personnel and true community heroes. We appreciate those sacrifices and the dedication it takes to do a job that touches the lives of everyone and hope you will join us in recognizing that work.

The next time you turn the lights on, #ThankALineworker.

Liz Irwin, Government &Community Relations Manager, Duke Energy

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