Published 12:00 am Friday, June 8, 2007

Sponsors, volunteers
rose to ‘Challenge’
A great BIG thank you for the nice coverage of the Challenger Little League teams in the June 4 Salisbury Post. The two teams are true examples of how abilities are exhibited even when a child may have a disability.
The Arc of Rowan, a Rowan County United Way Agency, is so thankful to the team sponsors. “The Reds” were sponsored by The Civitan Club of Salisbury. “The Braves” were sponsored by Glenn and Beth Dixon. Without their sponsorship, the reality of the teams would not be possible. Lots of behind the scene activity must take place to put the teams on the field. The Dixons also suited up and played ball.
Thank you to all the many volunteers who came out to the games as “buddies.” It takes a lot of people to play Challenger baseball, and both teams were never without plenty of assistance. Pictures of the two Challenger teams can be seen at
I am already looking forward to next years’ season and for Glenn Dixon to call out “batter-up!”
ó Jane Jackman
Editor’s note: Jane Jackman is executive director of The Arc of Rowan.
Good Samaritans
I would like to express my appreciation to the individuals who stopped on Sherrills Ford Road to help my son’s dog on Saturday morning. Not only did they move the dog out of the road but, using the rabies tag, contacted us through Rowan Animal Clinic. I was able to get the dog to the vet, and although he did have to be put down, their compassion and concern means a great deal to our family. To whomever hit the dog, it wasn’t your fault. We live a quarter mile off the road, in the woods, and expected the dog to play in the woods rather than venture to the road.
ó Orrie Bowes
Cheers for Cheerwine
As chairman of Veteran Affairs for the Harold B. Jarrett Post 342, I would like to express my gratitude to the Cheerwine Bottling Co., with a special thanks to Ray Kepley. I was contacted by Alesha Brandon from the VA Hospital Patient Activities Office. She requested 32 two-liter drinks for a picnic to honor our veterans.
When I contacted Mr. Kepley, he agreed to supply the drinks without any hesitation.
Again, thanks to Cheerwine and Mr. Kepley for their contribution to honor our veterans.
ó Phyllis K. Byrd
Acts of kindness
I want to tell you a story of kindness and compassion and Christlike love.
Our son and daughter-in-law were married on May 18. The day after returning home from their honeymoon, their duplex apartment on Gold Knob Road caught fire and burned completely down.
I did not know any other way to express our gratitude to all the dear neighbors of the Red Oak Lane area and our firefighters who fought the blaze than to write to the paper the story of their kindness.
God’s love and mercy were shown to us because a passerby saw the smoke and broke the door in to wake up our sleeping son. Thank God for these dear people who truly saved Taylor’s life.
Before the fire was out completely, these neighbors brought ice water and cups and drinks and were emptying their pockets to give to the newlyweds.
Dear ladies and neighbors who were attending a baby shower set up an assembly line to wash, dry and wrap dishes that were salvaged from the fire. Very few of these people even knew us, but their compassion and Christlike love were evident as they ministered to our family.
Thank you also to our amazing firefighting teams from Rockwell City, Rockwell Rural, Granite Quarry and Liberty. They surpassed the call of duty by trying to find special things like the wedding dress, tiara, heirloom ring and some wedding gifts. What a blessing to know these guys and ladies are here for us when we need them.
I could go on and on to list all the acts of kindness. Please know that we appreciate all the love you showed to our family.
ó Lynn Osborne & family
Taylor & Meghan Osborne
John & Nancy Sherrill