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Letters to the editor – Thursday (7-16-09)

Baseball coaches pitch in to help even the score
Thursday night in China Grove, baseball fans were treated to a great 7- and 8-year-old coach-pitch baseball game.
After a 18-2 game Tuesday night where the supervision of the league played the top three regular-season team all stars against the bottom three teams, the coaches took it upon themselves to divide the teams in a more balanced manner.
The result was a 14-12 extra-inning game that was filled with good hitting, great infield and outfield play and a homerun hit over the fence.
Much thanks should be given to the coaches of these teams who give their time to coach these young boys and teach them the game of baseball.
I also give thanks to the parents, grandparents and family friends who take the players back and forth to practice and to games and support them with their attendance and non-stop cheering for players on all the teams.
Most of all, I give thanks to our Lord for allowing us to live in this country where we have this freedom and can see our young children grow up and enjoy sportsmanship with others.
ó Ronnie Furr
Salisbury
Meals on Wheels enjoys fruits of its supporters
Most of us are familiar with Meals on Wheels and the service it provides to many residents of Rowan County. In addition to the many volunteers who can be seen delivering meals each day, there are “volunteers” who are never seen. Two of these special volunteers are Kevin and Ellen Huffman, owners of Huffman Peaches and Produce. Last week I received a call from Ellen saying that she and Kevin would like to donate peaches again to Meals on Wheels. So on Thursday, as meals were delivered, there was a little something extra with them because of the Huffmans’ generous spirit. So, thank you, Ellen and Kevin, for sharing your bounty with Meals on Wheels and for making a difference in our community.
ó Carolyn Ross
Ross is a Meals on Wheels volunteer, First Presbyterian Church.Thanks to all who helped rescue neglected dogs
Being members of Faithful Friends, we knew the importance of avoiding Animal Control when rescuing dogs. Alone in a front yard, tied to two trees, with no one living at the home, these cute terrier mixes needed help. Feeding and watering these dogs started the process to legally take them from the premises. The effort took weeks to accomplish. We needed help, and when Faithful Friends declined, we searched otherwise.
We wish to thank the people who were willing to help. Without them, we would have been alone in this stressful endeavor. Diane Hamilton and Dawn Hollifield helped to feed and water. A Spencer sanitation worker helped to load dog houses. Faye Beaver put out flyers. Johnnie Nordman, with the help of neighbors Randy and Rebecca Pless, fostered the dogs. The Humane Society supplied shots and neutering. Their member Sandra Jackson made a home visit to see the dogs, put them on the adoption list and made posters. Tony and Alisa Monteith took the dogs to their farm where they prepared them for adoption. One has been adopted by a loving family.
We wish to stress that the support of others is critical in efforts of individuals to rescue abandoned dogs, no matter the situation. When our dogs were taken from the trees to Lazy Five Ranch for treatment, their true personalities were revealed. Wet kisses and submissive behavior showed their gratitude. This happy ending was made possible by all those who helped. Without support and a spirit of togetherness, it would be easy for rescuers to be overwhelmed and give up. We really thank all of you who offered that needed support.
ó Peggy Mills, Mandy Nance and Dana Yarbrough

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