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Letters to the editor – Wednesday (9-30-09)

Making a difference for others
This past week (Sept. 24), I was honored to attend the Salisbury Kiwanis Club’s annual awards banquet.
What a special pleasure it was to see Mary Sue Leonard receive the club’s 2009 Major Emphasis Award for her more than 25 years of volunteering at Overton Elementary School to work with at-risk students.
Hooray for people like Mary Sue Leonard, who give tirelessly of their time and talents to help make a difference for others in our community.
ó Janis Smith
Salisbury
Thanks for your support
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, I would like to thank Surge, the LandTrust for Central North Carolina, and Lazy 5 Veterinary Clinic for including Faithful Friends in their Port-A-Pit event on Sept. 23 and the Paws In The Park event on Sept. 26. Faithful Friends continues to be fortunate to have the community support in raising funds for the soon-to-be-built sanctuary. We thank all who participated in these events, and I personally want to thank our dedicated volunteers who have given so much of their time and energy.
Faithful Friends will be at the next Friday Night Downtown event, Oct. 9, at our table in front of the Stitchin’ Post, and at Carolina Lily for “Halloweenie” on Oct. 24. We look forward to seeing all of our friends and supporters then.
ó Linda Shapleigh
Salisbury
Linda Shapleigh is a Faithful Friends Board member.It’s polka time down South
No, it’s not a new CD, it’s an invitation for one and all to have a great time at the Looking Glass Black Box Theatre on Oct. 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Salisbury’s own Polka Dots Polka Band. Having played polkas for over 30 years in New York and Pennsylvania, and having seen a number of friends move to the Carolinas in recent years, I know these friends miss the weekend polka parties of earlier times. Here’s your chance to bring back an Oktoberfest/Czech Hody (Harvest Dance) rolled into one.
Under the leadership of Lorna Anderson Brown, an accordionist since age 9, “The Dots” will serve up platters of polkas and waltzes that’ll get your toes tappin’ and feet movin’. For those who can’t dance the polka or waltz ó no problem! Donna’s Dancers will be there to help show you how it’s done.
Lorna’s “ethnic” heart is in the right place, and she’s passionate about her music, as are all the band members. Stop by the bandstand and tell Lorna where you’re from and see how quickly that beautiful, beaming smile appears! That alone is worth the price of admission. Y’all have a good time!
Tickets are available at the Rowan Visitors Bureau, Literary Book Post, A Step in Time, Salon 125 and Innes Street Drug Co. in the Ketner Center.
ó Nick Timko
Johnson City, N.Y.
Nick Timko is a member of the European BrassOrchestra.

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