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Letters – Tuesday 12-27-11

Christmas angels and miracles really do exist, right here
On Nov. 28, my little hound dog mix got lost while chasing a deer here at the house. She was a Christmas present to me from Fred exactly three years ago Christmas day.
Today we received a call from the family of Mark D. Lins, telling me they think we have found your dog, can you please describe her? After doing so we went over to their home.
It was my Missy. After a very tearful reunion with Missy, they would not accept the posted reward for her.
The employees at the Animal Shelter have gone above and beyond their call of duty to help us. They took me out to their kennels every day since she vanished and walked me through. They let me look and put up with tears when I left but encouraged me not to give up. Keep on coming, they said, and we will keep looking for her too. They have seen me every day.
Local vets and businesses have posted pictures for me. Friends and family have helped out. There are not enough ways to tell all of a deeply heartfelt thank-you from Fred and me. Our miracle was on Christmas with the returned of our beloved Missy Mae.
Christmas miracles do happen, and there are angels out there ó like the members of the Lins family, who helped Missy find her way home, and the shelter employees who even provided Kleenex for the many tears I shed there, with your kind hearts and encouragement not to give up looking. Thank-you.
ó Karen Smith and Fred Mowery Jr.
Salisbury
Gerry Wood Autoís generosity
I want to take a moment to say ěthank youî to the good folks at Gerry Wood Auto Center for their generosity in making the Salisbury Police Department’s annual bike giveaway possible.
This season marked the 10th consecutive year for this awesome program, in which officers from my staff have been able to go into the community to distribute bicycles to youth selected through an application process.
Though it is great to see the smiles this program helps to put on our youth’s faces, it is even more special because it provides us with the opportunity to have a positive interaction with our youth.
It is vital that our young folks grow to trust our officers and know they exist in order to protect and help them. Building these types of relationships with our community is a major goal for my department, and this program can go a long way way toward helping us achieve this.
Once again, I am very grateful for the financial support of Gerry and Brenda Wood of Gerry Wood Auto Center, and their son, Brad Wood, general manager of the dealership.
The brave and professional men and women of the Salisbury Police Department care deeply about the community we serve and are totally committed to providing you with the best possible policing services. Happy New Year!
ó Rory B. Collins
Salisbury
Collins is chief of the Salisbury Police Department.

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