Letters Hats off to reading program

To the editor:

Hats off to the Vermillion Public Library and the wonderful Summer Reading Program.

Our younger children really enjoyed the luau with Dennis Warner!

It's so easy to leave the books sit on the shelf during the busy summer months.

But with the reading schedule and fun library incentives, we really took the time to read during the summer.

A special thanks to the librarians and all the extra work and effort you put into this program.

Shelly Preszler


Help Clifford celebrate 100th birthday

To the editor:

Hello! My friend Clifford Johnson will be turning 100 years old on Nov. 8. He is a very special man. His grandfather homesteaded in Pleasant Valley, SD 10 years after the Civil War. Our little neck of the woods would not be the same if it wasn't for Jacob Johnson, Cliff's grandfather. Jacob built many of the houses that still stand and the neighborhood church.

Clifford grew up farming with horses and driving a horse team to run errands for his father's general store. He settled down on his father's farm and farmed as a bachelor there until he turned 80. For the past 20 years he has resided at the Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda (the same town, 10 miles away, where he would get the groceries for his dad's store).

Clifford is one of those gem quality people that you feel so honored to meet. My young daughter and I visit him often, just to hear his stories and to see that sparkle in his eyes when he jokes with us.

I am sure you have met people like Clifford in your life. They are the type that make you glad to be human and encourage you to live your life fully and happily. He is so independent and resourceful and has the most tender heart; he warms mine every time we talk.

I know he would be quite honored to receive a birthday greeting from you. Thank you for your time. Birthday greetings may be sent to Clifford Johnson c/o Wakonda Heritage Manor 515 Ohio St. Box 347 Wakonda, SD 57073, or call 605-267-2081.

L. Grace Freeman


Area deserves praise for health care facilities

To the editor:

It was nice to see so many Vermillion area families and community members at the open house for the Care Center and celebration of the completion of the Sioux Valley Vermillion campus. Vermillion truly has South Dakota's newest and most modern health care facilities.

Recognition for this accomplishment goes to many people: Vern Holter, who chaired the original Community Health Planning Task Force; former Mayor Betty Lynn and City Council members and Mayor Samuelsen and Mayor Radigan for their continued leadership assistance; citizens at large for supporting the one cent sales tax for the new hospital and involvement in all the building programs.

The medical staff and patient and resident care teams deserve special recognition for it is their dedication which makes the very finest health services available, locally, in Vermillion.

Let's keep working together for better health care.



John E. Paulson

Vice president

Sioux Valley Hospitals and Health System

Bike-a-thon riders, sponsors receive thanks

To the editor:

Thank you to all the generous citizens who sponsored a participant in our "Wheels for Life" Bike-A-Thon event held Sept. 19 starting at Jolley School and riding to Burbank.

There were 35 riders and with your help $1,835.66 was raised. Special thanks to the riders who worked very hard to get donations and pledges.

Constance Kissick raised $278.75 and is the winner of the bike donated by Pamida and The Index. Mark Schissel was runner-up with $200 and will receive the Jam-box donated by ASLAC. Fifty-dollar bonds and other incentive prizes will be distributed to the winners in approximately three weeks.

Sincere thanks to the Plain Talk, Community First, CorTrust, First National and First Dakota banks for their generous contributions and assistance.

Several businesses and organizations made generous donations for the success of the ride.

The "Wheels for Life" was conducted in memory of all children in the Vermillion area afflicted with cancer this past year.

Our goal of $2,000 has not been reached. Donations are still accepted, and should be sent to Coordinator Mary Geffre Johnson, 1516 East Cherry Street, Vermillion.

These funds will benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital, America's leading center for the study and treatment of childhood cancer.

If through this program we can save one child, your support will be rewarded in full.

Thank you, Vermillion! You do care about children.

Mary Geffre Johnson

"Wheels for Life"

Bike-A-Thon Coordinator

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