Letters Thanks for the help

To the editor:

The Vermillion Police Department extends a sincere thank you to the community organizations that helped officers with Dakota Days activities.

Thanks to Alice Kutilek and the Helping Hands organization, who helped with traffic control at the parade, the USD Athletic Department, USD women's softball coach Kim Zarling and her 17 players who provided crowd control on the parade route, and Dr. Matt Stricherz and the USD Crisis Team who provided special assistance to the VPD during Dakota Days weekend.

We appreciate your continued help and support throughout the years.

Bruce Plate, chief

Kim Callahan, assistant chief

Vermillion Police Department

Life's journey continues anew

To the editor:

In a season full of unanticipated losses, I am writing to share a loss of my own. Abbott Travel in Vermillion has been a place very much a part of me for the past six years, and now its doors are closed. I have been so fortunate as to have gained your trust and been a part of your lives during this time. You have shared with me births as well as deaths and many other aspects of yourself and your families with me.

The ups and downs in your travels have been widely varied. We have worked together and sent you away to try out for game-shows, to write books, to scuba-dive, to start your new lives together, to study abroad, for interviews, to try your hand at blackjack, to climb Mount Everest, to see your newborn grandchildren, to say goodbye to family and friends, and we have brought loved ones to you.

Most times I could count on you to purchase your ticket round-trip and insure that you would come in for another visit and we could get you embarked on yet another venture. I have treasured these visits. And I believe in your travel.

My philosophy is that ravel is essential to human relations in this global world. Your eyes are opened with every new venture and you bring home more peace and understanding of others with each experience. I fought to keep you from purchasing a one-way ticket out of Vermillion, but was delighted to help with your new opportunities. In each experience you've allowed me to help with, I have put in less than I have gained and I have appreciated every moment you have given me.

Thank you for making me a part of your life; you certainly have been a part of mine. Thank you for making me feel more a part of Vermillion than I ever have.

I only hope that our next encounter is soon and that I may serve you in other capacities as we all continue this journey together.

In the mean time, I will miss you all terribly.


Sarah Sorensen


Thanks for successful Chili Blues event

To the editor:

I would like to thank the many people and contributors who helped make the 11th annual Chili Blues fund-raising activity another success. Thanks to the individuals who made such excellent chili.

Our discriminating judges awarded a tie for first place with Cathy Flum's Smoky Chili con Carne and Don Pryce's Pepper Chili. Second place went to Melissa Vater Miller and third prize to Rich Braustein's vegetarian chili.

The coveted People's Choice chili winners were Larry and Elizabeth Smith with Karen Muenster in second place.

We had support from community businesses such as Community First Bank, CorTrust and First National banks. Other business that contributed food, beverages and services included Hy-Vee, Jones Food Center, Vermillion Liquor Store, Deb's Hallmark, Broadcaster Press, Studio 109, Pressing Matters and the Coffee Shop Gallery.

Talented musicians consisted of Vermillion's own Buckaroos and Sioux City's the Rogues. And last, but never least, I would like to thank the countless volunteers who helped set up, serve, make corn bread, wash dishes, get condiments and help in so many ways. People like Tom Graff and Jennifer Garelik put in hours. But, after all, the Vermillion Area Arts Center is a part of Vermillion, and Vermillion is a great town to live in because it is a community.

Evelyn Schlenker

president, Vermillion Area Arts Council

Residents entitled to safety precautions

To the editor:

Since June of 2000 my girlfriend and I have been trying to get a street sign reinstalled on Cottage Place after it was knocked down by a storm.

Over those 16 months we have made eight requests via phone and in person to the street department and each time we are assured that a sign will be posted with in two to three weeks.

This is a small, gravel street that is very dark and hard to recognize. It looks more like a driveway or alley than a street. With out the sign delivery services have an extremely difficult time finding the road. Even I drive right by the turn from time to time.

While I am frustrated with the street department for their lack of follow through, I wanted to point out to them that a street sign is a safety issue and

needs to be in place to assure that emergency crews can find an address quickly. While only four houses reside on Cottage Place, these residences still pay taxes and are entitled to the same safety precautions that the rest of Vermillion enjoys.

Jim Leafgreen


Thank you blood donors

To the editor:

I am writing on behalf of the Siouxland Community Blood Bank of Sioux City, and to thank all who attempted to donate blood at Vermillion High School on Friday, Oct. 12.

A special thanks goes out to the Vermillion High School National Honor Society and Dr. Sharon Ross for coordinating this blood drive. Both blood banks appreciate their personal efforts and the support of Vermillion High School students, staff, and the Vermillion community.

What a great blood drive! Forty-two volunteers attempted to donate and 28 units were collected.

Your support and donations continue to help supply blood to hospitals in South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. The only way blood products are made available for area patients is if individuals in our communities volunteer to donate on a regular basis. We are very thankful for the dedicated Vermillion-area blood donors!


Jennifer Zimmerman, donor consultant

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