Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Thank you to the Vermillion community

To the editor:

During the early hours of April 28, many VHS juniors and seniors, along with their guests, attended the 2002 After-Prom Party. This party was a huge success due to the hard work and generous contributions of many individuals, businesses, and organizations.

We write this letter as an expression of our sincere gratitude to all who supported this event. We would like to especially thank:


* Parents of VHS seniors and juniors who so willingly supported the efforts of the After-Prom Committee throughout the year. Many cash donations were collected as well as supplies for the fund-raising events.


* Businesses and organizations who contributed funds, prizes, and supplies for the party and fund raiser.


* Community Members who attended the fund-raising events and who contributed to the canisters located in many businesses.


* VHS for their cooperation and assistance. A special thanks to Jane Holoch for assisting collection of release forms and parental donations.


* USD and the Coyote Student Center for the use of the facility for the party. The use of the these facilities is both needed and truly appreciated.


* Dwight and Monica Iverson for the use of the karaoke equipment for the event.


* After Prom Planning Committee Members, your work and dedication at the fund raisers and at the party itself are invaluable to the success of this event.


* Trudy and Larry Anthofer, for the yearlong active commitment it takes to chair the finance committee.


* ALL THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS for their many hours of hard work. These chairs ensured the success of the After-Prom Party by providing their tireless efforts throughout the year: Trudy and Larry Anthofer and Tom and Laurie Sands � finance and prizes; Royce and Deb Engstrom and Deb and Mike Nelson � activities; Marcie and Don Hovden, Kelli Gilkyson and Janet Beeman � decorations; Sally and Randy Wheelock and Randy and Deb Mollet � registration; Cal and Mary Hanson and Bill and Cindi Dendinger � publicity; Art and Lana Rusch and Dennis and MaryKay Zimmerman � food; Glenda Schempp and Deb Larson � treasurer; and Sharon and Brian Bedard and Keith and Gloria Brooks � clean-up.

The community support was incredible. Without this support the After-Prom party could never be a reality. We are proud to live in a community such as ours that cares for and supports its young people.

Sincerely,

The After Prom General Chairs

Steve and Peggy Donnelly

Chuck and Noreen Stewart

Buckle up America

To the editor:

Much has changed over the past year, but one thing remains consistent and that's the need to get the message out that "seat belts save lives." As summer approaches many Americans will take to the highways again this year. This is an important time to remind everyone of the importance of buckling up.

Seatbelts do save lives and there is never a good reason not to wear a seatbelt. Let's take a look at a few of the reasons why some people choose not to wear their seatbelts and the truths behind them.

"I'm a good driver." Even if you have a perfect driving record and have never been involved in a traffic collision, it is not a sound reason to avoid wearing your seatbelt. Poor drivers can cause crashes with even the best of drivers.

"I'm just going to the grocery store." Nearly 80 percent of all fatal traffic crashes occur within 25 miles of the victims' residence and at speeds of under 40 mph. So when you are "just going to the grocery store," is the best time to wear a seatbelt.

"My car has airbags, so I don't need to wear my seat belt." Airbags are not meant to take the place of seatbelts, they were meant to enhance their safety. An air bag increases the effectiveness of a seatbelt by up to 40 percent.

"They're uncomfortable." There are many ways to make your seatbelt more comfortable. At the local dealer or auto parts store you can find clips and extenders to customize the fit of your seatbelt. And also, seatbelts are much more comfortable than hospital beds.

Buckling up is the most effective and immediate way to save lives and reduce injuries from crashes on America's roadways. The best way for you to help is to make sure everyone is always buckled up in your vehicle on every trip.

Louis DeCarolis

Regional administrator

U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Lakewood, CO

Thank you Operation Pride volunteers!

To the editor:

As residents of a street within this year's Operation Pride, we want to thank Wells Fargo Bank and the other sponsors who took part in this effort. We thought it was very well organized and efficient.

Wells Fargo Bank made a three year commitment to be a prime funding source for this project. It is similar to the 20-year-old Project Nice that the city of Sioux Falls does. Hopefully, the city of Vermillion, working with private sponsors, will continue this cleanup in the years ahead.

Again, thank you Wells Fargo Bank, CorTrust Bank, and the city of Vermillion for funds, to the Coyote football team and the other volunteers for working, and to these additional sponsors: Century 21/French Realty, Coldwell Banker/Dakota Realty, Herren Schempp Building Supply, Vermillion Chamber of Commerce, Broadcaster, Plain Talk, KVHT-FM 106.3 and KVTK-AM 1570, USD Greek Community, Vermillion Beautiful, Hy-Vee, Jones' Food, Cherry Street Grille, and the Vermillion Solid Waste Department.

Dwain and Delores Jorgensen

Vermillion

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