Thanks, Vermillion, for the good we have

To the editor:

Since the announcement of my being a Vermillion Bucks winner was made in the Plain Talk, it seems only appropriate that my "thank you" also appear there.

What a fine program to remind our area residents to "shop at home" whenever possible.�My thanks to all whose financial support made this program available.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Vermillion "home" don't have to "win" to have fun here in Vermillion (but it sure is fun to win) with all of the many advantages afforded here.

To name just a few: culture (National Music Museum, fine music and theatre programs at the public schools and USD, as well as numerous gifted musicians who share their talents with others outside the more formal settings by giving private lessons in voice, piano, strings. Karen Lipp and the Lyric Strings Orchestra have enriched many lives as well as the annual Junior Music Festival held here each spring where regional youth are able to "hone" their public performance talents); education (W.H. Over Museum, Austin-Whittemore House, fine schools at all levels); a winery, good shopping (unique shops such as the Nook 'N Cranny, Tigert Art Gallery, Willson Florists); great medical (including dental, optometric, pharmaceutical) services, as well as athletic opportunities for both spectator and participants (DakotaDome, Bluffs Golf Course).

My apologies to the many who have not been named or referred to who also help make Vermillion one of our region's finest places to live, but I want to keep this brief enough to be "included" in "letters to the editor."

This has been my home since September of 1965. �There have been many changes in the past 40-some years; there will undoubtedly be even more in the next. �Let's all look forward to them! �

James A. Johnson


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