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August 25, 2013

FRIEND: Looking back on a great summer

It has been a rapid-fire summer with all of the fairs, festivals, meetings and family obligations. The end of August is in sight, school has started and the activities just keep coming. In June, five members of our family and a friend traveled to Brazil, South America, for our son Daniel’s wedding.

When we returned, it was time for the Miami County 4-H Fair. That was followed closely by July 4 parades and festivals, the Cass County 4-H Fair, then the Fulton County 4-H Fair. Mix in a devastating storm in the city of Peru, followed by the annual Peru Amateur Circus, and this area has been extremely busy this summer.

I want to compliment the citizens of Peru for their attitude and forbearance following the storm that took so many trees and damaged so many homes and businesses. The response of residents was to “git-r-done!” It was very refreshing to see people so willing to help and assist others less fortunate. Kudos also to the county, state and utility workers who worked diligently to clean up and restore power. I know the work is not over, but congratulations to Peru and its citizens. You are a positive example to others around this great country.

I try to participate in all the 4-H auctions in the counties of District 23. My usual plan is to purchase a hog or two and sometimes donate it to Helping Hands in Peru, an organization that provides groceries for in-need residents. Several purposes are served: I can support the 4-H members and the fair; I can help many businesses that bid by being a participant; the donation to Helping Hands can feed many hungry families here locally; and it is a good way to advertise in a largely rural area. Besides those reasons, it is just the right thing to do.

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