Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Letters to the editor

May 16, 2007

TRC thanks

To the editor:
The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission would like to thank everyone who attended our Spring into Summer Bash and the Wall of Fame ceremonies last Saturday evening at Chieftain Park. I want to again thank the people we honored that evening for their efforts and commitment to making our community a better place to live.

The original TRC board members from 1967 are Don Huebner, John Wise, Henry Johnson, Merle Lamb and the Rev. Charles Jeffries. Their vision of establishing a recreation commission enables us today to provide comprehensive recreational activities for our community. We also honored JoAnn Poterbin and Rosie Drew for helping to establish girls softball leagues in our community. The fact that we todayave a full range of programs forirls as well as boys is a testament to their efforts.

I would also like to thank TRC employees Gayle Parker, Paula Bollinger, Russ Kimberlin and Tom Putthoff for not only helping to make the bash a success, but for all of their efforts throughout the year. I am also deeply appreciative for all past and present recreation commission board members who work selflessly and volunteer countless hours to do good things for our community.

Our present board consists of Sam Lobb, LeAnn Bond, Ursula Kissinger, David Jones and myself. If you see Sam Lobb around town, please say thank you to him for his 12 years of great service to the TRC. Sam will be stepping down in July when his term expires. He has had a great deal to do with our success and progress over the years. Sam has been invaluable to both the board and to me with our various projects and ideas. David Dale will step into Sam's position and do a great job for us. Sam's contribution to the TRC will be felt for years to come.

I would also like to thank Mayor Mike Vestal and his wife, Eleanor, and Dr. Richard Erickson for attending the Wall of Fame ceremonies. Thank you, too, to First State Bank for providing the grill, Debbie Krivjansky and her crew for cooking the hot dogs, Chris Parker and Starla Jones for their help, and last, but not least, John Evans II for being the master of ceremonies for our pet contests. He did a great job.

Tonganoxie is a great community and last Saturday was just another example of that.


Ken Mark
TRC chairman

Pool letter all wet

To the editor:
In the May 2 edition of The Mirror, a Letter to the Editor was published that contained misleading statements regarding the selection of a design firm and false information regarding bids for demolition, materials and construction of the newly approved swimming pool.

A quick call to City Hall will uncover that the vote at City Council was for a design and project management firm only, and not for demolition, materials or construction.

Also, a bid packet will be developed and sent to contractors for bid. Bids will be returned to the city, evaluated, and then forwarded with recommendations to the council for vote.

Criticism and harsh words may grab headlines, but they don't help the cause. It's time we celebrate the good things that are happening in this community and do our individual best to ensure they continue.

John Morgan

Silent gathering awe

To the editor:
I am in awe of each and everyone of you who took the time to stand in silence for peace at the Great Silent Gathering at the VFW Park Sunday, May 13. To be a part of this community and national event was far more inspiring than I could have ever imagined.

Susy Ross

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