News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 16, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Oct. 16, 2012



Enriching event for CASA Kids

The Vigo County CASA/CASA Kids program would like to thank the public for coming to the 2012 Family Bash on the Wabash on Sept. 22 at Fairbanks Park.

Everyone who participated has helped the CASA Kids program continue to provide awareness and much-needed enrichment activities for children in the child welfare system.

Thank you to our sponsors: AA Auto Sales, Dale Luchsinger, Derby Hill Equipment, Elanco, First Financial Bank, GE Aviation Terre Haute, Glas-Col, Jon Glick Trust, Kirkham Hardwood, Lawton-Byrum VFW Post 972, Fuson Automotive, Terre Haute Savings Bank, Union Hospital, and the law firm of Wilkinson, Goeller, Modesitt, Wilkinson & Drummy.

Our silent auction was a huge success. Thanks to the numerous donations from local businesses and organizations that made it possible. A special thank you to the Vigo County commissioners, Community Organizations, Crowe Committee (live band), Pepsi, Terre Haute Fire Department, Terre Haute Police Department, Walgreen’s, Wendy’s Restaurant, CASA Kids board members, CASA volunteers, and all community attendees.

Most importantly, we would like to thank the following individuals for donating their time, energy, and resources helping with this event: Amy Divincenzo, Anne Ashby, Anne Brooks, Bev Higham, Carolyn Bowers, Charla Wolverton, Colleen Davis, Deb Mitchel, Deb Wence, Debbie Pepelea, Ellen Urbanski, Ginger Bedford, Jerome Cheatham, Jim Shorter, June Edington, Kathy Bradbury, Kathy Seiler, Lindsey Hardy, Lori Wenzel, Natasha Smith, Norm Bluebaum, Pam Corbin, Pam Curts, Penny O’Brien, Rachel Carl, Rick Conley, Sharon Moseman, Tammy Pogue, Terry King and Violet Brown.

We hope we have not overlooked anyone’s name. If you helped and do not see your name listed, we deeply appreciate your help and support.

For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer or supporter, please contact CASA/CASA Kids at, find us on Facebook and the web at

— Nikki Fuhrmeister

Vigo County CASA

Hard work fuels a great festival

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all,” — Sam Ewing.

The Cory Apple Festival this year could not be called anything but a phenomenal success. The weather was perfect, the food was fantastic and the folks were down-home friendly as always. The success of this festival is quite important to our little community because the proceeds from it are the sole financial support of the Cory Volunteer Fire Department.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the dedicated community members and others who gave of their time and efforts to put on the festival and by doing so supported the Cory Volunteer Fire Department. This event is not a vision of one, but it is the collaboration of many selfless, hard-working individuals giving of themselves for an excellent cause.

As a final note, the Cory Volunteer Fire Department is not a group which would attempt any kind of political influence or obstruction: however, we would like it to be known that we invited many of our local politicians to assist with the Fire Department’s Fish Fry. Representatives of both parties were invited. Only one political candidate agreed to come and actually showed up. He did not come prepared to kiss babies and shake hands for votes; he simply came, rolled up his sleeves and breaded fish.

For this reason, one political candidate has the full respect of the Cory Volunteer Fire Department. We feel he has a genuine desire to serve the people as a civil servant, and so we personally thank Tony Fenwick for having true character in a profession where that attribute is a rarity.

Thank you again to everyone who helped, and we look forward to another great festival next year.

— Debbie Morgan