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July 31, 2013

READERS' FORUM : July 31, 2013

Good ideas from pool meeting

I was very proud to stand with swimming friends on Monday night during the special School Board meeting. Over 300 people, all in one room and parts of the lobby, in support of continuing the sport of swimming in Terre Haute for years to come.

Several great ideas were brought up. The most intriguing that I heard was the County Council with the help of economic development funds building the facility. More facts should come out on this, and it may be the best solution for all concerned.

The schools would still be able to use the pool as would all members of the community. I can see both the county and the school corporation coming together to build a state-of-the-art aquatic park. For the past 15 years I’ve worked in the Indianapolis area and have seen growth. One reason why I have never just given up and moved there is because, as goofy as we may be, I’m proud to be a Hautean and from Vigo County. I’ve seen a dump transformed into the best cross-country course known, and I feel the same could happen with this project.

We are without a doubt the finest town. We were called “Sin City” once, but in reality we have a saint. Where else can say that? Without sounding redundant, “If you build it, they will come.”

As a member of the Terre Haute Torpedoes masters and graduate of VCSC along with more than my fair share of taxpaying, I look forward to this. This may just be the thing that keeps me here and swimming for many years to come.

— Wesleigh Walker

Terre Haute

Nursing home gave great care

The family of James Baker, who went home to Heaven in May, would like to thank the staff at Springhill Village for the wonderful care and love they gave him. He spent the last 15 years of his life in a nursing home; first at Harborside, along with his wife Betty who died in 2005; then at Holly Hills in Brazil, due to the flood of 2008; and finally coming back to Terre Haute at Springhill Village in 2009.

We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone from the nursing staff, aides, housekeeping, maintenance, laundry, kitchen (for all those toasted cheese sandwiches), activity department and administration. Each and every one always showed him respect as they faithfully cared for his daily needs. You all became part of our family which was expressed through your grief and tears the day he died. Thanks to all of you for loving our father, grandfather, great-grandfather and us.

— Jackie Silver

and Kim LaVallie and the entire family of James Baker

Terre Haute

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