News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 17, 2013

READERS' FORUM: July 17, 2013

The Tribune-Star

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Another great Strawberry Fest

Once again, First Congregational Church has completed a successful Strawberry Fest, and we find ourselves offering thanks to the many in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley who worked to make the 25th Annual Strawberry Fest a great success.

Over 100 volunteers showed up to help with every aspect of the day, ensuring that berries were served, trash was cleared and laughter was handy. Many thanks to Downtown Terre Haute for helping us publicize our call to volunteers. Without the generous gift of time provided by our partners, the Fest wouldn’t be possible, and we are thankful for their willingness and spirit of community.

A big “thank you” to the media outlets who helped get the word out about the joyous celebration of 25 years of strawberries at the corner of 6th and Ohio.  

Special thanks to Complete Outdoor, Cintas and Republic for their help and assistance in getting things put together so the Fest could run smoothly. As always, we are grateful for the hard work and brilliant planning of Scott at B&B Foods,  who makes sure we have everything we need to fill the 10,000 orders for strawberry shortcakes.

We are always thankful to Norm Lowery and all the fine folks at First Financial for their continued assistance and support and for always showing us the true spirit of “neighbor” in our community.

To everyone who attended, shared your business card with clients and colleagues or made an advance order for pick up, your support of Strawberry Fest allows First Congregational Church to open our doors to the many worthwhile groups and organizations in need of meeting space and allows us to continue to be a downtown presence of hope and healing.

See you next year at the 26th Annual Strawberry Fest.

— Rev. Dawn Carlson, minister

First Congregational Church

— Libby Wyrick, chair

steering committee

Questions for pool planners

Our Vigo County schools Superintendent Dan Tanoos and our School Board must doubly consider and reconsider all aspects of the proposal of a centralized competitive swimming and diving facility.

What will non-swim-team students do for swim classes in school? Will the swimming/diving facility remain stagnant throughout the year and only used for competition meets and swim team practices?

Will RHIT, ISU, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IvyTech and Harrison College students also use the centralized swimming/diving facility?

Will the general public of all ages also be able to use the pool facility year around when it is not used for competitive purposes? If so, at what charge (price)? It will be a public facility.

Who will pay for daily maintenance, future repairs, future updates, heating and cooling, security, possible life guards and insurance for the facility?

What additional taxes will be raised to pay for this facility?

Will a new facility for the VCSC cost the taxpayers in Vigo County?

Will the facility be used for possible future Special Olympics swim competition events?

A thorough and complete evaluation for a centralized away-from-school swim/dive facility must be made and evaluated for the betterment of all Vigo County students and Vigo County.

— Charles Bean

Terre Haute