8/15 Letters to the Editor

*Much help makes 4-H a big success*Dallas Lions Club thankful of support*Lots of good things taking place in area

Much help makes

4-H a big success

Now that the 2012 Polk County Fair is over, we would like to take the time to thank the community for its tremendous support for 4-H.

Thanks to the parents and leaders for helping young people gain new knowledge, skills and reach their project goals.

We greatly appreciate our many donors. It helps us to honor our outstanding award winners, ranging from fair premium money to college scholarships. It's so exciting to watch the smiles and elation as kids earn their first ribbon or win a trophy.

The Polk County Livestock Association is tremendously helpful as the sponsor of our Youth Market Auction program and many of our fair awards. Their organization and management makes it possible for youths to recoup much of the cost of raising market animals. The auction wouldn't be successful without the many auction buyers. The profit from these animals will be used to pay feed bills, invest in school clothes, supplies and college tuition, going right back into the local economy.

Thanks to the fair board and management for the terrific job organizing the details. The superintendents do a tremendous job organizing the barns, classes and judging. It takes hundreds of hours of preparation to carry out the fair.

Our new program year begins Oct. 1. Polk County 4-H is open to all youths in grades K-12. We hope you and your family will join us in this grand adventure we call 4-H.

It truly takes a village and Polk County 4-H is thankful to be part of your village. You contribute greatly to the many exciting, positive experiences and precious memories for our 4-Hers.

On behalf of the Polk County 4-H staff, thanks for your part in helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow.

Suzi Busler

Extension Faculty

Dallas

Dallas Lions Club

thankful of support

It is with awe and appreciation we thank the community for its generosity. The fourth annual 2012 Dallas Lions Club Duck Race fundraiser was a tremendous success.

Local community businesses donated nearly 150 gift certificates, gifts and services. In the face of difficult economic times, it is inspiring to see the outpouring of sponsorship for our programs.

Equally impressive was the support from those of you who purchased duck race tickets. The proceeds provide a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating high school senior to pursue a post-high school education. Remaining funds will be redistributed to community members needing assistance with eye or hearing aid exams and eyeglasses or hearing aids.

Additionally, your contributions will support Flags for First Graders, Books for Bikes, the Adopt a Family programs and service awards.

Of course, our net catching celebrities, ticket selling businesses and public awareness articles were giant contributors to the positive outcome of this fun community fundraiser.

Thank you all for reminding us of just one more reason why living in Dallas is so unique and special. We are truly blessed.

Susan Gartland

Dallas Lions Club

Dallas

Lots of good things

taking place in area

I want to say, as of May 15, I have lived in my house here in Dallas for 50 years. I love Dallas.

I enjoyed all of 2012 Summerfest -- the parade, Art in the Park and music. The Sounds of Summer on Thursdays at the Rotary Performing Arts Stage at the Academy Building is great.

All I have to complain about is why do people bring their dogs? We have two dog parks for the dogs to enjoy, to run and play. Why do they have to come to the music events? They pee on the grass, then the kids run through it or lay on it. Take the dogs to their park; that's why Dallas built them for the dogs.

I also enjoy the Dallas Aquatic Center. I go there three to five times a week.

I also go to Independence and Monmouth's parade for the Fourth of July. I enjoy some of their music, too. The Monmouth park "no dogs" policy ... good for them.

I also enjoyed two days at the Polk County Fair and loved it. Good job to everyone involved.

Thank you Dallas, Monmouth and Independence -- small towns that do it right.

Alice Down

Dallas

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