News and Tribune

June 5, 2013


Make a difference for Metro United Way


I know all of us share heavy hearts as we watch our neighbors in Oklahoma begin the process of recovery and healing in the aftermath of recent devastating tornadoes; their pain and loss is all too familiar for our Southern Indiana community. 

We remember the shock of the immediate aftermath and know their long road to recovery is just beginning, a road we’ve traveled as a community that found strength, comfort and a helping hand in each other. 

This generosity of support and caring was critical for our regional community in the aftermath of our March 2, 2012, tornadoes just over a year ago. While financial assistance has been critical, more than 12,000 volunteers were instrumental in our immediate relief efforts as well as long-term recovery. Clearing a field, helping rebuild a home, searching for personal items or providing emotional support are all examples of the valuable work provided by volunteers who share their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of others.

Metro United Way’s Southern Indiana Day of Action on June 21 gives each of us the opportunity to again work together to impact the quality of life for us all. No matter when or where you’ve participated in the past, coming together to volunteer is one of the best ways to connect heads, hearts and hands to create lasting change 

So what are you doing on June 21? I’m proud to say that the employees of Geo. Pfau’s Sons Co. will be volunteering in our community for Southern Indiana Day of Action, and I invite you to join us.

Metro United Way’s vision is a community whose people achieve their fullest potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives, and they work to make this happen by engaging people to give, advocate and volunteer. Metro United Way recruits the people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done; lending your time and talent by volunteering is a way you can help.

Nonprofit organizations of all types as well as schools are invited to identify and share volunteer projects for this year’s Day of Action. For example, painters are needed at the Boys & Girls Clubs, landscaping is needed at the Center for Lay Ministry and Harrison County Community Services is seeking help with a food collection drive. All volunteers — individuals, groups, businesses, churches, families and neighborhoods — are invited to choose from the varied list of over 300 volunteer projects available at www.metrounitedway/dayofaction. 

As a local business leader, I understand the importance of being engaged in making a difference in our community, and studies show that when employees are given the opportunity to be involved in their community through their place of work, they are also more engaged in their jobs. 

Many of our companies are participating this year: Bowles Mattress Co., Voluforms, Constellation Energy, Indiana American Water Company, Target and others have joined our efforts. And residents from Floyd, Harrison and Clark counties have committed to participate as well.  

Working together for the benefit of all is what it means to Live United. Come join us for Metro United Way’s Southern Indiana Day of Action on June 21 and be a part of the change.


— Norman “Chip” Pfau, Geo. Pfau’s Sons Co., Jeffersonville


Rescheduled pet event to feature 25 rescues


I’ve been doing rescue officially for more than a decade now. Most of my adopters have been devastated because of a recent loss of a pet to old age or disease and all have said, “is it too soon to get another? I don’t want it to look like I’m trying to replace my last dog/cat, but I can’t come home to an empty house — it hurts too much.”

If you just read that last quote and it brought you to tears, I have to say this — another pet won’t mind helping you heal. It has been said that the pet you’ve lost will send you the next animal that will mend your heart. There are so many waiting that need to be loved by you. 

Come to the Rescue The Rescuers event this Saturday evening, June 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the New Albany Farmers’ Market at Bank and Market streets. There will be about 25 rescue organizations you can visit with and see if some smiling eyes meet yours. You’re not alone, and you shouldn't be. Come on down and see us, save a life, go home feeling the unconditional love all over again.

Let there be peace in your heart,


— Lauren Howard, president, Piece Of My Heart Rescue


Police chief urges signing up for notification system


I writing to inform everyone about the Code Red notification system. The system sends out a mass email, text, cell call and land-line call to everyone signed up in the Clarksville area.

This program is free to sign up for and could be the difference in knowing when a life-threatening problem is going on in your area.

To sign up, go to or our Facebook page to enroll.


— Mark Palmer, Clarksville Police Chief


Jeffersonville is on right path


I don’t think of Jeffersonville as a city; it’s more like a quaint little river town rich in historical history.

A lot of progress is in the making and has been going on for quite sometime now. And when it is all said and done, Jeffersonville will be a more prosperous that ever.

It’s something for the residents of Jeffersonville to be proud of. Jeffersonville will be not just a little river town, as I think it is. There’s a whole lot of progress yet to come to attract more and more tourists.

Way to go Jeffersonville, you are doing a good service to the community.


— Stephen Espy, Jeffersonville