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April 13, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For April 13-14

READER CHEERS

... to the people of Floyd, Clark and Harrison counties, as well as friends, family, and any people whose identifies are unknown to us, but whose hearts have touched ours very dearly.

On Feb. 14, our house on Cliffwood Drive in New Albany caught fire and burned almost completely down. It had been in our family for 30 years and it was where all of my sisters and I grew up.

While we virtually lost everything, but it could have been far, far worse. Our daughter, son and I made it out moments before we would have all been incinerated. We cannot thank enough the job New Albany firefighters did in collecting what belongings we had as well as containing and stopping the fire. They will forever be heroes in our children’s eyes as well as ours.

More importantly, we cannot emphasize enough that if you don’t have smoke detectors, get them. If you already have them, test them regularly to make sure they work. Smoke detectors saved our lives.

The outpouring of support, whether in cash, personal property donations, cards, letters, thoughts, prayers or even kind words of support have been totally overwhelming to our family. We always knew we were blessed to live in such a fine community, but had no idea of the depth of love and support that have come our way.

We will never be able to thank all of those who have touched our lives in the last months, so we must let this letter serve as a most inferior thank you note.  God bless all of you and know that you will forever be in our hearts.

Sincerely,

— The Folz Family: Jennifer, Jason, Jackson, Griffin, Harrison, and Lola Grace, New Albany

READER CHEERS

... to the Floyd County YMCA for hosting its recent Good Friday service.

I was among the crowd of 70 — including some homeless men who came over from Wayside Christian Mission in Louisville — who gathered to honor Jesus on this holy and important day.  We were uplifted and encouraged through the words of a minister, prayer and song. I hope the YMCA continues this tradition.

— Cynthia Schultz, New Albany

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