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November 23, 2012

CHEERS AND JEERS: Nov. 24-25

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — CHEERS

... To Fred Geswein and his many volunteers for another successful Fast Freddie’s Festive Five-Mile Foot Feast Thanksgiving morning. A record number of runners signed up for the annual race in New Albany that has become as much a Thanksgiving tradition for some folks as turkey and dressing.

With so many participants, the race is well organized and always leaves the starting line at 9 a.m. sharp.

Next year, Fast Freddie’s celebrates his 25th anniversary, so if you didn’t make it out to this year’s race, you have a year to prepare for the 2013 event.

— Chris Morris, Assistant Editor

CHEERS

... to the city of Jeffersonville and the official return of the Jeffersonville Ice Rink. Crews have been working diligently for a couple of weeks to get the rink in order and ready to go. Festive landscaping and a twinkly white canopy of Christmas lights lend a quaint, seasonal touch to the streetscape downtown. There’s nothing about the rink that doesn’t say fun!

As long as the weather cooperates the rink will be open through Jan. 27, so you’ve got plenty of time to get downtown and lace up your skates. You can find hours of operation, admission prices and a rundown of special events the city is hosting at the rink at newsandtribune.com and at cityofjeff.net.

— Amy Huffman-Branham, Assistant Editor

CHEERS

... to everyone who pitched in to help give Henryville residents Lisa and Mario Logsdon a new home in time for the holidays.

The couple lost their former residence in the March 2 tornadoes and officially had their new home — built by volunteers from March2Recovery and Immanuel Lutheran Church — dedicated last weekend.

Officials say there are 72 other similar construction projects taking place in Clark, Jefferson and Washington counties right now, which have been fed by the dedication of more than 16,000 volunteers thus far.

“It’s kind of renewed my faith a lot — in humans and in God,” Lisa Logsdon said during the dedication of her new home.

I think it’s safe to say the movement has had that effect on a lot of people.

— Amy Huffman-Branham, Assistant Editor

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