News and Tribune

November 23, 2012



... 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


... 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 and at

— Amy Huffman-Branham, Assistant Editor


... 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



Greater Clark County residents are awesome. While campaigning for Jerry White for school board, I was treated with such courtesy and respect and found most people anxious and happy to participate in the election process.

Thanks to all who allowed us to put signs in your yards and for exercising their right and responsibility to vote.

— Coleen Fischer, of Jeffersonville


... to the USS Enterprise, CVN-65, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. After 51 years of service, “Big E” will be inactivated at a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 1.

I had the privilege of serving — and living — on Enterprise from 2003 to 2005, fulfilling a childhood dream inspired by syndicated reruns of Star Trek. Her service may be ending but the fond memories I have of my time walking her decks will live in my heart forever. As we say in the Navy, fair winds and following seas.

— Chris Kaelin, of Clarksville


to the fact that the Navy won't be able to convert Enterprise into a museum ship. I understand why — she has eight reactors, and they have to remove a pretty sizable chunk of the ship to remove them. It would cost too much to try to reassemble her once the reactors were out. So I understand why, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I know I sound whiny, but I can't help it; she deserves far better.

— Chris Kaelin, of Clarksville


BIG attaboy to the YMCA for stepping up and restriping the city parking lot used by “Y” members and others.

— William Longest, New Albany


To the News and Tribune for not running my favorite columnist Lindon Dodd’s article Nov. 3 before the election. Since his column is both funny, satire and newsworthy, I have created a file and look forward each Saturday to reading and adding another dated issue to my file. I do hope you will still run his belated issue. He puts a lot of thought and research in what he writes. It’s refreshing from all the murders and crime to read and see daily.

— JoAnn Goodlett, Charlestown

Editor’s note: Lindon Dodd’s column for Nov. 3-4 was posted online at Because of the volume of election-related letters to the editor, the News and Tribune had to withhold it from the print edition.

— Do you have someone or something to cheer or jeer? Submissions should be sent to Editor Shea Van Hoy at or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.