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July 20, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For July 20-21

JEERS

... to the ignorance or outright cruelty of people who leave their animals in hot cars while they go do something they deem as more important.

The News and Tribune ran a story this week of such an instance, and I heard two more calls on the emergency scanner Friday for police to respond to a dog locked in a hot car.

I’m not really sure what words I could type here to express how frustrating that is. It’s more than that, though. It’s infuriating.

And, there’s a simple solution — don’t lock your animals in a car on a hot, or even mild, day.

If you see an animal locked in a car during warmer weather, please call police. Time is of the essence as the temperature inside the car will rise rapidly.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

READER CHEERS

... to area residents who got in the swing of things for a good cause.

On behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers of the Howard Steamboat Museum, I wish to express our gratitude to all who participated in the First Annual Jeffboat Heritage Classic Golf Scramble to benefit the museum.

River people are “family” and a popular song conveys that “people on the river are happy to give.” The enthusiasm and generosity for this event more than exemplify this fact. Special thanks are due Mark Knoy, Patrick Sutton, Angela Cszmadia, Liza Burnett, Harriet Eckart and a very dedicated crew of friends who worked long and hard to bring this project to fruition. The museum receives no regular funding from federal, state or local government, depending upon admissions, memberships, gift shop sales and special events to generate funds for the daily operations.

It is extremely gratifying to have Jeffboat reconnect to its famous and colorful heritage, begun by James Howard in 1834 when he launched the steamboat Hyperion at Jeffersonville. During its 107-year reign, the Howard Shipyard enjoyed a stellar reputation for beautiful and well-constructed vessels; a reputation that proudly continues with the Jeffboat of today as the nation’s oldest continuously operated inland shipyard.

As we look forward to next year’s event, we again thank you for your gracious assistance and cordially invite you to visit the museum.

— Keith Norrington, director and curator, Howard Steamboat Museum, Jeffersonville

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