News and Tribune

February 7, 2014

CHEERS & JEERS: Feb. 8-9, 2014


... to the Utica Historical Preservation Society for organizing, preparing and serving a meal at the Utica Community Center following the funeral of a local resident.

In a time when everyone is so busy, this small rivertown of Utica always stops to pay final tribute to one of their own.

Last week the tribute was in honor of my father, Henry “Bud” Oberlies, a lifetime resident of Utica for 91 years.

Also thanks to the Utica Volunteer Fire Department for the tribute in front of the firehouse as the funeral procession passed in route to Utica Hillcrest Cemetery. Dad was the last surviving member of a group of Utica residents who started the Utica Volunteer Fire Department in the early 1950s.

It is great to be a part of a small town where everyone cares about each other.

— Brenda Dorman, News and Tribune Community editor, Utica resident


... to our neighbor, Chad Armenta.

We live on a short dead end street in New Albany. We have lived here almost 40 years. Chad has lived here a few years.

I have had a heart valve replaced and my husband had shoulder surgery Jan. 24. Needless to say, we were in no position to shovel snow.

On each morning after the snow and ice fell, Chad showed up and plowed our driveway clean. Not only our driveway, but all of his neighbor’s driveways. He wasn’t asked to, and he would not take payment.

Oh, and by the way, Chad is a New Albany Police Department officer. At a time some law enforcement members in the area are getting a lot of bad press, I would like to recognize Chad for the good work he has done.

We know snow angels are the figures you make in the snow, but sometimes a snow angel is someone who shows up on a snow plow and cleans your driveway.

Thank you, Chad.

— Roger and Sharon Eckart, New Albany

— 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.