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April 5, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS — For April 5-6

CHEERS

... to Hospice volunteers as the country celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 6-12. Amedisys Hospice of Jeffersonville carefully selected and trains volunteers to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.

Hospice volunteers make sure that the people they care for and their families find hope within each day. The goal of hospice is to help patients and families live as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness.

— Community Editor Brenda Dorman

JEERS

... to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The stoplights on Ind. 131 on either side of the Interstate 65 underpass used to be synchronized so that traffic would flow smoothly.

That was changed around the first of the year so that now traffic gets jammed up and routine accidents are now occurring.

I don’t know what caused this change, but it needs to be changed back to the way it was before January.

— Circulation Director Mike Massek

CHEERS

... to the new wayfaring signs popping up in downtown Jeffersonville.

Sure, a few of them aren’t exactly correct yet, but the attractive signs are a nice addition as the city’s core goes through a major transformation.

The signs likely will be well-used with the influx of people when the Big Four Bridge’s Indiana ramp is expected to open April 30.

Cheers to that, as well.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

CHEERS

... speaking of downtown Jeffersonville, cheers to a nonprofit group saving four old homes with plans to spruce up a vacant lot.

Jeffersonville Main Street Inc. purchased four homes downtown and will move them to a lot at the corner of Pearl and Maple streets, where they will be renovated. One will serve as the organization’s office, while the other three likely will be leased out.

One great part is that this former eyesore sits near the under-construction Big Four Landing Park, and the house transport and improvements should serve to unify the look of the area.

Main Street also is placing an archway near the park on Chestnut Street that will say “Downtown Jeffersonville” on one side and “Big Four Station” on the other.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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