Give a huge blossom to the German Exchange Club and their advisors. >A group of 19 students assisted in setting up and taking down our biannual quilt show this past weekend. They ran the food stand, also. I never saw any student goofing around. They did the jobs we asked them with very little guidance. It's too bad there are a few bad kids out there and giving them all a bad name. Thank you for a job well done. - Courthaus Quilter Guild>
A blossom to Monroe Clinic >for recently receiving a "Top 100 hospitals" award by Thompson. This award validates that they provide quality affordable health care and that spending $80 million on a new hospital building is unnecessary. It is the people working at Monroe Clinic that make it award-winning, not the building. Monroe Clinic administration, please do not spend $80 million and burden future generations with the debt. We all know that higher health care costs for the citizens of Green County will be the result of this unneeded spending. Keep up the great work in the wonderful existing buildings. - A concerned Green County citizen>
A huge blossom to the Green County Ag Chest >for supporting our dairy queen program, and to all the community chairpersons >who donate their time to this program, and to the queens themselves. >We are proud to announce that two former dairy queens are in the top six women that are running for Alice in Dairyland - Peggy Dierickx of Monticello and Rebecca Paris of Belleville. Our hats are off to the two ladies. And thanks to the Green County Ag Chest for promoting such a wonderful organization. We wish both girls good luck. - Kenlyn Walmer and Leaora Miller>
A bright blossom to the Monroe Police Department. >They are selling their trash bags again this year, and when I received my phone call from them I was very pleased to find out that they are calling us locally and some of the police officers are doing the calling. This is a breath of fresh air, and I hope their sale is very successful. It helps when the people running the sale take the extra time to make the calls, too. Good for you! - Very pleased!>
Blossoms to the area business leaders >who agreed to be a part of Juda High School's Career and Technical Education Partnership Group. Representatives from eight area businesses attended a lunchtime meeting April 16 to share their knowledge with current CTE teachers and committee members. The focus question for this year's meeting was "What skills do employers need in new employees and what should we focus on for Juda High School graduates?" The CTE committee would like to thank the following individuals for taking the time out of their busy work days to help us prepare our students for the world of work in the 21st century: Peggy Matzke (Hair Gallery), Kris Hartwig (Rainbow Childcare), Jeff Skatrud (Green County Sheriff's Department), Erin Sedlmayr (Monroe Clinic), Mark Mayer (UW Extension Green County), Corinne Daniels (Applied Ecological Services), Glen Marass (Sugar River Bank Juda) and Jill Leitzen (Kuhn North America). - CTE Committee members Ralph Johnson, Alice Kranig, Pat Schye, James Pickett and Brenda Bredeson>
A blossom to the Times and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce.> Thanks to the Times for printing my letter to the editor concerning a fall festival and working with me even though the original was quite long. A thank you to Pam at the Chamber for listening to my ideas for the fall festival and for helping me forward the idea to other organizations in the city and county.
A barb to those who insist on playing their music so loud >that it should be against the law. Actually, it is. I'm talking specifically about the radios you can hear from blocks away. The kind that when they pass the house the windows shake a bit. I'm talking about the kind that when you pull up next to you can hear and see the cheap plastic from their car bouncing all over because it's too loud.
A blossom to all the kids at the MHS and MMS.> It hasn't been the easiest month for you, to say the least, but you've all done a great job dealing with all this "stuff." Remember that your family and the community is proud of you all and don't forget that school's out in only a month an a half. - Rob McCarthy>
This letter is a huge basket of blossoms to Pleasant View Nursing Home >and is in response to the article in the April 23 edition of the Times about Pleasant View being cited. Due to some recent complications caused by her recent cancer treatment, our mom has had to spend some time at Pleasant View getting better and rehabbing before her next round of chemo therapy. My brother and I have spent countless hours with her and the entire staff. From the nurses, aides, food service staff, therapist, social workers, housekeepers, maintenance staff and activities staff and everyone else involved with her care, they all have been nothing but outstanding. We can't say enough about the amount of compassion and care they have shown toward her, and that is truly remarkable and something we will never forget. We have never seen any of the workers be harsh or rude toward her or any of the other residents. My brother and I just wanted to extend a huge basket of blossoms and thanks to the entire staff for taking such good care of our mother and helping her to recover. - Russ and Rick Alston>