Letters to the Editor
An artful thanks
To the editor:
The Baldwin Community Arts Council would like to thank the many individuals and organizations that made the Holiday Art Sale a success. A special thanks goes to Annie France for creating and catering the delicious and beautiful treats.
Thanks again to the Lumber Yard Arts Center Project for the use of space in the grand old building. Thanks to the artists who contributed such a wide range of wonderful work and your contribution back to the Lumberyard Arts Center Project (10 percent of all sales were donated to the project).
Finally, thanks to the patrons and community for coming out both weekends and supporting this event, and many others who make this time and this community so special.
Baldwin Community Arts Council
To the editor:
During a staff meeting a few weeks ago, the employees of the Baldwin City Police Department asked if we could include the people of Baldwin in helping us with our annual Christmas gifts for people in need. Having organized the same type of event in the past, I thought it was a good idea. I was wrong, it was a terrific idea.
The purpose of the drive was to provide gifts or necessities to citizens of Baldwin who would have gone without during the Christmas season. While attempting to fill this void, the objective of the program was not to embarrass or point out the person(s) who received the gifts. Each one must be treated with the same dignity and respect that we would like to have extended to ourselves should we find ourselves in the same circumstance.
Our office manager, Kerry Jacques, made Christmas bulbs and wrote the needed item on the bulb along with the age of the person as well as whether it was for a boy, girl, etc. After learning of the drive or reading about it in the Signal, you came to the police department and made your own choice as to what you wanted to buy or contribute. You took one, two or more bulbs off of the tree. Some people brought gift cards, toys or helped in other ways such as providing wrapping paper. Your generosity for others less fortunate than yourselves has been heartwarming and for that we are incredibly thankful.
This week, the police department wrapped and delivered each gift you bought. On behalf of each police officer and each person young or old receiving a gift, I want to personally thank you. You've made their Christmas so much more than what it ever would have been without your thoughtfulness. The best part of Christmas is knowing you brought joy and happiness to someone else.
Our department has the pleasure to serve in a community where you show your compassion for your neighbor through your generosity and caring. Thank you again for all you've done and answering this call. Several of you have told me how happy you were to help people right here in Baldwin. I want to reassure you that this program will continue next year and we look forward to your support. Merry Christmas.
Michael E. McKenna
Chief of Police
Ikenberry a blessing
To the editor:
I would like to thank Dianne Ikenberry for the work she has done, especially for checking on people and her mission work. Mission work begins at home. I have gotten to know Dianne and she is a blessing to me.
Pride at Vinland
To the editor:
Vinland Elementary School (VES) held its annual Holiday concert on Dec. 13. In years past, Carol Landis provided parents and family members an enjoyable evening of music and fun. Her years of dedicated instruction and service are greatly appreciated.
Her successor, Chris Bulgren picked up where Landis left off and led our annual Holiday program. Under his direction, the children were able to share both traditional and contemporary arrangements of our most loved holiday melodies. The children were well disciplined in their movements both on and off the stage. The childrens' voices rang clear in our little gym and friends and family were delighted to watch and listen.
In no small feat, Bulgren reinstated the fifth grade band program and their performance was also quite enjoyable. VES is blessed to have Bulgren at the helm of our instrumental and vocal instruction. His pure passion for music was evident in the lovely performance given by our darling Vinland Tigers. Thank you, Chris and Happy Holidays to all.
Proud Vinland Parent