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Letters to the editor - 10.6

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By The Staff

Give Conway a chance in November

To the editor:

I’m taking this opportunity to thank the many kind people who have opened doors for us during this campaign for the Nov. 2 general election.

Now I’d like to ask a question: If computers, Facebook, YouTube and Topix could be weighed on the left hand, and experience, common sense, honesty and integrity could be weighed on the right, which hand would get your vote?

The right hand will get my vote every time. I consider [judge-executive candidate] John Wayne Conway to be that right hand.

His No. 1 priority is to get jobs into this county. His concern and willingness is to work toward equal and higher education for all children, the health and well being of our senior citizens, and the safety of every individual in this county.

Also, being a family man, John Wayne Conway is concerned with activities that families can be involved with together. All these things are high on his list.

One more reason John Wayne Conway will get my vote and hopefully yours is that you can count on him to treat everyone the same … rich or poor, child or pet.

During his 20 years in county government, his passion for the people of Anderson County has shown through with a strong voice in fiscal court and always having the citizens’ best interest at heart.

He is willing to work harder than any other person I know, with whomever it takes, to ensure that Anderson County stops standing still and starts moving in a forward direction.

With our support and vote on Nov. 2, together I know he can and will accomplish these things if given the chance.

I’m respectfully asking he be given that chance, and remember him in November.

Janette Yeager Barnett

Lawrenceburg

Businesses thanked for Special Needs Kids Fishing Day

To the editor:

How do you thank someone for giving a special needs child a day they will always remember?

Give up? You just simply say thank you.

Once again the restaurant community in Lawrenceburg has helped make it possible for some of the most loving and truly special children here in town have such a day.

On Sept. 28, the Anderson County Sportsman’s Club held its annual Special Needs Kids Fishing Day at Beaver Lake. It’s simply a day the kids get to go out and, with a little help from some adults, get to do something most of us take for granted.

Then, after a morning of fishing, playing with the bait or trying to get their teachers to hold a meal work or a cricket, it was time lunch time, but not back at school.

Lunch was served just a few feet from where the fish were caught and we ate at the Sportsman’s Club.

We at the Sportsman’s Club would like to thank the businesses that made this possible.

Dennis Stidham

Anderson County

Sportsman’s Club

Little League celebrates growth, tremendous seasons

To the editor:

To whom much is given – much is expected.

As the fall ball season comes to an end, so does the 2010 baseball season for the children of Anderson County.

This past season has been inundated with growth and new accomplishments – much has been given.

I thought this would be the right time to share some information and assure each and every person in our community that our expectations are not to rest on our laurels but to grow and improve each and every year – much is expected.

This past season we had 409 participants in the Spring League and 175 in the Fall League – an increase of 389 percent from just two years ago. In the spring, our Coach Pitch, Minor, Major and Challenger Leagues played 226 games in eight weeks on just two fields — an amazing feat when you consider that we don’t schedule regular season games on Wednesdays or Sundays (except for rain outs) and this is made possible through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.

As evidence of an improving league, our site was honored in 2010 by being awarded as the host site for the Kentucky District 3 All-Star Tournament for 11-year-olds and as our community responded by being gracious hosts – our children responded by being crowned District 3 Champions for the first time in our league’s history, continuing on to finish in the Final Four at the state level.

Our 12-year-old team won the Kiwanis Club Invitational in Frankfort for the second year in a row. There were many teams form different age groups that represented our league throughout the summer, and at each level we not only competed but finished as champions and runners-up on numerous occasions – 16 times to be exact.

Among the many field improvements made possible through grants, donations and a strong group of field crew volunteers, we are now able to showcase an improved Little League site that is worthy of a place to play baseball for our kids who are so deserving.

In the 2010 season we’ve had over 10,000 people visit our games. Our community should be proud to know that every tournament that we’ve held – people from surrounding areas always comment on how great our park is and how nice our folks treat them.

This can recently be evidenced by Anderson County Little League being awarded the highly coveted 12-year-old District 3 Site for 2011 – the level for Little League baseball that begins the quest for teams to advance and participate in the Little League World Series.

In 2010 we were able to kick off a Junior League division for 13- and 14-year-olds, as well as to incorporate 5- and 6-year-olds into our Coach Pitch Division effectively broadening the age groups that can be part of the Little League experience.

We are also blessed to have started Anderson County’s first ever Challenger division for children ages 6-18. A division for children with physical and mental challenges to have fun, play baseball and mainstream into social interaction in ways they’ve never had available to them before.

Through grants and our gracious sponsors each child that participates in the Challenger League does so, at no cost. Each child receives a uniform, complete with jersey, hat, pants and socks. We were also able to provide each child with huge trophies, as well as team and individual pictures, bats, gloves and all other equipment, also at no cost.

I personally invite each and every person in our community to enjoy a Challenger Game in the spring of 2011 – I guarantee you won’t regret the time you spend at the park and experiencing the difference that is being made in the lives of these children.

The only thing you are required to do is cheer like crazy. Believe me when I say that every player, coach, umpire, parent, fan and each buddy that helps during the game – leaves the game blessed. That folks, is an awesome experience and all you have to do is show up.

These accomplishments could not have been achieved without the help and support of this fine community that I am so proud to call home. Home definitely is where the heart is and Anderson County is definitely a home with a big heart. Especially considering how giving our community has been during the recent economic times.

I stand amazed at how many blessings come from the Challenger division as well as our other divisions and I am overwhelmed each time someone proclaims how much fun the kids are having or how nice the fields and facilities look and ask for ways they can help. Remember this, it is not simply our league, it is yours as well.

Our vision is to grow each year and provide every child in Anderson County the opportunity to play baseball in a fun filled environment that is safe and helps to build character. I will be the first to admit that our league is not perfect nor do we make the correct decisions each and every time. But we do try to be aware of our shortcomings and take great pride in looking for ways to improve so that we can offer the best experience possible for every child that participates in the Anderson County Little League.

All that we do is for the children. Our motto is “It’s all about the kids.” Once again, I sincerely want to thank our local businesses, community leaders, volunteers and numerous sponsors for being a partner and for making a difference in our community and in the lives of the children that we all count on for a promising future.

By the way, the cost of admission to all Little League games is free – but the enjoyment that you’ll see in these children’s eyes is truly priceless. I hope to see you at the ballpark in the spring and take part of what promises to be another outstanding season. We start preparing for 2011 this Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. in the middle school library at our annual open meeting where we will elect officers for the upcoming year. If you are interested in helping out - just show up, let us know or visit our website at aclittleleague.com

Bart Lewis

President, Anderson County Little League