Letters to the editor - 5.27

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By The Staff

Little League thankful for support

To the editor:

The Anderson County Little League Board would like to take the opportunity to express gratitude to the parents, the managers and coaches, the 83 sponsors and the over 100 volunteers who have made the 2009 Little League baseball season a great experience for the youth of Anderson County.

Through your efforts, whether from donations of equipment, donations of your time to field and concession stand preparations and operations, or greatly appreciated monetary donations, much has been accomplished.

Though we are at only the midpoint of the season, one can easily see that 2009 is fast becoming a great success and a benchmark of achievement for years to come for Anderson County Little League.

With your assistance and the support of the city of Lawrenceburg, the Anderson County American Legion and the community as a whole, many needed improvements have been made possible this year.

New ideas and initiatives that were once considered unrealistic have either been achieved this year or are now great possibilities for the near future.

Examples of these are the record number of players (250) that registered for little league this season, the improvements to the fields and concession areas, the expansion of the League to include 7- and 8-year-old players, and a promising goal to expand the League to include 13- through 15-year-old players next year.

Also, by the end of the first week of June, it is anticipated that there will have been over 175 regular season games of Little League baseball played in Anderson County since April.

And after this, Anderson County will be playing in district tournaments as well as hosting five tournaments for the all star and traveling team seasons. Still ahead after tournament season is the fall league that will be new this year and greatly anticipated by many players and fans.

Indeed it is obvious that this year is becoming a great success and the biggest year ever for Anderson County Little League. The accomplishments made would not have been possible without the League volunteers, the league donors and the citizens of Anderson County.

We truly appreciate your support.

The Anderson County Little League Board

Working together key to KCHIP program

To the editor:

When the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services released its first quarter Kentucky Childrens’ Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) enrollment numbers, I was excited to see that an additional 1,100 children have been enrolled in 2009. KCHIP provides health coverage at little or no cost to uninsured children under the age of 19 living in households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level—about $42,400 a year for a family of four. Children need health insurance. I want to see all children receive the medical attention they need regardless of their economic situation.

In order to meet Gov. Steve Beshear’s goal of enrolling 35,000 children in KCHIP by fiscal year 2010, we all need to work together.

As a KCHIP enrollment initiative partner, United Way of the Bluegrass along with United Way of Kentucky have been trying to reach KCHIP eligible children by providing information to 2-1-1 call centers, funded agencies, health care providers, social workers and other community partners.

But there is a limit to what we can do. We need everyone’s help. I urge families who might be eligible for KCHIP, or who know another family that meets the criteria, to talk with someone at United Way of the Bluegrass by calling 2-1-1, visiting www.kidshealth.ky.gov, or calling 877-KCHIP18 (877-524-4718).

Sarah Mills

Interim president

United Way of the Bluegrass