Weather Updates

letters to the editor

Updated: September 20, 2012 6:16AM

Storms take toll
of resident’s trees

The unincorporated area of Aurora, around the university and country club, was hit hard by the storm last week. Big kudos to my neighbors, who were out immediately repairing the damage and cleaning up the wreckage. And that is how it should be.

Aurora Township Highway Commissioner John Shoemaker is to be commended for the thorough and speedy work his crews did in clearing the debris on our streets and thoroughfares.

My apologies to my neighbors for the power outage. It was one of my trees, struck by lighting, that toppled on to the power lines causing a 24-hour black out. Sorry.

God does have a sense of humor. I have five trees that if felled would have been a blessing, instead he has to pick on one of my beauties. That was the second one struck in two weeks. In the July storm He directed another tree in good standing to take the hit. Enough already.

Joan Solms


Aurora woman helped
car crash victims

We would like to thank publicly nurse/social worker Julie (didn’t give her last name) of Aurora, Illinois.

My wife and son were rear-ended in a collision near Janesville, Wis., on Saturday Aug. 11.

Julie stopped her car to render first aid to my wife, who was bleeding profusely from her head, and stayed with her until the ambulance came.

My wife and son are going to be OK, and we are very grateful to Julie for going out of her way to help. May she find honor among you.

Paul Campbell

Beloit, Wis.

Family appreciated
fund-raising effort

On behalf of my brothers and sisters, I want to publicly thank the 450-plus people who waited patiently in line to greet our recovering sister, Sherry, at the pizza fund-raising event we held for her on August 7th at Luigi’s in Aurora. In time, we hope to personally thank each and every donor.

This was Sherry’s first outing, and it was a celebration of love and support none of us will ever forget. We were truly humbled by the turnout and the generous gifts from so many of her friends and ours.

Our special thanks go to the area churches for advising their congregations of her need. Our thanks also go to the local newspapers for enthusiastically telling her story. The family members and friends who pitched in to help make the evening so successful also deserve a round of applause, especially those who crafted attractive gift baskets to raffle.

Everyone who contributed to the phenomenal success of our fund-raiser has helped build a bridge for Sherry toward her long-term goal of a full recovery. Hopefully, if all goes well, she will begin putting weight on her legs in a couple of weeks.

One of Sherry’s brothers-in-law said the evening reminded him of the last scene in “It’s A Wonderful Life.” As Sherry herself so simply and poignantly said at the end of the evening, “God bless all of you!” Ditto from her siblings.

Jim Hopp


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