The Ottumwa Courier

Opinion

May 26, 2012

Saturday saidits

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OTTUMWA — There’s no question that last weekend’s “Pennies for Pages” book sale at Bridge View Center was a rousing success.                         More than 40,000 items were donated, and more than $8,100 was raised to benefit both Bridge View Center, Inc., and the Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library.

Those numbers indicate that Ottumwans and southern Iowans are devoted book readers, know a good bargain when they see it and want to help two entities that are part of the fabric of Ottumwa.

The library and the events center are important draws to the community, and our support will keep them viable for years to come.

We’re looking forward to the next “Pennies for Pages” sale and the continued support our community has for these great facilities.

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Second chances are often hard to come by, but for those willing to put in the time and the hard work, the Wapello County Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts are helping those in trouble to find sobriety and a renewed purpose in life.

This week, a celebration for held for program graduates, friends and family in Ottumwa.

There participants marked the success of their treatment and compliance with rules set forth by the court system.

It’s an opportunity for former drug users to reclaim their lives, avoid incarceration and be better parents to their children.

The graduates of the Wapello County Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts, as well as the leadership and guidance by Judges William Owens and Kirk Daily, are a testament to changing lives for the better.

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Memorial Day Weekend, local graduation parties and the advent of summer means good times and a whole lot of fun.

However, as always, safety should be the paramount concern.

Whether it’s on the highway, out on the lake or celebrating by the campfire, make sure alcohol doesn’t impede your weekend activities.

And let’s be respectful and courteous to others this holiday weekend, especially as many southern Iowans pay their respects to loved ones at area cemeteries and area Memorial Day ceremonies.

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