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Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 11:00 pm

A 'Thank you'to Jim Olson

I would like to comment on the retirement of Jim Olson, who was the primary shaker and mover on the Freezeout Hill Memorial.

All the residents of Emmett Valley are aware of and very proud of this memorial. It is a proud tribute to the Emmett Valley.

What you may not be aware of is the pride that is shared with those of us who no longer reside in your valley.

Each guest who visits is usually taken to Emmett and up to Freezeout Hill to this memorial. As we stand at this memorial and look over the valley below, we feel a great pride in our country, in our military, in our families and our friends. The site exemplifies the emotions we often cannot express in common words. Additionally, those who stand with us feel that same sense of patriotism and national pride. We look at Emmett from that memorial and know this is our America. With this memorial, we will not forget who we are and how we got here.

How do you properly say "Thank you" to Mr. Jim Olson, and now Mr. George Gorino? I don't know anything better than a sincere, "Thank you."

Lest we forget,

Frances Drewrey

Formerly of Emmett

Holiday event a great success

On Dec. 5, we held our Seventh Annual Festival of Lights program.This was the first year we tied a community service project to the event, and I was amazed at the outpouring of support we saw from our community for the Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition.

Between the admission cost of $1 or a canned good and the concession stand at the tree-lighting ceremony, the coalition received $389.75 that will go directly to families in our county.

I also want to thank all of the groups that participated in the show, Kevin Hill for hosting, Marta Henry and Marianne Oxley for decorating the courthouse, the Boy Scouts who blocked the roads, Peter Oxley for doing an amazing job on the big tree and everyone else who helped in any way.

A special thanks to the Messenger Index for producing a beautiful wrap on the Dec. 3 issue promoting the event. Even though the economy is bad and money is tight, I know that the Christmas Spirit is alive and well in Gem County!

Thanks again,

Abra Lippert

Director, Gem County Recreation District

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