Lessons learned during unsuccessful recall effort

Dear Editor:
Over the past two to three weeks I have travelled several miles of the District Five commissioners rural area, visiting with the constituents of the district. A few things that I learned are as follows, in no specific order.
1. It’s very hard to catch very many constituents at home, on any given night.
2. Several of the constituents had no idea what was happening other than the condition of their roads.
3. Everyone agrees, the Roads Department has a severe problem and to solve the problem, most feel the superintendent of roads should be removed from his duties.
4. Several constituents feel the county government is as corrupt as the government in Washington D.C.
5. I had no idea how bad of shape most of the roads in this district are in. I did not see one mile where I felt they had things under control.
I would like to thank everyone who gave me a chance to visit with them. I feel this is something the commissioners should be doing more often. After all, you are the people him or her are representing.
6. The rural voice is not enough anymore and most city residents are unaware of the rural conditions.
7. If he doesn’t represent his constituents with his vote, on the wind turbine issue, more than the few signatures I was short can be attained if the petition was to be refiled.
I apologize for letting everyone who signed this petition down. I urge each and every one of you to pay attention to what is going on in the county and to contact commissioners on every issue that you see happening. If we all work together we can get the roads of Hamilton County back to where they once were, hopefully, before a school bus loaded with children is severely hurt.
Todd Joyce,

Not happy with Black Hills policy change
Dear Editor:
I wonder how many Black Hills Energy customers are disgusted and frustrated. Many, many years ago we signed up to take advantage of their Service Guard plan.
This plan covered household appliances, repair or replacement, except the dishwasher I believe. So, for the last 20-30 years we’ve paid an extra fee every month on our bill for this service. We did so in good faith, believing and trusting that BHE would hold up their end of the agreement.
Our monetary input totalled many thousands of dollars over the years.
Now BHE has discontinued that plan and has the “Comfort Plan,” which only covers REPAIRS on furnace, AC, stove and hot water heater, no replacements.
We have lived in our house for 47 years, and we have  the same furnace. We have had it inspected every year and serviced. We have trusted that BHE would replace it when they deemed it was time.
Now, with this new Comfort Plan, we are going to have to replace our furnace ourselves, at a cost of $3,000 on up.
We feel that BHE went back on their word, leaving many customers with replacements that we thought would be taken care of by BHE.
We are not happy. It isn’t only the money, it just isn’t the right way to do business.
Peggy Dudley

Thanks for help on Come Home to Christmas event
Dear Editor:
 On behalf of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank everyone who was involved to make the Come Home to Christmas event possible! We want to thank all our sponsors who helped us put on the first annual Lighted Tractor Parade, the Hamilton Community Foundation who gave us a grant to decorate the band stand, the county for letting us use their property and decorating the band stand, RTC Lighting for putting up the beautiful lights on the band stand, the city for their support with lights, chairperson Julie Wasem and the committee that pulled all the events together, the National Honor Society for volunteering where we needed them and the pop-ups, Rotary and Optimists for manning the corners during the parade, The Aurora News-Register for all their coverage leading up to the event, the Aurora Police Department for helping coordinate and leading the parade, the wonderful businesses for housing the pop-ups and staying open late, and all the people who came out to support us!
They say it takes a village and the chamber is so grateful for everyone who helped with the event or supported Come Home to Christmas. We hope to see everyone back again next year to help make Come Home to Christmas a long-lasting tradition in Aurora.
Mark your calendars next year for Nov. 28th and bring all your friends and family to Aurora to show them why it is a great place to spend time and do business.
Justise Rhoden,

New blood needed for bloodmobile campaign
Dear Editor:
We need some ‘new blood,’ literally and figuratively.  We need more volunteers to help with bloodmobile.
The Red Cross bloodmobile sets up at United Methodist Church in Aurora for two days every two months with the goal or collecting 120 or so pints of blood each time. Every visit requires the assistance of 40 to 50 volunteers.  
Local service organizations -- Rotary and Optimists --  help every time with publicity prior to the drive and unloading and reloading equipment at the drive.
A team of six or seven callers is required each time to contact potential donors and set up their appointments. Edited lists of donors and a script are provided and callers are encouraged to call each number twice and leave a message and phone number if they don’t speak to anyone. Judy Werth coordinates the callers.
The Farr Foundation provides funding for the lunch which is served at each drive. Kathy Lawton plans the meals and does the shopping and prep work leading up to the days of the drive, as well as being present both days of the drive. Kathy Obermier recruits kitchen workers to help prepare the meals on the days of the drive. She lines up two ‘shifts’ each day, of approximately 3-1/2 hours each and consisting of two volunteers.
Canteen staff is managed by Janet Bish. Her volunteers also work 3-1/2 hour shifts serving meals and keeping the tables clean. Two volunteers are used each day of the drive.
Telephone staff is managed by Bonnie Kruse. Volunteers answer the telephone, make reminder calls and make appointments for upcoming drives.  Their shifts are three hours each during the day with an ‘end of the day’ person whose shift length varies but is usually less than an hour.
Reception staff greets donors upon their arrival and assists with their check-in, as well as keeping tabs on who hasn’t arrived yet and needs to receive a reminder call. Their shifts are also 3-1/2 hours long. None of the jobs listed require a large time commitment but they provide a great return in satisfaction, interaction with others and ‘giving’ to those in need.
Anyone wishing more info or to help out in any capacity may contact me at 402-725-3328 or 402-694-1429 or any of the people listed above.
Betty Noffke,  
Aurora chairman

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