Readers’ Views

Group offers thanks

To the Editor:

Here we are into the third month of 2018 and Martin County Humane Society has been busy. But first, we need to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us so graciously in 2017. Your support helped us take care of the 793 animals that entered our facility last year. All these animals were vetted and cared for until they were either adopted or claimed by their owners.

We kicked off January with our annual membership drive and, to date, it has been successful. For those of you who are not members of MCHS and would like to join, you can contact anyone involved with the organization for more information. And for all who are members, we meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the shelter. All members are invited to join us. We welcome you.

January also started our rose sale for Valentine’s Day. We sold 289 dozen rose bouquets this year. The profit from this sale goes toward the care of all our little “sweeties” at the shelter and in foster care in various volunteers’ homes. This is one of our three biggest annual fundraisers, along with the June golf outing at Rose Lake Golf Club, and our Walk for the Animals in September at Cedar Creek Park.

Other fundraisers scheduled are a pancake feed hosted by the Knights of Columbus on March 18; an all-you-can-eat shrimp feed March 23 at the Northrop Legion; bake sales on April 14, June 9, Sept. 14 and Nov. 17 at Fleet & Farm; a spring plant sale on May 5 in the back parking lot at St. John’s UCC in Fairmont; a photo contest beginning May 17 and running through June 14; and who knows what else we’ll throw in. We always have lots of furry friends to take care of.

And a special thank you to Hawkins Chevrolet for continuing to sponsor two adoptable dogs monthly. They pay the adoption fee for those who qualify to bring that pet into their homes.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Carl Nettifee Memorial Animal Shelter and Martin County Humane Society.

Nancy Fetters, treasurer

Martin County Humane Society


Kinship feels grateful

To the Editor:

At 206 W. Third St. in Fairmont sits a nearly 90-year-old white two-story house. It’s the home of Kinship of Martin County, and almost every day, someone is either working or meeting there. Tucked in beside St. John’s United Church of Christ, many people probably aren’t even aware of its existence. Those who do know of it are deeply grateful for it, because it’s the starting place for some amazing relationships.

The house belongs to St. John’s UCC. It was built in 1930 as their parsonage. However, their current pastor had gotten his own housing when he began pastoring there and, in January of 2003, Kinship signed an agreement with the church allowing us to use the house for our office space. It is perfect for such an organization, and in reality, makes much more sense for Kinship than a traditional office space.

We are able to let mentors and their mentees come hang out, play games or even do crafts together. We can host board meetings and trainings and meet with potential mentors and mentees and their families in a comfortable space. We even have an area for kids to play in while adults are meeting, which is wonderful.

The staff of Kinship and one of our mentees got a chance to thank the congregation in person at the beginning of February for our continued use of the house. We wanted to also take a moment to publicly thank the staff and congregation of St. John’s UCC for its continued generosity.

I would love to be able to hear the house tell of all that has gone on inside its walls over the course of the last 15 years. Surely it could tell some amazing stories.

Jen Kahler,

associate director

Kinship of Martin County


Fairmont welcoming

To the Editor:

I wanted to take a moment and tell you how welcomed I felt in your community last weekend. Not only was my stay at a local hotel great, but I was fortunate enough to meet one of your police officers.

My family and I were in town for a basketball tournament and during our time at the elementary school, I was lucky enough to stand next to an officer who was friendly and genuine. It’s funny what you can learn by striking up a conversation — he learned that I teach at SMSU and I learned that his daughter goes to SMSU. This connection proved valuable in many ways and I am thankful that we have law enforcement who genuinely care about people and take the time to listen and help.

BC Franson