Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
OPINION...Good news, bad news
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 23 Mar 2007, p. 6

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his week local residents managed to see the best of their fellow citizens and, unfortunately, the worst. In today's paper we highlight the achievements of both the Georgetown and Acton Citizens of the Year. Louise Brown, Georgetown's recipient, is a shining example of selflessness. The longtime volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society and now Cancer Assistance Services-Halton Hills (CAS-HH), spends more than 2,000 hours a year co-ordinating patient services for CAS-HH, providing much-needed equipment to cancer patients and driving patients to various hospitals for treatment. Said her nominator, "This dynamite package of neighbourly love comes with a quiet zeal and a sincere desire to help others." Bill and Diane Spielvogel, Acton's Citizens of the Year, are just as eager to make life better for their community. For the past 25 years Bill Spielvogel, with the help of Diane, has organized the annual Acton Santa Claus Parade, ensuring kids and grown-up kids have a wonderful time in November greeting the jolly old elf on his first trip of the year to Acton. It's a thankless job with much of the work done out of the public eye. However, the Spielvogels have stepped forward repeatedly, giving of their time and energy. Sadly, in Wednesday's edition we reported on a break-in at the Georgetown Salvation Army Thrift Store in which the vandal(s) stole change from a Red Shield box and wantonly sprayed the office with ketchup, mustard and various other condiments. The damage done was in the thousands of dollars and struck an institution whose main purpose is to make life easier for those less fortunate. The hoodlums who ransacked the shop are simply the lowest of the low. It is our sincere hope those responsible are caught and dealt with harshly by the courts. We would even suggest a few thousand hours of community service-- like those provided by our fantastic citizens of the year-- be part of the penalty.

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OPINION...Good news, bad news