Even one person can make a difference

Published 7:06 am Saturday, June 25, 2005

By Staff
Last week we said goodbye to Albert Kahn, who died at 98. He gave Buchanan Electro-Voice, a booming business making noise canceling microphones which were used by the United States military to help win World War II. The inventor, who retired at Diamond Lake, was a friend to his employees. He will be remembered fondly.
Members of the Niles Elks Lodge should be praised for taking their time to organize a celebration of our American Flag, for Flag Day. Keeping this symbol of our country is high esteem is a tradition which should not be lost.
Also to be praised, should be all those who came out last Saturday morning to participate in the Pregnancy Care Center's annual Lifewalk or the Human Race, held at Fernwood, supporting the Volunteer Center.
Niles Township volunteer firefighter Pat Ziegler and Michigan State Trooper Jeff Bedell were in the right place at the right time for 51-year-old Michael Slisher of Granger, Ind.
Their quick thinking, training in operating an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and clear heads helped save Slisher who had crossed lanes of traffic on U.S. 12 and slumped over in his car after suffering a heart attack. They were true heroes.
Congratulations are also in store for all those from Niles and its Downtown Development Authority-Main Street group who have had a part in turning the downtown of Niles into a showplace which even surprised visitors from South Bend's community and economic development departments.
Those from Downtown Professionals Network, who conducted a marketing survey of residents as to what they would like to see in Niles, were also given positive feedback on the improvements which the streetscape has done for the downtown area.
The newly sworn-in CASA volunteers have made a life-changing commitment to stand up for a child, not only in court, but as a friend to take for ice cream and to the park. By giving their time, one child at a time will learn they are valued. Congratulations to those who made this commitment.
Finally in the week's wrap-up of those who deserved to be praised, is Scott Crouch, a member of the Niles City Fire Department. Crouch has been taking his time to repair two authentic dragon boats, which were given to the city, that will be used to advertise the annual Niles Riverfest. After three year of being in storage, he made things happen. Congratulations.