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A special thanks this Thanksgiving

To the Editor:

I would like to thank DeKalb County Hospice for the various programs that they provide to this community. I have been a participant in various aspects of the final journey of a loved one and the issues of a grieving spouse.

My first encounter with DCH was with the “Care Giver Support Program.” The program helped me to prepare myself to be a better caregiver than I would have been if I had not opened myself to the possibility that I actually needed help.

I gratefully acknowledge and am thankful for the support of family, friends, clergy and the wonderful neighbors that I have. The special support that I received from the Care Giver Support Program answered the questions and made sensible suggestions of how do I take care of myself in order to be that better caregiver. The sharing with people in the same circumstances and their sharing of similar issues was invaluable for me to identify that, what I was going through was pretty normal for what was happening in my life.

During my wife’s final days, the DCH staff visits to the hospital helped the entire family cope with issues of the loss of wife and mother and grandmother. This entailed not only the printed materials, but the conversations that were involved. The biggest impact that these special people had in my estimation is that “what comes from the heart touches the heart.”

I recently finished the “Bridge of Hope,” a bereavement care group program and again was helped by DCH to focus on life as it was, life as it is, and life as a single person again and opened my eyes to all the gifts that are mine if only I unlock my mind and heart to them. 

The first program (Care Giver Support Program) identified the journey as “Endings/ the wastelands / and new beginnings.” I remember this stated process because it was difficult to embrace in its entirety at the time, to expect to digest all the implications seemed impossible.

DCH has been there for me in my journey with the programs I have stated and with follow-up calls and materials.

At this Thanksgiving time I want to thank DeKalb County Hospice for all the heartfelt efforts that have been extended to me and my family during this life-changing event. Bless you, one and all, at DCH.

John Chyson

Sycamore

A successful Candy Day

To the Editor:

The Sycamore Lions would like to thank local businesses and the community for another successful Candy Day. Your generosity has helped to address local concerns of the visually and hearing impaired along with help to provide 18,000 visually and hearing impaired children and adults in Illinois with critically needed services.

Your contributions will make the following projects possible: Camp Lions for Children and Adults, Low Vision Program, Mobile Diabetic Retinopathy/Macular Program, Mobile Hearing Unite, Infant Hearing Screening, Cochlear Implant Program, Social Services and Referral, LIF Used Hearing Aid Collection & Hearing Aid Bank (H.A.B.), Used Eyeglass Collections, and LIF Fund for Emergency (L.I.F.E.).

The club recognizes four area businesses for their support during this year’s Candy Day collections for allowing the Sycamore Lions members to collect donations at their premises. Candy Day Chairman Joe Woodward presented Brown’s County Market, Elleson’s Bakery, Hy-Vee Food Store and Parkway Restaurant with Certificates of Appreciation.

The Sycamore Lions Club also would like to thank the local businesses that helped underwrite this year’s event and the community’s residents for their generous donations. This year’s fundraising effort generated more than $5,800 to be used in support of the Lions vision and hearing programs.

Joe Woodward

Sycamore Lions Club Candy Day chairman

Thanks for making Pumpkin Fest a success

To the Editor:

The 51st Pumpkin Festival (Happiness is ... the perfect pumpkin) has become a part of history.

On behalf of the Sycamore Lions Club, we would like to express our sincere thanks to you for having taken part in this successful venture.      

The entries were judged and awards were given. Many people both from our community and out-of-town visitors enjoyed the display and other activities of the festival.

As we look forward to the 52nd festival, we look for your continued participation.

Again, we offer our thanks to you and for helping to make the 51st Pumpkin Festival a success.

Lions Ed Kuhn and Tom Moline

Co-chairmen, 2012 Pumpkin Festival Display

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