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Bravos, buffalo chip to hand out this week

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:

* Bravo to the organizers of CarFit, a program that helps motorists make sure they "fit" into the vehicles they drive. We take for granted that we're correctly "fitting" ourselves to our vehicles before we drive. The program consists of making sure there's enough distance between the driver's chest and the steering wheel, line of sight and the driver being close enough to the pedals, and checking such items as turn signals, headlights and emergency flashers.

* Bravo to Bernard Kordonowy, who found Ranger, the dog missing since an accident on Aug. 25 that killed one of his owners, Jerry Roper, of Lake City, Minn. Roper, his wife, Celeste, and the dog were traveling on Interstate 94 when the accident happened. Kordonowy found the dog near Medora on Oct. 1, contacted a Minnesota veterinarian located from the dog's rabies tag, and then got in touch with the Roper's daughter. The family was thrilled to learn the dog had been found.

* Bravo to efforts to save funding for a suicide prevention program for the Standing Rock Sioux. Federal and tribal officials worked together after a federal grant was denied. The tribe will now apply to the federal Substance, Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration for an emergency grant.

* Buffalo chip to the person or persons responsible for a burglary at Lincoln Elementary School that occurred between Sept. 25-28. A laptop computer was stolen.

* Bravo to Jim Carlascio, Jamestown resident who was named one of six Hometown Heroes in North Dakota. Carlascio received the award during the North Dakota League of Cities annual conference last month in Minot. He was recognized for service to the community and nation. His efforts include visits to veterans at the North Dakota Veterans Home, being active in various veterans' organizations, working to raise funds for the veterans' memorial at Fort Seward and (dressed as Santa) visiting nursing homes and businesses.

* Bravo to Warren Tobin, Jamestown, for being recognized with the American Legion and Scouting Square Knot Award at the American Legions' district meeting. Tobin received the award for his achievements as an adult leader in Boy Scouts and in Legion programs.

* Bravo to Laura Kraft for winning the North Dakota state girls' golf tournament for the second year in a row. The Jamestown High School junior is the first person to win two individual titles in a row since 1997 and 1998.

* Bravo to the start of the school resource officer position at Jamestown Public Schools. Nick Hardy, the first police officer in this position, will work with the public schools at all levels to build trust with students and lessen calls to the schools.

* Bravo to Helen Hample, 95-year-old Jamestown resident who was recognized (again) by Jamestown College on the 75th anniversary of being named homecoming queen at the college.

* Bravo to Vicki and Robert Thu of Jamestown for being nominated for a federal Angels in Adoption award. The two have adopted nine children and fostered 75 over the years. They were nominated for the award by Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board)

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