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New year is good time to thank those that help
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 14. 2014 1:36PM
This issue of the Brandon Valley Challenger marks the second issue of 2014. So, at this time of year, I’d like to thank the many people who make my job easier:

• The administration, faculty and staff at each Brandon Valley School – the high school, the middle school, our four elementary schools, and soon-to-be intermediate school. The office staff, for example, answers questions and forwards messages for me without hesitation. We’ve formed a great working relationship, a relationship that I’ve truly come to appreciate and enjoy.

• The coaches. Without their help in supplying game stats and comments, the Challenger’s sports coverage would be null and void.

• The city employees in both Brandon and Valley Springs. The city administrators help me to understand complicated rules and ordinances, and other staff members provide answers to my various questions week in and week out. Like the school staff, city officials and I, too, have established a great working relationship as well, which in turn, is beneficial to us all.

• Organizations. Whether it’s the city council, the Optimists, the Chamber, the tennis or soccer associations or any of the elected or service organizations, members are always helpful in providing information.

• The fire departments and our law enforcement. They are kind enough to let me do my job while they do theirs.

• Our clergy. Their weekly columns provide divine direction for all of us.

• Parents. Your input is always timely and enthusiastic.

• The kids. In addition to serving as some of my best photo opportunities, they are always open and willing to be part of the news.

• The communities of Brandon, Valley Springs and the surrounding area. I’m thankful to live in a thriving and caring community – one that’s big enough to stand on its own, but yet small enough to maintain that “small town” feel.

• My family. I thank them for being an understanding crew. My job does not always allow me to attend all of our family functions.

• My neighbors and friends. You keep me going in the best and worst of times. I thank you for your support, your words of encouragement, your humor and mostly, your never-ending friendship.

• The staff of Argus Leader Media. We are a team. And as we all know, there’s no “I” in team. Some weeks, it takes just a very few of us to get the news out. Other weeks, we depend on many. No matter, they’re a great bunch of people to work with.

So as we cruise into 2014, please take a moment to reflect on the folks that make our everyday lives just a little bit brighter.
Community organization needs
With the change of seasons comes a change of new needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry. Among the seasonable requests are hot chocolate mix, bottled juices, baking supplies (flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, chocolate chips, etc.), snack crackers, pizza sauce, Manwich, oatmeal (in canister).

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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