To the editor:
My husband and I enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Bixler Lake and walk beside it through the park almost every day. There was one thing that disturbed me, and that was the deplorable condition of a park bench located near the gazebo, donated by the Kendallville Tri Kappas over 30 years ago. The bench had aged badly, and the wood was covered with mold.
During this past winter, I stopped in and spoke to Jim Pankop at the Kendallville Park Department about the bench. I asked if he could find out how much it would cost to replace the damaged wooden slats with new composite ones. As a long time Tri Kappa member, I was sure that our three Tri Kappa groups in town would be more than happy to fund the project once they were informed.
I never heard back about the projected cost, but later this spring, I was happily surprised to see a beautiful bench where the nasty one had been! Not only was the bench shiny and clean, but a brand new brass plaque noting the donation of the bench by Tri Kappa was there replacing the deteriorated one that had previously existed.
On behalf of the Kendallville Tri Kappa members and the citizens of Kendallville, I would like to thank Mr. Pankop and the Kendallville Park Department for listening to a concerned citizen, taking action, and adding to the beauty and usefulness of our park.