LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Area residents rise to the occasion

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It is so gratifying to read good news about the effort to save Pioneer Park Aviary. This is an issue that affects our entire community and so far beyond it as well.

The Aviary is a popular destination for people who travel across the Cascades from the western part of our state as well as from Oregon and Idaho. It is famous around this region as a great place for families to visit. This collection of colorful and uncommon birds appeals to so many people from all walks of life, and it is just wonderful to know that people in our community are willing and able to step up and give generously to keep the Aviary open.

When I wrote a letter to the editor before, the threat to the Aviary was both real and imminent. The road to saving it has been, and will continue to be, something of a roller-coaster experience, but the commitment of the citizens to this beautiful facility is stronger than ever.

I feel very fortunate to be part of a new group that is taking action to secure funding for the Aviary, and I can tell you that the people involved in the effort are highly motivated, very giving of their time and work, and just about the most enthusiastic people with whom I have ever had the pleasure of serving.

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that the willingness and caring of the people we are meeting while we work to address this issue is so heartwarming for each of us that we are charged and recharged with every new day.

Your support is appreciated. Whether you have given a quarter in a can or hundreds by check, you are our heroes! We are doing great things as a community and have come a long way in a short time.

We have a long way to go, still, but together, we can achieve anything we set as a goal. I'm proud to be a resident of the area -- because the people here are so special and can always be counted upon to rise to the occasion!

Peggy Jennings
Touchet

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