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Kokomo Perspective: celebrating 30 years in the community

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In honor of the Kokomo Perspective's 30th anniversary, community leaders are wishing the newspaper a happy birthday throughout the month of August. Below are the comment's found in the Aug. 21 edition. To read the comments from the other weeks, click on the accompanying galleries: 

“The Electrical Professionals of IBEW 873 would like to congratulate the Kokomo Perspective on 30 years of outstanding service to the residents of Kokomo. The Perspective has given working men and women a voice for over 30 years! The whole of Kokomo has benefited from your coverage of nonprofits like us, youth sports, collegiate athletics, and the everyday news we have all appreciated. You have done this at no cost to the recipients of the Perspective! Your professionalism and personal touch is refreshing in this day and hour we live in. Special shout out to Bill Eldridge and Devin Zimmerman. I cannot overstate the privilege it has been to work with you, and I look forward to many more years.” - Mike Young, business manager, Electrical Professionals Local 873


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“Thank you for being THE VOICE for workers issues in Howard County. All to often the struggles of the everyday worker are ignored by the media, but your newspaper always steps to the plate. Thank you for reporting on legislation and polices that affect local workers so the average citizen can become more informed. Here’s to many more years of the Kokomo Perspective keeping it real.” - Chet Fincher, IKORCC businesses representative


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“As a community, we have welcomed the Kokomo Perspective into our homes and businesses for the last 30 years. Our employees always look forward to reading the annual ‘FCA Salute’ that celebrates the hard-working women and men who contribute not only to the success of our company but this community. All of us at FCA congratulate the entire Perspective family on being the voice of Kokomo for the past 30 years and wish them only the best for many more years to come.” - Bob Varsanik, general manager - transmission and component operations, FCA US


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“It is important for a community to have quality, informative local news sources. For the past 30 years, the Kokomo Perspective has played a role as strong advocate for the community. Congratulations on 30 years.” - Steve Geiselman, development specialist, City of Kokomo


“For three decades, the KP has been an amazing resource for our community, supporting local events, and bringing people together for civic life and celebration. Here’s to another 30 years!” - Pam Jones, president, NALC Branch 533


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“Congratulations to the team at the Kokomo Perspective. Thirty years in business is a milestone worth celebrating. Thank you for your partnership over the years and your service to our community.  Cheers!” - Craig Severns, president, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Kokomo


“Congratulations to the Kokomo Perspective on 30 years of publication. The coverage of youth sports in Howard County is appreciated.” - Joshua Larsh, athletic director, Western High School


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“The Kokomo Perspective has been a great friend to Samaritan Caregivers by getting the word out about our no-cost senior services, volunteer opportunities, and fund-raising events!  Thanks, Alyx, for so many years of valuable assistance!” – Jamey Henderson, executive director, Samaritan Caregivers


“The Kokomo Perspective was the first newspaper to cover a Kokomo Pride Youth Group event. Thank you for your continued involvement in the community and happy anniversary.” - Paul Novak, director, Kokomo Pride Youth Group


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“Congratulations and cheers to the Kokomo Perspective on celebrating 30 years of service! It’s amazing to have reached this milestone. There is much to celebrate as we look back at the growth and success of the Kokomo Perspective in our community. Thank you from everyone at Bona Vista.” - Brianne Boles, president/CEO, Bona Vista Programs


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“The Kokomo Perspective has been a valuable asset to the Greentown Public Library in the last 30 years. Getting information to the public is never an easy task for nonprofits who have little money for advertising. We appreciate the cooperation with KP over the years in helping us connect with the community. We thank you and wish for 30 more years of partnership with KP.” – Renda Hurst, assistant director of Greentown Public Library 


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“The Kokomo Perspective shines a light on those who work to make our community a better place to live and work. The stories about local nonprofits and community organizations encourage citizens to get active and involved. I look forward to reading it each week. Congratulations on your 30th anniversary!” - Dean McCurdy, chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo


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“The Eastern Athletic Department is extremely thankful for the coverage the Perspective has given our student-athletes and programs over the last 30 years. Their commitment to education-based athletics in Howard County is greatly appreciated.” - Erik Hisner, athletic director, Eastern High School


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“I have always appreciated the Perspective for its local coverage. We all get caught up in the national conversation, but it is the local issues that truly shape the day-to-day experiences of most people. I can say that the Perspective has been very important to the success and growth of IU Kokomo athletics, and we look forward to that partnership continuing as we enter this new phase for the Cougar Athletic department. Thank you for all you do for Kokomo.” - Greg Cooper, director of athletics and recreation, Indiana University Kokomo


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“I appreciate so much what the KP has done for the growth of IU Kokomo athletics. Your coverage of our programs has increased awareness to the great things we have going on here and increased community attendance at our events. Thank you!” - Heather Hayes, head volleyball coach, IU Kokomo


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“Happy anniversary to the Kokomo Perspective! The Perspective provides a contemporary view of local news that drives people to the paper each Tuesday. Thanks for all you do to support local organizations and businesses.” - Martha Warner, assistant director, Carver Community Center