In regards to the stories on the Human Society Pet Contest, I think I have some more front page news. I know where Kathleen Olak was on the Saturday before the voting ended. She was at the Humane Society, not stuffing ballot boxes, though.
(And, for the record, I don't anyone has even accused Mrs. Olak of stuffing ballot boxes, but rather there was a disagreement in the way the votes were counted. Not any hint of dishonesty, but a question of whether votes should be totaled for each picture or for each pet.)
Kathy Olak was having a party at the Humane Society, a birthday party for her daughters who turned 6 this month. Do you know what her twin girls, asked their friends to give them? Gifts for the animals. Like cat food and cleaning supplies.
Seriously, 5-year olds asked for gifts for the animals. That's front page news. All children are naturally generous and loving, but they need an adult to encourage them to give and share. I can't imagine that a woman who encourages her children to share their birthday presents with helpless animals would "steal" an award for her pet.
And, I can substantiate this information. My daughter has an invitation and a thank you note. I bet Mrs. Olak even has a picture of the gift table covered with food and supplies from the party. That would look very nice on the front page.
Norwalk is an amazing town. Some are lucky enough to be born there and others of us were smart enough to move, work or live close enough to be part of Norwalk. I hope that we, as a community, will not forget what our Humane Society does for us, taking our strays and finding pets for us. This contest is a great fundraiser and I hope this controversy has not discouraged the volunteers from continuing it next year.
I intend to show my support of the Humane Society by sending a donation and I urge others to do the same. Please give Huron County a chance to let our Humane Society know we support them.