A great time at Tumbleweed

This letter is a most sincere thanks to the many individuals who worked to make the "Tumbleweed Festival 2012" a great success. We were there Saturday and Sunday. The weather was perfect, the music keeps getting better every year, the entertainers along with "children watching" makes relaxing so easy. The food gets better every year and the park grounds couldn't have looked nicer. We couldn't even complain about the restrooms (they were clean, too).

We can't recall being in a more relaxed and happy crowd so here's to a big thank you, Daryl Hamlett and crew, Lee Richardson Zoo and Garden City citizens for the many hours of work and money in order that we can claim and enjoy this "Tumbleweed Festival" for our own.

Can't wait until next year.

ED and NELDA LEWIS,

Garden City

Efforts help prevent suicide

Suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers, schools and entire communities. By educating the public to recognize the symptoms of depression, especially in teenagers, we can help reduce suicide and save lives.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is conducting one of their Out of the Darkness Community Walks for all of southwest Kansas here in Garden City on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Stevens Park to raise much-needed funds for prevention and education programs. A portion of the funds raised will support distribution of AFSP's new educational film "More Than Sad: Teen Depression" to area high schools. The film will help educate both students and teachers about teen depression and how to get help.

We need to do more to prevent suicide and you can help. To get involved in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, visit www.outofthedarkness.org.

MICHELLE LILLIBRIDGE WHITE,

Syracuse