CHEERS ...

To the Middletown Rotary, winner of the annual competition to see which local service group can help raise the most in the annual Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. In truth, the real winners are the people in and around Middletown who receive help from the Salvation Army at any time of year. And joining that list of winners are the local people who put their coins and bills into those kettles this holiday season, amassing some surprising statistics. Even though times are tough, and even though those running the campaign had modest expectations, the good instincts of local shoppers provided a surprise. The campaign took in a record $103,000 — double the amount collected the year before, and far above the goal of $85,000.

 from the Times Herald Record, Jan. 30, 2012