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Impressed with Newton hospitality

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 11:33 a.m. CST

To the editor,

I was staying in your beautiful town just last week, my daughter and I were to be up to the Iowa State Fair, and though there are closer places to stay, we have always enjoyed the small town atmosphere of Newton and prefer to drive just a little bit further for the quaintness your town offers.

We had taken and driven through the town last Monday night; did some shopping, and stopped for some smoothies at Culver’s before heading to our motel room. I had even considered parking at the motel and walking over to Culver’s, however, we were passing the Culver’s first and so decided to stop before heading back. We had already appreciated the friendliness and kindness of the local merchants and a couple high school athletes who were selling cards for use at various merchants in town.

It turned out to be a good move on my part to go to Culver’s first. When my vehicle wouldn’t start there in the parking lot of Culver’s; I immediately had the assistance of three gentlemen ... and soon the problem was apparent to them, how to resolve the issue was determined, and I had the jump I needed to get on my way. The next day, at O’Reilly’s I had the same great concern showed to me. (I had hit a deer a few weeks earlier and it was now apparent the battery had been damaged in that accident, and the good men the night before had called the situation quite accurately and given me excellent information on how to resolve my problems completely.)

That’s what I love about Newton ... and being from a rural area with our closest town only 250 people ... the willingness to help out a stranger is something we know we can expect in your community. You restore my faith in mankind, and I can see that people are really basically very good, especially is your community. Despite all the troubles you read about elsewhere ... ere in your fine town ... the world is kind.

Thank you Newton!

Peggy Slattery

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