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Neighbors honor Murray woman with a High 5

By Alex Boye | Posted - Aug. 19, 2011 at 7:40 a.m.

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MURRAY -- One of the biggest High 5 crowds we've seen turned out to honor this week's recipient. Ann Kjar of Murray definitely is making a difference in her community.

One of Ann's neighbors, Brett Cushing, said, "She's kind of the lynch pin that holds everyone together and brings us closer."

In July heavy rain flooded several homes in the neighborhood. Ann came to the rescue of her neighbors who were out of town at the time.

Not only did she ... let us know of the problem, she single-handedly led a neighborhood effort to rectify the problem.

–Jaymie Cushing

"When I went over there I just had this feeling that I'd better check the basement," Ann said, "and there was water in the basement."

Another neighbor, Jaymie Cushing, said, "I think with most people, the neighbor would call and say, ‘You're coming home to a mess. Your basement's been flooded.' But with Ann she took care of it."

Ann explained, "We just moved furniture and lifted up carpet and tried our best to get it dry."

The Cushings aren't the only ones with stories to share of how Ann has touched their lives.

Linda Farnworth said, "They cut my trees, they mow my lawn, they help me take care of my yard."

Karen Johnsen added, "Inevitably it is always a group of 12 men and Ann. She is there every time with her buzz saw or shovel or whatever is needed."

Vickie Leavitt told us, "Annie does not mind getting her head in the toilet. She'll do it for anybody and it doesn't matter what the toilet looks like, either."

All joking aside, it's clear Ann has made a difference among her friends and family. She lives by the motto hanging above her door -- "Try a little harder to be a little better."

Her daughter, Emma Kjar, said, "She doesn't even need to be asked, she just goes and helps. It sets the example for us."

"She loves people," according to Ann's husband, Joe Kjar. "That's why she does it."

In fact, neighbor Sherryl Cowley said Ann loves everyone in the area as much as she loves her family. As a thank you for her service, Ann received a gift basket from our High 5 sponsors, Les Schwab.

If you have a story to share of someone who is making a difference in your community, nominate them here.

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