Roses to Marie and Joseph Smaltz. This is another example of an act of kindness we like to pass along. While recently planning a surprise 50th birthday party for her husband, Marie decided she wanted to do something different. Knowing that Joe was a dog lover - his precious mixed breed "Sammy" had to be put down - she encouraged party guests to bring donations and dog toys instead of gift cards and the like. Collected was $370 along with a bunch of donated dog treats and toys. The money and items were given to Angels for Animals. What a great gesture by the couple from Berlin Center. Marie said the recent harsh mistreatment of animals like that of the exposed puppy mill that was operating in Deerfield prompted a chord to help dogs in need. Perhaps this will be a good lead for others to follow when planning their own surprise parties.