Tuesday, August 27, 2013

 

Thanks for really caring

News-Leader Opinion Page
August 27, 2013

Thanks for really caring

 
Good news is not hard to find in the Ozarks, as we illustrate regularly with an editorial fea­ture we call: ‘Tis a privilege.


’Tis a privilege
to celebrate and salute more than 1,700 vol­unteers who took part in Thurs­day’s United Way of the Ozarks Day of Caring.

Volunteers from 96 compa­nies and organizations took part in the 21st annual event, provid­ing muscle and energy and cre­ativity to help address needs in Springfield and Greene County, as well as Taney and Polk coun­ties. Volunteers worked on 155 projects for 55 nonprofits.

’Tis a privilege
to thank the anonymous donor who an­swered the prayers of Father Joseph McCormack — provid­ing him with a new scooter to re­place one stolen a few days ear­lier. McCormack, a monk with the Eastern Orthodox Church, relies on the scooter to visit hos­pitals and convalescent homes, delivering quilts for the Heal­ing Quilt Project of the Ozarks. After a story was published Aug. 17, several community members responded and one from Aurora provided the re­placement.

’Tis a privilege
to encourage walkers everywhere, and to thank our local hospitals, Mercy and CoxHealth, on the joint ef­fort to create the Medical Mile Trail between the two hospitals. The 5.6 mile walking path, in­cluding side trails, was dedicat­ed Saturday. Walking is one of the easiest and best forms of ex­ercise. See you on the trail!

’Tis a privilege
to acknowl­edge David Burton for his one­man effort to keep alive the memories of one-room schools in Greene County and the Ozarks. Burton, communication specialist with the University of Missouri Extension-Greene County, has written two books on the subject. One is a history of local schools and the other is driving tour — perfect for a La­bor Day weekend road trip.

’Tis a privilege
to thank Springfield firefighters for put­ting their lives on the line every day — but also for the extra ef­forts they make to help keep our community safe. Firefighters will soon begin annual visits to schools, teaching fire safety tips to more than 4,000 children. As a bonus, every child will get a pack of crayons and an activity book to complete at home, in­cluding a home escape plan. Books were donated by courte­sy of Paragon Architecture and the Sertoma Club.

’Tis a privilege
to remember Paul Nahon, a former Glendale High tennis champion who was admired by many as a role mod­el for his passion for life, as well as academic and other accom­plishments. Nahon was remem­bered Saturday at memorial services. He died Aug. 15 after a 150-foot fall while attempting to climb Longs Peak in Colorado.

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