Significant contribution

Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease that affects not only an individual’s memory but also the emotions of a person’s loved ones. That’s why support to raise awareness of the disease and fight it is important.

The Oct. 4 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Columbus’ Mill Race Park walk attracted about 450 participants, a good turnout. Equally important, the event raised an estimated $75,000 to $80,000 to support Alzheimer’s Association resources and programs.

Kudos to those who participated in and supported the benefit walk.

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Important anniversary

Developmental Services Inc. marked its 40th anniversary with a free party Oct. 8. That’s a significant milestone considering what the Columbus-based agency does.

It provides opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, serving more than 2,000 clients across 42 Indiana counties. DSI’s services include early intervention for infants and toddlers, residential living options, job training and placement, among others.

The fact that DSI has thrived and grown over 40 years is a good sign for future clients in need of services.

Job well done

One of the things residents expect of local government is quality service from its employees. Based on a recent award Shari Lentz received, you could say she is doing just that.

Lentz, Bartholomew County’s voter registration and election supervisor, was named the Indiana Voter Registration Employee of the Year.

The award is given annually to an individual employed in election offices who goes above and beyond in their duties, and also displays leadership.

The award honored her work in the county transitioning from polls to voting centers for elections and expanding early voting times and locations; filling 27 vacant poll worker spots in a 24-hour time period; and taking on additional duties of a colleague who campaigned for county clerk — to avoid any appearance of impropriety. Lentz’s recognition seems well deserved.