Quick takes – August 6th

Best foot forward

The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department has once again taken over operational responsibilities for the Par 3 and Greenbelt courses, and it’s good to see course leaders offering fresh ideas with this fresh start. Among the new ideas is FootGolf at the Par 3 course.

The game is a combination of soccer and golf, and the new offering is a way to attract new customers and broaden the appeal of the course in the community.

Let’s hope users get a kick out of it.

Helping hands appreciated

It’s apparent that the Hope community takes pride in its fire department with the way residents have pitched in to support it.

The Hope Volunteer Fire Department, which has been walking a financial tightrope for the past four years since commencing on building a new fire station and facing cost overruns, got crucial assistance last year when 3,000 people attended a benefit fish fry. Now the department is getting some needed community support from local people who are good with their hands.

Sixteen projects that went unfinished by the original contractor are being completed largely by retired electricians or other community volunteers with the necessary skills. That’s a huge lift considering the fire department is nearing its anticipated Aug. 15 opening. We put our hands together to applaud the contributions of each “handyman” volunteer who is helping this important project reach the finish line.

Thank you, again

Dylan Prather would appear to be suited to a career as a professional fundraiser if he chose that route. For the second time, he’s successfully secured enough funding to purchase a police dog for a local law enforcement agency.

Three years ago the Columbus Police Department was the beneficiary of Prather’s efforts. Now it’s the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, as an $18,000 corporate donation from Real World Testing LLC in Columbus made it possible.

Prather’s efforts are appreciated because K-9 dogs search for drugs, missing persons and suspects, which is valuable assistance in helping law enforcement agencies do their jobs. Real World Testing’s support of this fund drive and Prather’s ongoing efforts to help local law enforcement are to be commended.