Quick takes – September 17

Not forgotten

Military personnel understand what it takes to lead a mission. Vietnam War veteran Robert Miller, a native of Cleveland who moved to Columbus nine years ago, has made it his mission to observe POW/MIA Recognition Day.

He did that again this year, organizing the event for the third straight year at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans. Like previous years, poignant remarks, prayer, and music were scheduled.

Kudos to Miller for his commitment to honor military members who were prisoners of war or whose whereabouts remain unknown, so that their memories are not forgotten.

Thriving at 25

Columbus hosted its annual Scottish Festival for the 25th time Sept. 10 and 11, at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. The event typically attracts more than 3,000 people, and good weather added to the enjoyment for festival goers this year.

Highland games, dancing, bagpipe music and food offerings piqued the interest of event goers, who continue to show strong interest each year.

The Scottish Festival provides an opportunity to learn heritage and traditions in an entertaining way, and has established itself as a top-notch attraction that draws locally and beyond.

Off and running

The name has changed, along with the business plan, but the two-decade commitment of Volunteers in Medicine lives on with opening of the new VIMCare Clinic on Sept. 6 on the Columbus Regional Hospital campus in the former emergency department offices.

It launched initially to serve the county’s uninsured population. That mission remains, but the clinic now also accepts those who are enrolled in Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 or Medicaid.

Volunteers in Medicine, now known as VIMCare, has been a critical safety net for many Bartholomew County residents, and, thankfully, will continue to do so.