Worthy winners

Kudos to Glen Brown, Kylie Weichman and Courtney VanLiew for being honored as this year’s Jack Cramer Ideals of Athletic Competition award winners.

Brown was a three-sport athlete at Columbus East High School, from which he graduated in 1974. He’s also a longtime girls track coach and assistant football coach at East, and a former athletics director at the school.

Weichman, a 2001 North graduate, is a longtime youth sports coach with Foundation For Youth, Smith and Southside elementary schools, the Columbus Boomers and Columbus Rebels AAU teams and East’s junior varsity girls basketball team, and also has been involved with the Bartholomew Brown Jennings Special Olympics team.

VanLiew was a three-sport athlete at East (volleyball swimming and track) and currently plays volleyball for Florida Gulf Coast University.

All have represented their sports and schools well, whether through achievement or helping young athletes learn and achieve.

Party appreciated

Cummins Inc. is the largest employer in Bartholomew County, but a lot of residents don’t get a chance to see up close what the company is about – making diesel engines and power systems, philanthropy, community involvement. That’s why the July 26 block party it hosted for employees, their families and community residents — drawing about 5,000 people — was appreciated. It offered residents the opportunity to learn more while having a fun time.

Besides the company rolling out its updated mission, vision and values, the event included free food, children’s activities, vehicles displays, robot races and more. In all, it was a great goodwill gesture that gave residents a greater glimpse of what Cummins does, its role in the community and its connection to Columbus.

Golden contribution

Congratulations to the Rev. Marty Peter, a semi-retired priest at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, who recently celebrated 50 years of service as an ordained priest.

While following his mission of showing the love of Jesus Christ, he’s had an impact by serving many parishes in his career, and supporting civil rights and social justice issues.

That’s a lot of good done for a lot of people.