Quick takes – September 9

History lesson

The Bartholomew County Historical Society is hosting the ninth annual Reeves Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Henry Breeding Farm, 13730 N. County Road 100W, Edinburgh.

This is a great event that celebrates our past. It’s worth attending to learn how people of decades and centuries past used to live. Steam engine rides, blacksmithing demonstrations and corn shelling and grinding are among the activities and demonstrations.

Learning about the past gives added context to the present and future. Take the time, if you can, and attend the event to learn a bit more about our history. Call 812-372-3541 to learn more.

Smart decision

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s transportation department installed lap-shoulder belts on more than 60 buses in its fleet. The district began putting lap-shoulder belts on new buses it has purchased starting in 2008.

As a result, the department was recognized by seat belt manufacturer Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. on Aug. 22 for its proactive student safety efforts. Of the district’s 142 buses, 62 buses and 11 special-needs buses have lap-shoulder belts.

The safety of students is paramount, and the efforts of the district to ensure it is appreciated.

Welcome therapy

Hospital patients recovering from an illness or surgery can face trying times during their recuperation, and sometimes they need a little pick-me-up.

Fortunately, there’s a new face at Columbus Regional Hospital to help with that. It’s Einstein, the hospital’s newest pet therapy dog. The furry friend provides a welcome departure from the stress of illness one pat on his head at a time.

It’s heartening to see Columbus Regional employ a program such as pet therapy to touch the hearts of patients, put a smile on their faces and make them feel a little more relaxed spending time with man’s best friend.