Quick takes – September 23

Make a statement

The fifth annual Men Take a Stand event, sponsored by Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, is 11:45 a.m. Oct. 3. It serves as a statement that men won’t tolerate domestic violence and will work to end it.

Participants are asked to gather at the corner of Fifth and Washington streets at 11:30 a.m. before marching to the steps of Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St. After the march, a brief program will take place at noon.

This message is important. Domestic violence is unacceptable and needs to stop. Local men should consider participating and lending their efforts toward this critical cause.

Tremendous turnout

The interest and popularity of the movie “Columbus,” which was shot in the city last year, continues to soar. Ticket sales at independent movie theater YES Cinema in downtown Columbus is proof.

Sales have topped 6,500 – far surpassing the theater’s previous mark of 3,700 for “The King’s Speech.” That is another shot in the arm for the city, which has become better known outside of Indiana because of how the movie utilized the community and its architecture as the setting and backdrop.

Notable anniversary

Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road in Columbus, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 16. The longevity is notable, but so is the fact that the assisted living center is another example of how J. Irwin Miller’s philanthropy helped the community.

The industrialist was approached by a Cummins president about the need for an assisted living center in the county. Irwin, through the Cummins Foundation, had started the community program of paying the architectural fees for public buildings if a renowned architect was hired to design it. The foundation agreed to pay the architectural fees for what is now Four Seasons.

The facility has served many senior citizens well over the years, providing them with an excellent place to live.