Decade of help

It may seem difficult to believe, but “Dancing with the Stars — Columbus Style” will celebrate its 10th anniversary next month with its Jan. 26 and 27 shows at The Commons.

The dance competition conceived by local dancer Charlotte Battin features notable county residents, and has provided a lot of thrills. Last year about 1,000 people attended. “Dancing With the Starts — Columbus Style” also is a fundraiser for two United Way agencies, Family School Partners and Children Inc. Learning Centers, and has been extremely beneficial. It raised $80,000 last year and has raised more than $530,000 total.

All of those who have performed, organized, volunteered or donated over the years deserve a round of thanks for their efforts.

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Wise investment

Jan and Betty Finke of Columbus would probably say that the cost to have a microchip with personal contact information implanted in their dog Cali was one of the wisest investments they have ever made. Doing so proved critical in the recent return home of their 11-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, who went missing five years missing after running through their electric fence.

Good Samaritans who found her took Cali to Linda Jackson, who runs an animal shelter out of her Brownstown home. When Jackson took the dog to her veterinarian, the vet scanned the dog for a microchip. When one was discovered, it had the information needed for a reunion with the dog’s owners.

Microchips cost about $45 for vets to implant. Without one, it’s unlikely Cali ever would have been reunited with her owners. Her story is a good reason for dog owners to take the responsible step of having a microchip implanted.

Nice salute

Columbus Regional Hospital’s efforts to create a nurses honor guard to pay tribute to nurses who have died is a noble idea.

The honor guard stands guard at the nurse’s casket, reads the Florence Nightingale Pledge, lights and extinguishes a Nightingale lamp and presents the lamp to the nurse’s family. Columbus Regional’s fledgling guard performed a ceremony Nov. 28 for 35-year nurse Mary Legan, who died Nov. 24 at age 56, with the help of the honor guard from Anderson.

An honor guard is a great tribute to a nurse and their career, and we hope the local effort is successful.