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We’re looking for Bartholomew County’s woman of the year. Again.
I know you’re seen her around town, giving of her time or talents. Probably working behind the scenes in civic clubs or professional organizations, often in a volunteer capacity.
Purpose of the award is to recognize one Bartholomew County woman each year for unselfish contributions toward creating a vital community and a high quality of life with an emphasis on long-term activity, hands-on work and diverse involvement.
The 31 women previously recognized have those kinds of common traits.
You know what they do, even though their contributions are often unheralded. The winners typically don’t show up in newspaper headlines — until after the ceremony, that is.
Last year’s winner, Peggy Wampler of Columbus, has been known throughout her adult life as a community activist, especially for her volunteer work at Columbus Regional Hospital.
If there was a volunteer job to do at the hospital, chances are Wampler has done it.
She has performed hearing screenings on newborn infants, greeted visitors at the hospital front desk and delivered flowers to patients. Her compassion was evident in the time she spent with families in the waiting room of the emergency department.
Away from the hospital, you could also find her at Mill Race Center or putting in a good word about the programming there.
We will be counting on Wampler to help crown her successor during an Oct. 21 reception at Donner Center. Tradition calls for her to place a necklace around the neck of her successor. It will hold the medallion that serves as a permanent reminder of the winner’s outstanding contribution to the community and its people.
The winner also gets to designate a $2,000 cash award to the charity of her choice.
Nomination deadline is just a week away. Please think of all of the deserving women you know and nominate at least one of them this week. You will be glad you did.
We have made some improvements to our popular TV/Comics section, which appears every Sunday in The Republic.
Recognizing the appeal of color, starting this month we have added it to every page in the 24-page section — resulting in twice as many pages in color as before.
The biggest addition of color has been on the television grid pages, where we now use it to highlight movies (blue), sports (green), children’s programming (pink) and best bets (beige). The color-coding system makes it simpler to quickly locate the kinds of television programming you prefer.
Additionally, we have added a new weekly feature, Tasty TV, which showcases programming about food. Sounds yummy.
Popular features that continue in TV/Comics are the Sports This Week calendar and Pipeline, a celebrity Q&A feature.
I hope you enjoy the enhancements.
Tom Jekel is editor of The Republic. His column appears each Sunday. You may reach him by phone at 379-5665 or by email at email@example.com
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