Quick takes – September 10

Walking for fitness

Maybe you’re not ready yet to run in the Mill Race Marathon, but anyone can get started on getting off the couch and exercising. One way to do this is Get Walkin’, a new 12-week, email-based program that started Sept. 7.

The program is offered by the Purdue Extension office of Bartholomew County and Purdue’s School of Nursing. Participants will receive information and messages of support via email, plus walking, health facts and links to websites with helpful information. Register online at bit.ly/2a9FmrG.

Walking is an easy and inexpensive way to exercise, and the email-based program will provide encouragement. There’s still time for you to get started.

Helping hands appreciated

Kudos to the city of Columbus for sending employees from its Department of Public Works to assist Kokomo in cleanup efforts after a devastating tornado swept through.

Four workers took heavy equipment from Columbus to Kokomo, including a front-end loader, two flatbed trucks and a lightning loader. Their work included clearing fallen trees.

That was a generous donation of time and effort that surely was appreciated by Kokomo residents.

Memorable 30th anniversary

The 30th annual Our Hospice of South Central Indiana’s Labor Day weekend concert will be a memorable one for the estimated 8,000 people who attended, and the families who will benefit from proceeds. Headliner pop-rock star Peter Cetera put on a memorable show at Mill Race Park.

Congratulations to the local non-profit organization — which provides important end-of-life care — and its team of volunteers for another great success with its fundraising concert.

The weather cooperated, Cetera thrilled and a good time was had.