Goshen News, Goshen, IN


February 7, 2014

EDITORIAL: Snow can't bury the good

Now that yet another winter blast has us all good and grumpy again, we’d like to take a minute to spread some cheer by throwing out a few kudos. While Mother Nature has hit us hard this winter, we’d be remiss to overlook the good things happening in our communities and our lives. So, in no particular order, here are a few matters that have brightened our moods in recent days:

DAN BODIKER — Back in 1964 this fresh-faced Goshen College graduate started his first day of work at Bethany Christian School in Goshen. Fifty years later he’s still there. Not even retirement in 2007 could stop him. He continues to volunteer at the school and teach driver’s education.

Bethany has been lucky to have him the past five decades. During an era of school accountability and standardized testing, it is teachers and people like Bodiker who truly make a difference in the lives of our precious young people. Thanks, Bod.

RICH BORKHOLDER FAMILY — Sometimes we are reminded how much we need our family and friends. On Jan. 18, New Paris resident Rich Borkholder was helping a friend cut firewood when he was struck by a falling tree. Borkholder, a self-employed contractor with BC Builders Inc, suffered a spinal cord injury and is recovering in South Bend. Doctors have given him a 1 percent chance of walking again.

While this is a tragic life event, we hope 1 percent is all Borkholder will need to get back on his feet someday soon. Meanwhile, his family and friends are standing tall by his side. We would encourage you to visit their website, www.teamrich.us to see how you can help the Borkholders.

GOSHEN STREET DEPARTMENT — Snow accumulation in Goshen has reached nearly 60 inches this winter season. That’s about 40 inches over the season average in 98 years of record keeping. Goshen Street Commissioner Denny Long budgeted $46,500 for department overtime in 2014. Just 35 days into the year (Feb. 4), Long reported that $43,650 in overtime had already been paid.

This department has gone above and beyond this winter to clear city streets in a quick and efficient manner. It hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been perfect, but the commitment to doing their best is certainly appreciated. Now, residents, be sure to hold up your end of the bargain by clearing those sidewalks.

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