Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

March 26, 2014

OUR VIEW: Good things are happening

The past few editions of The Goshen News illustrate a number of the good things happening in our community. We thought we’d spend a little time and space here and offer some kudos to some of the people working hard to make our community great.

Sweet music

On Saturday some of our local high school show choirs and percussion ensembles competed in the state championship competitions in Indianapolis. Two show choirs from Northridge High School placed first in their categories in the Indiana State School Music Association championships. They were “The Starlights,” a 36-member all girls choir, and the “Northern Lights,” a 39-member mixed choir. For “The Starlights” this is is their second state title in the past three three years. Fairfield High School’s “Fusion” mixed choir and “Expressions” all girls choir each placed fourth.

The Goshen High School Winter Concert Percussion Ensemble, meanwhile, placed first in the Winter Percussion state finals, while the GHS Movement Percussion Ensemble placed third.

Congratulations to all members of these groups. Mastering your voice, body or an instrument requires countless hours and dedication. It’s a noble pursuit that will enrich young lives for the rest of their lives.

Helping the vets

Celebrate America is a local organization best known for putting on the annual fireworks extravaganza in recognition of the Fourth of July holiday. Now the group is expanding its mission on a different project — helping aging veterans, or widows of veterans, with routine household maintenance/projects that may not be so easy anymore.

At the same time, the plan will utilize Teen Challenge individuals in an effort to help that faith-based rehabilitation program in Elkhart earn money for operational expenses. The project is being overseen by Goshen businesswoman Kelly Huffman and is seeking donations from local churches, businesses and individuals to get off the ground next month.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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