Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 14, 2013

There is plenty of good in our community


— Feeling out of sorts? That’s understandable.

A cryptic threat of bloodshed aimed at schools in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties has more than a few people on edge. Recent U.S. history prompts us to take threats of school violence seriously, regardless of the seriousness of intent. “Us” includes students, teachers, parents and law enforcement. “Us” is a big tent.

On the international scene, hopes of a dawning new age in North Korea have been dashed by bellicose statements out of the renegade regime. Posturing and hot air? We certainly hope so, perhaps because the specter of armed conflict is too awful to contemplate.

All this negativity can leave one with an appetite for some good news. We say dine at The Goshen News.

Consider the top of the fold on A3 of Thursday’s paper. There’s a picture of 25 eighth-graders who were honored for earning straight A’s for three straight years at Goshen Middle School.

In a word, wow.

That remarkable achievement says so much about the young pupils who set goals and worked hard. It’s also a reflection on loving and supportive parents who, no doubt, sometimes cracked the figurative whip. And it’s tribute to the committed guidance of our local educators.

Congratulations, all.

A scan of that day’s paper will also yield another source of pride.

On page A2, you’ll find an article about Phil and Sharon Wogoman of Millersburg. They’ve been picked to be the parade marshals of this summer’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade.

In announcing his selection, 2013 fair president Tim Graber said, “I couldn’t think of someone who was more befitting of the honor of being our parade marshals this year than Phil and Sharon. They tirelessly serve out here, as you all know.”

We applaud Graber’s pick. The Wogomans have a combined 50 years of service to the fair, their work most often done behind the scenes and unheralded.

It’s worth pointing out that Graber made his announcement to the members of the county fair board — people who are in the same league as the Wogomans. They work to provide a showcase for our 4-H youth, and annually put on a summer showcase that is the envy of county fairs locally, regionally and nationally. They are your friends and neighbors. Be proud of your neighborhood.

Feeling glum is forgivable in these often troubled and unsettled times. We also think there are plenty of reasons to feel pretty good.