Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

December 30, 2012

Goshen area's 2012 had many ups and downs

As a busy and eventful 2012 fades away from us, we take a look backward and reflect on our concerns, our triumphs and our everyday accomplishments as a community. Here are a few highlights as we prepare to flip our calendars to 2013.

We were impressed by the efforts, maturity and composure of 23-year-old Goshen native Jackie Jerlecki as she represented Indiana in the annual Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.

We were amazed by the turnover in leadership at Goshen Community Schools as several long-time administrators either retired or moved on to new opportunities. Among those to retire were Superintendent Bruce Stahly, Goshen High School Principal Jim Kirkton and Chamberlain Elementary Principal Don Jantzi.

We were inspired by the efforts of Middlebury’s Roy and Christine Pickler, who lost nearly 200 combined pounds on the reality television show, “The Biggest Loser.”

We tapped our feet and bobbed our heads at countless musical acts that made their way to Goshen. Among the performers were Del McCoury, Glen Campbell and Will Hoge.

We were disheartened by a rash of arsons in Middlebury and Goshen. One of those blazes claimed the Rogers Park pavilion in Goshen. It is being rebuilt. Thankfully nobody was seriously injured.

We were alarmed by the amount of violent crime in the county, especially after a man was shot and wounded in broad daylight in back of his own Goshen home.

We also think courtroom safety should be re-evaluated in light of an escape attempt in May by convicted killer Tyrice Halliburton.

We were distraught to learn that approximately 450 jobs at Cequent Performance Products in Goshen will move to Mexico by the end of 2013.

We were shocked to learn safety was in question in downtown Goshen after a business owner fell through his front sidewalk and into his basement. Still, we were pleased at the quick reaction of city officials to deal with the concern.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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