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August 4, 2013

SHADES OF GREEEN: What can we do to make the fair sustainable into the future?

I went to the fair four times.

I sold tickets on the first day to help out the Chandler Family Staff Organization.

I rode the Freak Out on Kids Day.

I hung out at the Merry Lea booth at the Green Earth Education Day on Friday. My grad students were surveying fairgoers on their environmental literacy and comparing it to the national average they read about in the article titled “Environmental Literacy in America: What 10 Years of NEETF/Roper Research and Related Studies Say about Environmental Literacy in the U.S.”

We have discovered that the Elkhart County fairgoer has a higher score than the national average!

On Saturday I talked with people at the Young McDonald Farm about Hens for Goshen and the idea of changing the animal ordinance in the city to allow six hens in our backyard.

I attended the demolition derby with some friends who waited five hours in the grandstand reserving our seats. They love to watch and experience the craziness!

I ate a lime cone, a raspberry cone and a custard cone.

I was/am amazed at the love shown through more than $1 million given to the 4-Hers for their care of their animals.

My son is part of the Kind Clovers and won a red ribbon for his miscellaneous craft.

But using the eyes of the columnist of the Shades of Green I was dismayed by the vast amount of trash, the limited recycling, the enormity of smoke billowing and the lack of thinking of its mission in certain arenas.

According to it’s 4-H Facebook page, the mission states: “The Elkhart County 4-H Fair and its facilities were established, expanded and are to be maintained to enhance and encourage family and youth programs that promote the principles expressed in the 4-H Creed: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

“Year-round activity, economic development, and increased community involvement are the base for continued pursuit of our purposes and ideals.

“Through participation in programs of leadership, education, agriculture, citizenship, character development and entertainment we will work to enrich the quality of life for family and community.”

Amen! And I see all of that!

And then the volunteer spirit, which is tremendous, must be encouraged in all ways to continue the traditions, pride and achievements of the fair. Three thousand volunteers!!!

My wife volunteered six days taking tickets for her Delta Theta Tau.

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  • THE PLAIN SIDE:Government reflects us

    Driver Ken said it game him goose bumps. I can see why. We are standing in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This is the room where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the aged Benjamin Franklin, and all those other founding fathers stood. All at once.

    August 23, 2014

  • RELIGION BRIEFS: Aug. 23, 2014 Gordon Jensen, international evangelist, gospel singer and songwriter, will be at Northwood Chapel Aug. 24. He will sing and preach at the 11 a.m. worship service and again at the 6 p.m. evening service. Jensen has written songs such as “Redemption Draweth Nigh,” “He’s as Close as The Mention Of His Name” and “Written In Red.” The church is located at 28220 C.R. 52, Nappanee, one mile north of Nappanee on Ind. 19 and 1/4 mile west on C.R. 52. Those with questions may call 773-3509 or 773-7895.

    August 23, 2014

  • GLOBAL FAITHS: Syria tops list of Christian martyrdom in Pew study Last week’s Global Faiths column discussed the world’s most “church destroying” countries. It invites a look at those countries of the world where it’s hardest to be a Christian. The countries on these two lists are not the same, though the lists may overlap. “The top 10 nations ‘where Christians faced the most pressure and violence [in 2013] were North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen’” (www.Christianity today.com/gleanings). North Korea has the dubious distinction of remaining at the top of this list for 10 years now.

    August 23, 2014

  • PASTOR'S PEN: How was the soul of America's funny man? Goodbye Robin Williams. Are you kiddin’ me!? I grew up on Mork and Mindy! I had never laughed before at the things Robin Williams made me laugh about. That’s because there had never been one like him before. As the old Rod Stewart song goes, his “ad-lib lines were well rehearsed.”

    August 23, 2014

  • CLUB NEWS Goshen Noon Kiwanis Meeting date: Aug. 19 Awards/recognition: Ron Altenhof and Hugh Reinhold, greeters; John Huber, song leader; Ron Schultz, pledge; Bryan Mierau, invocation; Angela Black, guest. Perfect attendance award winners were Tim Doyle, 25 y

    August 22, 2014

  • NWS 0824 Bryant 99 BD photo Briefly GOSHEN 99th birthday open house today Ruby Evelyn (Deafenbaugh) Bryant of Goshen will celebrate her 99th birthday at an open house today at the Bryant homestead from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend. She was born in Claypool, A

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • PUBLIC RECORD Marriage license The following marriage licenses were filed in Elkhart County: Trevor J. Milliken, 22, and Emily A. Wagoner, 22, both of 71074 Conrad Road, Niles, Mich. Zachary M. Cox, 25, and Mashala K. Short, 21, both of 487 Brookside Manor, Goshen

    August 22, 2014

  • Lifelong Learning fall courses announced GOSHEN — The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County is offering fall courses. These short courses are designed to provide stimulating and affordable classes in many fields for active seniors. There are no tests or grades, and no previous studies or degrees are required.

    August 22, 2014

  • 2014 Junior Lawn and Garden.jpg LaGrange County youth finish well at tractor contest LAGRANGE — With all of its four contestants delivering competitive performances, the LaGrange County 4-H Tractor program continued its tradition of achievement in the annual Purdue Area XI 4-H Tractor Contest July 26 at the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • CORRECTION: Outdoor worship, barbecue at Goshen Christian Reformed Church not happening It was incorrectly reported in Wednesday's edition — the Briefly column on A3 — that Goshen Christian Reformed Church was to have an outdoor worship service and barbecue Thursday through Saturday. The event was submitted by a church with the same nam

    August 21, 2014

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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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