Friday was the 4th of July, the birthday of this great country we live in.
My hope is that everyone took the time to thank a member of the military, either a veteran or a current member of the armed forces, for all they have done or are continuing to do so we can live in a free country.
While I’m at it don’t forget to thank the police officers and the firefighters who also keep us safe and after this past week we can’t forget about the power company workers. Workers were brought in from as far away as Virginia to restore power in the area after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes rolled through the area late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Thinking about the sacrifices military personnel, police officers, firefighters and utility company workers are asked to make got my mind to wondering what the Goshen community would be like if we didn’t have people that were willing to give of their time in order to make the Maple City a better place to live.
Goshen has always been the kind of community that lends a helping hand when there is a need.
I had the opportunity to observe and to participate in an event recently that brought the dedication of such volunteers to the forefront.
For the past couple of years there has been a fund-raising effort for new playground equipment at Chamberlain Elementary School. The old equipment was approximately 25 years old and in need of replacement as it was no longer safe for children to play on.
A number of companies, service clubs and other organizations stepped up to the plate and helped the Chamberlain Parent-Teacher Organization raise $91,000 needed for the new playground equipment. Chamberlain students helped raise funds by selling candy bars and held other fund-raisers.