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Editorial: Oct. 28, 2011

TOPIC: Do-gooders abound
OUR VIEW: Many focus on helping others

OK, maybe it didn’t come with someone screaming, “Move that truck!” but the recently completed makeover of the American Red Cross office in Elizabethtown is something to celebrate and applaud the United Way of Central Kentucky and area businesses for their work.

Six area businesses joined for parts of a week, volunteering their time and money to makeover the Red Cross building.

At a celebration this week at the Red Cross, local director Sharon Thompson called the work “incredible” and emphasized her agency’s appreciation for the work.

Employees from First Federal Savings Bank, First Citizens Bank, Swope Family of Dealerships, Hardin Memorial Health, Dow Corning and Metalsa worked on the rooms. Also, E’town Paints donated more than $2,500 worth of paint for the project.

Last year, Panther Place was selected for the makeover. The cost of the work is steep: United Way of Central Kentucky Executive Director Chris Wilborn said last year’s work cost nearly $70,000.

LOCAL HONOR. Brent Ditto loves what Western Kentucky University has done in his life.

The Elizabethtown native and 1998 graduate of Central Hardin High School, recently was selected the school’s 2011 Young Alumnus of the Year.

Ditto graduated from WKU in 2002 and that’s not when his passion for the school stopped. He is heavily involved in WKU’s alumni club, organized a WKU golf scramble in Elizabethtown, is president of the local alumni chapter and of the school’s Young Alumni Council.

Ditto’s time at WKU was rewarding and now he gives back to the school.

“The people, the Western spirit, everything I got out of it, I can’t give back,” he recently said.

CHRIS LOESEVITZ. Chris Loesevitz used his Eagle Scout project to beautify an area of Elizabethtown that can be seen by many.

Loesevitz and dozens of volunteers cleaned up a drained cove on the edge of the lake off Barnwood Lane at Freeman Lake Park.

The young man and others removed dead tree trunks and debris in the area with hopes of making a healthier environment and to restore fishing to that area of the lake.

With water lowered to finish sewer work, it became a golden opportunity for Loesevitz to undertake the project.

The project chosen had to be one in which the community or church could benefit. In the end, all gained through Loesevitz’s initiative.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.