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Editorial: Oct. 29, 2013

ISSUE: Worthy projects and outstanding achievements
OUR VIEW:
A round of applause

United Way of Central Kentucky is out to serve young students in its fourth Project United effort, which has rallied volunteers to complete several improvement projects at North Park Elementary School in Radcliff.

With a donation of $500 each, seven teams took on eight makeover projects at the preschool and kindergarten center. Groups of co-workers have been building an indoor playground, remodeling a sensory room, painting the school entry and making a section of the cafeteria look like an outdoor cafe.

Though designated teams are at work, individuals are welcome to help out. Work continues until Monday. To volunteer, call Medley Byers at 270-737-6608 or email mbyers@unitedwayck.org.

Project United is a great way not just to raise money, but get results. Plus it allows volunteers to see their donations at work and strengthen their connection to the community and United Way’s mission.

Glendale swells with shoppers. Earlier this month, quaint and quiet Glendale played host to the county’s largest community gathering, the annual Crossing Festival.

Years ago, shoppers browsed arts and crafts at about a dozen booths. But over time, the festival has grown to include about 600 booths, in addition to the town shops, and at least 50 booth rental inquiries were turned away this year.

The festival and its reputation among shoppers is a fantastic asset to Hardin County. It draws thousands of shoppers to the area. It provides a venue for artists and craftspeople. It gives shoppers a unique option for special seasonal and holiday items and much more.

All these benefits grow from hundreds of volunteers who pitch in to keep the day running smoothly. Congratulations to all those volunteers on another year, the 37th, for this famous event.

Rain seemed to impact the festival this year, but there’s no doubt it will remain a strong event for years to come.

Hartlage makes All-State. Congratulations are due to Lauren Hartlage of Elizabethtown High School’s golf team.

Her tireless dedication to her sport and her team’s goals earned her a spot on the Kentucky All-State Team. Earning points throughout the season, Hartlage finished fourth with 75.5 points.

She won at Glasgow and Nelson County. She had three third-place finishes and two fourth-place finishes. Taking the 3rd Region championship, she shot a 1-under-par 71. As her coach noted, the team played a tough schedule this season and Hartlage was a consistent player and strong leader.

Seeing a student athlete’s work pay off is an excellent experience. Hartlage has given herself, her team and her school something to be very proud of. Well done, Lauren.

Retro Bill visits E’town. Motivational speaker and D.A.R.E. Safety Buddy Retro Bill brought an anti-bullying and anti-drug message to students at Elizabethtown schools last week. He spoke to elementary, middle and high school students, visiting nine schools in all, and he presented a parents’ program.

The speaker tailored his message throughout his Elizabethtown stops, talking to students about staying away from tobacco, alcohol and drugs and taking a stand against bullying.

Elizabethtown Police Department booked Retro Bill. The city paid $8,585, which came from regulatory fees from alcohol sales, to bring in the speaker. Law enforcement agencies and local governments often work with schools to spread anti-drug and anti-bullying messages.

These are serious issues and children must be guided early and often. Retro Bill’s presentations add to that guidance, providing another venue and opportunity for children to internalize an important message. Kudos to area officials for reaching out to children and parents.

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