RIDE FOR KIDS. Motor­cyclists driving on U.S. 31W is nothing unusual.

When it happens in a mass, in cool temperatures and with some motorcycles carrying teddy bears, for instance, that’s a clear sign the Hardin County Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run is underway.

Now in its 23rd year, the key goal of Toys for Tots is to provide a new toy at Christmas for a child in need as well as provide “a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens,” according to the event’s website.

Again this year, as supporters do each Novem­ber, a few hundred motorcyclists took part in the ride that went from a retail parking lot on the north side of Elizabethtown to the West Point Police Department.

Held in conjunction with the Marines Corps’ toy drive, about 300 riders took part this year, an official said.

CHURCH-SAVING EFFORT. West Point is big on preserving its history and a local church has been the focus of a recent effort.

West Point First Baptist Church has roof and other structural issues and residents and supporters from near and far have provided money to save the church.

As of Monday, $3,685 of the needed $7,000 has been raised in an online campaign by the West Point History Mu­s­eum.

The building was con­structed in 1894 by former slaves and children of slaves, museum president and curator Monie Matthews said. When it became unsafe to attend the church earlier this year, services stopped.

To contribute, go to bit.ly/2OaeAoR.

TOURISM EXCELLENCE. Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau recently received recognition from the Ken­tucky Travel Industry Association for tourism marketing.

Elizabethtown tourism received a Silver Traverse award for its Elizabethtown Sports Park website as well as a Bronze Traverse award for a mural in its lobby.

“We are honored to receive both of these awards,” ECTB Executive Director Janna Clark said in a news release. “Our team works hard in marketing Elizabethtown and it’s nice to be acknowledged as one of the top destinations in Kentucky.”

Often the impact of tourism measures is lost on people who live in the community. Recognition programs like this one provide an unbiased assessment of the excellence around us.

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

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