March 28, 2013

THORNS & ROSES: Week of March 29


Serving the people with integrity

The Pharos-Tribune gives this Rose to Delphi Community School Corp.:

The Delphi Community School Board explored the possibility of instituting a balanced calendar, with one- or two-week breaks between quarters and a shorter summer break.

Board members sought input from parents and residents.

What they found was opposition. Many in the community had concerns that it wouldn’t mesh well with neighboring schools and saddle shared vocational and special education programs with problems.

So the board dropped it, opting to stick with the traditional schedule the community was more comfortable with. We give them a Rose for asking for and then honestly listening to the community it serves.

Dedicated to putting city on the right trail

The Pharos-Tribune give this Rose to community organizers heading up ongoing trail bridge project:

Construction of a bridge that will connect the Eel River Run trail and River Bluff Trail over the Eel River has gotten under way.

It will cross the river on the east side of Riverside Park, will be 10 feet wide, about 300-feet long. Community organizers sought out and won a $1.2 million match grant, and the family of Logansport businessman Milt Cole stepped up with the match.

The bridge will connect Riverside Park and the trails on the south side, and the hospital trail and the preserve and Huston Park on the north side.

In essence, it will establish a more complete trail system within the city. Larger communities are often able to boast such trail systems, but it’s a rarity in communities our size.

If it weren’t for a committed few driving the progress, we wouldn’t be able to brag.

Thanks to Vicki Byrd, vice president for planning and development at Logansport Memorial Hospital; Jan Fawley, Logansport parks administrator; and Mercedes Brugh, chairwoman of the Eel River Run Committee, for giving Logansport such bragging rights.

Re-opening a long-closed door to history

The Pharos-Tribune gives this Rose to the two Indiana men who made reclaiming history their mission:

We published a story from the state wire earlier this week about Steve Thompson, of Crown Point, and Scott Kielbasinski, of St. John, and their mission to open the cell door that once confined bank robber John Dillinger.

A machinist and a master mechanic, respectively, Thompson and Kielbasinski worked for more than a year in their free time to restore the mechanism on the darkened first floor of the closed and once abandoned jail.

While touring the jail with his Cub Scout group, Thompson learned the doors were rusted and corroded.

A mechanical padlock system had seized, and the cell doors were rusted in place.

The two men spent countless hours trying to solve the puzzle and creating their own parts because they weren’t available for the antique system.

We give them a Rose for reminding us that determination can and does pay off.