The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

April 6, 2013

Thumbs up to all the volunteers at Leonardo’s who donate time, talents

ENID, Okla. — Volunteers are the life blood of many worthy endeavors.

Last week, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse honored some of the people who make the hands-on arts and science museum a great attraction.

Christy Northcutt was named Volunteer of the Year. Doug and Fern Boyle and children were named Family of the Year; John D. and Virginia G. Groendyke, Friend of Leonardo’s; and John and Susan Bowers, Leonardo’s Legacy for more than a decade of service.

Last year, 354 volunteers provided more than 7,000 hours of service a Leonardo’s.

Thumbs up to the award recipients.

Thumbs up to the recent Cherokee Strip Area 6 Special Olympics.

Nearly 200 athletes competed at Vance Air Force Base in the 44th annual event.

It takes a lot of dedicated people to put on the competition.

For one, there are the more than 200 volunteers from Vance who helped.

Then, there are the coaches and families who help the athletes compete.

Most of all, though, we give a big thumbs up to the athletes themselves. They competed with determination and pride.

Thumbs up to members of the Enid High School Community Service Club and Enid Iron and Metal.

Twelve students and five Enid Iron employees helped members of the community during the first community recycling day at EHS recently.

It was a win-win-win situation all around. Residents got to get rid of some junk.

Members of the EHS club and Enid Iron got to do a good deed, and the school received the proceeds from the recycling event.

Thumbs up to bad timing.

Garfield County commissioners had planned to replace the old elevator at the courthouse, but not soon enough.

The elevator, which is original to the building, gave out this winter.

Because of its age, there are no longer parts to fix it, so the county will need to put in an entirely new system.

That means a lot of work, as well as extra time and expense since the whole thing needs to be replaced.

As a result, the elevator will be out at least until the summer.

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