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Roses & Thorns 10-9-2011




A rose to the Columbus United Soccer Club. The Columbus United Under-14 boys' soccer team won the championship at the Clinton Fall Invitational Sept. 24-25. It was the first time a Columbus team has won the tournament. And the Columbus team was the only one from the Northern District to reach the finals in any age group. Columbus United is in its fourth year. This year, the team boasts players from Hamilton, Caledonia, New Hope and Columbus. 




A rose to organizers of Saturday's second annual Legends Concert, a homegrown event that brings big names to the Friendly City for an event the entire community can enjoy. This year's concert featured the Temptations with Dennis Edwards, Rare Earth, former Lynyrd Skynyrd member Artimus Pyle and The Flames. Legends has found its niche in bringing acts that bring back old memories and offer opportunities for new ones. We hope the event continues to grow and become part of the Columbus landscape. 




A rose to Franklin Academy Principal Patricia Overstreet and more than 50 fathers who came to the school earlier this week to learn more about being better fathers from Edward Yeates, founder of Father's Child Ministries. Research shows parental involvement has a direct correlation to student achievement. 




A thorn to the Caledonia Board of Aldermen, who greeted Mayor George Gerhart with stony silence when he asked for volunteers to help him plan this year's Christmas parade. The mayor had vetoed raises for town employees, and even though his stand was unsuccessful, feathers were obviously ruffled. We hope the mayor and aldermen will have set aside their differences by next weekend's eighth annual Caledonia Days. 




A rose to homeowners for opening their historic homes for this year's Fall Tour of Homes. It takes much effort, energy and hospitality to welcome tourists into your home. And the homeowners also work year-round to maintain the houses. Tours continue from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.  


Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for military members and seniors, $10 for students ages six and older, and free for children five-years-old and younger. 


Visitors can ride in a horse-drawn carriage or on the double decker bus for $5. For more information, visit or call 1-800-920-3533. 




Roses to Fairview Elementary Aerospace and Science Magnet School teacher Jean Ann Evans and her kindergarten students for taking time out of their schedule every two weeks, to visit residents of Trinity Personal Care Center assisted-living facility. Every other Tuesday, the students chat, craft and sing with their special friends at Trinity. And the seniors there offer their insight on life. Despite the age gap, the children and seniors bond and develop friendships.



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Article Comment jsavage commented at 10/12/2011 1:43:00 PM:

While the dispatch is so busy handing out thorns perhaps you would do well to give yourself one. The reason that the Caledonia Board of Aldermen sat in "stony" silence was because they felt sure that I would be volunteering to chair the Christmas Parade Committee. I personally called George Gerhart on Thursday morning and told him that I wanted to chair the committee. After a few seconds of silence he said that he would like to be involved as well. I told him that was fine and that there is no reason that we can't work together. I chaired last year's committee and with the help of an awesome committee, Caledonia had the biggest & best Christmas parade that we have ever had. I see no reason why that can't happen this year too. That being said I still have another project to help finish and that is Caledonia Day which is coming up this Friday and Saturday. Almost two dozen Caledonia residents have been involved in preparing for this event and it looks to be even bigger & better that previous years before! That's what we do here...improve every year! All of the aldermen have been involved at one point or other in working with this committee. We are going to make this event happen... and you'll see that differences can be set aside and this will be a huge success!


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