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Roses and thorns 8/27/17

 

Roses and thorns: Jeff Nicholes helps Libby Atkins and Susanne Nicholes carry their canoe to the water before the Island Paddle Fest at the Riverwalk Saturday morning.

Roses and thorns: Jeff Nicholes helps Libby Atkins and Susanne Nicholes carry their canoe to the water before the Island Paddle Fest at the Riverwalk Saturday morning. Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff

 

 

 

A rose of remembrance to John Robert Arnold, who died Wednesday at age 94.  

 

Arnold was a beloved figure in Starkville, where his contribution to the business community, scouting, as a Sunday School teacher and in civic affairs made him one of Starkville's leading citizens.  

 

Arnold's sunny disposition, down-to-earth manner and generosity were traits he displayed in his many varied interests, including his favorite hobby, singing. His passing is mourned by many, and for many reasons.  

 

He was, as Greater Starkville Development Partnership Chief Executive Officer Scott Maynard noted, "A great man." 

 

 

 

A rose to participants and volunteers in the second annual Island Paddle Fest, held Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.  

 

The event is a fund-raiser for Imagination Library, the pre-school reading program sponsored by The Dispatch. A group of 37 people in kayaks, canoes and paddle boards turned out for this year's event, up from 30 a year ago.  

 

For some, it was a competition over the 5.5-mile course. For others, it was just a chance to enjoy their hobby among like-minded enthusiasts. We are encouraged so many are finding fun ways to stay healthy and exercise. The waterways in our community are ideal for the kind of event we saw Saturday. 

 

 

 

A rose to Kenneth and Aimee Shaw for their efforts in rescuing pit bulls, easily the least understood and most maligned breed of dogs.  

 

The Shaws take in abandoned, neglected and abused pit bulls, including those rescued from dog-fighting rings, and nurse them back to health, providing the love and security that the breed is often deprived. The dogs they bring in are almost always in bad shape, suffering from abuse and neglect. While all dogs in their care can not be fully rehabilitated, all have a home with the Shaws, who are currently hoping to expand their rescue operations.  

 

To learn more, go to http://www.shawpitbullrescue.com. 

 

 

 

A rose to the city of Columbus, Columbus Light & Water and energy firm CLEAResult, whose collaboration has made 139 homes in Columbus more energy efficient.  

 

The Extreme Energy Makeover helped home-owners lower their utility rates by addressing air leaks, poor weather sealing, insulation, heating and cooling, duct seals and other issues. It aims to create 25 percent energy savings in homes that are at least 20 years old and targets homes in lower-income communities.  

 

For poorer residents, utility costs can be an extreme financial burden, so these kinds of programs make a real difference in the lives of many. We appreciate the leadership exhibited in brining this program to the city. 

 

 

 

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