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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jul 9, 2008

After their fundraising events this past Fourth of July weekend, the Armstrong Aquatic Center Committee has raised approximately $296,000 toward its goal of $300,000.

It seems like it should be so easy to come up with that last $4,000, but as anyone who has worked with fundraising can attest, those last few dollars can be the toughest. One thing we need to keep in mind is that Armstrong is a community of 1,000 people. For that many individuals to raise $300 a person is nothing short of phenomenal.

So now is your chance to help the good folks of Armstrong get the pool they so greatly need and deserve. Keep in mind that the pool project is no frivolity. The state has mandated that Armstrong replace its pool or it would be closed. And the children and adults of Armstrong need a pool for summer family recreation.

The people of Armstrong did the right thing when they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, held fundraisers, and pounded the pavement to make things happen.

To thank all those who helped would be impossible (we’ll give you that list later once it’s all compiled). Suffice it to say that you can have a role in getting the Armstrong pool fund over the top by sending your donation or pledge to: Armstrong Aquatic Center Fund, P.O. Box 229, Armstrong, IA 50514.

So dive in and pool together!

Greet the Guardsmen!

The local Guardsmen will be returning from their assignment in Kosovo at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday at the high-school football field. They will be escorted by law enforcement and the Patriot Riders.

Let’s see how many thousand people we can get out to welcome them home.

Incidentally, Emmet County Kinship held a campout at Fort Defiance State Park for Kinkids, mentors, board members, and their families last July 20, the same day the Guard units deployed for Kosovo.

Kinship will hold its annual campout this Friday, the same day the Guardsmen return.

Is that merely a coincidence, or could it be a sign that Kinship can help soften the absence of a parent on military deployment with the presence of a caring adult mentor.

To learn more about Emmet County Kinship, call 362-2828.