GUEST COLUMN: A moment to reflect

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By Don Pay

It was an honor to be a part of “Relay for Life” this past weekend at Spencer County High School.  To see the level of community support and commitment for this event was inspiring. 

Cancer affects all of us; whether you are a cancer survivor, or it has touched a friend, loved one, or a family member.  It was also great fun judging the cooking contest and merchant window displays as Relay for Life painted our town purple last week. 

Congratulations to Joy Thompson, Carol Stratton, the many volunteers, and the American Cancer Society for their hard work and heartfelt dedication.  You all are true community patriots.

 Also congratulations to Reverend Jon Rohr and the congregation of Plum Creek Baptist Church celebrating a landmark 200-year anniversary.  This is a milestone in Spencer County history.

 I have always felt that our children are the greatest natural resource of our community.  They are the future of Taylorsville and Spencer County.  They are the leaders of tomorrow. 

From the more than twenty seven hundred students coming into our elementary schools, going from elementary to middle, from middle to high school, and the 187 new high school graduates, I salute all of you and wish you the best. 

As a former teacher, I am particularly impressed by the commitment of the 400 staff members in our school system who are the guiding hands.

From school board members to superintendent, principals, counselors, teachers, aides, administrative staff, lunchroom staff, maintenance, bus drivers and volunteers, I recognize your importance and dedication.

 G. K. Chesterton once said; “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist.  Children already know that dragons exist.  Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed”  So, tie your shoes, get out there, and slay those dragons.  Make your claim in life and live your adventure.

 As always, if I can be of any help to you, contact me at the mayors’ office at 477-9050.