Our Voice: We're thankful for little things that add up to a lot

Topping off the carousel

Carousel rides are getting closer in the Tri-Cities. The GESA Carousel of Dreams is scheduled to open at Southridge in January.

It's been a long time coming, with several starts and stops along the way.

We've been skeptical and supportive at different times during the evolution from what-if to reality.

At this point, we're satisfied with public-private partnerships that benefit the community.

We're looking toward the future, with more projects like this one on the radar.

Field work

If you get your food from a can or the freezer section of the grocery store, you likely have lost touch with the land. Farming has becoming a highly technical occupation, and those who work in agriculture must balance technology with Mother Nature.

So the Future Farmers of America competition that gives students real experience in their "field" piques our interest.

Participants spent the day as soil conservationists -- with a hands-on opportunity.

Soil conservation is not something most of us think about, but we would be complaining about the result if others weren't diligently working at it.

Most of us take for granted all the things other people do. We don't stop to think that someone actually changes the lightbulbs in our traffic signals or that without proper soil conservation techniques, we would be back to the days of the Dust Bowl drought that devastated the Great Plains region.

We appreciate the opportunity for kids to learn through experience and we're grateful for the farmers (and their support crew) that keep us fed.

Marathon mission

Hats off to the 25 helpers who pushed Chucky Maugh the 26.2 miles of the Tri-Cities Marathon on Sunday.

And congratulations to all the runners. It takes a lot to run a marathon. The first 26 miles are pretty easy, so we hear, then it gets rough.

The volunteers who pushed Chucky's specialty jogging wheelchair only had to go one mile each.

Physically, it was not a big challenge for them. And, no doubt, they were fueled by the excitement of helping someone do something he could not do for himself.

But this story is more than one day's race.

It's about raising money to buy two jogging wheelchairs and about setting the precedent to include nonrunners in more races in the Tri-Cities.

It's about lots of people helping a little to make something great happen.

It's a routine we see over and over again in this community, and we're thankful for all of the little drops that fill our bucket.