CarmelFest 2012: Volunteers make it!

Now comes the Fourth of July, the wonderful celebration of our great nation’s independence. Indeed, Wednesday is an important day, and we urge you to celebrate it for all the right reasons. The day also brings an opportunity to revel in the spirit of community. With myriad festivals going on, there is no shortage of opportunities in which to partake and to experience. Countless numbers of volunteers from across our region have devoted untold hours of service in preparation for the respective events. The Fishers Freedom Festival, held June 22 and 23, is a perfect example of that. Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield and Carmel pull off similar feats each year. To us, that is as exciting as any display of pyrotechnics, although that is pretty cool, too. So, as you party on to live music, gorge yourself on festival food, visit with the various vendors at all the events and hopefully stay as cool as possible, be on the lookout for those who make it happen. Those directing traffic, emptying trash containers, helping stage the acts and countless others could use a quick “thank you” or a pat on the back, for they, more than anyone or anything, make it all come together for you.

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A press release from The White House sailed in across the transom the other day. It touted the launch of The White House Internship Program, the mission of which is to make the White House accessible to future leaders from around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities. Further, it stated a White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. We found that last statement to be incredibly ironic. Do you know of anyone in Washington who can teach either?