The new year is a time for reflection. I think that it is important to thank people who have contributed to making Cynthiana and Harrison County a better place to live. These are people or groups of people who selflessly contribute their time, energy, and yes, sometimes even money for the betterment of the community. I won’t mention names so that I don’t slight anyone, but you know who you are.
Let us start with the Rohs Opera House group. This group has brought life back into the community by devoting their time, energy and money to bring quality entertainment to Harrison County. A good way to show them your appreciation would be to show up for one or two of their scheduled events.
Then, you have the Historical Society, who exhibit great pride in the heritage of the community and sponsor the annual Grist Mill Day for the community. Even though they are only scheduled to be open twice a week, you will find that the curators are always willing to open the doors to the community or visitors to our community. Drop in and say ‘thank you’ sometime and maybe even drop a small (or large) donation in their donation box.
Then, you have members of the Harrison County Tomorrow Group that are working to make improvements within the community. From establishing a welcoming climate for visitors and businesses, coordinating downtown cleanups, working on various projects at the Handy Farm park, these people selflessly devote their time towards making the community better for all. I’m sure they would be happy if more citizens would become involved with their efforts.
We also have the Champion’s Drug Free Harrison County Program. This effort is one that should be important to us all. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the entire community involved in fighting the drug problems the community faces. Maybe participation in a hands-across Harrison County event would show that we will not tolerate illegal drugs in our community.
Let us not forget the volunteers who run the Harrison County Clothing Closet and Food Pantry. You will find these volunteers are most gracious and very appreciative of all donations made. Drop by and thank them with a donation. It would be remiss not the mention the church congregations and the various projects going on throughout the year that contribute to the well-being of the community.
We are fortunate to have a local newspaper and radio station that try to keep us informed of the goings-on in the community. They also give citizens the opportunity to have an active voice in the community. They stimulate our thoughts, so thanks to all of our radio personalities and reporters who contribute so much to our community.
Last but not least, you have the civil servants of the community who keep the community running and protect the community. There are the ladies at City Hall, county offices, public works crews, Emergency 911 operators, fire department personnel, police department and sheriff’s department that handle emergency conditions and the everyday routine of the community. When you are by one of their offices or see them out in the community, you should take time to thank them, as often times, these are the most thankless of jobs.
There are many areas where we could do better as a community, but many of these require citizens becoming actively involved within the community. It appears that some people feel disenfranchised and believe that their voices and concerns are not heard. Unfortunately, I sometimes get the impression that the majority of citizens don’t seem to care much about what goes on outside their immediate neighborhood or home. Apathy seems to have crept in. You certainly wouldn’t have to go very far to listen to people complaining about how terrible things are within the community. I believe that they would find much more contentment if they actually tried to do something constructive rather than just criticize.
I challenge everyone within the community, regardless of what neighborhood you live in, your income bracket, ethnicity, age, etc. to get involved in bringing about positive change within the community. If you are already a member of one of the many groups in the town or county, then I challenge you to think about what the group does to promote positive change. We need to work collectively as citizens for the betterment of the community. There is no better time to get involved. If you are not inclined to get involved now, then when? It is not productive to complain about conditions if you are not willing to try to work towards making them better.