Roses and thorns 5-10-09

May 9, 2009



A bouquet of roses to all the moms out there. Today is her day. She bore you for nine months, changed your diapers, fed you, got you dressed and to school and never stopped worrying about you, even today. Give your mom a call, or, better yet, go visit her. You can''t really thank her enough. Happy Mothers'' Day, Mom.



A rose to Main Street Columbus Inc. and all the organizers of last week''s Market Street Festival. Main Street''s only fundraiser, Market Street Festival each year draws a crowd of tens of thousands, offering an impressive venue of musical performers, food, art and fun.



This year''s event was no different, drawing more than 30,000 people to Columbus'' downtown, the very entity its profits go toward beautifying.


The event raised more than $40,000 for Main Street, 100 percent of which will be pumped back into downtown, helping to keep it beautiful, vibrant and growing.



Roses to the more than 40 volunteers who poured their hearts and sweat into helping to build a home for a local family of 14. The Columbus-Lowndes chapter of Habitat for Humanity Thursday hosted its second annual Women Build Day, sponsored by Lowe''s.


This year''s project is at 859 Kidd Road in Caledonia, soon-to-be the address of Dave and Lee Wilson, who have a dozen children living in their care -- eight of which they adopted. Members of the Lowe''s and CAFB families, as well as other community volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., helping to put finishing touches on the roof, applying Styrofoam boards and covering the home in moisture-barrier wrap.


The Wilson home should be completed by the end of the summer, thanks to help from volunteers who will be working nearly every Saturday until the house is move-in ready.


For more information about Columbus-Lowndes Habitat for Humanity, to volunteer or to donate to the cause, call Kathy Arinder at 662-329-2501. Also, visit the organization online at



Roses to members and founders of the Link''d Young Professionals. The organization last week celebrated its one-year anniversary.


In connection with the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, nine graduates of the nine-month Leadership Lowndes County program last year formed Link''d, an organization for young professionals, designed to offer networking and educational opportunities to future community leaders.


Since its inception, the program has been going strong and adding names to its roster.


Everyone within the 21 to 40 age group is eligible for membership in the group.


Through monthly luncheons and socials, Link''d Young Professionals has raised more than $2,000 for local charities such as the United Way of Lowndes County, the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Fatherless Child Ministries and the Columbus Arts Council.


For more information about Link''d Young Professionals, contact Shasta Nance at the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link at 662-328-8369 or e-mail [email protected]