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Police go the extra mile for Special Olympics

Thumbs up … to members the Princeton Police Department and Police Chief Tom Kammerer for their successful efforts to raise money for Special Olympics.

The department got special recognition from Special Olympics Illinois at a recent conference for raising the most money for a first-year department.

Thus inspired, Kammerer and his officers have set a second-year goal of raising $10,000 — not an easy task. But they’re ready to go the extra mile. First, they will put their bodies on the line at the annual Polar Plunge event in Mendota on Feb. 29. Brrr! Then, they’ll put their card-playing skills on the line at a Euchre Tournament the department will host March 15 at the Princeton Moose Lodge.

We salute Princeton police officers for serving and protecting the public, and also for their active support for local Special Olympics competitors. We encourage the public to open their wallets and purses to help out a fine cause.

Thumbs down … to another programming error, this time in an app that caused chaos in the counting of votes in Monday’s Iowa caucuses and threw the results into doubt for much longer than is acceptable.

Election technology has been known to backfire before, but the Iowa Democratic Party has some major explaining to do after the huge buildup to the 2020 caucuses, then the infuriating wait for the outcome.

There’s a right way conduct statewide caucuses, and there’s a wrong way. Iowans had better look long and hard to find the right way once again.

Thumbs up … to the Walnut Rotary Club for picking up the sponsorship of a longtime community event, the annual spaghetti supper, a fundraiser that for years was put on by the First Christian Church of Walnut.

However, church members recently concluded they could no longer host the event, which generated funds for Walnut’s Summer Meal and Holiday Food Basket programs.

Rotary members, realizing the importance of funding those programs, took it upon themselves to keep the event going and will continue to put the proceeds toward summer meals and holiday baskets.

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Walnut Community Building for some tasty Italian spaghetti, salad, bread and homemade dessert. Be sure to thank Walnut Rotarians for their outstanding commitment to their community. And while you’re at it, when you pay for your meals, why not tell them to keep the change?

Thumbs up … to compliments, especially one received last week by the Bureau County Metro Center from Andy Thurman, executive director of the Geneseo Park District. Thurman passed along kind words from one of his advisory committee members to Princeton Park District Executive Director Elaine Russell, who reported them at Monday’s park board meeting.

The Geneseo man came to Prince­ton for a visit and was impressed by the clean and well-maintained Metro Center. He liked seeing hand sanitizer available in many locations. He received a “great tour” from the staff, and left with positive vibes. “Kudos to you and your staff on how you maintain the Metro Center,” Thurman wrote.

We’ll add our kudos as well. Princeton and Bureau County are fortunate to have such an outstanding facility in our midst.

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