Communities that care

? We sometimes surprise ourselves about what we can accomplish together if we try.

What can a community accomplish when it is presented with a worthy cause, has people who are willing to give of their time and financial resources to see it happen and then resolve to keeping working toward the goal until it is achieved?

Maybe the sky?s the limit. We see it happening so often in our Marion County communities. Even in this issue of the Free Press, you can read on Page 1 about the Florence community working toward the goal of pulling off a Labor Day weekend celebration for the 78th consecutive year, as well as a parent-based site council at Hills?boro Elementary School that organized and executed a $215,000 two-year campaign to build a new playground for kids.

You could add to that list any other number of worthy projects, completed or ongoing, in Marion and Peabody to Tampa, Ramona, Burns, Goessel and more. This is what rural living at its best is all about. It begins with a sense of pride for the things that would enhance our community life together, followed closely by the kind of cooperation and commitment that gives and gives until it feels good. ?DR