Follies volunteers and HAPO
Tri-Cities Water Follies celebrated 50 years of hydroplane racing in the Tri-Cities this year and did so in a grand fashion despite Mother Nature’s failure to cooperate Saturday as wind gusts forced the delay of some action to Sunday. Whether or not you are a hydroplane race fan you have to be a fan of the grass-roots effort and hard work of more than a thousand area volunteers who make it happen. Many of those volunteers – too many to try and list - work all year around to stage this event. Many have done so for decades. Equally important to the success of Water Follies are the civic-minded businesses that support the event. HAPO Community Credit Union, the title sponsor of the HAPO Gold Cup and HAPO Air Show, continues year after year to demonstrate its commitment to the community through this and numerous other major event sponsorship throughout the summer.
Gun debate clouds real issue
Within minutes of the reporting of the theatre shooting in Louisiana last television pundits were vilifying those in Congress who opposed stronger gun control legislation. Gun control activists will point to this tragedy as proof stronger regulations are needed. Opponents of stricter gun laws will point out that had current laws been appropriately enforced the shooter would have been prevented from purchasing the gun. That debate replays itself, one way or another, after every similar tragedy. If those who passionately pursue stronger gun laws would passionately pursue providing adequate mental health services in this country they might find friends where they’ve traditionally found foes and together they might help avoid future such tragedies.
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Art in the Park fundraiser
While boats and planes roared to the delight of Water Follies fans in Kennewick families quietly strolled through Howard Amon Park in Richland. More than 200 vendors featuring art and crafts offered attendees to the 65th annual Art in the Park. Two-day event is a fund raiser for Allied Arts Association, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting art development, awareness and education for the Mid-Columbia. Thumbs up to the association, their volunteers and the vendors for putting on a top-shelf family event.
To learn more about Allied Arts Association visit their website at www.alliedartsrichland.org.