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2018-08-09 / Editorials

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Interim Editor

HAVE SOME DRIVE – I was fortunate enough to pass my driving test on the first try. I think I probably got lucky with a lenient test administrator. That, however, was somewhat anomalous among my peer group. At that age, the stakes seem so high and the pressure so great, it’s really easy to panic.

I recall the disappointed looks of friends who had not received their license on the first go-round, and there was little to be done other than to give them the old “You’ll get it next time,” which was certainly no promise.

RPM Raceway, an electric indoor go-kart facility in the Walden Galleria, is offering a serious morale boost to these folks. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, those who have failed a driving test and are within the waiting period of retaking it will be offered one free race as an incentive to prepare for their next attempt.

The event is being held in honor of National Failure Day, which, to be honest, I had no idea existed.

So, if a failed road test has got you or a friend feeling blue, you can still put in some time behind the wheel next week and prep for the next attempt.

TURKEY TROT — If you’re looking for some motivation to keep up with your fitness routine long after bathing suit season is finished, here’s something to think about — the Turkey Trot is only 15 weeks away.

That’s the prefect amount of time to start training for this time-honored event, which also happens to be the oldest consecutively run footrace in North America. Registration is now open, and if you’re up for running the 5-mile course, you can register at www.YMCABN.org until race capacity is reached.

Presented by ADPRO Sports, the YMCA Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving Day tradition. Race organizers recommend that interested participants register early to secure their spot. The YMCA Turkey Trot attracts 14,000 runners and walkers annually, and proceeds raised from the event benefit children and families who would otherwise be unable to afford vital YMCA programs and services.

For more information on this year’s race, visit www.YMCABN.org or contact the Turkey Trot call line at 875-1283.

LIBRARY FUNDING — As a child, I spent more hours than I could ever possibly count in my local library. It was a popular destination for my family on summer days. I now have a son of my own, and at 16 months, he’s a bit young to enjoy all that our branch has to offer, but he made his first trip to the library when he was less than 6 months old, and I’m eagerly awaiting the day when it becomes a place full of wonder for him as well.

The Julia Boyer Reinstein Library recently received funding to work on the building’s air conditioning and heating systems, and while that may not seem as exciting as new books or technological resources, it’s a critical and often pricey aspect of running a building that serves the public in a climate where the weather fluctuates so drastically.

Now seems as good a time as any to remind the community of the many services that the libraries offer, including all of the family-friendly programming. Be sure to check out the library calendar and go for a visit before the summer is out.

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