Thumbs column – Hot Springs Sentinel

In this month of thanking and giving to others, your digit doings columnist gives a nod and a “Thumbs-up” to worldwide bestselling author, David Baldacci.
Baldacci not only entertains readers around the globe with his creative works, but helps so many through the Wish You Well Foundation he and his wife established to aid the cause of literacy.
Whenever we take pleasure in reading — regardless of the medium — let’s remember to support the various nonprofit groups that boost local and state literacy programs.
By the same token, we send out a “Salute” and “Thumbs-up” to renaming the former Thaddeus H. Caraway Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2278 — the third-oldest post in Arkansas — for two men who honored the organization and always respected its members for their service to this country.
The post was recently rededicated as the Jack E. Smoot/Ralph G. King Hot Springs VFW Post 2278 in an outdoor ceremony at its locale, 660 E. Grand Ave.
Tresa Smoot, widow of the former post commander and Navy veteran, and his daughter, Tina Donoho, spoke at the rededication gathering of Smoot’s love of fellow veterans and appreciation for their military service. Joy Riggers, niece of Ralph G. King, addressed her uncle’s faithful commitment to the post Honor Guard and his work as post commander.
Many thanks to the committee members who spent considerable time in researching post history and coming up with a select roster of names to consider.
Here is a “Thank you” and a “Thumbs-up” to the hardworking Garland County Election Commission members and poll workers who attended to myriad details and questions during the recent midterm elections.
Voting on ballot issues and a lengthy slate of candidates is a serious and sometimes difficult undertaking. Those charged with moving things along smoothly when turnouts are unusually high are to be commended for their patience and civic diligence.
On the subject of community service, another “Thumbs-up” goes to the EAST Initiative at Cutter Morning Star School District for being awarded a $3,000 recycling grant from the West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District.
Students involved in the Initiative began the recycling program last year and plan to use grant funds to expand it to the elementary school.
CMS sophomore Karen Garcia created the district’s recycling plan as an eighth-grader and now serves as chair of CMS EAST Recycling.
Best wishes to these conscientious students.
Meanwhile, a Pearcy area resident sent in the following “Thumbs-up” item for a recent good deed.
Via text, she wrote, “As I was leaving home on that Sunday morning, I saw my trash can was lying on its side and blocking my driveway. I got out of my car and was wrestling with the can when a young couple stopped by to ask if they could help. I replied that if they could just set the can upright so I could roll it out of the way, that would be great.
“The young man parked his car, hopped out, easily set my trash bin up and wheeled it off to the side. I could barely thank him as he and his little family were off for a lovely (I hope) Sunday together. They made me hopeful and happy. Thank you, young man!”
And finally, here is another “Thumbs-up” to Hot Springs resident Ty Thompson, who recently held the branch bank door open when he saw me about to enter.
The young man’s thoughtful nature impressed another customer who witnessed his courteousness and took down his name for me, agreeing that he merited some recognition.
Small acts of kindness are always appreciated.
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