Our point of view: many reasons to sing | Editorials

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Sunday is our day of worship and there is certainly reason to sing this week.

There’s a whole new reminder of why to be proud of our community and the people educated here. The Joplin Schools Foundation is launching its first class of inductees into the Joplin Schools Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Project recognizes and honors the achievements of outstanding alumni of Joplin High School, Lincoln School, Memorial High School and Parkwood High School.

The inductees are:

• KATHERINE BROWNE, graduate of Memorial in 1972, renowned professor and anthropologist.

• EMERSON FOULKE, 1947 Joplin graduate, eminent braille researcher, professor.

• JIM GOODKNIGHT, graduate of Joplin in 1962, general partner of Edward Jones, leader of the innovative industry.

• HENRY ROBERTSON, 1947 Joplin graduate, business owner, community leader.

• MARY CURTIS CHENOWETH WARTEN, 1933 Joplin graduate, writer, actress, community leader.

An inductee recognition ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 in the Joplin High School Black Box Theater, 2104 Indiana Ave. Attending the ceremony is not just an opportunity to celebrate the inductees. Proceeds from the ceremony will benefit the Joplin Graduate Foundation Scholarship Program. For tickets, contact foundation member Kim Woodard at 417-434-5767.

Let’s go from a new event to a return to tradition. The Carthage Maple Leaf Festival culminated this weekend with the 56th Annual Parade, 57th Annual Marching Band Competition and more.

After the disruptions of the pandemic and the changes made as a result of COVID-19, the festival events have turned to their historical formats. The parade resumed its historic route; the Maple Leaf Car Show and associated Maple Leaf Cruise Party Friday night returned to pre-pandemic venues; and the Carthage Fire Department Pancake Feed, a Maple Leaf staple for years, was back for the first time since 2019.

Not that change isn’t good – it often is – but there is a warm sense of joyful reassurance in celebrating enduring traditions and returning to them after a period of absence.

Combine all of this with the beautiful fall weather we are enjoying and we have plenty to rent in the Four States.

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