PEAK to Saturday’s 59th annual Rome Noon Optimist Club pancake breakfast at the Rome Civic Center. They served more than 3,000 pancakes and cooked 600 pounds of fresh sausage. The event raised more than $40,000 which the club invests in serving our youngest residents. The club motto is “Friend of Youth.” Indeed, the Noon Optimist Club is a friend of Northwest Georgia thanks to all their great efforts.
PEAK to area high school football teams for a season to remember. None of us saw “wipe out Friday” on the way, even with the inclement weather. With so many teams in the initial playoff hunt, only one survives – the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes. We wish them well in their battle for another 4A state title and commend all the student athletes, bands, coaches and supporters of all this season’s high schools. Nice to know it all begins again Aug. 21 with another edition of the Corky Kell Classic at Barron Stadium. Three area teams will be involved – Rome, Rockmart and Cedartown.
PEAK to the Berry Vikings for another great football season that ended Saturday at Valhalla. This senior class walks away with four consecutive Southern Athletic Association titles and three consecutive NCAA Division III playoff appearances. Not bad for a college that didn’t even have a football team a decade ago. Indeed, #WeAllRow.
VALLEY to all the commotion regarding United Way of Rome and Floyd County funding. We’ve served on enough local boards to know the impact of a funding loss. This time, many of those dollars are being directed toward something to help make a permanent change in the community. Rather than complaining about it, get busy lining up other potential revenue sources. This is an incredibly generous town. Present your respective cases and see if other groups or individuals are interested. For now, all this debate is just empowering those earlier comments about “nonprofit silos” preventing needed work from getting done. Don’t give city government another excuse to stick this latest homelessness plan on another shelf for another decade and then blame the nonprofits because they don’t cooperate.(And for the record, we blame that 10-year hiatus on the city’s inability to lead, at least in our personal history book).
PEAK to more new life in the River District. As Aventine comes online this week, we commend another bid to reclaim Fifth Avenue and West Third Street as a base of Rome’s promise for tomorrow happening today. From River City Bank to the Tony E. Warren Cancer Center from Harbin Clinic to Barron Stadium upgrades to the Courtyard to the Foundry and now Aventine, the improvements in this area have been major league. And don’t’ forget Wayne Robinson’s plans for TheDistrict. That’s a $25 million investment on its own.
VALLEY to all of the hubbub around this time of year, from Black Friday to Small Business Saturday to Cyber Monday to Giving Tuesday and whatever else we forgot. Exactly how long will it be before some marketing geek tries to pin one of these tags on Sunday, the day of the sabbath and a day of rest? We understand the causes in the mix of these, from supporting small business to helping our nonprofits. But do they all have to be stacked up this way, especially around a holiday designed to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy?
Speaking of which, PEAK to those behind the annual Love Feast/Feed the Hungry event at the Rome Civic Center once again this year. It usually pulls some of us out of our pre-holiday Grinch grumpiness – especially when we get the calls and emails from area families asking how to help those in need on Thanksgiving Day. This is the type of day we should be talking about, not Black Friday.