September is a great month. Not only does it usher in the (theoretically) cooler fall season, but it also brings us football and the pennant races of baseball, Labor Day weekend and, of course, International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19 for those of you who have not been introduced).
It was a busy month here in the Branson area. We here at the Branson Tri-Lakes News tried to share as much of the good news as we could. Here are just a few examples.
The month began with the Tri-Lakes community pulling together to provide support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Several businesses, nonprofits and students pulled together to raise funds and supplies for the people affected by several Atlantic storms that would struck the United States and U.S. territories. Ride the Ducks even dispatched some of their vehicles to assist in relief efforts, just as they had done after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This area has a long history of reaching out to assist others in need, and trait was out in full force in September.
Silver Dollar City took time Sept. 3 to honor and pay respects to 300 Gold Star family members. The memorial service honored a total of 59 fallen veterans. A Gold Star mother spoke at the event, as well as Missouri Lt. Gov. Michael Parson. Throughout September, Silver Dollar City offered free admission to police, firefighters, EMTs and current or retired military personnel. The month concluded with a Memorial Stair Climb at Echo Hollow Amphitheater in remembrance of the New York City firefighters lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Silver Dollar City knows how to represent the Tri-Lakes Area with class and dignity. They’ve been doing it for a long time.
Once again, Branson Landing held its annual School Shoes for Kids program. The Landing each year collects hundreds of shoes. Those shoes are distributed to school districts in Taney and Stone counties for children in need. At the start of the school year, there are many children who do not have what many of us take for granted. Thanks to the School Shoes for Kids program, there is at least one problem many children will not have to worry about.
The Branson Airport hosted the AirPower History Tour, at which residents could view a good portion of this country’s historical combat aircraft. Individuals could see the cockpit of B-29, or watch a daredevil pilot fly stunts in a bi-wing plane. The event is put on by the Branson Airport, the Branson Veterans Task Force and the Commemorative Air Force. It’s a treat to have such an event in our area.
Back at Branson Landing, the Blues, Brews and Barbeque festival gave residents a chance to enjoy music, food and games with all money raised going to the Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks. The Boys and Girls Club operates on donations, such events like this are crucial in assisting such an important area institution.
Finally, Forsyth native Nicholas LaRocque was recently promoted to chief petty officer. It’s an accomplishment only one-in-five eligible sailors achieve each year. The Branson Tri-Lakes News congratulates the 1997 Forsyth High School graduate for his accomplishment in service to our country. And we most certainly appreciate his service.
That was just some of the good news to be found in the pages of the Branson Tri-Lakes News in September. I can’t wait to see what all October brings.