Last week’s Fourth of July Family Jamboree was a great example of how one man’s vision, with the help of several sponsors and friends, made this first-time event a true success.
City Councilman Brian Morgan took it upon himself to organize a family-centered event that celebrated America’s birthday and brought southern Iowans together.
It also served as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Naval Air Station in their efforts to turn the Ottumwa NAS administration building into a museum.
And the community responded by showing up and partaking in what will surely be an annual event.
There were games, food, music and of course, the fireworks, which have been a part of Ottumwa’s July 4 celebrations for years.
But Morgan and those who came to support the jamboree understood that there could be more to the community’s Independence Day celebration than a few fireworks.
We look forward to more celebrations like this in the future because it brings together families, neighbors and friends and, more importantly, showcases Ottumwa and all we have to offer.
This week, temperatures are expected to hover around the mid-80s, much cooler than the triple digits we experienced last week.
That being said, however, we are still in the midst of summer, and the thermometer could easily surpass 100 degrees again between now and the end of August.
Let’s be sure to keep a continued watch over friends and neighbors who do not have central air or air conditioning. Be sure and check on elderly residents, children and household pets to assure their safety.
We all grumbled about this past week and how sweltering the temperatures were, but it’s still early in the summer season, and we all must find ways to stay patient and keep cool.