Terrific News Tuesday

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. – Edward Kennedy

Welcome to December! It’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (TNT), this column is all about good news – there’s no complaining or criticizing today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Giving Tuesday
  • Canned Food & Municipal Court
  • Toys for Children
  • Tops in Blue
  • Powder River Training Complex
  • Cyber Monday Sales
  • Kobe Bryant

Giving Tuesday:

Besides being “Terrific News Tuesday,” today is Giving Tuesday! USA Today reports that #GivingTuesday is a 24-hour online campaign that began in 2012 dedicated to encouraging people to make donations to charities, volunteer and generally support philanthropic efforts.

This is a great idea!

Canned Food & Municipal Court:

Here’s a great idea – You can pay your fine and help those in need during the annual Canned Food Day in the Great Falls Municipal Court. Canned Food Day in Municipal Court is this Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, defendants who are making monthly payments on fines have the option of bringing in canned food in lieu of December’s payment. For 10 donated non-perishable food items, $50 will be credited toward total fines owed. The maximum amount you can get credit for is $50.

Toys for Children:

It’s always great to hear about young people giving back to their community!

Television station KRTV reported recently that fifteen kids from the Rock N’ Rollerz Jr. Roller Derby Team in Great Falls came out on Sunday to buy toys for children in need. The team raised over $3,000 by selling chocolate bars so they could buy the gifts. They are also sponsoring three families this holiday season.

Tops in Blue:

When I was a member of the U.S. Air Force I always enjoyed when “Tops in Blue” performed at my base. The good news is they are still performing around the world and recently entertained the patriots from Malmstrom AFB near Great Falls, Montana.

According to a story from the Public Affairs office at Malmstrom AFB, Tops in Blue is comprised of some of the Air Force’s top vocalists, dancers, musicians and technicians, Tops in Blue travels across the globe to promote community relations, support recruiting efforts, boost morale and serve as ambassadors for the United States and the U.S. Air Force.

Powder River Training Complex:

I supported the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) from the beginning. The PRTC is 35,000-square-mile airspace over the Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming.

The great news is that the first large-scale exercise in the expanded PRTC will be held this Wednesday and Thursday. (Source)

This expansion will save millions and allow crews to train closer to home.

Cyber Monday Sales:

It’s good to hear that Cyber Monday may be the largest online sales day ever. According to the Los Angeles Times, sales may reach $3 billion for the first time.

Is this a great country or what?

Kobe Bryant:

Applause goes to Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant for the classy way he told fans this would be his last season. You can read his “Dear Basketball” poem posted on The Players’ Tribune HERE.

Bryant has played 20 seasons, all with the Lakers. He has five NBA Championship rings and two Olympic Gold Medals. He will be remembered as one of the greatest players in NBA history.


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