New merry-go-round is dedicated

Merry-go-round comes from a long-time community supporter

VAN HORNE – When Sally Donald was lost to cancer in 2018, the Van Horne community lost someone who was always giving.

She had one more thing to give.

The memorial for Sally went to a handicapped accessible merry-go-round in the city park. In mind for the new playground equipment was her young neighbor.

That neighbor took one the first official spins on the merry-go-round, and words of dedication were spoken at Van Horne City Park, Sunday, June 7.

Mayor Marty Junge accepted the equipment on behalf of the city. He thanked the Donald family for donating to the merry-go-round. “It’s going to be something that will be used for generations.”

Giving a prayer at the dedication was Pastor Leonard “Doc” Ranson. Looking at the new merry-go-round, Ranson observed, “Having this addition to this park is just saying she’s still giving. She’s still helping people. She’s still giving of herself.

Sally’s husband Ron thanked people for attending, as well as taking part in the Relay For Life held shortly after for a team centered around Sally. He thanked the local businessmen’s club and the Lions for persevering in construction of the equipment. “I think we have something here that everybody can be proud of.”

Junge also noted the nearby ninja obstacle course, also assembled by the businessmen and Lions. Connie Donald, Sally’s sister-in-law, had the idea for the project. The course was dedicated to the citizens of Van Horne.

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