Fast Boats And Help For Kids

What does a kind young woman helping a physically challenged tot learn to walk have in common with a raceboat roaring and bouncing across waves on the Ohio River at 120 mph?

The Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta, which continues today at the Heritage Port.

Here in the Ohio Valley, many folks seem unable to hold a special event simply to have a good time. Most of them raise money for wonderful causes.

Monday’s Dan Dague Memorial car and motorcycle show at The Highlands helps Lions Clubs with sight programs. Dozens of young men and women have gotten help paying for college from the annual Italian Festival in Wheeling. I can’t remember the last steak fry I heard of that didn’t benefit some seriously ill child or another worthy cause.

So it is with the regatta, which has raised a ton of money for the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Wheeling.

Now, people who know me will be truly shocked to learn this: I absolutely love the regatta. But between it and watching children being helped at the Easter Seals center, it’s an easy choice. The kids win.

Fortunately, once a year I can watch (and listen to) raceboats driven by some men and women who normal people may judge to be clinically insane – and help the Easter Seals center help the kids.

If you’ve seen the old hydroplanes – which, incidentally, have none of the safety features required on modern raceboats – you know how much fun they are. If you haven’t, you really ought to head down to the Heritage Port today. There’s no admission charge.

Time to set the record straight: A few months ago, Wheeling Hospital was recognized for its record of keeping patients safe.

In reporting the story, information about other area hospitals was presented. That led some critics to slam Wheeling Hospital for allegedly saying bad things about some competitors.

That never happened. Wheeling Hospital’s news releases and advertising on the issue cited its patient safety record, without discussing other health care facilities. News reports added information about others.

Fair is fair: This is one in which the Wheeling Hospital folks got a bad, inaccurate rap.

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