Editorial: Helping kids navigate summer fun

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 06:27 PM

Summer means bike rides for kids, and the Henderson-Vance Safe Kids Coalition is taking an annual step to help on Tuesday.

That’s when a bike rodeo and safety instructions will be shared at the Henderson Family YMCA. Last year’s event was a rousing success, with members of the Henderson Police Department, the Optimist Club, Vance County 4-H, the YMCA and Safe Kids providing assistance.

Not only do youth go through various segments designed to help their thinking skills while riding, they also experienced indoor activities, getting information on brain trauma and brain injuries.

• He might have grown up in Philadelphia, but he was born in Henderson and we’re proud to call him one of ours. He’s still got family nearby, too.

Dr. Michael Elam is the new president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College, one of 58 in the North Carolina system. He’s got a slew of educational and administrative training on his resume.

He’s taking 32 of years of experience in higher education with him to Roanoke-Chowan. He’s also taking an understanding of small town life, despite growing up in Philly.

“I feel like I’m a small town person because of my roots, and I’ve always enjoyed the time I spent in North Carolina visiting with family in the area,” Elam said.

He most recently worked in the state office of the Louisiana community college system out of Baton Rouge. We hope the choice works out well for Roanoke-Chowan and for Elam.

• State pride goes halfway across the country when N.C. State and North Carolina meet in baseball’s College World Series Sunday.

Funny thing these Tobacco Road rivalries. Once upon a time, the NCAA’s basketball tournament was 22 to 25 teams for about 20 years, then slowly started getting bigger and with more than one team per conference in the 1970s. By 1985, with 64 teams, we were all excited about the possibility Duke, UNC, N.C. State or Wake Forest — the Big Four — might one day meet on the biggest of stages.

ACC teams have played each other, but the Big Four are still awaiting that Big Dance clash.

Sunday’s game is special, whether you like the red team or the blue team. We hope one of them brings home the title.