My wife and I don't take many vacations, but recently we were able to get out town for a week and enjoy some sightseeing. It's nice to take a break from our busy lives, but when I am away I realize that southern Indiana is a place where people should feel lucky to live.
We have had several catastrophic weather events in the area lately and I have seen many people come together to help their neighbors and strangers alike to clean up after the storms and offer support to those in need.
In the last month we have had severe flooding and more recently there was a tornado that came through Haubstadt. On the news you often hear of other communities across the country that waits first for the National Guard or other emergency services to come in and help. But here I have seen firsthand people in our communities who, if they are able, get out right away offering a helping hand.
This helpful attitude makes me so proud to be a Hoosier and to be from southern Indiana.
Our communities are also very resilient. When these disasters happen we rally and get back to our daily lives quickly. This was true when the large tornado destroyed so many homes in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties in 2005 and continues to be the case.
Similarly, Haubstadt residents have had to do quite a bit of clean-up after the tornado, as well. In spite of that they will still be holding their annual Sommerfest.
The Sommerfest is a great celebration of the area's German heritage. It will be held June 16-18 and will include a parade, a talent show, lots of live music, and delicious food and drinks including a beer garden.
I know that many of you can relate to the pride I have in our communities. I feel blessed to have such wonderful neighbors. Thank you for your continued support.
Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)