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Rain rain, go away

EDITORIAL

The Advocate-Messenger

We’ve had enough rain in Boyle County for quite a while, thank you very much.

Rain got in the way of a pair of cool events in downtown Danville this weekend — the annual Harvest Fest hosted by the Heart of Danville along Main Street; and an opportunity for the community to help paint a new mural on the side of a North Third Street business.

Harvest Fest headliner Brandon Lay had to cut his performance short due to a downpour, and the mural only got part-way done before paint started streaking.

Fortunately, those who braved the rain for the festival had a great time listening to some fantastic bands. The Heart of Danville deserves a pat on the back for putting the event together; hopefully next year we’ll see how big it can get when there’s a huge concert stage on Main Street — and blue skies above.

The United Way Day of Action, originally scheduled for today, has also been delayed until next month because of weather. That means all kinds of great community-improvement projects will have to wait.

This year, volunteers will be improving drainage at the Boyle County Health Department; upgrading and repairing a church; planting trees and shrubs along Clarks Run; sprucing up the Bluebird Market that supports the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center; organizing donated clothes for the Toliver Elementary family resource center; cleaning up at Camp Horsin’ Around; tye-dying T-shirts with residents at Signature of Danville; and many, many other activities.

Unfortunately, those activities will all be waiting until Oct. 11.

The clouds have taken up residence over central Kentucky for far too long. It’s rained on 13 days so far this month, including today. That means 50 percent of September has had precipitation. According to Kentucky Mesonet weather data, more than 8 inches of rain had fallen in Boyle this month as of yesterday. It’s the wettest September we’ve had since the Mesonet project began recording precipitation in Boyle County back in 2013. And there’s still four more days to go.

Fortunately, Boyle County has a lot of positive people who know the importance of community involvement and work hard to make things better.

When the clouds clear and the sun comes out, the Heart of Danville, the United Way and the many others who make this area great will still be there, ready to have fun and get things done.