Nearly 20 Jackson Township Fire Division personnel had the privilege of participating in the second First Responders Day with the Buddy Ball League of Grove City in June.

I watched firefighters, police officers and sheriff deputies patiently and enthusiastically assist players with mental and physical disabilities in the enjoyment of the sport of baseball. Grove City's Buddy Ball League embodies the best of Grove City – community, family, teamwork, service and so much more.

Baseball, not only for those with special needs, is what makes our residents proud, and the roar of cheering parents, grandparents and fans for the more than 700 little-league players at the 10 baseball fields at Windsor Park adds to the area's summertime excitement. A baseball-themed water tower overlooks the city letting passersby know how much baseball is interwoven into this community.

Grove City is the place to be during the summertime for those of any age, with an Independence Day celebration that includes a second-to-none fireworks display, outdoor movies on a big screen, Friday night concerts in Town Center and Safety Town where 360 children this summer learned basic safety lessons to help them get ready for kindergarten.

Our Town Center merchants, summer festivals and the Eco-Fest are all great family-oriented places and events for both local residents and out-of-town visitors.

Southwest Franklin County Historical Society volunteers preserve the area's rich history with the newly dedicated Grant-Sawyer Home on Haughn Road and the countless hours they serve at Century Village at Fryer Park.

Grove City also is known for its vibrant patriotism and is home to the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. I, along with my fellow Jackson Township trustees, had the privilege of recognizing Daniel Lauron from Boy Scout Troop 412 at a June board meeting for the construction of a permanent site for the ceremonial retirement of U.S. flags at Jackson Township's Old Concord Cemetery.

Summertime indeed is a great time to be in Grove City, but practice for high school football along with an award-winning marching band is just around the corner. I am proud to say my grandchildren are the fifth generation to attend school in Jackson Township/Grove City.

The quality of life in this community is unmatched, and there is just no better place to raise a family than Grove City year-round, hands down.

It has been my privilege to serve as a Jackson Township trustee since 1998 and I have always been committed to excellence in public service and improvements to public safety. Jackson Township has the best-trained and well-equipped fire department around with high ratings, and I am committed to doing my part for Jackson Township in continuing to provide the highest quality fire and emergency medical services for our residents.

Do not hesitate to contact me at burrisd@jacksontwp.org or 614-679-2429 if I may be of service to you and your family.

David Burris is chairman of the Jackson Township board of trustees.