A little bit about a lot of things:

• Together, we are stronger.

That is a universal truth (one our nation as a whole seems to be struggling with these days), and one of the underlying themes for the “Newman Together” event to be held Saturday from 10-2 in the community’s downtown plaza.

The event was created to showcase what Newman has to offer and to strengthen community bonds.

We need to work on that.

Not the community strength that shines so brightly when tragedy strikes. This community - the West Side as a whole, really - is truly remarkable when it comes to stepping forward in time of need.

But we’re not as strong as we should be in our daily routines....when we should be looking out for one another, taking the opportunities to make a positive difference, doing the little things which strengthen our community and reflect pride in that place we call home.

To be sure, there are people who do just that, giving of themselves to make our community a better place.

But we can do much more in terms of involvement and sense of community.

Saturday is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about just what Newman has to offer.....and what role each of us can play.

Organizers have done a wonderful job of lining up participants, with upward of 50 organizations, groups, businesses, etc. signed up to participate.

The event is an opportunity to showcase the best of what Newman has to offer....and I hope that it packs the plaza.

Should be a beautiful spring day.....let’s get together.

• Kudos to a trio of Yolo Middle School sixth-graders for doing the right thing after finding a wallet on campus recently containing $25 or so in cash.

The three students, Colby Cabral, Leonel Juarez and Anthony Robinson, turned the wallet into the office and it was returned to its rightful owner, with the money intact.

They are a reminder that you can do the right thing at any age.....and let’s be honest, there are plenty of adults who wouldn’t have thought twice about pocketing the cash.

Great job, guys....you set an example that others would do well to follow.

• Want to learn more about Merced County departments and services....or have some thoughts that you’d like to share with county officials? Your chance comes Monday, when Supervisor Lloyd Pareira hosts a town hall event at 6 p.m. at the Al Goman Community Center.

Wonderful opportunity to meet some of the decision-makers at the county level, and to have your voice be heard.

Kudos to the county officials for literally taking their show on the road (as Supervisor Scott Silveira did a few weeks ago in Santa Nella) and paying a visit to the West Side. That’s a great outreach, and should be well-attended.

•I love words of wisdom (lord knows I can use all the help I can get) and was impressed to notice several positive phrases posted in a Romero School classroom during a recent visit.

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire....you can’t go anywhere until you change it.”

“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.”

It’s hard to beat someone who never gives up.”

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

“Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.”

How very true....and what wonderful messages for those of all ages.

Just sayin’.

Dean Harris the Managing Editor of the West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard. He can be reached at dharris@mattosnews.com or by calling (209) 243-8104.