Occasionally, something will make me say, "Man, I wish Dad could see this." He passed away in 2005, so I've had plenty of opportunities to utter that phrase.

Dad was a funeral director and, because of his position, was an absolute stickler about how to fold an American flag correctly in the event of a funeral for military personnel or a police officer, for example. He felt equally as strongly about the retirement of American flags, and, yes, there is a proper way to do it.

If he were alive today, he'd be mighty proud of Eagle Scout Andrew Tanner for his creation for Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro. He would be no less impressed with Eli Currington and Blake Locher. Take a look:

It's because of my dad that I've always known there is a specifically proper way to retire an American flag. When I heard Andrew say something about people just throwing away American flags, I kind of winced a little.

As for gaga ball, I never heard of it until Eli told us about it. It sounds and LOOKS like fun:

As for what Blake has done, I have to tip my hat. We were just riding the Owensboro Greenbelt Sunday AND right around that lake. I noticed that cover which I had never seen before, and now I know how it got there.

We should all be proud of Andrew, Eli, and Blake for not only earning their Eagle Scout stripes but for bettering our experiences at Owensboro parks and on the Greenbelt.

I look forward to what happens next.

The Griffith Avenue Lions of Owensboro, Kentucky

Located at 1530 Griffith Ave, these popular statues bring so much joy to people on their way to work and school in the Dogwood-Azalea neighborhood. Here are some of their coolest costumes.

Gallery Credit: Mary-Katherine Maddox

Owensboro Streets and Landmarks Still Being Called by Their Former Names

Once you've grown familiar with something's name, it becomes difficult to quickly change your ways once it has a NEW name.

Gallery Credit: Dave Spencer