The dictionary

defines the word tradition as "Something that is passed down through the generations or something you do time after time."

Eating turkey is part of our Thanksgiving tradition, but in Tallmadge, we have a different tradition ... it's going to the Little League World Series.

That is part of us, our city and our history. It is something passed down through the generations and done time after time.

Tallmadge Little League has been around for over five decades, and during that time, there has been a team in the Little League World Series every decade; some decades even more than once. A total of 10 Tallmadge teams have been to the Little League World Series.

That being said, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Girls 2014 Little League World Series team.

They were great role models for the younger players. They made our city proud. They played with team work, sportsmanship and class. That's how they will always be remembered. They have made memories that will last a lifetime.

A big "thank you" to all the parents, coaches and players who have worked so hard to continue this Tallmadge tradition.

From the very first Tallmadge team in 1974, the community has rallied around to support its hometown heroes. The unbelievable outpouring of financial and moral support is no surprise to me, because once again, that is part of our tradition.

Some of us, like a few of the families from this year's team, have been blessed to have had two or three generations participate in this tradition. The source of pride in our community that this brings is awesome.

Again, thank you, and congratulations to the 2014 team. Because of them, our tradition continues.

Randy Keen, Tallmadge