One hundred and five thousand dollars.
That’s how much the United Way needs to reach its 2013-14 goal.
That goal is $425,000. And it’s a goal that has been topped only once here in Marion County. A total of $320,000 has been collected thus far, and that figure is impressive.
It shows the United Way volunteers have been doing their usual great job at a time of year when it seems just about everybody is attempting to raise money. And that is nothing new. That’s just the fact of life as Christmas draws near.
There are several things going on this weekend that could boost that total significantly.
A telephone blitz is planned for this morning — one that should contact many residents as well as businesses that have not contributed to the United Way this year.
The Oldies Dance is scheduled tomorrow evening, and this event brings out many people each year. Tickets may be purchased at the United Way office today and tomorrow and at the Fairmont Elks Lodge, the site of the dance.
“The Taste of Marion County” will be going on during the dance, and based on past experience, this has proven very popular. We trust you will keep that on your calendar for Friday night.
Another event that has grown more popular with each passing year is the Celebration of Lights at Morris Park. That’s being held each weekend during December. The light displays have grown and improved each year, as those people who have seen them already can tell you.
And remember, the United Way supports 22 Marion County agencies. There are few people in the county who haven’t used at least one and in many cases more of these agencies.
They touch all walks of life. That is what makes the United Way so special.
The United Way is people helping people. And the money does not have to be paid until December of next year.
There are several payment options — bill me (monthly, quarterly, etc.), credit cards, automatic debit from your bank account, as well as checks or cash.
Marion County has a good success string going in its United Way campaigns. We feel confident that this string will be continued this year with the generous cooperation of Marion County residents.
One hundred and five thousand dollars.
State native Burwell can ‘deliver results’ as Health and Human Services secretary
Sylvia Mathews Burwell might not be a name with which most people are immediately familiar.
For the past year, she has run the budget office under President Barack Obama.
Prior to that, she served as president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program and later the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Marion scores well in recent health report but could do better
When it comes to area-wide studies, especially on health, there’s usually good news and bad news.
So was the recent report on the health of America’s counties released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently. The nationwide county study evaluated health outcomes and health factors, and ranked counties accordingly.
COLUMN: ‘Instant’ news not always reliable
That little word has a pretty big meaning. With origins that date back to the 15th century, it means urgent, current, immediate.
But think about how that word has developed over the past few decades.
Instant pudding. Instead of slaving over a hot stove for a few minutes, you can now pour cold milk and with a bit of stirring, instant pudding!
Decision to be an organ donor can save lives
Chelsea Clair watched as her father died waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
So when she met Kyle Froelich at a car show in 2009 and heard about his struggles to find a kidney that would match his unique needs, she never hesitated to offer hers to the man she just met.
Volunteers continue to have priceless impact on community
Chances are, you know someone who volunteers. Perhaps you’re a volunteer yourself.
Marion County is full of volunteers.
They read to our youth.
They assist nonprofit agencies.
They serve on boards and committees.
And in 2013, they spent a day picking up nearly 10 tons of garbage that had been tossed out on public property around Marion County.
Proposed school calendar lives up to letter and spirit of law
West Virginia state law requires that students be in a classroom for 180 days.
Strong Fairmont General Hospital badly needed to serve our region
Mere minutes often matter when it comes to emergency health care.
That’s why we need a strong Fairmont General Hospital.
When patients need the services of health-care professionals, having family and friends close at hand is often essential, and their presence may even lead to a better outcome.
COLUMN: Fairmont General Hospital vital part of community
There’s nothing better than holding a newborn baby. It gives you a little feeling that not only is everything right in the world, but this perfect little human represents hope of a future where things will be better than they are today.
I had that blessed opportunity to hold that hopeful future in my arms last week when I visited my dear friend Jen and her newborn son Tristan at Fairmont General Hospital.
Putting a cost on safety issue has been culprit in 13 traffic deaths
Would you believe that an item costing just 57 cents — less than the price of a can of pop — is being cited as the culprit in 13 traffic deaths?
A simple 57-cent item.
That’s how much fixing the fatal ignition switches that General Motors installed in new automobiles would have cost, and 13 lives would probably have been saved.
TextLimit app one more step in cutting down distracted driving
Every day in the United States, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in vehicle accidents that involve distracted drivers.
That statistic comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which goes on to say that 69 percent of U.S. drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that they had talked on their cellphone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
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