There is no greater gift than giving of yourself.
A kind word, a gesture, a donation, all of these can make an extraordinary impact on those in need within our community.
And while serving our fellow man should be a daily part of our routines, sometimes it takes a little encouragement, a large movement, for everyone to get motivated to get involved.
And the people of the Mountain State are all invited to be part of a statewide movement.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has encouraged West Virginians to organize projects and volunteer at least one day between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 as part of Day to Serve, the second annual effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service.
“There are people working hard in hometowns across West Virginia — making a difference each and every day. I’m proud to say, no other state rivals our community spirit,” Tomblin said. “I believe together we will build stronger hometowns and ensure a brighter future for our state.”
Last year, volunteers took part in more than 400 service projects in all the state’s 55 counties. We certainly hope that number soars this second observation of Day to Serve.
“By volunteering in our communities, we each have the opportunity to experience immense personal growth while preserving our state’s longstanding tradition of neighbor helping neighbor,” Tomblin said. “Through our collective efforts, we will provide much needed assistance in our hometowns and ensure a brighter future for West Virginia.”
These efforts have already been made right here in Marion County.
At West Fairmont Middle School, fifth-grade social studies classes created cards and pictures, with letters inside to thank the veterans and military families. Watson Elementary School students participated in a similar activity, making cards and drawing pictures for veterans.
There are still more chances to take part in planned events.
On Saturday, volunteers will head to Woodlawn Cemetery to mow grass, clean stones, clear tree debris and get the historic cemetery ready for winter.
And through Sept. 27, you can help “Fill the Nest,” the official food bank that benefits students at Fairmont State University. Donations, both food items and monetary, will be accepted at the Circulation Desk in the Ruth Ann Musick Library.
And there’s plenty of time to organize or register your own event. Just log on to www.governor.wv.gov and click on the Day to Serve icon.
This community never ceases to give back, whether it be to help clean up a public area, feed the needy, donate to good causes or roll up their sleeves to help their fellow man. Let’s show the rest of the state what Marion County can achieve when we all band together to serve.
There is no greater gift than giving of yourself.
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.
Award-winning county teachers represent hard work, sacrifice
Each year, the Arch Coal Foundation recognizes outstanding West Virginia teachers with its annual Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.
And this year, two Marion County teachers were among the 12 recipients.
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