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Several of our family just returned from spending a week together at the beach. I am always looking for new ideas to inspire us to do our part in making Calhoun County a better place to live.

This anonymous story was one of the finds of the week:

“At the first glimmer of dawn, a young man walked at the edge of the seashore. There had been a storm the night before, and he knew this would be a good morning to find shells. He walked along looking down for the treasures on the shore.

When he looked up, he could make out the figure of an old man ahead of him. He watched as the gentleman bent down to pick up an object from the sand and toss it into the surf. As he came closer to the man, he noticed that he was picking up starfish that had been tossed up on the beach by the storm. There were thousands of them, but one by one, the old man picked them up and tossed them back in the surf.

Nearing the old man, the young man introduced himself and said, “Excuse me, but there are thousands of starfish stranded here on the beach. You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The old man smiled and looked at him, then picked up another starfish and tossed it back into the sea. “I certainly made a difference to that one, didn’t I, son?”

Just in the week that I have been back in Calhoun County, several examples of people who have made a difference are being revealed. The number of people served just through these next three examples can be an influence to our young citizens to make a difference with their lives.

The Family Storytelling Program is coming to a close. Grace Yoak Richards and Edna Robinson Yoak, two retired teachers, and Pat Kight Radabaugh, a community worker, volunteered their services as leaders for the program. These dedicated ladies made a difference in the lives of young children by guiding them in developing an interest in reading.

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Several members of the town council and the building committee are making a difference because of their determination to keep Grantsville and Calhoun County as a good place to raise a family, retire, or open a small business.

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Troop 39 of the Boy Scouts of America is reorganizing under the leadership of Randy Ball. Scouting is a worthwhile organization that has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of Calhoun young men, mainly because of Harold “Kitty” Wilson and his band of volunteers. Give your youngster an opportunity to learn discipline, personal improvement, dedication and survival skills. At the age of 11, a boy can join the Scouts. Membership in Cub Scouts is not a requirement. Call Randy Ball for information, 354-7914

You can make a difference.

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