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                    OPEN OUR EYES

Open my eyes that I may see,

Blessings, O God, you’ve sent to me.

My eyes have been opened this week to several blessings in my life and our county.

My mother has had several critical health problems in the past few weeks. We were very cautious in our outlook for her. She was moved back to the hospital and is making unbelievable progress. She could not talk, walk, eat or swallow food or water. Remember, she is 94 years old! I just received a call from my sister, who told me that Mother said, in a very audible and forceful tone, “I want to walk!” So they assisted her in taking a very few steps!

I thought, “That is it. Our town and county need to tell our-selves, ‘We are going to succeed, one step at a time’!”

Blessings we can count are things we take for granted. Dark skies at night where stars can be watched, community gatherings that tourists want to visit, hills to host bike races, an Historical Society with few but determined members that won’t give up on the dream of a Heritage Village, quiet family camping, family friendly festivals, incomparable muskie fishing, a drive-in theater, a genealogical library that has wide recognition, motorcycle riding on Rt. 16 and 33, and people who are known, for the most part, to be very friendly.

These are all activities that most people hear about from other people. Our events are not widely publicized. We are not on West Virginia tourism calendars, or in their brochures. Tourism is the growing industry in our state. People are not traveling as much by plane or train because of the fear of terrorists, or going long distances because of fuel prices. West Virginia is an affordable trip for people in cities, and Calhoun County can be part of this change in travel.

Think about this and keep in mind, “We are going to succeed, one step at a time!”

 

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