No, I’m not Lisa. My name is Judy Wolfram.
Lisa asked me to write this week’s column for her so she can
take a well-deserved vacation.
I asked her what I should write about, as I
usually write about recycling and saving money in my monthly
column, “Waste Not, Want Not.”
She said I could write about anything.
My husband and I will have lived in West
Virginia for 12 years as of July 31. In the early 1970’s, I
heard a song called, “Take Me Home Country Roads,” by John
Denver. When I heard it the first time, I got a tear in my eye.
I still do to this day. I know I love West Virginia; that in
another life, I was born in West Virginia. I know I am a true
West Virginian. Thanks, West Virginia.
Quite a few years ago, I joined the Women’s
Mission at Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe. I know I have never met
a greater bunch of “gals,” whom I love and respect. They taught
me about “Love Gift,” Samaritan’s Purse,” and “White Cross.” I
know I like contributing to these causes; it makes me feel good.
These women do so much for so many. Thanks, ladies, for making
me welcome in your group.
I recycled for years before we moved here, and
was very upset because there was no place here to recycle.
Recycling makes me feel good about myself. A miracle happened in
Calhoun, and Restoration Station was born. I was so happy. When
I met the dedicated, capable “chick” who was running the
program, I knew I had found a good friend. This good friend had
me appointed to the Solid Waste board in 2000. I have enjoyed
every minute of my time on the board. I know our board is one of
the best there is. I know that I feel good about helping the
earth, one little piece at a time. Thanks, Solid Waste.
Most of all, I know that the first time I
picked up my Calhoun Chronicle and read a column called
“Reporter’s Reflections,” I was hooked. I knew I had discovered
a capable, intelligent writer who would always hold my
attention. Little did I know that when I wrote her a letter to
tell her I enjoyed her work that I would find a friend, one who
trusted me to write a column in her revered space. She recruited
me to write my monthly column, which appears the first week of
each month. Thanks, Lisa.
So, now you know of some of the great things
in Calhoun I love. Lisa will be back next week, to which you are
all probably saying in one collective voice, “Thank goodness.”
(Lisa’s Note: Judy Wolfram is a Calhoun
resident who serves many with little fanfare or recognition. Her
donations to the Extension office, elementary schools, Energy
Express, Cabot Recycling Center, Toys for Tots, Shoe Box
Project, and other organizations are often overlooked. I offered
her an opportunity to write in my place to give her a chance to
share her charitable efforts with our readers. She turned the
idea around to congratulate and recognize others around her.
Thanks to you, Judy.)