Letters to the Editor week of 5-29-08


Great people

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter because I would like to say thank you to the Steven B. Adams FOP Lodge #174.

My husband was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and with that comes chemotherapy and its side effects such as fatigue and increased risk for infection. He gets tired very easily. He also can’t do some of the activities he enjoys doing such as working on the house and his yard due to the sun exposure that is not good for him during chemotherapy treatments. We were planning on redoing our roof this year but due to his condition we had to figure out how to hire people to come and do this for us.

This is where the FOP stepped in and helped us out. They truly are a brotherhood. They didn’t even think twice. They just showed up on our doorstep with materials and began working. They were done in a day and a half. This was a great blessing to me and my husband and definitely a load off our shoulders.

Thank you again to the Steven B. Adams FOP Lodge $174, including Kris Colen VPD, Chief Brian Morton VPD, Nick Kitts VPD, James Richards VPD, Jeff Priest VPD, Mike Caplinger ISP, Noel Kinney ISP, Greg Groves ISP, Jay Thomas SCSD, Brian Earls SCSD, and Roy Leap SCSD. Also I would like to thank Deric Brown VPD for covering the shifts so the above mentioned could do this wonderful act of kindness. And if I forgot anyone, thank you.

Thanks again gentlemen for helping us out in our time of need. This community is blessed to have such upstanding men working to serve and protect us. We greatly appreciate you.

Stacey Pritchard


Relay for Life

To the Editor:

It’s Relay for Life time once again in Switzerland County. The theme for this year is: Celebrate; Remember; Fight Back. The date of the event is Friday, June 13th, and concluding Saturday morning, June 14th. This year we are celebrating at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park.

You are invited to be a part and come and celebrate with us. Relay teams throughout the county are busy now fundraising in a variety of ways. There is still an opportunity for you to join a team and help. A wonderful dinner at the high school is planned for our cancer survivors. This is one of the ways that they will be honored.

Our cancer survivors are also honored during the opening ceremonies at the all-night event. Cancer survivors are also honored, along with those whose fight with cancer is now past, at the Luminary ceremony at dark. Entertainment and activities throughout the evening are planned for your enjoyment.

The Relay auction of donated items which draws a big crowd with some very spirited bidders, is just one of the highlights of t he evening. The fight against cancer can only continue with your support. We all know of someone who has heard those dreaded words, it’s cancer. This is one way that we all can do something in the fight against cancer.

Relay for Life is all about a community coming together. Mark your calendars now and plan on sharing an evening with your family, friends and neighbors at the Relay for Life.

You can make a difference.

Roy Duckworth

Relay for Life chairman