My wife and I had traveled from Aurora and spent a wonderful evening at the Swiss Wine Festival enjoying the "Hot Wax" concert. It is always a pleasure to spend time in Vevay, another small river town with charm and grace and enough social activities to keep one occupied during a visit. When we returned to our car for our return trip home we experienced headlight problems. Now this was 10:30 p.m. and of course very dark.
I was parked in one of the festival lots. Finding I had little experience looking under the hood I sought help from a nearby young man of the volunteer fire department. He provided me with a light that enabled me to see a lot better but certainly did not help my knowledge of electrical systems.
A family parked nearby saw my dilemma and offered to help. After some inspection of my old Ford Model A type car he found a blown fuse. Now it is late and no parts stores would be open. With good old Switzerland County ingenuity, my new friend wrapped the tin foil from his cigarette pack around the fuse and well we had lights. I made it home and all was well.
I want to publicly thank the young man of the fire department and the good Samaritan for their help. Vevay is blessed to have such helpful and friendly people in addition to their award of being one of the best small towns in America.
Roy and Neysa Lambert
To the Editor:
Citizens and Towns People of Vevay:
This past Saturday I was honored and privileged to participate and stand with you good people at the Grand Opening of the new Vevay grocery store under the management of Eric Rabe and his staff. As a pastor, I have attended my fair share of cutting ribbons and breaking ground but today was special for me and for the town of Vevay. Special in that it represented the concepts and need for supporting local economy. It represented capitalism and entrepreneurship at its finest. In short, it was small town Americana with greetings, singing and praying. That's right - praying. Area pastors and lay people linked arm in arm to pray over the building, the staff, the customers and the town in general. Manager Eric Rabe wished to have this blessing said over the establishment. Sure we prayed for productivity, safety and well being but the main crux of our prayers and his desire was to be a store for the community/customer and to meet the community's needs with God's blessing over all.
Unconventional you may say - yes but then again I was reminded of a passage of scripture in 2nd Chronicles 7:14. "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from Heaven, and I will forgive their sins and heal their land." NRSV. I think most of you would agree that this is the type of "unconventional" we need today. When was the last time you heard "God Bless America", or sang the "National Anthem" or even better . . . repeated as a crowd, The Lord's Prayer at a mall opening, or corporate dedication or breaking of ground on new construction. Hey, Jesus was unconventional and I like that. Besides those who came out to share in this event I think would also say they too were blessed. I have been associated with the community of Vevay since May 2nd, 1987, when I began my pastorate at Mount Sterling and this was one grand opening that was just that - Grand.
Congratulations Eric and Lord's Blessings on the store, management, staff, customers and the great town of Vevay.