this weeks edition:
Chasing my tail…
I have felt like a dog chasing its tail this week. It’s been a whirl wind of activities here at the paper. In addition to a very very hectic week of news gathering there have been a host of family activaties as well. I’m not really complaining. I enjoy both. The family events allow me to relax from the work related stress. This weekend, Jeanine and I kept Ava and Ella while their parents were at the State Youth Wrestling Championships in Huntington with the boys.
I should clarify that relaxing and chasing after these two live wires is somewhat of a contradiction. But even though I hardly left the house this weekend, it was both fun and relaxing. Fortunately, Jeanine took both girls to her Moms for a while Saturday and Sunday which allowed me to keep my sanity.
While her intentions are good, Ava tends to take too much for granted and often gets herself in lots of trouble. Little Ella… well I think she just looks for things to get herself in trouble. But I am sure a lot of grandparents can relate to the fact that no matter what they do, as long as they don’t get hurt, that little grin on their faces quickly erases any anger that the situation created. I will say that by Sunday evening, I think Jeanine was in worse shape than me.
A good program…
The County Commission was a bee hive of activity last Friday. One of the topics of discussion was the County Commissioners Association’s sponsorship of their annual Essay Contest. I readily joined the Commissioners in putting up the money for local prizes. The Commissioners pay the money out of their pocket and I commend them for that initiative. The contest is always exciting. I am amazed at the many responses.
As is true in our society, it is apparent that some of the students really don’t have a firm grasp on what county government does. On the other hand I am always impressed with how much many of them do see. The process is a very good learning experience and I am pleased to join the Commissioners in rewarding the students for their hard work.
Last year we judged the entries much as we had in the past. I can’t speak for the how much sharing of information the Commissioners did, but I didn’t discuss the entries with them prior to announcing my selections. The amazing part was that we all chose basically the same winners. So, I am looking forward to seeing what comes out of the process this year.
Will return soon...