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As 2018 comes to a close, my thoughts reflect on what a wonderful community we live in. Though I left this community for college and work opportunities, I decided to return because of the quality of life I enjoy right here in my hometown. The events of this past year demonstrate the wisdom of that decision. At every turn, we had generous and caring members of our community come forward to help those who are struggling to meet basic needs. Yes, we sometimes read about negative things, but I believe most people here truly care about and support each other. Just one example are the food drives organized and supported by countless members of our community — the Civil War Food Drive by R. A. Long and Mark Morris students; the Postal Workers Food Drive; Walk–n-Knock organized by the Lions, Rotary, Altrusa and others; and the Safeway Turkey and Santa Bucks that provide holiday dinners donated by generous shoppers. There are many more examples of the compassionate community we live in. I am thankful for all!

Ilona Kerby

Longview

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