Last Friday, I helped Lamont deliver meals for Lunches with Love, a community project held in Smithfield.
Like the mail delivery people, we deliver through rain, wind, snow or sunshine. And they all happened on that Feb. 13 delivery route of 18 miles.
First, it had rained the previous evening, and a flash freeze took place, then snow came drifting down, the wind kicked up to at least 40 mph, and then the sun came out. Those golden rays gave us false hope that the other dastardly elements would soon stop. But this was Friday the 13th. Why would it?
I didn't stay and visit as long as I regularly do on the lunch delivery visits, as I knew each minute was bringing more snow.
We encountered snow removal trucks for both the county and Wells Township, but the wind was blowing snow back across the road in no time.
I love our 12 clients and look forward to seeing them when I help out. Lamont delivers on Monday and Wednesday for LWL as well but I only do deliveries on Friday, one of the days when I am not at work.
The lunches program is an endeavor I am proud to have in Smithfield. Pat Taylor and her son, Doug Marshall, put many hours in the LWL project to make it a success. And there are fundraising brunches and dinners to give everyone in the village an eating place nearby.
The work is done by volunteers but more people are needed for deliveries, food preparation and maintenance.
There was a big crowd at the brunch this past Sunday. Ron and Brenda Vanderborne even came in from Wintersville to enjoy the combined breakfast and luncheon buffet.
Tim and Mary Rowe, new residents on Hill Street, coming here from Cleveland, attended the event and were introduced to us by Carol Ann Garcia, their neighbor. Her husband, Butch, was busy shaking out hot sauce on his ham and cheese frittata.
Jean Digman was part of our table crowd and we discussed grandkids, as her grandsons, Hunter and Hayden, are our next-door neighbors.
Larry and Tyra Greene had a table nearly filled with their relatives. There was their daughter, Nichole, and Allen Slaughter, plus their daughter, Emily, and their son, Todd Greene.
These were all people from our church, who always attend the LWL noon events. We get there early and get good seats as our church program is over at 11:30 a.m.
As the other churches dismissed from Sunday services, there were others streaming in, and soon, the place was filled to capacity, quite good for a Sunday that was very cold and snowy.
A story in the AARP magazine reported that people are happiest when they feel embedded in something larger than themselves and when they are needed. I think that is what volunteering at LWL does for me.
I mentioned Friday the 13th some paragraphs back and wanted to alert my readers that there will be two more this year.
I learned this from mindlessly watching television because the bad weather kept me from walking Ozzie or going shopping.
I am told the other two dates will each be 13 weeks apart. See what I learn from television?
I was talking to Tim Tanner, Harrison County 4-H educator/county director, and he was telling me about a .75-mill levy for the county Extension that had failed on the fall ballot by 48 votes in favor and 52 against. "Close but no cigar," he said.
There is a 20-member group of 4-H supporters who kicked off a spring Extension levy campaign when it will be put on the March 6 ballot.
It is called the "Power of Four" campaign because it was by four votes that the support for the Extension went down after 10 years or two five-year renewals.
"The Power of Four is trying to work within their own 4-H circles, talking to people who might not have voted before and especially urging those who did vote for the levy to do so again," Tanner said.
"The levy reads like a new tax due to the secretary of state's decision to change it into a new entity, letting the first one expire and then run it completely new for the same amount. You can't explain that on a voting ballot though," he said. The Extension office is to be contacted for those interested in lending support or who want a yard sign.
The 300 4-H members from 18 clubs worked to get voter approval 10 years ago and are hoping for the same results again.
This is what is meant about being embedded in something larger than themselves and being there when needed.
The new year brings out some interesting calendars.
John and Martha Domenick are Smithfield operators of Just Hair and Vend-It, a store that our grandchildren always ask to visit when they are here because they love the large dips of ice cream and the once-penny candy that inflation has increased to two for 5 cents. The store has a calendar with some interesting sayings.
I'll name them right now.
-- Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
-- The only place you will find success before work is in the dictionary.
-- A true leader walks his talk.
-- Progress has little to with speed but much to do with direction.
-- The most important thing about a goal is having one.
-- Experience tells you what to do -confidence allows you to do it.
-- Goals are dreams with deadlines.
-- Courage is not the absence of fear but the conquest of it.
-- Let me win: But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
-- If you don't fall now and again, it's a sign you are playing it safe.
(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is food editor and a staff columnist for the Herald-Star and the Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)