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The weekend weather was really snowy, cold, and windy, and I thought, “We still have over 34 days of winter left.” It seemed like a long time, but then I remembered that we had just turned over a calendar page which meant 41 days of winter were finished!

I saw the plans for “Encounter Calhoun,” a tourism brochure which will feature our county. This is exciting to know that the world will finally know what we take for granted.

Last night, the Grantsville town council decided to take part in the Encounter Calhoun Project by launching the Beautiful Blossoms campaign for our county seat. They will accept donated bulbs and plants to be distributed and planted in places where the blooms will give our county seat a new look to welcome visitors. The town council was enthusiastic, assigning tasks to make the plan work.

On Sunday, I watched a program on West Virginia Public Television where a neighboring town wanted to feature their county seat as a place friendly to visitors and future businesses and professions. They were maximizing the small town atmosphere and showcasing what is unique to their location. A doctor who was interviewed said that the town was friendly to them and that made more of an impression than big city conveniences.

So how does this all tie together? This morning, I woke up to a bright sunshine-filled new day. Remembering the events above, I thought, “Nothing unpleasant lasts forever. The sun will come out again.” This means that we can bring vitality and energy to our county. Let’s work together to keep Calhoun County on the map!

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The town council will have an election on Friday, Mar. 3, to vote on a levy to provide funds for streets, sidewalks and liability insurance. Absentee voting will be available beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14, and ending Tuesday, Feb. 28. Application forms are available from the town office. After applications are approved, the ballot will be mailed out.

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Calhoun County is saddened by the loss of Katherine and Coleman Burrows. Both were very serious about their community involvement and had a vision for Calhoun County, especially in better health care. We have an obligation to carry on their dreams for making this a better place to live. We thank God that he gave them the opportunity to influence our lives.

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