Thanks for the thanks, and two opportunities to lend a helping hand
by Justin McGill, General Manager -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
Apr 16, 2014 | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Over the past couple years, I’ve made a concentrated effort to excercise more and eat less. If I fail at the first, most of the blame falls on me. If I fail the second, a few of you will share the blame with me.

In a given year, our staff will receive special “thank you” messages from a variety of people – readers, advertisers, community leaders, etc. Many times, those messages come in the form of a card, phone call, email or a kind word when they visit our office or see us out and about.

To those folks, we hope you understand how much we appreciate hearing from you. And I hope you aren’t offended as I spend a little time bragging on some folks who thanked us in a different way.

At least once a year and usually more, the Trigg County Homemakers send us a box of baked goods. I’m a big fan of cookies, brownies and the like, so if you ever feel the need to make me smile, call Cecelia Hostilo at the Extension Office and ask her what items go in those special deliveries.

And while you’re at it, see if you can identify one specific person for me. Each time we get one of those boxes, we find at least a couple chocolate oatmeal cookies that come pretty close to the kind my great-grandmother Helen Mitchell perfected while working in the Trigg County School cafeteria many years ago. Recreating that recipe is a quick way to get on my good side.

Earlier this week, we received another basket of goodies from Liberty Point Baptist Church. The card reads, “Doing what you do isn’t easy. Thank you for your service! You are making a difference!” It was signed by Olivia, Chandler, Luke, Ethan, Kyra, Gracie, Walker and Debbie.

The basket held a couple Zip-lock bags filled with chocolate chip cookies – we’re down to one cookie remaining as of press time – as well as a few other treats. They also sent us some more notepads and pens – always a thoughtful gift for those of us in the newspaper industry.

This is not a solicitation for more “thank yous” of any kind, much less those in edible form. But we rarely take the time to say thanks for the thanks ... so thanks.

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As always with this type of column, the bottom line here is the thoughtfulness of those in our community. We talk about it a lot, but it never really gets old.

I anticipate next week’s issue of The Cadiz Record will contain at least a few more examples of this. One of them will be the results of the annual Cadiz Rotary Radio Auction. Be sure to participate – head to the Cadiz Baptist Annex or tune in to WKDZ.

Another is Pass It On. This project is in its second year. Once again, volunteers will perform needed tasks at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, and this year, folks can also help at the Cadiz Housing Authority playgrounds and the Seven Friends Memorial at Knight and Hale. For more information, call the Trigg County Chamber of Commerce at 270-522-3892.

Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at jmcgill@cadizrecord.com.
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