Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Godspeed Governor

Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll is scheduled to be laid to rest today in Pittsburgh. I had the privilege of meeting the Lieutenant Governor three years ago for the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days.

"Take those visitors tags off" said the governor. "You are my guests today." She made time to talk to our group and let us know how important our work was as citizens. Recently, a member of the Central Susquehanna Valley Colon Cancer Task Force sent her a get-well wish and it was answered in a hand written note.

From David's Blog
, here is a quote of Knoll on her life:

“The leaves of my life keep falling one at a time. When you rake them into
a pile of memories a couple of lessons become evident. One is that if we get
wrapped up in ourself, we’ll become a very small package. The other is that
making a living involves what we GET – building a life involves what we GIVE.
Now more than ever we should recognize that life is precious – that it is a
once-in-a-lifetime experience – and it is your job and mine to encourage all of
our citizens not to undervalue what they are.”

Remembering James P. Kelley

Last week former Northumberland County Commissioner, James P. Kelley, was laid to rest. Probably the best tribute to him was this letter to the editor as Kelley was taking office for his first term in 1971.

Mr. Kelley's style and compassion for the office will greatly be missed.

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