NOW THIS IS COMMUNITY

CaptureSubmitted by Debbie Newell

It is the little things that we do in life that can have a HUGE impact on others!

A couple of weeks ago a member of our community shared with me that he was experiencing some health issues and was unable by himself to clear the green slash from his property on Camp 12 Road. In addition to my faithful, hard -working husband, two other guys with chain saw experience answered our cry for help. One was Tom Kay, a really gifted and extremely busy guy who works as a foreman for Graham Watson on his extensive projects within the heart of Plain. The other was a talented, young craftsman named Scottie, one of our local artists, who lives and works at the Grunewald Guild.

With chain saws in hand, they happily began to cut the branches off the broken trees and then sawed the logs into firewood. The rest of us followed, gathering and hauling and clearing. Within a couple of hours we were able to accomplish as a team, what would have taken the man and his wife weeks to do!

The next day I received an email from Dan Oberg asking me if it might be possible to gather a team of volunteers to help the Guild with their storm clean up project. Bill and I drove over and met with Scottie, the same Scottie that gave up his Sunday afternoon to help us at the Campbells! I had no idea that when he was not creating pottery, he was overseeing the maintenance for the entire property. Scott walked with us into the forest behind the Art and Pottery Studios. We listened as he talked about the storm and the extent of the damage and of his valiant attempt to cut through the rubble to clear the narrow walking path that connected the two buildings.

As my eyes scanned the property, a knot formed in my stomach leaving a lump in my throat. The creek was almost hidden by the matted mass of broken trees. The tangled web of devastation was truly overwhelming. But then my gaze turned back to Scottie and my mind flashed to Sunday, seeing him labor alongside the rest of us at the Campbells. He never said a word about the Guild or the burden of his own project. He simple showed up with his chain saw and cheerfully went to work to help his neighbor!

THAT IS OUR PLAIN COMMUNITY! DON\’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME PART OF AN INCREDIBLE BLESSING!

We are working on a plan in the days ahead to help them. Stay tuned for times and dates.

Thanks for caring! –Deb Newell

NEXT PROJECT:

WHERE: STONWATER RANCH (Youth Dynamics) on CHIWAWA LOOP ROAD (Drive North past Stonewater Ranch at 19537 Chiwawa Loop Road (also known as the Boys Ranch) to where you see the red past barn and riding pavilion down on your right, continue to the bottom of the hill then turn right down the dirt road, across the creek and park out towards the right. Walk to the covered shed area on your right. We will meet there for instruction. Please make sure to sign release forms if you are a new volunteer.)

WHEN: THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 26 AND SATURDAY, APRIL 27

TIME: WORK PARTY STARTS AT 9 AM.

JOBS: CLEARING AND STACKING BRANCHES INTO BURN PILES. THEY WILL NOT BE CHIPPING. THERE IS CHAIN SAW WORK IF YOU OWN AND ARE EXPERIENCED WITH A SAW. BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES AND RAKES.

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