Here's What I Think
Lots of gratitude, Part II
Still a lot of grateful hearts around here in this post-derecho world. I think everyone in Pocahontas County finally got power back by Saturday, but there could have been a few remote spots in the Hillsboro ZIP Code that didn't have it again until Sunday.
A few more names have come across my desk, and there's a couple names I forgot to add to my list, so here they are:
Deputies Bradley Nelson, Damon Brock and Brian Shinaberry helped Sheriff David Jonese organize Red Cross meals in the Green Bank area. They also began welfare checks in the early post-storm hours. They were assisted by the National Guard later in the week.
Those meals were served at NRAO in Green Bank, where the day-to-day operation took place beside the emergency meals. Too many cooks spoil the broth, the old saying might go, but in this case, maybe another old saw, many hands make light work, might have prevailed. I can't imagine any Pocahontas County cooks in anybody's kitchen not helping out where it was needed. NRAO's Mike Holstine was most helpful in offering the observatory's facilities to people who needed power for their oxygen concentrators, and the dining hall for Red Cross meals.
And speaking of those meals, Melvin and Debbie Lindsey were great on this end of things at coordinating servers and deliveries for several days.
As for kids giving up their summer vacations, I failed to mention Madison Bennett, who helped out with serving in Marlinton, as well. Madison's a little quieter than some of the other kids, and I feel bad that I didn't mention her last week.
Courthouse employees and elected officials took their lunch breaks, evenings and a Saturday to help out with the meals, as well.
Good for everyone who worked together to get it done.