In times of trouble, many answer the call

Published 12:37 am Sunday, September 11, 2011

As I write this column, my window is open at the chamber, and I am reminded of our recent battle with Hurricane Irene and all of our friends, patrons, businesses and family that have suffered from its visit. After the storm, I was reminded how fortunate we are to live in a community that takes care of its neighbors and comes together during a time of need. I drive by Beaufort County emergency management every day going to work, and before, during and after the storm there have been a significant group of people that has worked nonstop for area residents. I think that these people are not thanked enough for what they do. On behalf of myself as a resident, I know I appreciate it. There are so many organizations and people that have stepped up to help, and that, once again, planted the seed of why Beaufort County is a great place to live.

As Irene departed and the waters receded, I was reminded that we are moving into fall and what a great time this is. As the chamber hosts the Business Expo on Sept. 29, the Bath Business Alliance’s Paddle Bath event Oct. 8, the Adult Spelling Bee in partnership with the Beaufort County Education Foundation on Oct. 11, the Half Iron Man on Oct. 2, and the Washington Women’s Luncheon on Nov. 10, I am reminded that fall is busy with great things.

Eastern North Carolina, and especially Beaufort County, knows that hurricanes are the price we sometimes pay for living here. Most people wouldn’t trade it for the world. Most people would even think we are experts when it comes to hurricanes. I personally think that I am lucky to live in a place where neighbors come to the aid of those in need and emergency management and city employees work tirelessly before, during and after the storm to protect residents. Our sympathy goes out to those who suffered such loss, and if we can help, please let us know. After all, we are your neighbors.

As today is the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we remember those who lost their lives during the attacks. We also want to thank all of our men and women in the military for all they do to protect us. May we never forget the sacrifices made by so many.