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Many thanks to whomever weeded my yard, but who did it?

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Kitty and I returned home from attending the Global Gathering and General Assembly of the Church of God in Anderson, Ind., on Thursday evening, June 27. After we took our traveling bags into the house, I decided to walk around the yard to check the grass and weeds.

One pleasant surprise was waiting my discovery. Apparently, the highway department had cut all the weeds along the road, but one observation brought gratitude to my heart. Using yard tools not in my possession and with strength and energy I would have to accumulate over several days, a lot of work had been done cleaning around trees, shrubs and our front walk.

The Putnam County Highway Department gets credit for cutting along the highway, but who did it in the yard? I do not know, but they are welcome to do it again or someone else could do it -- for me and for others.

Our granddaughter, Stephanie, is still trying to raise several thousand dollars more to have the $15,500 she will need for an 11-month, 11-country trip to help multitudes of people who have special needs. Thousands of young people will be traveling across North America and throughout the world to help people who are in need and especially to teach them how to help themselves. Individuals, churches, corporations, businesses, service clubs and many other organizations give generously to fund these youthful experiences.

More than 40,000 young Boy Scouts had been in their national Jamboree at their great new camp of 10,600 acres in the area of Fayette and Raleigh counties, adjacent to Kanawha County where I was a Boy Scout.

Whoever did the needed cleaning and conservation in my yard may have been Boy Scouts. The Scout Slogan "Do a Good Turn Daily" fits every person.

One of the things that concern me is the amount of trash we scatter along our roads. We pay with our taxes to have much of it cleaned up and in store parking lots where we do business we also pay for that clean up.

None of us, children or grandchildren has to travel to other countries to find people to serve. Within feet or yards from where many of us live, there are people who need our help.

Remember the Boy Scout "Outdoor Code" which will work beneficially in Putnam County, all of West Virginia and in every state. Here it is: "As an American, I will do my best to: Be clean in my outdoor manners, Be careful with fire, Be considerate in the outdoors, and Be conservation-minded."

I still do not know who did it, but I am deeply thankful for the person or persons who did a lot of volunteer work in cleaning up segments of my yard that would have been difficult for Kitty to do even if I helped a little. Thanks for working in the "Spirit of an outstanding Boy Scout." We are thankful to God for those who helped us. We will try to help somebody else.

Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist who can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.