I was pleased to read that Goldenseal magazine honored Dwight Diller in its summer issue.
While Dwight was well-known as a banjo player and instructor, I, and many other Marlinton High School band members in the 60s, will remember him as one of the best trombone players ever to strike up the MHS Fight Song!
When I joined the band in 1962 as a freshman trombonist in both the marching band and dance band, Dwight, who was an accomplished junior, patiently guided me through the steps to becoming a better musician.
He and Mr. [Sam] Brill taught me skills I am still using today. I think they would both be proud that I continue to play and think of them every time I hear “Sentimental Journey!”
Harriet Johnson Ottaviano
MHS Class of ‘66
We have all heard the expression about Pocahontas Memorial Hospital that “it is just a band aid station.”
This angers me, and I am here to tell you that if that is all it is, then it is the best band aid station in the world!
Our wonderful hospital is not only necessary, it is staffed with so many great employees that are up to date on their knowledge and skills. In the past three months, I had to seek their services on multiple occasions, and they were “spot on” with their diagnosis and the necessary steps to care for me. They had to transport me four times by ambulance to two different hospitals and while I will not name the facilities, I will tell you this: the second time they sent me to a certain hospital, one of the surgeons who operated on me walked into the room and said, “I remember you, do you want to go home?”
A little surprised, I just looked at him, and then he said, “PMH is false advising!” He then told the nurse, “Cancel the CT and send her home, PMH is false advertising!”
He was vehement and sounded angry. I had been diagnosed at PMH with peritonitis and the CT scan showed the “spot” had increased in size.
He did no tests, no examination, other than pushing on my abdomen slightly a few times.
A few days later, I was back at the ER at PMH, sicker than ever.
I said all that to show that the ER doctor at PMH was a lot smarter and more knowledgeable than that surgeon will ever be.
I cannot praise the PMH/ EMS staff enough.
I was also admitted to PMH overnight for observation at a later date and the floor staff was just as great.
We should all be thanking God that we have this hospital to serve our needs.
I, for one, take umbrage at the reference to “band aid station.”
Not only were they competent, they were also kind, courteous and friendly, which is the best customer service anyone could offer.
Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is a necessity that is grossly under appreciated.