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Mayor’s Corner

Encouraging words are good. Since they seem harder to come by these days, I decided this week to include a few of them. Except, I’m not sure (yet), who it is I am re-assuring. Maybe it’s you and maybe it’s me. In either case, by the time you are reading this, we the people, will hopefully have hired a new President of the United States.
Until this year, I had never realized how much the Presidential Election and the World Series were alike.
Think about it.
As the “game” begins, we know after pre-season blunders both are lucky to have even made it to the final two. Still, the fans take their respective positions, convinced they are cheering for the better team. We know what they need to do to win, but, will they do it?
Some strategies are familiar. Many are not. Both sides often wonder where this is going and how it will end? After a difficult and emotional season, both sides hope the worst is over and feel good about making it to the playoff. Then, each team faces an even more pressured back and forth, marked with psychological ups and downs.
While some hope for the best – others fear the worst.
Finally, just as time is running out, there comes an all out slug-fest of monumental proportions. Even then, it is hard to be sure who the winner will be.
Finally, it’s not a high fly, but, a slow grounder that ends the game. As the dust settles, one stands up and declares Victory.
The other has to live with the errors that were made.
Could playing a cleaner game have produced a better outcome? Deserved or not, the winner smiles and settles into the moment. Having been convinced of the win, the loser’s smile ceases, as nearly half of the players and fans go away sad and dejected, thinking about what could have been.
So, what does this have to do with anything?
Who may have deserved the win is subjective.
The fact of the matter is – like it or not – the Cubs won, and the other candidate did, too.
Take a deep breath.
Life is good.
Tomorrow is another day.
Things don’t come to stay – they come to pass.
Be thankful for Thanksgiving.
For your information, the Christmas holiday planters were completed a week ahead of schedule. Knowing this weather won’t last forever, we are putting them up a week ahead time.

Veterans Day
The annual Veterans Day Dinner for Pocahontas County Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel will be held Friday, November 11, at the Pocahontas County Opera House from 1100 to 1300 hours or until the food runs out.
This event is sponsored by the Bath County Pumped Storage Station Employees, Dominion, Frontier Communications, Frontier Employees, Family Resource Net- work and the Marlinton Woman’s Club.
Other ways to show respect for our Veterans is to watch the Veterans Day commemoration ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on TV, or watch the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You may also respectfully walk through Mountain View Cemetery, where more veterans per capita are buried than at any other cemetery in the state.
Watch America’s Parade, in New York City. This is the largest Veterans Day parade in the country, bringing in around 25,000 attendees each year. It is held in Manhattan and has been an annual event since 1919. There are smaller parades to attend that are just as impressive.
The Service Memorials at our State Capitol Complex are all inspiring and worthy of visiting.
Still on my own bucket list are the many memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C.
Look for the D.C. War Memorial, which honors local World War I veterans, the National WW II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Last, but, not least.
Spend the day, or part of it, as a volunteer at a VA hospital or visit with a veteran you know.
Most of all, thank a veteran for his or her service.

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