Take a bow, Voice readers

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One of the best aspects of publishing a newspaper is that we get a chance to chronicle the life and times of this community and people who live here.

On those occasions when we get to view the positive results of the work we do, it makes the job that much more enjoyable.

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Last week our front page story about local resident Carmen McCauley and her efforts to keep the ducks on Mud Creek from freezing and starving in the worst February ever, highlighted the efforts of one determined women.

Bruce’s story so moved readers that Carmen has been inundated with offers of help as bags of corn and volunteers showed up on her doorstep.

The local TSC store could barely keep up with the demand from those who had read the story and purchased cracked corn.

Carmen’s project has now expanded to help other colonies of ducks on the Thames River. With the weather breaking, chances look good for the ducks’ survival.

Two weeks ago, Voice readers and staff and Fahrhall Mechanical Contractors teamed up to get a local couple in need a new furnace after circumstances left them without heat.

We’ve featured stories about Emily Hime’s efforts at her Haitian orphanage, Maison Ke Kontan (Happy Heart House), local cancer survivor Don Wells’ efforts to bring the subject of homelessness to the forefront, Andrew Faas’ crusading efforts to recognize and remove workplace bullying, and too many others to mention.

The common thread in our stories is the humanity that binds us all and the unbroken belief that if we all do what we can, we can achieve anything.

We refer back to the works of Edward Hale, an 19th century American author we used to preface Emily Hime’s initial story:

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Thank you for the opportunity to allow us to be a part of your lives and our community.

Emily Hime and three-year-old Jodnise, one of the children at her Maison Ke Kontan (Happy Heart House) children’s home in Port Au Prince.
Emily Hime and three-year-old Jodnise, one of the children at her Maison Ke Kontan (Happy Heart House) children’s home in Port Au Prince.

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