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Dec. 09, 2012 @ 05:00 AM


Thumbs up: Spreading holiday cheer

From Sanford’s annual parade to a slew of other holiday-themed events locally and in surrounding communities, it would seem the Christmas spirit has taken a firm hold throughout the area.

In the midst of the revelry, it should not be forgotten that many local families and individuals are going without. This is the season of giving, and numerous local charities, churches and other organizations offer opportunities to help make someone’s holiday brighter. Pantries like The Breadbasket and the Christians United Outreach Center are consistently in need of food items and monetary donations, especially during the holiday season. The Salvation Army’s familiar “red kettles” will be stationed at shopping areas in Lee County and elsewhere, collecting to help the less fortunate, and the local chapters of the United Way and American Red Cross are also hoping to be remembered by residents in their end-of-year giving.

These are only a few examples of ways to help others in need this Christmas. A small contribution can make a big difference.

Thumbs up: Thanks to Linda Shook

In the midst of an already eventful Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, Chairman Linda Shook announced she would be making a job-related move to Nevada — vacating a seat to which she was elected in 2006. Her resignation is effective as of Dec. 10.

Although acknowledging that he hasn’t always agreed with Shook, Commissioner Robert Reives said, “The county will suffer a loss.”

Others described her as a mentor and friend — who influenced their decision to enter public service. Those who have worked with the departing commissioner know her to be principled and courageous in holding to her convictions.

We join with Shook’s colleagues and friends in wishing her well in her future endeavors — and in thanking her for her dedicated service to Lee County.