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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingI love holidays, however, scheduled events must be re-arrange and as I grow older, change becomes more difficult…

Bladen County Commissioners meeting was moved back 24 hours, Elizabethtown City Council met Tuesday rather than Monday and there was a special meeting at White Lake related to the “Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail” that runs through Bladen County, all very important meetings..but for a limited staff, a s-t-r-e-t-c-h to cover….no complaints…just the facts.
Bladen County Commissioners are busy preparing for their work as a Board of Equalization and Review related to the ongoing revaluation….preparation of a new budget for FY 2015-2016 and construction of a new jail…Their plate is “full.”
Town of Elizabethtown is also preparing for new budget.  They recently held a workshop…A workshop is important to determine the needs for the coming year….to address questions and determine the priorities of the governing board..and how much of what would be good/ beneficial can they afford?
In fact, every town in the county is involved in the budget preparation process..Money or the lack of resources determine a great deal of the budget.
A ribbon cutting was held at White Lake Tuesday related to the North Carolina Mountains-To-Sea Trail project.  The trail, about 1150 total miles, begins at Clingman’s Peak and ends at the Outer Banks…and along the way are many areas such as Bladen County, with interesting sites along the way…The local portion of the trail begins at the Suggs Mill Pond area and includes the Bladen State Lakes Forest, the various lakes including Jones, White Lake, Singletary Lake and on to Pender County…Along the way such interesting sites as Harmony Hall and more,  Visit their online site at
We live in a wonderful part of the state, but not sure we appreciate all we have .Kinda take it for granted…
Just lost in thoughts on this hump-day….
Some suggestions left on U.S. Forest Service sheets and comment cards…nationwide…
“Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands.”
“Trails need to be reconstructed.  Please avoid building trails that go uphill.”
“The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake.  Please eradicate these annoying animals.”
robert g hester
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