Final Red Kettle Count
A heartfelt thank you from all of us at Webb Weekly for your generosity and support in honoring Dave Sechler. Sech may have left us far too early but his long time belief in the Salvation Army and all the good they do will carry on.
In his memory I asked for donations into a special Red Kettle set up in the front of the Webb Weekly office. For every donation that was made my staff and I would match it.
It was our pleasure to greet so many who came to our Southside office to continue Dave's legacy of support. He would have been very proud and humbled by the outpouring. We also received many donations through the mail to support all the work the Salvation Army does locally. Every day a pile of envelopes would be stacked on my desk in Sech's honor. Many with a little note about Dave and his kindness to others. It was nice to hear so much good from so many about Dave and his efforts.
So, how much did we stuff into that kettle? A grand total of $8,543.90. I didn't know that much could even fit in that Red Kettle of collection.
The line score for those of you counting at home, $3,543.90 thanks to your compassion. And an even $5,000 from all of us here at Webb Weekly. This amount includes a dollar each for all of the young folks who entered our annual Blaise Alexander/Webb Weekly Christmas Coloring Contest.
Please let the kids know about their contribution to such a great cause. The young boys’ and girls’ coloring and creativity was at an all-time high this year.
My staff then voted unanimously to round up to an even number. Thus reaching the five grand we committed to match at the beginning of the ringing of the bell. With your support I would like to do this each year in memory of a friend to so many. Again, thank you and God Bless.
The “New” Webbweekly.com
Please take a moment to check out our new website or Google Webb Weekly. It only made sense that a publication named Webb should have a strong, easy to use, community service presence on the web. With that thought in mind, I hired Bill Stanford who was creating cartoons for Webb Weekly to be our full-time IT and Creative Design Specialist.
Bill has done a great job coming up with a website and so much more, that even I can use. See, I'm not the most tech savvy person and prefer my cell phone over a laptop, iPad or whatever the device of the day is.
You can use all of the above and have the Webb Weekly at the tip of your fingers to flip through the pages or skip right to what you are looking for. Classifieds, local news, calendars of events, coupons, sports or maybe a certain individuals’ column.
The coupons can then be used from your cell phone at the business making that great offer! For instance, if you want to use the $1 off lunch coupon at the Kast Hotel, and boy do they have great lunches; you can go to Webb Weekly coupons on your cell phone, find the Kast $1 off lunch offer and show it to the friendly Kast staff when ordering. That simple. Want to save on an oil change? Google Webb Weekly, touch "coupon" and there are offers from several local automotive centers. Just show them the coupon on your phone and save.
One of the most important public services we are now offering is obituaries. All area funeral directors can submit the summary of your loved ones life to us at Webb Weekly. At no charge the obit will appear in chronological order at Webbweekly.com or again just Google Webb Weekly obituaries. This is a way for folks that have much going on in their lives to check the daily obits or when someone forgets the information to be able to use their cell phone to check memorial times. It also is a way for people who have moved away from our area or family and friends that live out of town to have the information.
We are a weekly publication; however, the obituaries will be updated in real-time. So, all the information needed to properly show the family the respect deserved is at the tip of your finger on your cell phone or computer as soon as it is provided by the funeral director.
I believe a service like this for our area has been long overdue and as I said earlier we finally have it in a user-friendly format that even I can use.
Suggestions, comments and thoughts are always appreciated. You can call or text me at 570-337-0755. My contact info is on Page 4 each week.
Thank you for your readership and God Bless America.