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Moms, Grads and the Family Business

Moms, Grads and the Family Business

Well, it is great to see May at the top of the calendar. What an amazing time of year. To me, it marks the unofficial kick-off to summer. Longer days, warmer nights combined with just so much to be celebrated and appreciated on God’s green Earth.

There’s never been a time when a mother’s love has been more important, and “What the World needs now is love, sweet love.” This begins with that special love and caring that moms provide throughout their children’s life.

If you’re not familiar with the song Google and give a listen to Dion Warwick’s rendition of “Love Sweet Love.” It’s my favorite.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and all that provide Motherly love. This seems to apply especially to the Grandmothers who, in today’s world, seem to be much more involved in the raising of the young ones.

One of the greatest problems within our Nation is moving away from the traditional nuclear family. A child is not aware of this, however. Thank you to all that step up and fill the role of mother. This most important person comes from all walks of life in the 21st century. There are a lot of biological mothers absent for a lot of reasons. It is never the child’s fault. Please don’t be judgmental and take the time to wish these special people a happy Mother’s Day.

There is no more important job in the world than being a mother. And for that special responsibility and all they do, there’s probably no more underappreciated role. Along with doing something nice for mom and making sure the kids make that special card or art project, say a little prayer of thanks in appreciation for this most special person and include the children — a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in my life.

Moving on to a couple of new things within the Webb Weekly. As seen on the cover this week, we will be honoring a special individual that makes up this year’s high school 2020 graduating class. As well as featuring a local family-owned small business. These special folks are the backbone of our communities. The young gentlemen and ladies are our future and hopefully end up right here at home, continuing to keep the West Branch Valley strong. And those that have made a lifetime commitment, in some cases generational, are more important to our area in much more than business.

Webb Weekly’s first star of the class of 2020 is someone very special to me, my nephew Chance Webb who is graduating from Hughesville.

Chance has had a great academic and athletic career as a Spartan. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council and SADD. In addition, he was involved with the Youth Development Taskforce, Constitutional Convention, Model UN Senator Gene Yaw Convention, as well as AP Psychology Club, AP Environmental Science Club, and AP American History Club. Wow! I did not know all this, great job, Chance.

What I did know was he was a fine left-handed pitcher and letter winner for the Spartan baseball program for four years. I wish I were watching him pitch right now. He was a hard-working member of Hughesville’s football team and did everything that was asked of him. I have enjoyed very much watching you play both. Thank you for including your Uncle Jimmy.

Chance plans to attend Penn College and major in business administration and marketing. Way to go, kid, proud of you.

If you would like me to feature the star senior in your life, please send me their class picture, an action shot, and bio. Webb Weekly will try to feature everyone we receive throughout our pages.

Now moving on to the special business folks. Our first feature is the good folks at The Kriger Fence Company. They are near and dear to my heart for keeping my four-legged son Finn safe and from traversing Loyalsock Township.

A special tip of my Webb Weekly cap with the American Flag on the side to owner Scott Kriger and his family. They are working on the 3rd generation of service within the West Branch Valley. Please read their feature story on page 17.

I also have to give a shout out to a long-time good guy and former Southside Police Chief Rex Lowmiller. Former Chief Lowmiller did an amazing job at my house and has helped with a couple of Dogwatch problems since. Just a heads up, be careful with that edging shovel, and remember where your wire is underground.

Like our 2020 grads, if there is a local business, you would like to see featured, please reach out to us. You can contact either editor, Steph, or myself. As always, our phone numbers and email can be found on page 4.

Let’s all be careful out there and look out for one another.

God Bless America.

Jim Webb

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