Adieu from Kearneysville columnists

It is with regret I contribute one last column following 38 years talking with hundreds of local folks in the community, many of whom have passed on, sharing birthdays, anniversaries, births, parties, vacations, church news, local 4-H, tidbits of history, upcoming events, and I could continue on and on.

In 1974, local correspondent Mary Pauline Judy called one evening to ask if I would be interested in contributing to the local Kearneysville News published weekly in the Spirit of Jefferson Advocate. As a transplant from Indiana, it came to me writing as a local correspondent would let me intermingle with the residents and the community, turning it into a learning experience, which expanded through the years. I remember so well my interview with the late Max Brown, editor at that time, and over the years getting to know and working with Mr. Dorsey, Mr. Dockney and the staff at the Spirit office which is now under new ownership and management.

I personally thank the readers and those in the community for their following, leaving me with so many memories.

However, I am not through with my love of writing at this time for I look forward to contributing special articles of interest to the Spirit, continuing to write poetry and publishing a children’s book.

I’ll leave you with one last thought — I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood and touched by them

Signing off,

Patt Welsh

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