Meals on Wheels still serves
The volunteers who run Ashland's "Meals-On-Wheels" service are wondering what has happened to their clients. They would be happy to think that the need for their help had disappeared &
that there were no shut-ins, unable to do their own shopping and/or preparing of evening dinners &
but somehow that doesn't seem the likely explanation. So we are reminding those who read this note that we are still here to meet the need. We get the meals we provide from SOU kitchens &
or for short periods throughout the year (at Thanksgiving, Xmas and during Spring Break) the Skylark Assisted Living kitchens. We can give you a meal seven days a week, or any shorter number of days a week you choose, for a nominal sum; and holidays do not interrupt the service. If you want to get more information about this program, please call Eric Massey at 552-0400 or the Chamber of Commerce at 482-3486.
John Sexton missed in
Jackson County Library System and our communities lost several talented library professionals upon closing the library, people who contributed subtly but notably to the rich quality of our region. John Sexton epitomizes this loss. As a teen librarian, he fostered and facilitated a love of reading in literally thousands of young Ashland readers. John's national recognition for this expertise allowed him to easily find work elsewhere.
Routinely, parents I know can recall the important role John played in their child's reading development. I will always remember, with great appreciation, how John identified the perfect book, the book that enticed my son to overcome hurdles and read. Reading that book turned the corner on his literacy and opened the enthralling world of information and discovery for my child. Deep, deep thanks, John. I am very sorry we are losing you.
Pedestrians should pay attention
Every time I drive down Siskyou Blvd. near AHS and SOU, and watch as pedestrians, mostly students, cross at the crosswalks, I become concerned for their safety. There are times of the day when the traffic is quite heavy and the number of pedestrians is high. And as a driver, I am concerned because it is often a challenge to stop for them, when all too often they walk right out into the roadway without even a glance towards the oncoming traffic. I've observed students engaged in cell phone conversations, and without looking, just walk right out into the road.
At the risk of being accused of being an 'outsider' and making suggestions to the locals (I moved to Ashland from Maine a year ago) I would like to offer a suggestion that works very well in the town of Camden, Maine. In Camden, the summer traffic through town is very heavy, and so is the pedestrian traffic. But at each crosswalk, inside the crosswalk lines just in front of the curb, there are written these three words: Stop, look, wave.
As a pedestrian approaches the crosswalk, they stop, look at the oncoming traffic then give a little wave to get the attention of the drivers. Camden is a busy tourist destination in Mid-coast Maine, and often the out-of-state drivers would be distracted as they drove through town. But when pedestrians started to look them in the eye and give a little wave, the drivers would notice them and stop right away.
I believe that if the pedestrians would just take a short moment to look up and wave, it would make it so much easier for the drivers to notice them and stop. I think it needs to be a joint effort, between the walkers and the drivers, to make crossing busy highways safe.
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Meals on Wheels still serves