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July 9, 2009

From the Publisher's Desk: Residents work hard to organize community events

The logistics of holding an event can be a nightmare in that it takes really hard work to make it appear it wasn't all that much of an effort.

If you've planned a child's birthday party like I have, you send the invitations, get the cake, plan the menu and the favors, decorate the house and get up extremely early to make sure the list is checked twice _ that's assuming you've actually gotten to bed at all.

No matter how good the planning, I always seem to forget something. But when in doubt, at least at the Shalor residence, I can send Kevin to the store to pick up any last-minute items.

If you have been a bride or groom, you most likely struggled with seating charts, what music to dance that first dance to, and prayed for beautiful weather on your special day.

Looking for the perfect dress, choosing your wedding party and forming your guest list, I am sure, weighed on your mind.

When all was said and done, would you have still gone with the traditional big wedding or maybe for a big tent in the backyard with your closest friends to witness your marriage?

As the day got closer, the stress went up, and when you thought everything was done, you thought of just one more thing.

That said, now imagine having 500 to 1,500 people on your guest list! Could you imagine?!

The hours spent to pull together the recent Hospice concert or the Hometown 4th of July this past weekend are tremendous.

Bob Escher and Carla Balnis are seasoned veterans when it comes to hosting large crowds, and I applaud their efforts, hard work and attention to detail so we all could enjoy the festivities.

I can't even fathom undertaking such a task, and my hat goes off to them for spearheading and coordinating two fabulous community events.

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