Hometown pride comes in many ways

By: 
DAVID KEYES
Outlook publisher

The first snow of the season hit Laurel at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
It’s official, we are in the darkest time of the year. How we approach it is up to us.
After all of these years, it is still strange to me that a person can get up in the dark, drive to work in the dark and be greeted by darkness on the way home.
With the time change this weekend, things are even more goofed up for a while.
What is a person to do?
For me, I try to find sunshine where I can. Some days it is harder than others for sure.
For example, this past week blessed me with opportunities to find the light.
What happened?
You know you live in a special place when the Rotary Club welcomes home a young man who wears hometown pride as a badge of honor.
FBI Special Agent Steve Lowe shared some of the ins and outs of his important job with Rotarians on Tuesday.
Sprinkled in with his comments were gems about how his teachers, principals, doctors, and neighbors all had a profound impact on who he is today.
A decorated Navy veteran, he shared how he takes Laurel pride with him wherever he goes. The best thing about hearing Special Agent Lowe speak about his upbringing was that he was surrounded by the people who shaped him. They beamed when he spoke as they remember the smart, athletic and ambitious young man who grew up in front of them.
• Bob Western watched him grow up and Lowe spent as much time at the Western home as his own. Lowe gave Western a special FBI coin as a token of thanks.
• Marv Carter was his principal.
• Drs. VanNice and Richardson were the family doctors for the Lowe family and Dr. VanNice even saw Lowe when VanNice was a physician for the Veterans Administration.
Leading up to the meeting, Dr. Richardson called every Rotary member to remind them to attend and even baked brownies the morning of the meeting to share.
Special Agent Lowe glowed about how coming from a small, caring town shaped him and differentiated him from many of his bigger city counterparts in the Navy and FBI.
People don’t know what they are missing if they aren’t raised in a community that has pride in its children.
The meeting put things into perspective and reminded me how we take things for granted.
As the snow started falling and knowing it was ushering in a new season, I reflected on how special any place on earth can be.
The laughter of trick or treaters on Tuesday night, seeing the Locomotive bus come through town with a police and fire department escort after the girls won the state soccer championship and how the community pulls together all got my attention this week.
As we get closer to the holiday season, sometimes it is a good reminder of the many blessings we really have.
Funny what a visit, a state championship, and snowfall can do.

David Keyes is publisher of the Outlook.

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