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Kind deed restores faith heroes still exist in our communities

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To The Editor:

The lady in Plumbrook who was landlocked sat in her van with two great grandkids in the ditch in front of her home unable to drive in.

A crew of men working nearby noticed tears in the lady’s eyes and one of them approached the lady and inquired are you all right. The lady responded I have to feed my great-grandchildren and I cannot get to my home. The worker consulted with his crew and returned to the lady and said, “Back up your van. We are going to install a new driveway for you.”

Within about 3 hours the crew with their heavy equipment finished the new driveway and the lady was able to go home again.

As I watched from my home, a lump came to my throat and my faith in good Americans was strong.

Around 5 p.m. that same day the neighbor who had erected the barriers to stop the lady from going home appeared with his makeshift ATV and inspected his steel cables thinking someone had cut them. Then he noticed the new driveway and quickly got back on his makeshift ATV and sped backwards to his home.

He soon appeared again on his riding lawn mower. He drove near the lady’s property line and blew grass her way as she was feeding her great grandchildren at a picnic table behind her home. He continued to make passes until all grass was cleaned off his property and winrowed to her side.

The “man” then noticed me in my doorway observing him. He began driving his mower in oblong directions making physical contortions while staring at me. I thought he is upset because he couldn’t keep the lady and those two little boys from her home and it appears he is blaming me.

He may have put the blame in the right spot for in the previous three days I had erected a mimic barrier in my drive and posted signs saying “Love Thy Neighbor” and giving the masonic distress call “Oh Lord my God! Is there no help for the poor Widow’s Son?

You see the neighbor who erected the barriers preventing the lady from going home and his father claim to be members of the Masonic Lodge or Free Masons.

For some reason I knew the right thing to say to those who claim to be Free Masons.

In the end it is the men who put in the new drive who are the heroes.

Thanks fellas and may God bless you all.

Joe Stark


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