Full Circle

Full Circle, as defined by dictionary.com, is a noun  and means to the original place, source, or state through a cycle of developments  usually used in the phrase come full circle  ).

A man holds his newborn children in his arms for the first time.

He watches them go to school, maybe graduate from college.

He walks his daughter down the aisle on the day of her wedding.

He watches them make life decisions, learn and grow strong.

A man holds his newborn grandchild in his arms for the first time.

Full Circle

Shred and Save

This coming Saturday, April 26th, Belco Works is holding its 7th Annual Shred and Save event which will be held at the north end of Riesbeck’s Supermarket parking lot. The event will start at 10:00 Am and end at 2:00 PM.

Belco Works will have one of their mobile shredding units on site to shred up to 75 pounds per customer at no charge but donations are welcome. They are certified for document destruction and comply with all HIPPA regulations.

The first 50 customers will receive a free t-shirt. Also, customers will receive a tree seedling which will be provided by the Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District.

For additional details go to the Belco Works website: http://www.belcoworks.com/. Or follow Belco Works on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/belcoworks or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelcoWorks


Belco Works

My son was diagnosed as developmentally disabled at an early age. When he was 10 or 12 years old I met with caseworkers from the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities and signed Mike up for services. Even though I did not need any help at the time, it was nice to know that services were available when he got older.

After Mike was finished with high school, he started working at Belco Works, the county sheltered workshop. He already knew several people there through his activities with Ohio Special Olympics, so he was able to adapt quickly.  He has since moved into Community Employment and works at WalMart.

7 years ago, I was asked to serve as a parent representative on the board of directors of Belco Works. At the time, the organization was in the process of separating itself from the Belmont County Board of DD and becoming a totally private non profit organization. This had been a long process, which in fact started in 1992 and was completed in January of 2009.   Belco Works at that time was designated as an independent provider, the same status other service providers hold.   This Belco Works is very different from the Belco Works of past years and offers many services for community integration and employment in the local workforce.

Even though Belco Works is a non profit organization, it needs to be run like a business to end the year in the black. This means that the board of directors are informed of finances on at least a monthly basis.  Costs have been trimmed and charges for services provided are closely monitored.  Grants and other funding options help to maintain financial stability.

Belco Works is involved in providing employment opportunities and promoting community participation for people with disabilities, always searching for something that might make a difference in people’s lives.

An opportunity to find funds to help Belco Works was presented at our February board meeting.

An organization called the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley is hosting a 24 hour online giving challenge. This will raise unrestricted dollars for non profit business such as Belco Works.

The event which will be held on May 6th, 2014 is being called The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley. You can see their website at www.giveov.org.

Also, you can see the Belco Works non profit webpage at: http://giveov.org/#npo/belco-works-inc

Gifts of $10 or more can be made during the 24 hour online giving period and then money which has been pooled from other donations, sponsors and other sources will be used to amplify every gift.

I am trying to get the word out to let people know that these donations will be used locally, right here in Belmont County for a segment of our population that deserve it. Please mark this date on your calendar (May 6, 2014) and be as generous as possible to support the good work done by Belco Works, Inc.


My Daughter

On December 5th, my daughter celebrated her……well….birthday. I won’t say her age but damn, I’m getting old.

I wrote a post about my son on here several months ago and thought I should tell you about my daughter.

I can clearly remember the day she was born and bringing her home a few days later. It was cold and there was snow on the ground.

Growing up there were the usual bumps, bruises and tears. Thank goodness, no trips to the hospital, except for a few stitches.

There were two incidents that happened that told me what kind of person she was turning out to be. One winter when Jess was probably 10 or 11, she wanted to go around the neighborhood and shovel off walks and driveways. She was gone for a few hours and when she came back home I asked her whose walks she had shoveled. She mentioned an elderly neighbor down the street and I asked how much he had paid her. She said she just shoveled off his walk and driveway and never went to the door for payment.

Later when she was in high school, she came to the aid of a mentally handicapped student who was being bullied and beaten. She had to fill out a report for the local law enforcement, that is how bad it was.

She went on to get her associates degree at a local tech college, working part time jobs during the process. She worked for a law firm for a few years and is now employed as a deputy clerk for a count division judge.

I have always been so very proud of her. She is a kind, loving, gentle person. She makes friends easily, laughs often and always has a kind word for someone.

She has given me many gifts over the years but none compare to the day she got married and the day she gave me my granddaughter!

She may be a wife and a mother now, but she will always be my little girl!

Love ya Sis!


Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official US holiday and is observed on November 11th. It is a day to honor those who have served in the armed services.

This day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives while serving.

One thing that I do not like to hear is when people say “Happy Veterans Day”.

Frank Parkinson

Frank Parkinson

My father, Frank Parkinson, was in the Army during the Korean War. He never talked about what happened and evaded or changed the subject when questioned.

After Dad passed away, I learned that he was involved in hand to hand combat. The fighting was so fierce that he had to use a shovel to kill a North Korean solider. I can’t imagine what he experienced during those moments. I now know he thought about this every day.

Dad was a Christian. He read the Bible every day. I hope that he has found peace in heaven. he passed away on Veterans Day.

So when hear the words “Happy Veterans Day” I cringe and think about what someone who has experienced the horrors of war, who can’t have a day pass without remembering, who have a lifetime of issues because of what happened to them in a land far away, what goes through their mind.

So, please, please, honor those who have served. Say thanks or buy them a meal. Don’t say “Happy” and force them to remember the unspeakable memories that they think about every day.