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Big hearts better than big cities

Many people talk about the desire to live in a big city. While we may sight some advantages like shopping, restaurants and a variety of entertainment possibilities that are readily located in big cities, I wonder, is bigger really better?

Our local schools have classes that graduate 40 to 140 students and while I graduated from a bigger class size of 440 plus, my wife, whom I met while in the military, came from a very big city, Boston, and there are indeed many fascinating things located there.

We married and settled in rural West Liberty 35 plus years ago.

Still that question: Is bigger always better? I believe, merits a closer look. What do you gain and what is the potential cost of moving to a small community? Is bigger better?

Maybe not.

In small communities when someone sneezes, someone hears and someone always cares.

My brother, Randy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and you do wonder about treatments and hospitals and other concerns for the family.

And so, one evening I received a call from Victor Klingelhofer, a small businessman that owns Vic’s Country Cookin’, asking me if I knew a Randy McGill, to which I answered, yes, he is my little brother. Victor would go on to say, “I heard he is having it tough.” I responded, ‘yes, he has cancer and is in a fight.’ Victor had already talked to Curt Roach, who owns C&R Pharmacy and they had worked together to help others before.

Victor said we would like to do something to help out the family. They had already started to formulate a plan.

So two small business owners, one from West Liberty and one from DeGraff, wanted to help, they cared and they put that caring into action. They made calls, placed ads, spread the word, enlisted help and set a date.

And so from little villages they came and from places further out they journeyed. More people than we could have imagined. They stood in line at Vic’s wagon and Curt served by refilling the cooler for drinks. All sorts of people pitched in to help, people stood in a line that did not slow down for four hours. People stood and stood and stood and some brought their loved one in wheelchairs. They encouraged us just by showing up, and my parents, both in their 80s, were emotionally moved and amazed that in a little town so many showed they cared.

The fire department donated space, equipment and labor. People moved tables, some Lions Club members served, some sold cookies and all shared. Curt carried supplies and Victor and his family cooked and people ate and smiled and laughed and loved.

It was big! So yes, bigger is better, and in small towns where hearts are so very big, at least so it seems to the McGill Family, it is better.

Thank you to all the churches that prayed and continue to pray and a big thanks to all for whatever came from your hearts.

The whole McGill Family of West Liberty.

Matt. 25:36

Michael McGill

West Liberty

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014

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I recently had a 10-day stay at Mary Rutan Hospital. I was sent to the emergency room from Maple Leaf Family Medicine. Upon arrival I was greeted professionally and urgently which set the tone for the remainder of my day.

I was treated with sincere care from everyone I came in contact with; from the nurses, doctors and all of the support staff. I would like to thank the entire staff and remind our community what a great asset we have here in Logan County.

Jim Bouldin, CEO

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