Event featured many earth angels
I witnessed and shared a little bit of earthly heaven on Saturday, Nov. 17.
It happened at the Cracker Fest in Fort Pierce at the Adams Ranch. Never have I seen or met so many earth angels. They were there sharing and giving back to a loving and caring institution called Treasure Coast Hospice. Volunteers from Martin and St. Lucie counties were doing what they do best: caring and supporting the Treasure Coast Hospice they believe in.
Personnel from TC Hospice, as usual, worked their hearts out to make it a great happening for everyone. Wonderful 4-H youth volunteers helped park cars, served a delicious lunch provided by Dale's B-B-Q West and were anywhere they were needed.
The auctioneer, Reed Hartman, was not only easy on the eyes and ears but knew how to encourage us to bid on the many items that were so generously donated.
The Adams Ranch cowboys entertained with branding, rope tricks, games and looked oh-so good on horseback.
Photographer Bob Dobens stayed so busy taking pictures for Hospice memories he didn't even stop to have barbeque.
The music we heard and enjoyed was provided by the Flatwood Blue Band. They were earth angels that made loving contributions that helped sponsor the event.
Many thanks to four generations of the Adams family, who not only donated the place and space, but also many cherished items and participated throughout the day.
If you didn't recognize the tour guide and bus driver, it was Rob Adams, husband of Cindee Adams, one of the TC Hospice angels.
Second generation Bud Adams personally met and greeted all who he came in contact with and shared valuable historic information on the ranch and locale. The event was organized by the newly formed Western St. Lucie Friends, a chapter of TC Hospice, under the direction of Ron and Marilyn Suriano.
FYI, TC Hospice is a not for-profit organization that serves Martin and St. Lucie counties. They do their part, let's not forget to do ours through our loving donations.
Thank you, one and all, for making it possible
Vonnie Holdsworth, St. Lucie County
What happened to Veteran's Day?
According to your paper's published items, not much happened around St. Lucie County last weekend. The primary picture shown was a political ad by a veteran, but then, what the hey!
There were only about 10 veterans events around the area last weekend. The SEAL muster and luau, the Marine Corps Ball, veteran's displays at the Stuart Air Show, the memorial service on the river, another in Fort Pierce and the Veteran's Day parade in Stuart, to name a few.
We were encouraged when a young lady from your paper took numerous pictures of our submarine float in the Stuart parade which, incidentally, won first place. After all, we worked very hard to get it there, along with the older vets in attendance. But alas, I eagerly scanned your latest issue and found almost nothing.
I guess the thing that bothers me most is that there are some 38,000 veterans living in St Lucie County. Add spouses and dependents and the total pushes 100,000 military-associated people. I would certainly have thought that the editor would give our cause a little more recognition, in view of the audience size and the holiday just passed.
What's next, sailors and dogs keep off the grass?
Jerry Padrta, Port St Lucie
Editor's note: We're sorry the reader was disappointed with our coverage of Veteran's Day. Our Nov. 9 issue was dedicated to veterans and each market carried stories/photos about veterans. Please visit our website, www.myhometownnews.net, and click on Nov. 9. The annual SEAL muster event was covered in both the Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 editions. The air show and veteran's parade in Stuart were covered in the Nov. 16 edition. Again, please check our county-specific coverage online.