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Adair Rocks: Why I love Adair County

So, I have found my piece of heaven. Beautiful land, friendly people and opportunities to help our fellow mankind. Who would wish for more. - TED CALDWELL
This is the first of at least three Adair Rocks articles. In the future, they will be carried mostly on Sundays, and this inaugural article will be included in the Sunday, March 10, 2013, Sunday with CM reading list. EW

By Ted Caldwell

Like most of us, I am a transplant. In the summer of 2001 I was finally in a position to leave California and find my "piece of heaven." Deciding that I wanted to relocate in Northern Tennessee or Southern Kentucky I packed up my worldly goods and drove cross country.

Starting in Western Tennessee I drove to many cities from Paducah to Ashland. I was amazed at the beauty and tranquility everywhere I went. After a couple of weeks of driving more or less aimlessly I happened upon Adair County. It was getting late but my breath was taken away when I came to the Square and first saw the court house. Even though I was shown a really nice home I continued my pilgrimage exploring Eastern Kentucky. Eventually I returned to Adair and settled in Pellyton.

Most mornings would find me at the Circle R having breakfast with some of the town's many distinguished. While this effort at networking did not result in any job offers, it did open the doors to the many possibilities for community service.

I heard about the Adair County Rotary Club and decided to join. Now, 12 years later, I still am impressed with this organization. Not very big, this dedicated group has been active in the community since 1935. Did you know that it was the Rotary who built the community pool more the 50 years ago?

Part of the National and International Rotary, we have sent support that aided Rotary International in its drive to eradicate Polio world wide. We are almost there. Only three countries remain where the polio virus is active--Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Imagine the pride in knowing that thousands have been spared the ravages of this dread disease.

Columbia Rotary still supports our local area with scholarships to attend college or take advance classes in high school.

Another community service group I am proud to be a member of is the Fraternal Order of Masons. Such a small county yet there are three very active lodges. Through our brotherhood we raise money to support those in need. Maybe not with fan fare but quietly. We take care of the Masonic Homes and assist the Shriners with the good works of Kosair Children's Hospital and other medical facilities in Kentucky as well as the rest of the United States.

The Jaycees are well known for their work in and around Adair County. Most notable might be the County Fair every year but there are other activities as well.

The Columbia Woman's Club also provides scholarships, funds an annual Kentucky Humanities Council speaker open to the community, hosts the Christmas house tour and provides other services.

Community services are provided by the very active church congregations we have, repairing homes for the poor and elderly and running the area food bank among other examples of the good works provided.

Other organizations I can think of include the VFW; the Adair County Garden Club, whose members not only learn about gardening but work to beautify the county where they can. The Adair Heritage Association is charged with preserving the Court House on the Square. The Renaissance Committee who sponsor the Down Town Days. There are probably other groups that I am unaware of that are making a difference.

So, I have found my piece of heaven. Beautiful land, friendly people and opportunities to help our fellow mankind. Who would wish for more. - TED CALDWELL

Like this idea as much as we do? You can help. George Kolbenschlag is giving us guidance on his idea. He even uncovered, for CM a great heretofore hidden literary asset, his fellow Rotarian Ted Caldwell. Ted writes on one of the subjects he knows best, about one of those slight edges which make all the difference in Adair County life: its outstanding civic clubs. Comments are welcome. If you wish to write an Adair Rocks installment, contact us first with your idea at 270-250-2730, and we'll give you some of the now evolving guidelines.

This story was posted on 2013-03-08 10:35:08
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