The celebration of President George Washington's Birthday this year has come and gone, but he lives in our lives and hearts forever, especially here in Washington County and the Ohio Valley.
Our county bears his name for many good reasons.
Washington said that he loved our beautiful valley and that if he were a younger man, he would have put down roots here. I feel a close connection with him because I not only share his birthday, Feb. 22, but many of his philosophies about life.
Recently it crossed my mind that the Washington County Home offers us much to be proud of.
Through the efforts of many dedicated people in this county, especially late commissioners Wayne Schaffer and Sam Cook (at the time not yet a commissioner) we have the county home as it now stands.
This special facility has been a safe haven over decades for the most unfortunate in our society, but it also has provided, and continues to provide self-worth to individual adults in a safe, warm, and structured environment.
George Washington would have been very proud of those who have called Washington County Home their home.
Our future in this beautiful and bountiful county relies on visions of progress and by complying with regulations passed down throughout hundreds of years and generations of citizens.
Hopefully, I do not have to cut down any cherry trees; only prune a few branches once in awhile.
By pruning we are strengthening the very trees which will, in years to come, bear more fruit.
I am so proud of the people of Washington County and I love my roots here.
Cora Marshall is Washington County Commissioner