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published on 10/07/2004

Hats off ….to our beacons of light

By staff writer

There is a television show called “Joan of Arcadia” which tells the story of a young woman in high school who sees the face of God in strangers. Sometimes the person is the checkout man in the grocery. Another time it might be a child or a fellow teenager dressed in Goth attire or an old woman. The point of the story is not to focus on the characters depicting God but to hear the message each one presents to Joan. And as a lot of television stories go, doing what God tells Joan to do gets her into trouble but always teaches her a lesson and in the end she is a better person for the experience she had that episode.

One story led Joan to see the light inside each person and how that light reflects into the lives of each person it touches – “Be present”, is all God asked her to do. You might call these people beacons. In this particular episode, the person was a negative influence at the school and Joan’s ability to see the light in him changed the course of all the people in her school. In our community we are fortunate to have living amongst us people of positive influence that are truly beacons of light radiating out into the lives of our residents. Their stories can be told in the many articles we read and hear about in this month’s paper.

For example, we learned that the Thrasher gym will be dedicated on October 22nd and has a new name. Now called the Dressler Physical Education Center in honor of Dr. Keith Dressler and his wife Lauralee for their dedication in making the gym a reality. We also heard of the dedication of the new playground in the Town of Signal Mountain named after Mayor Jim Althaus in honor of his 12 years of service to the Town of Signal Mountain. Dr. Bob Spaulding had a dream of creating a haunted barn and decided to invite local organizations to make it a reality and turn it into a event. Another important event reported on in this issue is the story of the many merit badges, ranks earned and awards presented at the Summer Court of Honor between the three Boy Scout troops up here on our mountaintop. One of those beacons in our community, Timothy Bond was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

There are many more beacons of light in our community and their stories are inside the pages of our paper - teachers, students, PTA boards, athletes, clubs, organizations, service projects, and so on. Each is made up of people making a difference within our communities; each is a beacon radiating light, touching the lives of strangers amongst us. All you have to do is look into the eyes of the person you greet and, “Be present.”