Friday night meeting?

I work seven days a week.

And that’s Ok, most of the time.

My work has been my life for the past 27 years.

I’ve covered county board meetings, planning commission meetings, city council, school board, and solid waste commission meetings.

I’ve covered accidents, celebrations, special events and school activities.

I’ve even done sports.

I’ve walked hip deep in snow as commissioners looked for buried barrels of toxic substance in the middle of winter, I’ve flown in a medical helicopter at 180 mph.

I’ve been out in corn fields to cover farm accidents, I’ve met bossy in the barn to do a series on the demise of the dairy farms in this area.

I’ve gotten up for 6:30 a.m. meetings, I’ve devoted entire Saturdays and sometimes Sundays for this job. I’ve worked in 95 degrees heat to cover fairs and parades and air shows and minus 25 degrees to cover a wolf story.

There have been special meetings, work sessions, and retreats, and I’ve been there.

I could go on, as I said, this job has been my life.

I do it, not because I have nothing else to do, but because I believe it is important that the news I uncover and report on is something the people of this area need to know.

Working late at a meeting that exceeds the 2-3 hour limit in an evening (one time to 3 a.m. even) is what I consider part of the job. Could be a hazard of the job. Still, while it can make me a zombie the next day, I usually show up for work.

But I have one night a week that I rarely work and that is Friday. It’s been date night with my husband for years. If we don’t eat supper together all week, at least we do on Friday night.

But, tonight, Friday, April 27, there is a county board meeting, a special meeting, at 8 p.m. That’s starting at 8 p.m. And it is to address the redistricting of commissioner districts and terms of office. Both of these are extremely important issues that should have the attention of many people in our county.

Here’s the thing…  8 p.m. has never been a starting time for a county board meeting.  Miss it? I think not, it’s too important for my readers. I guess I’ll find out what this is all about when I head down to Center City in a couple of hours.

-MaryHelen Swanson

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