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November 7, 2013

‘Women of Bluefield’ real champions

— — As I was driving down the road a few days ago, I began to think about the real work that has been accomplished in Bluefield over the last few years. Real work, in my mind, is defined as “heavy lifting.” 

I came to the conclusion that the real champions of Bluefield have been women. Accordingly, I would like to congratulate Debrah Ammar, Julie Hurley and Betsey Sorrell for their unwavering determination to revitalize downtown Bluefield. Although many people told the Bluefield Preservation Society that its goals could not be accomplished, this group persevered and has successfully planted promising “seeds” for downtown rejuvenation.

Another champion that I think of is Gail Satterfield. Gail’s leadership of the Beautification Committee has been consistent. Her group continues to go to the next level. I know that when I visit Bluefield, I admire the work that the Beautification Committee puts forth. They have truly been positive for the city.

Finally, when thinking about champions, I think of Linda Whalen. Although some may have disagreed with her on issues, Linda took action and stood in the face of criticism. Bluefield’s problems did not start with Linda or Bluefield’s last board, the issues began decades ago. I salute her courage for doing her best. If we had more active citizens like her, society would be in better shape.

The “women of Bluefield” all have one thing in common — they are brave and determined. Many like to criticize and stand on the sidelines, but real winners in life play in the game. I would like to salute the women of Bluefield for staying positive, having vision and participating as true citizens.

Greg Shrewsbury

Charleston

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