Hey, governor, we're still here

-A A +A

Column by Jim Clark

By Jim Clark

Catching up on some things after the holidays:

WE’RE STILL HERE, GOVERNOR: Levy County’s Commission is still operating two people short as of this writing Tuesday night. Two commissioners were suspended some time ago, and yet the governor has not appointed even temporary replacements.

Nancy Bell, Danny Stevens and Lilly Rooks deserve plaudits for keeping the county running in the absence of the two others, but it sure would be nice if the governor would give them some help. Those trials are still a long way away.

BEMBRY SIGNS: Got a news release the other day listing which committees Leonard Bembry, who replaces Will Kendrick in the Florida House of Representatives, will be working on.

Now that he’s elected and taking part in the special session, don’t you think someone from his staff, or his supporters, could come down to this corner of his district and pick up his campaign signs. His are very visible coming in from Ocala, while almost all others are gone.

Then again, maybe he’s just getting a jump on the 2010 election. It’s never too early to start campaigning, you know.

CHAMBER DINNER: The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce installation banquet will be Saturday, Jan. 24, at Williston Crossings RV Resort. This is always a fun event, and the RV facility is a nicely developing venue in Williston.

For reservations, contact the Chamber. Cost is $25 per person. Deadline is the 16th.

TRANSLATOR NEEDED: I have an unusual personal request for all you readers out there.

You probably don’t realize it, since my name is Clark, but I’m actually half Lithuanian. My mother was born in New York to parents who had come through Ellis Island just a couple of years earlier (this was in pre World War I days).

My wife was cleaning out some of my parents’ stuff recently, and came across a box with lots of material in it. In it was a letter that my grandparents had written to my mom.

You can tell that my grandparents were trying to learn English (unlike some of today’s immigrants), but much of the letter is in a foreign language, which I believe to be Polish.

So if there’s anyone out there who speaks Polish, and would be willing to help me translate this letter, please let me know. I know there are translation programs on the Internet, and I’m going to try one of those, but the human element will be missing.

Just e-mail me at editor@willistonpioneer.com or call next Monday (I’ll be out of town Thursday and Friday this week).

Jim Clark is the editor of the Williston Pioneer Sun News. He can be reached at editor@willistonpioneer.com or at 528-3343.