First, several words of goodbye and of grateful appreciation: I attended Eleanor de Nobriga's funeral yesterday. I was privileged to know the family as neighbors and classmates, and Eleanor, Frank and Suzanne Burow at their “second home,” The Exchange Place, near my family’s home in Preston Woods. I will never be able to pass those log buildings without seeing the sheep, the ribbons tied onto the fence announcing the births of the new lambs, the beautiful quilts and weaving, and the wonderful Moravian Ginger Cookies for sale around Christmas! Her gorgeous quilts were on display in the sanctuary, and the Gathering Room held large displays of many, many pictures of her life over the years - and those of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and, of course, Frank, the love of her life. It is amazing how much she accomplished in her lifetime - for so many. Thank you de Nobriga family, for sharing your mother with us. She will be greatly missed.
Next Sunday, I will say goodbye to another neighbor, Dr. Ed McDaniel. I saw him and his wife, Katherine, at church and on walks in the neighborhood over the years. I knew, of course, that he worked at Eastman, but I did not know that he was a great part of who I am today. When I was a student at D-B, there were two extracurricular seminars available to students: Great Books and Science. You probably would guess that I opted for Literature. Well, guess again. I chose the science seminars at Eastman and loved them. Yes, some things were a little out of my element, but I had a father that also worked at Eastman that I could ask questions of. I did not know until I read Dr. McDaniel’s obituary that he had co-sponsored those seminars. How I wish I had told him how much I enjoyed them and how much they inspired my interest in science - throughout college and beyond!
I was so happy, though not at all surprised, to find out that Rosalee Sites had been recognized by United Way of Greater Kingsport at its recent annual meeting for her many accomplishments and exceptional work on behalf of health and human services in the area. After I moved back to Kingsport from North Carolina, I started a job at Bristol Regional Medical enter. Even though I spent most of my time in Bristol, I heard so many amazing things about Rosalee. It was through my work in Junior League of Kingsport that I got to know and work with Rosalee through the Children’s Advocacy Center of Sullivan County. Rosalee was instrumental in not only helping start the center, but also in helping to make the center known nationally for its wonderful work. I know that the work was done by many, many people, over many years, but her medical knowledge and expertise was key to the success of the center and the many children who have benefited from it over the years. More recently, I worked with her and the wonderful Parish Nurse Program she initiated. Having worked with, admired and respected Rosalee’s efforts over the years, one thing became quite obvious: she works so hard because her work helps so many people. Work that means so much: to children, to those individuals needing healthcare and those needing assistance with a sick or injured family member. Her gracious, unselfish reach has touched so many and in ways most of us don’t even know about.
Valentine’s Day is always such a festive day for Girls Inc. of Kingsport. The gym is decorated with tables sporting red tablecloths, glittery red and pink hearts, lacy doilies and sparkly centerpieces and balloons. Crystal plates and teacups hold hot tea, heart-shaped tea sandwiches and chocolate cupcakes decorated with red or pink sugar. There are “teacups” made with ice cream cones, icing, a base made of a cookie and a handle made of a dried peach ring, holding a small package of Skittles. The girls enjoy their tea and goodies along with the sparkly decorations and music - the gym is filled with laughter and the latest dance moves (sugar-infused treats will do that). The only downside? The flu season was still keeping many of the girls at home. Next year, girls!
Attention, all readers! The time is quickly approaching for the Kingsport Book Fair, sponsored by Friends of the Library/First Book. It will be held March 2-4. There is no admission charge for the regular sale hours, but there is a $10 charge for the preview sale.
Regular sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 12:45 to 5 p.m., Sunday. The half-price sale begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, and the $10 bag sale is all day Sunday. Credit cards can be used for sales above $25; it's cash only for sales under $25.
Proceeds benefit Friends of the Kingsport Public Library and First Book of Greater Kingsport - supporting local literacy and educational programs as well as enhancing our public library and its offerings. The Kingsport Book Fair will be held at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Hope to see you there ~ and elsewhere "out and about" in the community!
Katherine Scoggins is a Sunday Stories columnist who highlights local happenings and community organizations twice a month in Out & About with Katherine.