From Bryan Ensinger
To The Editor:
It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. That being true, it often takes the support of a community to accomplish a task. As meet director for the recent Magnolia Mudhole Cross Country Invitational, I learned firsthand what a wonderful community in which we reside.
With apologies to those whom I may have forgotten, I owe my gratefulness and thanks to the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation, and to Gary Willey and the workers of the Street Department who mowed and brush-hogged the course and surrounding areas.
Gump’s Portable Restrooms generously donated both their time and three portable restrooms for the event. The Magnolia administration, custodians, secretaries, Coach Harwick, John Holliday, and BC could not have been more supportive and helpful in providing advice and materials for the event. Dick Brookover took an afternoon to follow me with his brushing over the serpentine course; for which I am thankful. A special thanks goes out to Rodney Wade of Quality Aluminum for donating a generator and canopy.
Dave Harshberger was an invaluable resource with his uncanny ability to remember each twist and turn on the course, and his GPS watch, which came in handy. To the meet day course workers Sandy Hinerman, Mark Hostuttler, John and Mary Ann Yevuta, Terry and Donna Sands, Coach Monseau, timers, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph, Willie and Lisa White for t-shirts, Shelby Sands, the Gibb ladies, Christa Harshberger and her mother Liz, and to Ken Kasserman whose steady hand and expertise kept the meet running in a calm, organized manner; I offer my thanks and appreciation.
However, there would be no Magnolia Mudhole without the generosity of Shiben Estates, Inc. and specifically Erica Shiben who helped me so much and is an enthusiastic supporter of the meet. Her employees, Rick and Gary, provided untold hours of work on this event.
Finally to my loving wife, Meg, who provided patience, love, and understanding (along with an occasional glass of wine) during the hectic last week leading up to the meet. I was truly blessed to play a part in it!
Magnolia CC Coach