What a great Prayer Breakfast we had last week! We had over 200 people in attendance to hear Dr. Akil Ross’ inspirational message. He’s such a dynamic speaker and leader that several people were wishing they could go back to high school so he would be their principal! I want to thank the Chapin High NJROTC students and the talented CHS Honor Choir who sang beautifully for our event. We also appreciate our local pastors who provided prayers and scripture readings: Rev. Slaven Manning, Rev.
B. J. Phillips, Pastor Bridget Goodwin, Pastor Beverly Aurand and Rev. Dennis Willey. And special thanks to all our table and event sponsors, especially Tim Slice with Generations of Chapin which provided our breakfast.
We had beautiful weather for the 17th Annual Community Service Day, and it was great to see all the volunteers working on projects to benefit our citizens and town. From roadside cleanups to food drives for We Care, and a lot of other great activities, the people of Chapin have a heart and mind for service. After a hard day’s work, American Legion Post 193 provided lunch and dessert at Crooked Creek Park. We are blessed to live and work in such a great community. Thank you to all who helped in some way to make this year’s event another great success, especially Alex Metts of Metts Landscaping.
Each year Alex donates mulch to help spruce up the Chamber House grounds, and this year he donated several yards of mulch to beautify our new welcome signs on Chapin Road. As you may recall, last year the Justin Pepper Foundation donated the signs to the town, and Jake Powers with Boy Scout Troop 870 worked with his troop and members of the Justin Pepper Service Club of Chapin High School to install the signs across from Boland’s hardware store and near the old GIST property on the northern side of town. What a welcome change these signs bring to our community, and we are certainly grateful to Jake Powers, Chris Powers, Gerald Meetze and Kari Pepper McKeone for making this project a success.
Unfortunately, heavy rains kept many from attending the Public Safety Community Night last week, but there was great information provided by the heads of the fire department, EMS, 911 call center and emergency operations center for Lexington County Public Safety. It was interesting to hear about the enormous volume of calls they receive each year, and how they are adopting more modern approaches to keeping up with the demands for service. I want to thank Councilwoman Erin Long Bergeson, Public Safety Director David Kerr, the department chiefs, and all the men and women first responders who came out to be part of this awareness forum for our citizens. Next time you have an encounter with any of our first responders, please take a moment to let them know how much you appreciate what they do.