Learning New Tricks
When a friend approached me about joining the Lions Club a while back, I didn’t know what to expect. I did know that I wanted to find another positive way to give back to the community and figured I would check things out.
I found a wonderful group of men and women who enjoy helping others and know how to have a fun time. But what I didn’t expect was to learn so many things about Hanover which I never knew existed.
In a time when so many people have so many grievances with the people who make decisions about our town, I wanted to give a reminder that Hanover has so many great stories, ones that might not make the newspaper or get buried beneath the important issues which have rallied people to action. Since I started this blog mainly to point out the positives that were being ignored by some people in power, I want to get back to that a little (while also continuing to rabble rouse so borough leaders feel the heat).
At this week’s Lions meeting, our speaker told us about a project which I already knew a little about. In fact, I teased the member who lined up the speaker that he had stolen one of my ideas for when it was my turn to plan the program early next year.
Did you know that the folks at Panebaker Funeral Home also own Loyal Companion Pet Cremation? Kristin Newman, co-owner of both businesses with her husband Mike, spent some time this week telling us about the pet cremation service. Like I said, I knew a little about it, but her presentation not only gave me more knowledge, but showed the passion and care that goes into running this business.
We don’t have a pet, so I am not the kind who would need the breadth of services Loyal Companion offers, but many people do need significant closure when a pet dies. Kristin told us about the options available and the reasons behind creating such a service in Hanover. They pet service is located out off of Gitts Run Road so a lot of people probably don’t know that it even exists. If you need this service, I highly recommend Loyal Companion.
I also highly recommend joining the Lions or one of the other service clubs in town (but especially the Lions). While a small group of people make myopic decisions on Frederick Street, many more actually go into the community and do good things with hardly any recognition or even a desire for recognition. Plus, we have fun, make new friends and learn about things like a local business designed to help people deal with the loss of a beloved pet.