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6 - San Miguel Basin Forum, Thursday, June 3, 1999 Life Stops For Friends, Family Until Missing Ones Are Found Suddenly they are missing. Someone you know, a person you love. Gone. Without explanation. The first question is, why? Then, what could have hap- pened? and when? and how could this be? Finally, all that is left to ask is-- where are they? Someone missing is worse than being left orhurt by someone you care about. Worse, because life stops for friends and family until the missing person in their life is found. I have dealt with covering a few missing persons from this area over the years. Some of them I knew, some I did- n't. But the reactions from those close to them is always panic numbed by wonder, hope lessened by fears often imagining the worst. Lives are put on hold second by sec- end as they deal with the biggest question "one always has for another: are they okay? And while we all wait for that answer, we remember and think about the one missing. I was getting to know Dale Williams, though I knew him for years casually as he occasionally fixed my dented vehicles, and I sold him advertising now and then. But when I went through a personal crisis last year, it was Dale Williams who stepped forffard to help. He board- ed up my windows without being asked, and he and his wife, Diana, moved their videos out from one side of their building so I Could have a place to continue this newspaper. He told me not to worry about payments right away and from time to time he checked in to see how I was doing. I finally asked him why. He did not tell me the first and real reason for helping me. I knew it was because I needed him. He stammered for words and said something about this newspaper doing a story on him about fifteen years ago when an explosion hurt him. He said the article brought him help at a time of personal crisis in his life. During some late night visits at our places of business, Dale began to reveal, priorities in his life, like family and friends. He was always concerned that people be happy and okay with themselves and others. He spoke often of friends needing to be free from all the problems of life. He was committed to do what he could for others, even if it was small. But the greatest thing I found Dale doing was accept- ing others without judgement and taking the time to do what he could for anyone in need. He never asked or answered private questions. Nor did he seek or offer information to clear up vicious rumors about himself, me, or others. He never criticized, except himself, and that for not being able to do enough for others. He was always busy, but never so much that he didn't have time for me or anyone else who wondered in his shop. Last week, in one of his busy moments of fixing a threading machine and a vehicle on the rack, he stopped and found me a piece of glass for a desk top. When he was finished cut- ting, sanding and cloning it, I presumptuously told him to bill me. He said he wouldn't. He said the glass was given to him and he was giving it to me. Dale, to me, was becoming the person who visited those facing los= and in need, and he was the person who 'truly portrayed the one with a cold cup of water for those needing a drink. Whatever happened to Dale for whatever reason, I hope wh='ever he is-- all is well with his soul. RC Upon further investiga- tion, the Naturita Board last Tuesday, May 25, after re-hiring and firing several times in the last month, voided John Radan's dog catching contract as he did not have the required insurance. The board also is consid- ering for public hearing and adoption a grease trap ordi- nance. A public hearing date on the ordinance is expected at the next meeting. The ordinance will require that no industrial discharges will be allowed into the towr 's sewer system, which would require grease traps, for example, in such businesses as restata'ants. (See page 11). The board passed a motion to increase the Community Building rates. Residents will now pay $50 per day and be required to deposit $50, the cleaning and damage deposit being refunded after use. For use of the kitchen, another $50 per day will be charged. The board will also be doing away with memberships as of January 1, 2000. The per day fee was increased by $25 a Cancer Support Group Meeting 1st Friday of every month from 1 to 2 PM at Wright Stuff Foundation Office next to the bank in Norwood. \ day. considering special rates for For non-residents, organi- local organizations upon zations and individuals will pay request. $100 per day for the The board also discussed Community Center and $50 dol- vandalism at the town park as lars per "day if they use the well as town property. It was kitchen. The non-resident clean- approved to offer a $500 reward ing and damage deposit is $250, to anyone who provides any refundable after use. information that leads to the The board will still be arrest and conviction ofvandals. One day I watched a potter work- ing at his wheel. He was putting the finishing touches on a vase. It was hard to believe he had started with a shapeless mass of clay. When he looked up I asked, "Where's the pattern?" =In my heart," he answered. Just so, God, the Master Potter, has a plan in His heart for your life. You're not an accident, /ou're an incident. You're not irrelevant, you're important. You're not a car- bon copy, you're somebody spe- cial. Let God have your mind to think through, your heart to k ve through, your body to live through and you'll find His wonderful plan for your life. r(~ 7 own met, her~