Tradition, family and service.

Mike ColorFirefighting families
It’s a tradition that goes back generations for several Terrell and Kaufman County area firefighters and their families.
Public servis through work or volunteering as firefighters is second nature to people like Jim Harper, Don Lindsey Jr., David Lindsey and Joe Smith. They are not the only ones carrying on the family tradition of firefighting service, but they do capture the spirit of helping their communities in time of need.
Staff writer Gary E. Lindsley recently visited with several firefighters with long ties to the service of protecting and serving. He tells how the profession has changed over the decades from departments being very territorial in their service, to mutually working together with other departments for the greater good.

KCL Charm
In this month’s Kaufman County Life Charm pages staff writer Paul Bottoni gives some insight into the makeup of the all-volunteer board of trustees of Terrell ISD. Five of the seven board members are women and they each bring a distinctly different set of life and career experience to the boardroom.
The group is tasked with helping set the vision, goals and policies for the district’s four thousand-plus students. While they each come from different backgrounds, board vice president Lisa Ashersaid the group has a common goal that binds them – “To do what’s best for the children.”

Midwife trend is a throwback
Yet another installment in this edition’s KCL Charm lineup take a look at the trend of midwifery. The practice of mothers-to-be having babies in the confines of their own homes goes back centuries.
And, although hospital births have become the norm in modern day America, midwife assisted birth are on the rebound, according to Linda Turner. After working for well over a cecade in various aspects of the medical field, she found what she feels is her true calling after visit with a long-time friend.

KaufmanCountyLife_FALL_COVERCharacter Counts
This issue’s Character Counts feature focuses on not one, but two, Kaufman County residents who have a long record of community service and who have extended that commitment even more.
Between now and next spring’s Kaufman County Relay For Life event for the American Cancer Society. Brenda Horn and Clint Howie will likely log dozens of not hundreds of hours, in surviving cancer.

Meatloaf with a twist. 
This month’s Cook’s Corner feature highlights Gerry Chambers. She lives in Poetry, is retired from teaching and works part-time at First United Methodist Church in Forney.
Kaufman County Life staffers Cilla Wichmann and Stephanie Elswick spent some time recently in Gerry’s kitchen and came away with a couple of tasty recipes that draw rave reviews for more from hre family and friends.
Gerry also has a couple of tips that she uses in her kitchen that we think other will find useful

- Mike Elswick, Publisher