Saturday, February 03, 2007

A Helping Hand

Not many days ago Melissa, clerk at our island Post Office, noticed that an elderly woman who had moved to the island, but whose husband had died some months ago, and who now lived alone, hadn't been into the Post Office to pick up her mail for the second day in a row. Concerned because of this uncharacteristic absence, Melissa decided to ask a neighbor to check in on her. The neighbor reported back that the woman had not responded to knocking on her door.

Alarmed, Melissa asked one of our deputies to investigate. The woman had fallen and was unable to get up. Several days without food and water, and unusually cold weather added to her plight. She was rushed to the hospital, and although she is now in a rehab unit, she is doing better.

Many thanks to Melissa who, like so many islanders, is aware of her neighbors and always willing to do what she can to look after them when they need it. This is one more reason that we all like calling Ocracoke home.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter chronicles the story of commercial fishing on Ocracoke, and tells of the efforts of the Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association to save the island's last remaining fish house. Click here to read the entire newsletter....and learn how to make a donation.

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