Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Gooder'n Ary Angel

This morning at 7:30 Bill Jones and Donald Davis entertained a group of islanders and visitors on the porch of the Community Store. Both gentlemen told stories about stores. It was an appropriate venue. The Community Store was established in 1918 and served the island for many, many years. Closed now for about two years, efforts to reopen the store continue. Whether or not we will again see folks shopping there for milk & eggs, checking the bulletin board about news & birthdays, and gathering for morning coffee I can't say. But we continue to hope that something can be worked out to get this island landmark reopened.

In her introduction for Donald, Merle remembered Danny Garrish, Community Store manager of many years ago and genuinely wonderful islander, who was often heard commenting to friends and neighbors, "Puck, you're gooder'n ary angel." The Community Store may not be open right now, but Danny's spirit lives on in the memories of all who knew and loved him. Danny, you're gooder'n ary angel!

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  1. Anonymous12:50 PM

    I would love to see the Community Store reopened. Danny Garrish was my father-in-law's cousin, and we have many fond memories of him. Where could I inquire about future plans for the store?

  2. Anonymous2:34 PM

    Danny was a sweetheart. Now he's an Angel looking over the island's doin's.