The Curry Coastal Pilot

The Brookings-Harbor area is known for its legion of volunteers and a perfect example is Brookings resident Dori Blodgett, who is featured on today's front page.

This isn't the first time Blodgett has graced the pages of the Pilot andndash; a testament to her hard work and dedication to serving others. She is part of a small, core group of volunteers that go beyond the call of duty, and embody all that is good about our community.

Whether Blodgett is conducting storytime at the Chetco Community Public Library, leading childrens parades, directing plays at her theater, orchestrating chili cookoffs at the port or overseeing young painters during the annual Festival of the Arts, she does it all with a smile and positive attitude. And, judging by the number of Facebook friends she has, we're not the only ones who appreciate her.

Even on the darkest, coldest winter days, Blodgett fills the space around her with radiant light. Children and adults alike can't help but flock to her.

We also know that Blodgett will never take full credit for the success of her endeavors, pointing a finger at many of her conspirators. With that in mind, this editorial is about those volunteers as much as it is about her.

We've all heard the saying "It takes a village to raise a child." It's true. And it's folks like Blodgett and friends who contribute so much to the care and education of the children of our community.

While the Pilot is duty bound to report serious, unpleasant news of the community, we have and always will find room to publish positive, uplifting stories about individuals who are an inspiration to us all.

Brookings is indeed fortunate to have selfless citizens like Blodgett. She is a role model for children and adults alike. She definitely deserved to be on the front page of this newspaper.

Dori Blodgett, we salute you!