City owes Lilly debt of gratitude for hard work

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 3, 2004

We don't often think about a city speaking its mind, except in the case of elections.

However, imagine for a moment if the City of Ironton could speak, or write, how it feels. On Saturday, it might have gone something like this:

Dear Randy Lilly,

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Thanks for truly caring about me.

I'm lucky to have a friend such as you. Along with dozens and dozens of friends you organized, you helped me greatly on Saturday morning.

I lost count of the bags of mulch, pots of flowers and loads of trees you and your army of friends caringly added to me.

I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of kindness.

Although you made it look easy, I know better. I've learned a thing or two in my 155 years of life and one of these is that coordinating such things is hard work. And for that work, worry and sweat, I thank you.

I'd also like to thank each and every one of the people who came out and helped spruce me up.

All of the people who helped number too many for me to list here, but I'd like to say thank you.

I think I saw Mayor John Elam, sans a tie for the first time in a while, wearing a T-shirt listing some of the sponsors. If you can, please thank them for me too, they included:

Pick-N-Save, Liebert Corp., Integrity Jeep, Kid’s Care Club, Higgins Chevrolet, Bartram’s Grocery, The Ironton Tribune, Unger’s Shoe Store, Ironton Rotary Club, Leadership Tri-State, Sam’s Club Foundation, Bob Clyse Pontiac-GMC, Ironton Business Association, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and the employees of the Ironton-Lawrence County CAO.

You don't know how great it makes me feel to realize all of the friends I have. I'm truly a lucky city.

I recall a song made popular by both The Beatles, "With a Little Help From My Friends."

I kept humming that tune all morning long as young and old alike worked to help me and appeared to have a great time while doing so.

Thanks again for all the help, Randy.

Your friend,

The City of Ironton.

Kevin Cooper is publisher of The Ironton Tribune. He can be reached by calling (740) 532-1445 ext. 12 or by e-mail to