Daily Good News 47: Man Plows Snow for Community, Cancer Treatment Breakthrough, and Man Returns Valuable Ring

Ah yes, it’s another day of good news.


A man is being called the Good Samaritan on Main Street. Here’s why:

As other residents cozied under blankets inside last week, Bob Meldrum bundled up to brave the elements. Rather than doing just the minimum in snow and bitter cold, the retired superintendent of schools and Rotarian goes the extra mile—literally. With every snowstorm during the past 25 years, he has taken it upon himself to plow the stretch of sidewalk on Main Street from the Vermont border to Slocum Avenue.

Here’s some of why he wants to do this:

“Anybody who needs a hand, I just like to be out there. It’s my pleasure. It’s something I enjoy to do,” he said. “It bothers me that mail carriers and people who walk into town have to walk in the street.”

Thanks, Bob!

Next, we have a potential breakthrough in treating cancer.

A research team at Health Sciences North has developed a method that could see breast cancer treatments tailored to the particular genetic makeup of the patient. The research is being called a potential breakthrough in chemotherapy because it allows physicians to see early on if a therapy will be effective for an individual, preserving valuable treatment time.

That’s key. Here’s a little more:

A breast cancer patient will typically do six to eight rounds of chemotherapy to destroy the tumour. The Sudbury researchers have so far been able to conduct their RNA Disruption Assay test mid-treatment – at the third or fourth round of chemotherapy. Parissenti said the hope is to eventually be able to conduct the test at the early stages of chemotherapy, so doctors can best respond to their patients’ needs and choose the treatment that will work best for them. Parissenti said the test could be conducted on other types of cancer, but they have started research with breast cancer because live tissue samples are more easily obtainable than with some other cancers.

Here’s hoping it works out!

Last, a man finds an old class ring:

Charles Davidson was treasure hunting with a metal detector in the North Fork of the Holston River near a bridge on West Carters Valley Road. He was in the middle of the river, about 20 feet from the bank, when he came across a ring. The ring was a class ring from the 1951 graduating class of Lynn View High School. The initials FEH were carved on the inside of the band.

The man’s name was Forest Hoskins. Interestingly enough, he had passed in 1978. So, Davidson ended up giving the ring to Forest’s son, Joe. Here’s what Joe had to say, and, I gotta admit, I had a chuckle:

“It is such a wonderful, real blessing that someone would care enough to bring that back,” he said. “You know, it’s worth money and he could have said, ‘It’s made of gold, I’m going to cash that in,’ but it means so much more to me and my family.”

Ha! Gettin that money!



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