News from the Silerton Community of Chester County

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with Melea Beshires

This week, I feel inspired to write a challenge to myself and to my readers. The pandemic has not left many untouched, and COVID continues to affect our community and loved ones. Many of us had to embrace a form of isolation never experienced before. As the colder months approach, loneliness can become a real reality. For some this is a year marker of losing a loved one during the holiday season. Others may be facing new beginnings with new challenges that keep them unable to maintain their usual social circles. I see so many tired and burned out workers that seem to have forgotten how to smile and perhaps have not received a smile or kind word themselves despite all their hard work. Whatever the circumstances may be, we all need friendship during the year, and I feel that the older I get the harder it is to make new friends. Even the most outgoing people often need a friend or an extra smile for whatever they are dealing with that day. I encourage you to call up someone you have not visited with in a long time. Take an extra minute of your day to engage the person working behind the counter that may have been on their feet all day and not had a real conversation. We all get busy and stuck in our own routines (myself included). Do not forget to observe all the beautiful faces around you just like the fall leaves. The more you try the easier it gets, and we each will never know the difference that a simple smile or kind word might mean to someone on any given day.
A big thanks to all the area churches that opened their hearts to the community to provide trunk-or-treats! My family was very blessed by Bethel Baptist Church. This was my children’s first trunk-or-treat, and they had a wonderful time! The congregation was so welcoming and even blessed us with a mum and some door prizes for attending. 
Mayor Beshires invites all to get in the holiday spirit and make Silerton look bigger and brighter than ever before! At 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, the town will begin decorating the park for Christmas. Everyone is welcome to help and enjoy the fellowship. 
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I would love to share what local residents are thankful for. If you have something in your heart to share or a story about how someone blessed you, I would be overjoyed to hear it!

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