Tory returns to BLASST
Hello all of you Beacon readers. What a winter you had! God Bless each and every one of you. For some odd reason, Ohioans feel the need to share your weather with me each and every day as if I needed to hear about it. You lived through a brutal one and lived to tell about it
While you were surviving winter, I was changing and rearranging, healing history and redefining friendships. I lost my best friend, Stella over the winter. She required most of my attention and time for nine years. As it turns out it all was a blessing. I finally had time to define what was important in my life and why.
I have been doing BLASST for an obnoxious number of years and every year I quit because I didn’t feel like anyone cared or respected what I did. I was dead wrong. I have been trying to prove to a dead man that his daughter is a person of worth. I really proved that many years ago, but I was just hard-headed. I expected the dead to rise up and admit he was wrong. It sounds crazy but it’s all true. Worse yet, I had given all the credit to him for the work I’d put in. My father did a nice thing for Buckeye Lake when he left that trust, but it is only one fourth of what makes the BLASST. You are the other three fourths and you’re alive. In my dysfunction, I disrespected us both and I apologize for that.
I tried to give the job to anyone that would take it. I want to thank Dave Levacy for the excellent and giving way he stepped into my shoes for this community. He added it to a litany of jobs he already had even though he had staff and resources I didn’t. It was a HUGE load off my back, giving me time to heal and grow. I don’t think anyone else could have done it. It helped to have a devoted lake lover like Terry Dupler on his staff who understands my passion almost more than me.
I guess the long and the short of it is that I’m back again. I’m happier, healthier, and have my head on a little straighter. I’m always looking for volunteers and I hope you will accept me back as the leader of BLASST. I am at your service.
Editor’s Note: BLASST’s show starts at
10 p.m. on Thursday, July 3.