Letters to the Editor for 7/27/09

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Our barbecue is the best

I was one of the judges for the Smoke on the Mountain barbeque contest held recently in Galax.

I would like thank all who had a hand in putting this GREAT affair on. I’m sure that many residents of Galax had a role in this.

I would like to thank the City of Galax for use of their facilities for the judges. Also, the many merchants for their contributions, both in time and financial assistance. Also, Shannon Dalton and her fine group, the Carroll County High School Interact Club. It was such a pleasure to watch a fine group of young people take on such responsibilities and accomplish them with little supervision.

I would like to thank [volunteer coordinator] Carlene Poole for all that she accomplished. I have been judging barbeque for 15 years and have never seen one person achieve what she did for this event.

Galax is fortunate to have Smoke on the Mountain, and the event is extremely fortunate to have Carlene as one of the major organizers. I would think that it would be very difficult to put on such an impressive weekend without her.

Thanks also to the many merchants that allowed Smoke on the Mountain to be downtown. Having the competition in downtown Galax is one thing that makes this cook-off such a success.

Please realize that this competition has helped put Galax on the national map.

Dr. Keith Johnson

Burnsville, N.C.

Veteran veterinarian's services praised

A shining example of the best in the profession of being a veterinarian and in animal hospitals is that of Dr. Robert Meinecke and the Healing Springs Animal Hospital during the years he was co-owner and manager.

He was a top-of-the-line veterinarian during the years he was associate veterinarian there.

The first attribute of note is his kind, friendly, and caring personality. His excellent background and training and his expertise are qualities that I consider very important in the selection of a doctor for animals of any kind.

Like thousands in the area, I have known times when he came out to very rough and hard-to-get-to places in all kinds of weather, at all times of day and night, to be of help.

For all my animals, from my beautiful, tiny birds to my 2,000-pound Angus bull, and many precious creatures in-between, I am grateful for his care.

I always felt that with Dr. Meinicke I had the very best veterinary care possible. If the case came to the worst, and a precious animal was lost, I felt very much his deep sympathy and understanding.

In all aspects of his practice, I considered him to be fair, scrupulous, and ethical.

Dr. Meinecke and his wife, Harriet, have been very contributing members of the community, in theater, in special support of their church, and as special friends to many. I also consider their son Dan an outstanding young man, and an excellent veterinary technician.I feel the world needs people like these three, and wish for them the best possible future.

Auralea C. Curtis

Elkin, N.C.

Hog wild about 'Smoke on the Mountain'

I just returned from a fantastic weekend judging at the barbeque championship competition. This was our first time at Galax and we both look forward to returning in future.

My son lives in Texas and we “meet in the middle” to judge BBQ events throughout the South and Southeast. During the past few years, we have heard increasing mention about this contest and what a pleasurable experience it has been to many judges. Those reports were no exaggeration. This was, without a doubt, one of the best-organized and -executed contests that we have been to.

Although by no means the oldest or the largest Memphis Barbeque Network sanctioned event, it was obviously put together by a group of people who both cared and enjoyed the task at hand.

Of the group, we had occasion to meet Ron Passmore of The Galax Smokehouse; Carlene Poole, an energetic volunteer coordinator; and all the other volunteers.

Thanks, you all, for a job very well done.

Victor Canseco

East Hampton, N.Y.