2009-07-02 / Local & State

Girl Salutes Thomas Tique Farmers Market

For making a difference
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Pictured, left to right: Daley Buckwell; chef Dori; Harrison Clary; Willow Clary; Chuck Robertson; Sherry Metz; Jill from Double F Farms, selling farm-fresh eggs; Daisy and Glen Doyle, selling fresh garden produce; Tanya and Monte Shatzer, selling flea market items; and customer Peggy Reed of Big Cove Tanner y. Pictured, left to right: Daley Buckwell; chef Dori; Harrison Clary; Willow Clary; Chuck Robertson; Sherry Metz; Jill from Double F Farms, selling farm-fresh eggs; Daisy and Glen Doyle, selling fresh garden produce; Tanya and Monte Shatzer, selling flea market items; and customer Peggy Reed of Big Cove Tanner y. She's just 5 years old but little Willow Reign Clary is already concerned about her local and global communities and volunteers to help people however she can.

Willow also knows that community service makes a difference and should be recognized.

On Saturday, Willow presented Chuck Robertson and Sherry Metz of Thomas Tique Farmers/Flea Market "Who I Am Makes a Difference" ribbons to acknowledge the market's donation of vendor space fees to local charities.

Willow learned about the ribbon program, which teaches children that every person is special in their own way, from her dance instructor, Gail Fritz, at Step By Step Dance Studio in Mercersburg.

Fritz brought the program to Franklin and Fulton counties in 2008, presenting four ribbons to each of her students at their dance recitial. The students were asked to keep one ribbon for themselves and present the others to people they thought were doing something to make a difference in their community or the world.

After learning the farmers/ flea market would be donating all its vendor space fees to a local charity each month, Willow thought that was exactly what "Who I Am Makes a Difference" is all about.

Willow is the daughter of Dori Clary, owner and executive chef of Three Blessings Professional Culinary Services of McCon-nellsburg. Clary will present cooking demonstrations at the farmers/flea market many Saturdays through October.

The Thomas Tique Farmers/ Flea Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m through October at Thomas Great Cove Auto Dealership, 21518 Great Cove Road, Mc- Connellsburg.

Organizers Robertson and Metz say they are looking at expanding the days and hours of the market and are willing to work with charitable organizations in the community helping to continue "making a difference." Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Robertson or Metz at 717-485-4224.

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