I was fortunate to be able to retire in 2012. Since that time, I have finally adjusted to not working 50-60 hours a week and living a workaholic lifestyle. I am also fortunate to be able to choose what I want to do in my free time. One of the things that means a lot to me is cat rescue.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
I was fortunate to be able to retire in 2012. Since that time, I have finally adjusted to not working 50-60 hours a week and living a workaholic lifestyle. I am also fortunate to be able to choose what I want to do in my free time. One of the things that means a lot to me is cat rescue.
I have been involved with Whiskers cat rescue for almost a year now, managed by Missy Smith of Westernport. It is very expensive to cover the costs of rescue, cat food and supplies, veterinary care, spays and neuters, medications and adoptions.
Missy is having the biggest event of the calendar year coming up on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Keyser Moose on Mineral Street, from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a Pancake and Buckwheat Breakfast - with "made from scratch" cakes - prepared by the Women of the Moose, assisted by Ann Watson of the local Ruritan Club. These women are famous for the delicious foods they serve to the community!!
There will be fresh-grilled link sausages, homemade sausage gravy by Becky Viers, and coffee, tea and orange juice. The price for the breakfast is $8 for everyone over age 12, $4 for ages 4-12, and children under age 4 are free.
The breakfast will also feature raffles, a Chinese Auction, baked goodies table and live acoustic music by Scott Paxton.
Scott began playing guitar at age 16, but always had a love for music. At the age of 17, Scott travelled to Australia as part of the American Field Service exchange program. While living in Adelaide, South Australia, he began busking (another word for street performing) on the streets and developed a love of performing. Busking is defined as playing music or otherwise performing for voluntary donations in the street or in subways.
He also became involved in music and the arts at Morialta High School before returning to Keyser. Scott attended Potomac State College - studying communications and music. While there, he started his first radio job and began performing at the Candlewyck Inn and various other establishments from Deep Creek Lake to Ocean City, Maryland.
In 1988, Scott was offered a two-night engagement at the Boathouse Grill on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. That weekend turned into two years until Harbourtown offered him a stage six nights a week at one of the most visited landmarks on the East Coast.
Over the next eight years, Scott entertained thousands of tourists on that stage and performed across the US and in the Caribbean.
In 1997 Scott moved back to West Virginia to take a break from performing, which ended up being nearly 20 years. He continued to work in broadcasting and freelancing as a VoiceOver artist. You have probably heard him on a TV advertisement, infomercial, or training video.
Today you can find him singing at area churches, nursing homes, and for causes dear to his heart. Scott enjoys sharing his testimony and God's gift wherever he goes.
The grand feature of the baked goodies table will be a fresh-baked chocolate cake, beautifully decorated with ganache, chocolate covered Oreos and brownies, and buttercream icing. This cake is truly a piece of art, donated by Candlewyck Inn, Keyser.
I encourage you to follow Whiskers on Facebook, where photos of all of the Chinese Auction and raffle items will be posted. For the Grand Feature Candlewyck cake, there will be tickets available at the cost of $2 each to take a chance to take home this masterpiece!
The Grand Feature raffle item will be an outdoor fire pit, "stuffed as full as you can get it!" Lisa Growden-Dull has donated this prize, valued at over $125.
Winners of any of the items do not have to be present to win.
All proceeds from this big event will benefit Whiskers cat rescue. Mark your calendars, and make plans to come in, have some delicious food, take some chances on the terrific prizes that will be available, and have a seat for a spell and enjoy Scott and his music.
You can eat in or take out...but either way, you just have to stop in and enjoy your morning on Nov. 3. Nothing beats a hot breakfast, lots of fun activities, and good company - all for a great cause.
Besides, you have the chance to meet Missy and ME, and the committee members and volunteers who really care about the mission of Whiskers! What's more fun than that???!!?