Goodwill: Reader thanks retired Judge Burnett – Entertainment – Wilmington Star News

Some people go out of their way to help others on a given day. Many fewer do so over the course of their life.

A reader wished to add a comment about retired Judge Gilbert H. Burnett, a winner of a 2017 StarNews Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Thanks for the great comments regarding Judge (Gilbert) Burnett on his well deserved award by your paper,” wrote Mary Kelly. “I had the opportunity to work with him before my retirement from Southeastern Mental Health Center; I can assure you that your assessment of his work in our community is very honest and thorough.

“Judge Burnett gave his time, ideas and care for the people who appeared in his courtroom.

“He was asked by the court in Raleigh to address why many of his cases were not being completed in a timely fashion. Judge Burnett, through innovative thinking, had a vision that treatment options are a more productive alternative and smarter use of the courts’ time.

“The Raleigh court embraced and encouraged other counties to mirror the success. Of course, not all referrals are successful but many people did respond and had the opportunity to learn how to live free of alcohol/drug addiction and become contributing members of our community.

“The savings in terms of money, family problems, work and medical problems cannot be counted. It is very appropriate that he be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, for his own life and for those who have a meaningful life now as the result of his work and dedication.”

Lost and found

The Associated Press reported the following long distance lost-and-found story earlier this month out of Freeport, New York.

A dog that disappeared in Florida in February 2016 has been found in New York.

A woman who said she found the German shepherd-Jack Russell terrier mix brought it last week to a Long Island and New York City rescue group called Bobbi and The Strays, which traced its microchip and tracked down its astonished family in West…

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