Correction: The wording in an earlier version of the following editor’s note led some to believe that one of the speakers specifically named below is a recovering addict. Please note that is not the case. We regret the error.
Editor’s Note: A “Substance Abuse Prevention and the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic” forum takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 9 at the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave. Please consider attending to find resources, talk to experts and hear speakers. Approximately 20 different organizations, including state departments, hospital, recovery networks, legal experts, policy advocates, emergency personnel and others will host booths. The event will also include remarks by a recovering addict and remarks from speakers Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Canton resident Maria Coutant Skinner, executive director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health.
By John Fitts
CANTON — Throughout her life, Samantha Jean Seger would easily make new friends as she would go through phases and delve into new hobbies and interests.
She’d spend time as a hippie, punk rock, and country girl, and later found an interest in everything from cars to emergency medical training.
“It seemed like she was trying to reinvent herself,” said her father, Dan Seger. “She was trying to find where she fit best.”
“She was a chameleon,” added her sister Sheri.
Sheri remembers her sister as “fierce, wild and loud.”
Samantha collected comic books and geodes, but she also followed her older sister Dorie’s lead and added a little outrageousness. When Dorie – who was, admittedly, “way too young” – went to a tattoo and piercing parlor at age 15, Samantha did one better and went at age 12.
“She would do [things] a little more outrageously than I did,” Dorie said.
Another time, Samantha took a $500 dare, gave herself a Mohawk and dyed it. The instigator skipped town without paying but the hairstyle was memorable.
“She could make anyone laugh,” Sheri said. “She did so much stupid, funny stuff. She’s the person who would shave off her eyebrows to draw new ones on and be like, ‘I thought it was good idea, but it looks weird now.’ She’d meet a person, her new best friend, and say, ‘OK, I’m going to marry this guy tomorrow.’” … Continue Reading