From Starke County Court Services Director Shawn Mattraw:
“We here at Starke County Court Services, and the Starke Circuit Court, would like to take a moment to recognize, and thank our Pretrial Services staff and Probation Officers, for the important work they do every day to ensure community safety, and their efforts to assist their offenders under Court ordered supervision.
Local funeral director, Jon Frain, received a lapel pin today commemorating ten years of dedicated funeral service in the State of Indiana. The award was presented by fellow colleague, Andy Clayton, who serves as Executive Director of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association (IFDA). Senator Ed Charbonneau and Representative Doug Gutwein were on hand to congratulate Frain on the milestone and wish him many more years of success.
Jon Frain was born and raised in Winamac. He is a 2003 graduate of Winamac Community High School. He completed his education at Indiana University and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, IL. After a one year internship under his father, Dan Frain, Jon became a Licensed Indiana Funeral Director in 2009.
The City of Knox will host their annual Auto & Bike Show at Wythogan Park this weekend.
The event will be held on Saturday, May 25th and the entry fee is $10. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and that’s also when Jam Karaoke will get started. Continue reading
The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) and STAR Financial Bank have named a local fourth grader as the National County Government Week essay contest winner for the AIC’s Northwest District.
A group of Knox Middle School students were recently recognized for their mathematical accomplishments after participating in the Mathspace Growth Challenge.
KMS students came in 3rd in the final week of the challenge and were ranked 8th overall out of 200 competing schools from across the country! Mathspace provided students with a pizza party the Friday before spring break began in order to celebrate their success. Continue reading
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 13, 2018, — Of the 26 Indiana skilled nursing facilities that earned the 2018 AHCA/NCAL Bronze Quality Awards, 13 Golden LivingCenters were named recipients. Each year, the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) selects winners of the prestigious AHCA/NCAL Bronze – Commitment to Quality Awards. To be selected for one of the independently judged awards, skilled nursing facilities must demonstrate an extraordinary ongoing commitment to the delivery of quality patient and resident care, as measured against specific criteria. The recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award are:
- GLC – Bloomington in Bloomington, Ind.
- GLC – Fountainview Terrace in LaPorte, Ind.
- GLC – Golden Rule in Richmond, Ind.
- GLC – Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Ind.
- GLC – Knox in Knox, Ind.
- GLC – LaPorte in LaPorte, Ind.
- GLC – Lincoln Hills in Tell City, Ind.
- GLC – Muncie in Muncie, Ind.
- GLC – Petersburg in Petersburg, Ind.
- GLC – Richmond in Richmond, Ind.
- GLC – Sycamore Village in Kokomo, Ind.
- GLC – Willow Springs in Indianapolis, Ind.
- GLC – Woodlands in Newburgh, Ind.
“We are proud of the entire staff for their hard work and dedication to our residents and patients in each of these LivingCenters,” said Golden Living Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Wanda Prince, BSN, RN-BC, WCC, CLNC, QCP. “The process to apply for this prestigious quality award requires a team-based approach and an intense focus on quality. We thank the teams at each of these LivingCenters for their continued commitment to quality care.”
The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric- based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance. To be selected by AHCA/NCAL as a Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award recipient, a skilled nursing facility must demonstrate an organization-wide commitment to a patient-centered mission; define its principal customers and their expectations; and indicate how it is striving to meet customer needs and improve processes. “The Bronze award exemplifies a dedication to positively impacting quality,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “I am proud to spotlight our members for their relentless drive to advance our nation’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities.” A ceremony honoring the recipients of this year’s awards will be held at the AHCA/NCAL 69th Annual Convention and Exposition held October 7-10 in San Diego, Calif. About Golden Living (www.goldenliving.com) Golden Living specializes in recovery care and is a leader in providing skilled nursing and post-acute care in Indiana. Our mission is to share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare, one person, one family, and one community at a time. We help people recover their health and improve their quality of life through a network of healthcare services including rehab, assisted living, skilled nursing care, hospice and palliative care. There are 23 Golden LivingCenters throughout Indiana. ABOUT AHCA/NCAL The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,600 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.
Anthony Manning Joins Golden Living Center Knox
as Admissions & Marketing Director Knox
June 23, 2018 — Anthony Manning has joined Golden LivingCenter – Knox as Admissions & Marketing Director. While he is new to the long-term healthcare industry, Manning brings extensive marketing & business administration experience. “The team at Golden LivingCenter Knox have welcomed me with open arms,” said Manning. “I share Golden Living’s passion to improve the quality of life for each resident at our living centers and my goal is to continue this mission to provide quality healthcare. I am very excited to work in my community.” A native of Sydney, Australia, Manning has lived in Knox, Ind. for 20 years with his wife Kelly and has three sons, ages 22, 20 and 14. Golden Living’s commitment to hiring the best leaders supports the company’s mission to improve quality of life through innovative healthcare, one person, one family, and one community at a time. Golden LivingCenter – Knox provides quality healthcare for patients and residents including those who need skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. For more information please call 574-772-6248 or visit www.goldenlivingcenters.com. About Golden Living (www.goldenliving.com) Golden Living specializes in recovery care and is a leader in providing skilled nursing and post- acute care in Indiana. Our mission is to share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare, one person, one family, and one community at a time. We help people recover their health and improve their quality of life through a network of healthcare services including rehab, assisted living, skilled nursing care, hospice and palliative care. There are 23 Golden LivingCenters throughout Indiana.
Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
As you recall on New Year’s Eve past, we talked about the things people say do and eat on New Year’s Day. We also talked about the things people do not say, do not do, and do not eat on New Year’s Day.
It was those conversations that caused my email mailbox to back up like Chicago’s Dan Ryan Express Way on a Friday afternoon, in the summer time, during rush hour, with road repair construction going on, in both the north and south bound lanes. Lots of email.
It turns out that the things people say do and eat on New Year’s Day are almost as varied as snowflakes. All the while the things people do not say do or eat on New Year’s Day are just a few snowflakes behind.
With little effort of recall, most of the those things I’d heard of before. Yet some were new and some were know to me but long forgotten. An example of that being, an EastWing Friend who happens to be a cousin of mine told the story of her father going out a midnight and shooting the shotgun. After reading her account of that, I remembered as a little hillbilly boy hearing my dad and his brother discuss shooting the gun at midnight. Something about shooting into the night to clear the way into the new year. I don’t recall my dad shooting, but he knew about the practice that’s for sure.
One of the New Year’s Eve customs I’d not heard of was the German pouring of the lead. A friend of mine told me about it. Having never heard of this practice and so enjoying research on and unknown topic, I hit the books. Except now it’s not the books, it’s the computer keys. In many ways the keys to the kingdom of knowledge. What I found was a story worth telling.
It’s a fun New Year’s Eve Tradition in Germany as families try to divine their fortune for the New Year by Bleigiessen, Lead Pouring. This is an ancient form of divination, also known as Molybdomancy, it’s been used for 1000s of years in many cultures. Now it’s mostly just for fun, although… there may be something to it…. Ya never know ‘bout things like these….
The more I researched this topic the more I became convinced I was walking in the shadow of the Twilight Light Zone. Kinda scary stuff to think many, many years ago people alive back then bought into this practice as a way to tell the future.
Originally, a small bit of lead or tin was melted, and then dropped in water. The form created by the metal is examined to determine the future. Some forms need you to be very open minded to say the least. Then, your fortune for the year is set. For instance, if the lead forms a ball (der Ball), it means luck will roll your way. The shape of an anchor (der Anker) means help is coming when you need it. But a cross (das Kreuz) can mean death.
Today, you can buy kits to make it the pouring of the lead easier. Since most people don’t have lead lying around. In the kit comes a spoon, some lead (often formed into celebratory shapes) a chart to help interpret the shapes, and a poem.
A candle is lit, and placed on the table. A bowl of water is also placed on the table. The chunks of lead are put in the bowl of the spoon, which is then held over the candle. The lead has a low melting point, so it melts fairly quickly. Then the lead gets poured into the water.
There seems to be a trick to this. Holding your spoon close to the water before dumping the lead gives it more of a shape. (I don’t know what the fortune gods think about taking multiple turns to get a preferred shape… so you may have to remember what others did in the years before to get what you want).
In der Silvester-Nacht
wird das Blei zum Schmelzen gebracht.
Es wird gekippt in Wasser, kalt und klar;
rate, was stellen die Figuren dar?
Schau sie an, so wie sie sind;
rätst die Gestalt du nicht geschwind.
Halt sie hinters Licht,
das Schattenbild dir mehr verspricht.
Kommt es dir nicht in den Sinn,
schau auf dieses Büchlein hin.
Es sagt dir frank und frei,
If you can read German, enjoy the poem. I do not read German, so I have no clue what it says. The research not only referred to a poem, it also had the above in close proximity to the reference to the poem. I took this to be the poem being referenced.
Sure hope there’s no dirty words in the poem. When I was a little hillbilly boy in downtown Toto, my Mama told me “never put on paper words you would be ashamed to speak to me in person”. I’ve lived with that thought in mind for every word I’ve ever spoken to paper. So here goes hoping this poem passes my Mama’s approval. I’m sure it will.
But Mama couldn’t read German either.
I Wish You Well,
Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
It’s January 2, 2018 at 7:00 in the AM and it’s -16°at the EastWing. Too cold to even think about going out today. A Lazy Day coming on. Just gonna stay home and continue the Christmas / New Year Holiday one more day then wait and see what tomorrow brings.
Setting at the EastWing computer thinking of many things this coldest day in a long while, I start to marvel all over again at the beauty of the snow. There has to be many things that can be said about the snow to make it more people friendly to those who hate winter. And so right now I’m setting about finding such things to say about the winter time, the short day, the lone nights, the cold and the snow.
December is past, even at the worst case you can think of, it’s only two months till March, and February’s a short month.
Winter is the time of the year when we all try to keep our house as warm as it was in the summer, when we complained about the heat.
Kind words can melt both ice and snow. They can also make sunshine in the rain.
Anyone who says only sunny weather brings happiness has never done three things in their life, danced in the rain, made mud pies, or snow angles.
Snowflakes are kisses blown directly from the hand of God.
Snowmen fall from heaven one piece at a time. They come unassembled and without instructions.
When it snows, you have three choices; complain, shovel, or make snow angels.
On a bright sunny day, the snow sparkles like a millions of little light bulbs. No heat, just sparkle. Kinda like some people I know. All show and no go.
Whether the weather is fine, Whether the weather is not, Whether the weather is cold, Whether the weather is hot, We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not, Whenever the weather is whatever.
Not sure the things I’ve said above make any sense to anybody except me, but it sure has been fun just setting here in the warm EastWing on this coldest day in a long long time, and thinking of nice things to say about the winter, about the cold, about the snow, about the weather being whatever.
One of the things we’ve never had is a big hang up on is a picture perfect lawn. Here at the EastWing, we live in the summertime gardens. My dogs and cat also live in the gardens. The beautiful She plants lots of flowers in the gardens. From their efforts, you would think The Bird Dog LucyBrown and the Poodle Mr. Boo have a contract to plow the lawns at will. And so they do.
This past spring summer and fall we had an unusual number of ground moles. I made no effort to get rid of the moles. The dogs tried, oh Lord how they tried. The plowing of the sod continued until the ground froze and the mole decided to migrate south with the birds.
LucyBrown is built for digging. Strong long legs, long nose and a built in system of smell that exceeds me and you by about 100 to 1. With such an ability to smell, it’s no wonder LucyBrown enjoys digging the moles. She can smell ‘em before she digs. The way LucyBrown smells is kinda interesting. A key factor in LucyBrown’s ability to smell is humidity. The drier the air, the less scent is carried in the air. With a smellability of 100 to 1 in favor of the Bird Dog, LucyBrown doesn’t mind low humidity.
Now this may gross you out a little bit to think that you are doing this, but you are. We all are. All living things constantly shed dead cells. We, the people shed dead body cells at the rate of 50 million per second. As they fall they are enveloped by a microscopic vapor cloud. In the presence of warmth and water, bacteria act on these tissue cells as a nutrient source, multiplying their odor. Bound to water vapor in the air, they are carried to a dog’s nose. That’s why every day LucyBrown gives me a full body smell. When I change clothes, she smells everything I take off. Everything that goes in the dirty clothes hamper, The Bird God LucyBrown checks it out.
Mr. Boo on the other hand, he don’t have a clue. He just digs and don’t know why. Mr. Boo being a little tiny feller, can dig himself a hole deeper than his body in nothing flat. He enjoys digging after a rain when the soil is soft. Mr. Boo’s fur is white After a mole digging day he comes home, a dark shade of mud. But all is not lost, Mr. Boo is small enough that a quick trip to the kitchen sink, warm water, doggy shampoo, a complete rinse with the sprayer, and a big fluffy towel drying brings back the white Mr. Boo.
I’ll say one last thing for the magic of winter. With the snow on my gardens, our lawns look as good as the neighbors. Maybe better, with the Snow Angels in place.
From The EastWing, -16°, An Extra Day, Winter Things To Say, A Mole Hunting Bird Dog, A White Mud Poodle
I Wish You Well, ☺♥☻
Knox Middle Schooler, Emma Gillard, recently received the Youth Power and Hope Award for the State of Indiana. The Youth Power and Hope award is an award designed to recognize Hoosier Middle School students who give back to their communities.
Gillard was one of five students from across the state that traveled to Indianapolis to be honored. As a recipient of the award, Gillard also took part in the Power of Change Youth Symposium at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. This symposium collected youth leaders from all over the country into one room where they dialogued about today’s issues, and what they could do to better them.
Gillard is a sixth grader at Knox Middle School in Knox, Indiana. She is the daughter of James and Sarah Gillard. Gillard is extremely community minded, with 4-H, Robotics club, the school newspaper, and church functions leading the list of her several involvements.
Emma spent Christmas at the local nursing homes and hospital, passing out homemade cards, stuffed animals, and visiting with the residents. She also volunteers her time cleaning up properties around Starke County, including the Koontz Lake Park, the San Pierre Park, and the Dault Property, which is used by the 4-H Shooting Sports club for events.
Gillard led the Starke County 4-H pop tab drive, helping to collect over 100 pounds of pop tabs to donate to the Children’s Hospital. She also has collected 450 pounds of plastic lids for her school’s drive to build benches.
Emma is the current president of her 4-H club, 4-Ever in Blue Jeans, and enjoys the many projects she works on throughout the year, with her favorites being Electric and Pocket Pals.
Emma hopes to graduate from Purdue with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Event: Paint The Town Purple
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Cancer Society Volunteers to Paint Starke County Purple as part of Relay For Life Movement
Starke County, Indiana (May 21st) – The American Cancer Society is seeking businesses and organizations to get involved in the Relay For Life movement by displaying purple ribbons and other decorations from Monday, May 21st – Thursday, June 1st. Purple is the signature color of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life program, which represents all cancers.
Anyone in the community can help “Paint the Town Purple” by doing other activities, including putting up purple-themed displays in storefronts, swapping out white light bulbs for purple ones, or selecting a day for everyone to wear purple at work or school. In addition, participants who make a $10 donation through the “Paint the Town Purple” campaign will receive a special purple decorative bow to display.
“It is so important to get the community involved to raise awareness of our upcoming event. Every single dollar counts and every single person who participate in Relay for Life makes a difference.” Ericka Taylor-Joseph, Event Chair
Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, we celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.
Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Society has invested more than $4.5 billion in research since 1946, and have funded more than 20,000 scientists at more than 1,000 institutions nationwide.
For more information about how to participate in painting your town purple and the larger Relay For Life of Starke County movement, visit RelayForLife.org or call 1-800-227-2345
Ancilla College News
Bishop Rhoades to Kick off Lampen Lecture Series
DONALDSON – Informational and inspiring lectures are not limited to the classroom at Ancilla College. For the last 12 years, the college has presented their Lampen Lecture series to the public. Named for Sr. Joel Lampen, Ancilla’s first president, the Lampen Lecture series was initiated by Sr. Carleen Wrasman in 2005.
The Lampen Lecture series was designed to combine the universality of the Catholic Church, the international character of the PHJC, and the Earth Charter, which is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society.
Now the college is kicking off the Spring Lampen Lecture series for 2017. The first lecture will definitely not be one to miss as they are hosting Bishop Kevin Rhoades, the ninth Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and his lecture titled The Role of Young Adults in Church and Society. “Our young people carry within them the potential to change the world for the better,” said Sr. Jolise May, vice president of mission integration.
“Might I add, they are adventurers; they are risk-takers. They hold in their hands and hearts the potential and possibilities of healing a hurting world. We are pleased to have Bishop Rhoades here on the Ancilla campus to speak,” Sr. May said.
Bishop Rhoades, speaking at Ancilla College, picture attached below
The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Evergreen Room of the Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center.
This series is open to Ancilla students, staff, others in the PHJC ministries, as well as the general public at no charge. The Spring Lampen Schedule for 2017 is as follows:
January 25, 2017 “The Role of Young Adults in Church and Society” Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend Evergreen Room of Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.
February 22, 2017 Topic on Mysticism (Specific topic to be determined Richard Daves, PhD
Hardesty Room (C231) at 2:10 p.m.
March 16, 2017 Part I. The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and United States Immigration Martha Villigas Miranda, MSSW
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m.
April 19, 2017 Part II: The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and Access to the United States Educational System. Br. Alan Parham, FSC
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m.
Ancilla College and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are proud to offer these lectures to anyone who might have interest in attending. If you have any questions about the details, please contact Sr. Jolise May, Vice President of Mission Integration, at email@example.com or (574) 936-8898 ext. 361. We look forward to seeing you at the Lampen Lectures.
Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a small, private, liberal arts school offering associate degrees in over two dozen academic programs and intercollegiate athletics at their campus near Plymouth, Indiana. Ancilla is a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, part of the Center at Donaldson.
This fundraiser is for Knox JPW Cheer Squad to compete at Nationals at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida .
The girls are ages 8-11years of age who compete in the JPW division.
In October 2016 our girls competed for their first year at District in Indiana and took home a 1st Place Championship Trophy & also HIGHEST score of the day put of all squads, all ages.
In November 2016 next they then went on to compete at Regionals in Illinois and took home a 1st place Championship trophy. We are now headed to NATIONALS!!!!
There are 16 team members that we need to get to nationals. Expenses will be airfare, hotel, tickets, food, etc help us get these girls there so we can bring home the NATIONAL CHAMPION title.
These girls work HARD! They practice anywhere from 2-4 days per week for 1 1/2-3 hours at a time. They also cheer at their teams games each weekend leaving very little free time after school or on weekends. They toss into the air several feet up, flip, front and back walkovers, tumble, back flip, jump, cartwheel etc. It’s a very hard sport to be in. Numerous cheerleaders also attend gymnastics to help better their squad which is even more time, money, & energy for these girls to participate in. These girls are BEYOND talented and deserve their chance at Disney! We believe they will be first place Champions!!!! Let’s get Knox on the map and featured on ESPN as having the #1 JPW Cheer Squad out there! DONATE & SHARE our link DAILY if possible 🙂 Thank you in advance from all the Cheerleaders, Coaches, & Parents for supporting our squad and helping them make their dreams come true.
ALL $$$$$$ received will be split EQUALLY among the girls that attend the 2016 trip to Nationals to compete. So feel free to share, tag, tweet, copy & paste the link etc. and lets get these girls to Disney!!!!
In the event we do not qualify for Disney in 2016 the funds will continue to be saved for the squad for the following year.
The Cheer & Dance Championships feature over 300 cheer and dance teams who compete at a five-day long event. Competitions take place at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex ™. Cheer & Dance Squads compete in 4 different age ranges (Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. JV & Varsity). The Cheer teams also compete in sizes (Small, Medium & Large) and four competition categories (YCADA PW1, PW2, PW3 & PW4). The Dance teams compete in two competition categories (YCADA Pom Performance and Theme Dance).Each year, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. hosts the Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer and Dance Championships.
For the past eleven years, the event has taken place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex ™ in Lake Buena Vista, FL during the first full week of December.
The 26TH Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championships is a 6 day long event beginning on Saturday, Dec. 6th with a Mitey Mite Cheer Event and national finals taking place Monday Dec.5th through Friday, Dec. 9th, at the HP Field House Arena at ESPN’s WWOS, just upstairs from the football fields. Our Advanced Division
PW4 squads across all age ranges will perform live on ESPN3. Over 450 cheer and dance squads participate in small, medium and large squads in four divisions at novice, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Competition begins with the youngest age divisions performing on Monday and the eldest cheerleaders on Friday, and is broken into morning and afternoon sessions each wrapping up with a festive parade of champions and awards ceremonies.
Lisa Dan, administrative assistant at the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) for the past 10 years, was recently named a finalist for the 2016 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana recognition award. Ms. Dan was nominated by previous past presidents of the Foundation, Diane Thalmann and Bill Sonnemaker. Ms. Thalmann was a previous winner back in 2011 as Most Influential Woman in the category of Economic Development. Continue reading
Editor’s note: Dr. Dennis Dalphond of North Judson is spearheading the restoration of the stone terrace across from the United Methodist Church on Central Avenue at the north edge of Pioneer Cemetery. We are pleased to share his chronicles of the progress on the project.
This past Friday at 11 a.m., Helen grabbed me to tell me that Marshall Horstman (town superintendent-hereafter known as Marshall Dillon-young people look up “Gunsmoke”–old, old tv series may even have been in black and white) was up front and that he had something for me. Uh-oh i said, ent up front and there he was-dripping wet with sweat with a light dusting of sand.
He held out to me a key on a ring. I asked him what this was, and he said that the key was to open a padlock that would allow us to use the valve that was connected to a water line that had just been installed at the top of the hill at the Pioneer Cemetery. This news almost opened the valve that is connected to my lacrimal glands (these babies make tears).
I removed the key from the ring, put the ring on the fourth finger of his left hand, got down one one knee and asked him to marry me. He said NO. I stood up and moved to hug him and he pushed me away–warning that he was dirty with sand and sweat–I pushed his hands away and gave him a big ‘ole man hug and thanked him from the depths my heart. Helping the Marshall was Randy Schwartz and Jason Manns. I’ve been looking for them to thank them in person-so far no luck.
Tyler Lee and i went over to the site Friday at noon, and there we, to our wondering eyes, were greeted by a big hole, a back-hoe, a meter pit and a fire-engine red water spigot-with that padlock which opened with that key, and the water pressure was impressive. I will post some photos-with Tyler and me-taking our turns sitting in the back-hoe pretending to operate the controls-we may actually did not do that-maybe those photos were photo-shopped and maybe they were not-only Tyler and I know for sure and we ain’t sayin’. I’m just sayin’. sayin’ somethin’ or other-lost my train of thought there for a second.
Stopped in at the Town Hall Monday night to thank the board members-they were kind enough to let me interrupt the public meeting (I may have said something to the effect that i was on the way to the hospital which may or may not have been true-what was true was that i was soaking wet from the downpour outside).
The North Judson Town Board
The Methodist Church for all the water that we used to get this far
This post is lengthy so be prepared
I am thanking many people who helped out yesterday at TTAAMC. it is a long list, so please note each name. I hope that I have not left anyone out, if so please, please let me know. i apologize for any misspellings. so here it goes
The Korchas’-Bryan, Brianna, Brooke and Kristin
The Burgers’-Trey (proud new Dad) and Gordon (proud new Grandfather)
The Brazauskas’-Jim, Stephanie, Shay, Olivia,Gabe
The Stacys’-Corey, Jasmine, Hudson, Lincoln, Ethan, Jensen, and Cohen
The Clemons’-Jesiah, Amie, Axel, Teia and Cora
The Moerlands’-Joos, Essie and Lina
Mark and Monica Rayburn
And finally the leaders of their “pack”-which includes most of the above.
Pastors Larry and Essie Clemons (of the Everlasting River Fellowship). These two are wonderful leaders and their “pack” is made up of gentle, loving and very generous individuals.
Essie had told me, earlier in the week, that members of their church wanted to help so I said “please surprise me with as many folks as can be rounded up” as we will have a lot to do. When I pull up to TTAAFMC on any given Saturday morning I always shut my eyes and lower my expectations as to how many people will be there-sometimes one or two and sometimes it is just me-regardless of how many, I am always grateful for whatever greets my eyes as I open them. Essie surprised me. Indeed. I opened my eyes and saw THIRTY FOUR pairs of eyes-all looking at me-I did not get out of my truck right away as my eyes had some moisture on them-said moisture was not sweat as Ii had done no work yet. Said moisture, Ii believe are called tears.
This is what was accomplished in ONE hour
Dug a trench 16 inches wide, 2 feet deep and NINETY feet long in preparation for the concrete footing for the next wall
Separated top soil from the underlying sand and and placed both in separate piles
Gathered pretty stones and placed them in a pile for easy access down the road
Gathered massive chunks of concrete (left over from the curb when it was replaced years ago) and placed them in there own BIG pile-this stuff will, eventually, need to be hauled away
Then Mr. Don Bowman suggested that we might prepare the form for the concrete footing. I groaned quietly as I was quite tired at that point because the week just finished at the office had been quite challenging. The weeks vacation in Myrtle Beach with the kids and grandchildren was wonderful but, if you play u r going to pay when u get back and pay we did-m’ladies and I were run off of our feet all last week. But everyone else seemed to be up for it. So we drove our trucks over to Norwayne Lumber (so nice to have that lumber yard so close to home) where Mr. Jim Menis greeted us with a smile (he is a very, very good man-we do not know of all the good deeds he does-many of those good deeds he does without being asked-our town is very fortunate to have such a hard working, generous and community-minded individual) and picked up the necessary supplies-180 feet of 1×6 boards, 180 feet of rebar, 36 two-foot stakes and 50 risers, went home (so nice to live one block away from TTAAFMC) and grabbed a couple of drills and many screws and went back to prepared that form.
All of that took an additional hour and 10 minutes, and now all is ready for next Saturday, when concrete will be mixed and placed in that form. Then I went home and took a very, very long nap.
we all had a great time-oh… i almost forgot-M warned me to “watch my mouth” as cussing to me is like breathing-so I told the people there what she had said and they all laughed. I told them not to laugh as I do use “colorful” (?) language, but they kept on laughing. Anyhoo-i did my best, and Pastor Clemons complimented me, at the end of the work, on the restraint I had shown.
Finally and at last I just want to say that our experience that morning was gratifying and fun. I think I now know what a “Barn Raising” was like-hard work, fine people and fun…oh.. and gum and Spider Man and Cinderella stickers.
Thank you all
Ribbon cutting photo for G&G Guns located in Ed’s Auto Parts. This took place in the morning on Saturday, August 6th.
Pictured: Geri Dolezal, Greg Dolezal, Randy Nelson, Mayor Estok, Lora Estok, Don Kring, Patrick Gibbs, Mike Gibbs, Rich Kazee, Councilman Jeff Berg, and Mark Matthew.
Chamber President Jerry Gurrado was also in attendance, just not included in the photo.
Editor’s note: Information published as submitted by Justin Croy
The National Auctioneers Association held its 67th Annual Conference & Show on July 18th thru the 23rd in Grand Rapids Michigan. Auctioneers from across the world gather at De Vos Place Convention Center to network and discuss industry business. The conference wrapped up with the 29th annual International Auctioneers Championship. 95 Auctioneers from throughout the United States and parts of Ireland competed to be the International Auctioneer Champion (IAC). Continue reading