Notes scribbled on the back of a Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs album . . .
The Challenge ’17 is coming to a close this week. Participants had their next-to-last workout last night. Wednesday is their final official session and the Grand Finale is Saturday morning at Athena Sport & Fitness at 9 a.m. (Yes, all eight or nine of you readers are welcome to attend – shucks, if this week’s column has a few more, y’all can come, too!)
Before we get to the perfunctory thank you, I really want to add a note about this group. It is – by far – the best group we have had in our three years of this program. These guys have stuck with it, something that anyone who’s gone through an exercise program knows is a challenge in and of itself. Not only have they stayed at it though, they have really worked hard. We won’t know the official results until Saturday but I won’t be surprised if this group loses more weight than either of the first two.
In addition, these guys have been so supportive of each other. They work hard, and they have fun. I’m no expert, but I imagine those two factors play quite a role in the good results they’re having.
And let me also add what a pleasure it has been to work with the sponsors of The Challenge, the aforementioned Athena and the great folks at Franciscan Health.
Let’s begin with Franciscan. Terry Klein is the vice president and chief operating officer for Franciscan in Crawfordsville and has an All-Star team. There simply aren’t enough great things to say about the folks who have worked on The Challenge, but let me at least try. It starts with Matt Oates, the marketing specialist for Franciscan in Lafayette. Crawfordsville is just part of Matt’s area, but what a wonderful guy to work with. Matt is creative, fun, a great thinker and simply a pleasure to work with. When your favorite Montgomery County daily partners with Franciscan on anything, it’s a cinch to say that Matt has helped improve whatever it is we’re doing. In addition to Terry and Matt, there are others from Franciscan who deserve a lot of credit, including LaDawn Priebe, Dawn Ritchie-Wilks and Stacey Waye. Thank you all!
Then there’s Athena. I can’t say enough about Trainer Tonya Jasheway, the personal training director and club manager Denise Reese. I’ve said over and over how they’ve helped yours truly more than I can re-pay, but the amazing thing to me is how they do it over and over and over for all kinds of different people. Like Tina Turner says, they are simply the best!
Let me wrap up with two quick notes: If you can come out Saturday morning, please do. These folks deserve a big round of applause for their accomplishments. And if you think you might be interested in participating in a future Challenge, let me know. In another obscure musical reference, like Lakeside said, it’s a fantastic voyage.
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BACK ON the Notable Nineties, we have a few more names to add to the list – and one sad farewell. Added to the list are Herschel Yater, Don Myers, Bettie Myers, Ruth Hallett, Joan Brooks and Wendell Cope. We lost 102-year-old Mary Ebaugh on March 1.
What’s a Notable Ninety, you ask? Well, every now and then we’ll include anyone who’s reached or surpassed the age of 90 with what we call our Notable Nineties list. If you or someone you know would like to be included, just let me know. You can reach me at the e-mail below, or call me at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22. If you get my voice mail, please be sure to include the proper spelling of both the first and last names and the birthday, including the year.

Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Tuesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.