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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:07 AM
    Oh, my gracious, there is no way I thought this young man was my age (65) as he looks 45, 50 tops!  He acts 45, too – always goofy!  Also, it’s so much fun watching him at his job!  
  • Nothing but net for this week’s guests
    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 8:23 PM

    He graduated from Turkey Run in 1990 with 52 in his class; she the next year with 47. Although I didn’t have either of them in class at TR, I loved watching her play basketball, plus I had his younger brother in the very first English class I taught. He went on to IU where he graduated in Elementary Education. After TR, she attended Anderson (also El Ed) and played basketball. She’s in AU’s Hall of Fame. Yet, it wasn’t high school that brought them together. Not college either since they were so far away. Instead they both worked at the FCA camp together during their college summers. Although he teased that it was because he’s taller at 6’3” than her 5’11” they agreed that the true reason they became man and wife is their strong faith. At the camp, they spent a great deal of time together, and their interest in each other grew. Today, both are teachers at New Market, and if you’ve not guessed, then meet Curtis and Susan Berry McVay.

  • Don't give up on dreams, this guest hasn't
    Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:02 PM

    I was right uptown for this interview and enjoyed every minute of it. This week’s guest knew from a young age that he wanted to be a fire fighter / paramedic. Certainly it was a large step to his current position. An extremely driven person, he comes from a long line of community service folks. His father retired from the local police force, mom (Carole) worked for the city police, sister, Tricia Keeling, is running for Hillsboro’s Town Board and his Aunt Evelyn Swaim is on the Waynetown Board. Todd absolutely loves every second of his job, but often goes home exhausted. 40 or so messages greet him on his cell phone each morning. Even when he has an exceptionally tough day, he looks back on it and knows that he did the right things. At a meeting awhile back, he said he got a great philosophy, “Every day, I wake up and say, whose life can I touch today?” No doubt his work is not an 8-5, Monday-Friday type job, but instead, “It goes on and ya’ have to be ready,” says Mayor Todd Barton. 

  • Can’t keep a good man down
    Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:31 AM

    I had heard the rumors about this week’s guest and didn’t like them: “He’s really bad; not gonna’ make it . . .” so I’m more than happy to inform everyone that our fella’ is doing amazingly well. Yes, he does have Clippers (similar to MS), gets tired easily and he sometimes loses his speech, but he’s improving daily. The last MRI was good and medicine is being cut back. Plus, his myelin seemingly is repairing itself. Then, his gorgeous, sweet wife is taking extremely good care of him, too. Certainly, I was very happy to see him and had a great time at their beautiful home. I’m sure glad “ya’ can’t keep a good man down!” 

  • Baseball all the way for this week’s guest
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:14 PM

    This week, I interviewed one of my super-interesting cohorts, but I didn’t meet him at The Paper. Instead, we met on a baseball field. I’m not sure how many years ago, but more than a half dozen. This young man of course played baseball, along with football, basketball and cross country in school. Luck had it that his sweet wife, Michelle, and Corbin, the nifty youngest of their two sons, also ate at Pizza Hut with us, thus it turned-out to be a fun-filled family affair. Funny, I tried to make plans several times to meet our guest this week, but he’s one busy fellow. Finally, we set a time. Then, I got a text saying he might be late because he was officiating a sixth-grade football game at New Market. So, believe me when I say I’m lucky to have caught Scott Smith for today’s article. 

  • Doing what comes naturally – for 66 years
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:12 PM

    Ya’ know, I was a good waitress in my day, daughter Suzie was pretty amazing, as well as several who worked for us at the A & W for years (Susie; Brenda; Carolyn; Joyce; Janie; Jackie . . . ), but this ‘lil gal who worked in the restaurant business since age eight was an absolute awesome server. She worked at some places a long time, others not so long, still other jobs along with waitressing were involved in her life. Overall, she has done much hard work doing what she loved for 66 years. Certainly, she perseveres in whatever she chooses to do. For instance, she has been a volunteer greeter at the Russellville Community Church for years and a member since she was first married in 1949. She’s a hugger, for sure and that’s why this particular job as greeter is probably one of her favs. Now, this sweetie lives in an old hotel built in 1886 but that has been many other businesses, including a restaurant where she worked. Now, if you’ve not guessed at this point, meet Marge Detro Perry, super waitress, super person.

  • City boy settles at CDPL
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:08 PM

    This week’s guest is a big-city boy, having been born in Gary, Indiana and raised in Indianapolis where he graduated from Manual HS and continued on to college (U of I). His double major was English and religion, then he took graduate courses as he worked on restoring old homes. He wasn’t finding the job he wanted, so he applied to Library School, graduating with a library and information science degree in 1987. In Austin, Texas he worked at the public library in branch services. Moving back to Indiana, he went to the Kendallville Public Library where he met his wonderful wife, Amy Kepes from Lake County. She had worked as a NICU nurse with his big sister and sis thought they would be perfect for each other. An Air Force veteran, Amy served all over the world and was in England an extensive period. She used her GI bill to go to school and is now working in Home Health Care after retiring from hospital work. 

  • She volunteers, he loves cars
    Wednesday, August 05, 2015 10:36 PM

    School made us acquaintances; admiration created a long-lasting friendship with this week’s guests. Although we don’t see each other a great deal anymore, when we do, we all four light-up with huge smiles. However, back in the day when their two kids and our two were students at New Market, we saw each other a lot. Chris was a year ahead of our son, Jay, and our daughter, Suzie one up on their Heather. Chris and Jay were in sports, as were the girls, so sometimes we’d see each other, but really it doesn’t matter because we always take pleasure when seeing John and Peggy Dixon.

  • It's anniversary bliss for this week's couple
    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:25 PM
    I don’t usually write an article without an interview, but this week’s guests are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend and I thought it would be fitting to honor them this way. I’ll give you some hints. First off, they love the Mounties. Both of their children graduated from there and their son has coached basketball and tennis with their teams. Secondly, I have known him the 50 years of their marriage but knew this gal probably since I was born. Our parents were good friends and I literally grew up with her and her sister. She spent 27 years as a teacher’s aide at New Market School. He retired after 32 years at MidStates and seven at Yes Conveyors. Presently, he works for the town of New Market.  
  • This week’s guest went from dancing to shelving
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:22 PM

    What a talented young lady I met at the library where we spent a couple of hours together. Dance was her forte, having started at age five with dance lessons and acrobatics. She went through the sixth grade with lessons under Mrs. Cooper at the Masonic Temple and followed Bobby Hess awhile. Then there was none. Frustrated, she and Jane Sparks discussed creating a business to teach dance and the spark ignited. They held their lessons at St. Bernard’s and recitals at the 4-H building. Every Saturday and weeknights she and Jane led dance. She giggled, “Well, we weren’t no Dance By Deborah.” Certainly, it wasn’t like today as they had record players and rented outfits, but they did choreograph their own shows and I was just wowed by the memories she had made. Yet, she said, “But, I love the memories I’m making now!” And, Kathie Conrad Watkins is racking them up, big-time!


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