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Monday, February 20, 2017

  •  This week features quite the traveling family
    Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Recent Around the County guests told me about this couple, and sure am glad they did. He’s a nephew of one of my good friends and she, is just a gem! Besides that, she fed us German cookies, and they were so yum. Now, there is a very good reason why she gave us German treats. That’s because she was born and raised in Guntersblum, Germany. 
    Our male guest grew-up next door in Parke County, but has spent the majority of his life in Crawfordsville where he has worked 29 years at R.R. Donnelley’s. A 1979 Turkey Run graduate, we had the same English teacher, Ralph Williams, who spent many years teaching at TR. Our guest was also a band member, playing alto sax. I admire him greatly for beginning college at the age of 50. He will soon have a two-year degree with Ivy Tech in Industrial Maintenance, and would love to go on to get his bachelor’s.
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  • This week’s guest is impressed with Impressionism
    Thursday, February 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    The first thoughts of this young fellow and his family stems from long ago at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church when I was always in awe of what a fine outstanding group they were. Each looked like they had just stepped out of a Sears Magazine, dressed remarkably, shoes a shinin’, hair perfect. They filled up one long pew and there was no nonsense, for sure! Dad, mom and eight children. Love that his middle name is Joseph and three brothers carry that middle name, as well. He noted, “We were a very structured family; we had to be to get anything at all accomplished!” 
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  • ‘Together Forever’ is motto for this week’s couple
    Thursday, February 02, 2017 4:00 AM
    Our gal was a labor and delivery nurse and saving aluminum cans for a special purpose. “One of these days, I’m gonna’ buy a boat!” A trusted friend, Carol Sparrow said, “Hey, I know a good guy with a boat!” So, a blind date was arranged, and my two met at the Holiday Inn, then went to Carol’s to play cards. That was in September of 1989 and it was off to elope at Gatlinburg, Tennessee in March. Do your math. It’ll be 27 years in a few weeks! “Together forever!” is their motto.
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  • These two are suburban farmers north of Alamo
    Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Today’s couple tell me they are suburban farmers on the north side of Alamo with five head of cattle, four Alpacas and multiple 4-H pigs. 
    Although he loved sports when he was young, by the time high school rolled around, he had to rush home to farm. Same when he worked at Puritan, Crawford Industries and Raybestos, he’d rush home to work. They still live on that farm with 146 acres that Dave Turner farms for them. Easy guess that he graduated from Alamo. 
    So, where’d he get a band and choir member, SSS and yearbook staffer from Darlington High School? Well, the drive between the Dog’n’Suds and Country Diner of course where many great romances of Montgomery began. She, her sister and two friends were cruising and honked at him and some of his friends. “Let’s follow ‘em,” and the rest is history. 
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  • A Warrior and a Flyer . . . why not?
    Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Watched him play Warrior basketball as a senior when I was a freshman cheerleader for the Hornets. No laughing, it wasn’t that long ago! Think I’ve always known her. Her dad and mine were pretty good buddies. Her whole family used to come in to the A&W and stuck with us through the whole Zach’s Family Restaurant era, as well. Love her sister and passed brother. Certainly had a great visit with my couple at their lovely home near New Market. Do wish I’d have taken a different angled picture of them but tell me about it later, don’t you look ahead.
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  • Doesn’t matter where you are as long as family is there
    Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    My couple this week met at Hardee’s when she worked there and he and his pals went in to drink coffee. However, it wasn’t but a few months that she brought the group back to Zach’s. I say back to Zach’s because she had worked for us five years during her CHS school days. Second time around was 1987 until we closed in ’96. As per her high school involvement, mainly, she just worked. After all, there was lots of entertainment at the restaurant, someone to hassle or someone hassling her, in a good way, of course. It was a fun place most of the time!
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  •   Turn the coffee pot on for this week’s guest
    Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:00 AM
    Get the coffee pots going! At Zach’s, rare was the evening that Wayne, Joan, Velma, Dale, Lorie, Laura, Warner, Nina, Jim and his wife, my guest this week, weren’t in. Most were tired after a hard day’s work; but coffee and camaraderie always perked ‘em up! Well, some great food and wow waitress, too.
    Funny, it was coffee, camaraderie and cards that directed me to my gal at Pizza Hut. I gave her a hug and told her I’d love to interview her and made plans for the next day before she changed her mind. Glad she didn’t as we brewed-up a good time. My Jim hadn’t seen her for a long while, so enjoyed our visit, too.
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  • She's the last of 5 kids; he's the last of 9
    Thursday, December 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    Turkey Run High School sweethearts are our guests this week. He began his schooling in a bit of an odd way, though. Going at barely five, he entered Grange Corner to promptly be sent home as too young, then called back again so the school could have enough pupils to receive state funding. She spent her years in Bloomingdale, then they met at Turkey Run in 9th grade science. Not impressed because he was always arguing with the teacher about strange things (differences between bison and buffalo), but her best friend, Katie okayed him for her to date their junior year.
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  • Karen's couple consider themselves a tag team
    Thursday, December 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    Pleased to announce this week’s couple, a Zach’s success story. We had several who worked together who married, others met their spouse there and a few married customers. Most didn’t make it to the success story category, but my couple this week has; proof being five children, two grands and 32 years of bliss.
    She began working for us at a mere age 14 for a couple nights a week. His dad was one of her favorite customers (we all loved him). His sister, Brenda, who also worked for us became her best friend. 
    After graduating from CHS, Brenda and my gal guest moved to Florida. We hated to see ‘em go, but they were adventurous young ladies. Hopped into a little Pinto and headed South. They stayed with Brenda’s aunt who was a single mom raising four kids. The aunt worked more than one job, made sure her kids got to church every Sunday. “She taught us that there is nothing out of reach. She was one phenomenal lady!” 
    A football player and golfer at Southmont, after graduation he did construction work, but didn’t think much of the long-distance romance. “Then come to Florida!” That he did! She was there 18 years, he slightly less. 
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  • Engaged in seven weeks, married in five months for this couple
    Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hmmmmm! This might be a first in my interviewing. At least I don’t remember such fast workers in a relationship. Engaged in seven weeks and married in five months and they seem just as happy today as those decades ago when a junior and sophomore in college. 
    They both grew-up on farms and their parents knew each other through the National Starch Company. In fact, she knew his father before she met him. So, when her parents went to a farming affair at his folks’, the poppas decided these two would make the perfect pair. Obviously, “father knows best,” as these two have happily been together for 46 years. I’m not joking at all when I say they revel in each other. I have a guess why. Tell ya’ later.
    This was the first time I’d officially met him but known her since school. Just loved her whole family. We were in band together and twirlers. She played the flute and was active in Rainbow, 4-H, and youth group. Elementary Education was her major at Purdue and although she worked some in the public schools, she much preferred staying home with her two and helping him with his business.
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  • From a crazy honeymoon to 23 years of bliss
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    New Hope Christian Church brought these two together and they just celebrated their 23rd anniversary. Had such a great time with them, lots of laughs.
    In fact, the giggles began when they told the hubs and me about their “romantic” Lobster Sea Cruise in Cancun, Mexico. They had enjoyed a lovely wedding at her parents’ large country home and were looking forward to their time together on their honeymoon. 
    Well, the boat had hit a bridge the day before so no one was allowed on the top. Everyone was squashed together on the bottom deck. The “cruise” was just up and down a short piece of the Gulf of Mexico. The lobster was fixed on a gas grill and by the time a drunk, obnoxious guy was corralled and they finally got their lobster, it was cold! What a honeymoon as next was a bull fight as they were told not to miss the national sport. Since it is Mexico’s sport, they were used to it but most tourists are not. Kids were crying and many, including our newlyweds left. Just the luck, they dragged the first kill right beside them. 
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  •  After a brief stint down on the farm, he eventually bought a business
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 4:00 AM
    Just met this week’s man, but my gal guest and I go way back! She not only worked at the A&W for us, she babysat our young’uns, as well. It was fun for us to interview an early employee when we owned only part of the business back then. When I asked her what she liked about working there, she smiled and noted, “Everything! I simply loved everything about working there.” Explaining further, “The food was amazing, customers awesome (even if they didn’t tip or tipped poorly, it didn’t matter because we loved ‘em so), the fun we had, friends I made.” Then my hubby beamed, “The bosses were so nice,” and she wrapped-up by announcing, “There is simply nothing like that nowadays!” Working at Aryway when they changed to Target, she also was employed by Giles Ford when she found herself pregnant with her first child. Afterwards, she stayed home with her own three and babysat some. 
    One day, an employee of his asked him to go to the city bowling tourney. This was at the old bowling alley out by the Holiday Inn and she was in the tourney. The friend introduced them. Two weeks later, they went out and it was love thereafter. They complement each other nicely.
    My guests have been married 15 years and I asked them what they liked best about their spouse. Her answer was that he had the ability to see what’s needed and makes it work; threw in that he loved her on a personal basis, as well, and that’s very important. He noted that he loved her sincerity and that with a blended family, she loves everyone equally. 
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  •   Not from our area, their 5 children are North grades
    Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    Neither of my two guests are native Hoosiers, he from the south and she a northerner. Yet, it was in the West they met. His first assignment as a minister with Village Missions was in Gilbert, Iowa. He and first wife, Remona were well-loved by their congregation members, and it was hard to leave Gilbert for Crawfordsville, his second and permanent assignment, yet off they went. 
    Sadly, it was just three months after their arrival here that Remona was suddenly called home. At the Gilbert services for her, one of the mourners was a special friend to the dear woman and admired him in regards to his preaching and love for the Lord.
    When he preached a wedding back in Iowa two months later, the two talked a great deal about Remona, whom she had adored. He knew her character was excellent and in January, he called and asked her if she’d be willing to pursue a relationship that would end in marriage. Her answer? “I’ll pray on it!” He told her he’d call in the morning.
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  • This couple believes in paying it forward
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    An accident changed this couple’s course of life forever. From a working fool who craved all the over-time possible, to someone who has days when he can’t get out of bed, he said, “My wife is great support!” They strongly believe in their wedding vows. “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health,” they’ve been through all these facets.
    His regular job was at Raybestos in 2004, having worked there 21 years. While off one day, he was cutting wood as he had done so many times before. No big deal; this was to be one different story. A tree broke wrong, hit him and hurled him in the air 50’ away. At first, he thought all was well except being shook-up and bruised. For a few days, he even went to work; then, one day, he awoke and could not move. His trauma has created to date 13 serious medical conditions. 
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  •  Karen found some golf gurus this week
    Thursday, November 03, 2016 4:00 AM
    Golf gurus I have this week. Well, okay, perhaps not gurus, but they certainly love golf, and she didn’t learn until they were married 23 years ago (on his 50th birthday). You can see them most of the nice days at the Turkey Run Golf course, but they also enjoy one or two day trips. Their short adventures often steer them to a golf outing of some sort, such as staying at the Four Seasons resort at Lake Monroe and playing at Eagles Pointe. 
    These two are care givers, taking a friend here, a mom elsewhere, or a sister or brother to an appointment. Constantly doing for others. They were exceedingly excited about helping organize what they hope will continue, a golf scramble for Bright Beginnings II, the Waveland preschool. Great sponsors and members playing made it a complete success, tallying $5,000.
    From being a shy member of the second-graduating class at Southmont, our gal is a fun-loving individual. She did join choir plus SSS and tried to mingle, but South was just so large. Thirty years out of high school she went to college to become a nurse, graduating in 2004. She worked some in hospitals but it was long term care she really loved, mainly working at Ben Hur Nursing Home.
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