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Ken Dieruf is new to me, not C'ville
I've thoroughly enjoyed teaching next door to this man since I began my educational renewal at CHS at the beginning of this school year. I hadn't even heard of Ken Dieruf until then, but I appreciate his help with anything I've needed, even my overall school request for a much-needed diet Mountain Dew.

Both Ken and his wife, Barb are at CHS, Barb as Tech Director and Ken as the JAG instructor. JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) is a state-funded program, and I always enjoy going in to Ken's room with the college banners, bright posters, class projects, business charts and nifty round tables that prompt discussions.

Ken grew-up in Minnetonka, MN and moved with his parents, three brothers and two sisters to Louisville, Kentucky when Ken was in his late teens. Ken's father was in sales with Pillsbury. Waggenor High School wasn't a super satisfying experience for Ken since he arrived there when his school was almost over; thus Ken decided to work and it was Mario's Pizza that helped win him over to the business world.

The clincher was when he became a sales associate for J.C. Penny's. It was at Penny's that he met Barb. They were good friends before dating. Along with being buddies, her beauty, charm and personality helped lead Ken to the altar in her hometown of Louisville.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Amy Epperson is settled back home
I do love alliteration. Using this literary technique to begin this week's column, I'll say that our subject is awesome, adorable Amy.

We met when Amy worked at the A&W. A very active Southmont student, she was never late to work, toiled with great vigor and was one of our sweetest waitresses ever. 4-H has always been a part of Amy's life, having been a 10-year member, taking various projects, sewing, foods, crafts, geology, fashion review and a Jr. Leader. She attended the National Congress in Washington DC and won a trip to Chicago for her Achievement Book on Breads and Cereals. I giggled as she told about staying in the Conrad-Hilton Hotel where she had fancy meals and the winners received their awards. She'd never been to a fancy restaurant or hotel, so she reveled in the trip which started a life time desire to travel.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
There's no doubt; I'm glad that I met the Menards
Well, we never did figure out when we met, but think it was unanimous that we're glad we did! Jim and I ate with Jamie and Joanie Menard at well, you readers can guess, Pizza Hut. We spent a wonderful three hours just talking, laughing and learning about each other.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Nicolle Rockenbaugh really hasn't changed a bit
When I was Children's Librarian at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, one of my fav little ones was this week's featured guest.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I'm pretty sure I liked her as soon as I met her
I'm not sure when I met this gal, exactly, but I liked her immediately and still think she is one fantastic lady. Fairly sure that I got to know her because I admire her cousin, Tresha Cox Meadows, and it was through Tresha and her brother, Homer Cox that I likely got together with Elaine.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tom McCarty has lived an exciting life
This week's interesting gentleman was "born and bred" in my hometown of Waveland, Indiana. It was a truly wonderful place with equally wonderful people where we spent our developing years.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This week's guest is community-minded
Although I can't say that I know this guest as a close friend, but I sure do like her, admire her and have enjoyed being around her when I do get to spend time together.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Reader suggested I meet this week's guest
Ohhh, exciting! I was able to meet someone new for this week's guest. I received an anonymous letter singin' this little gal's praises and after I met Pat Perry, I can add more to the list.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
This week's guest has many different talents
Although I'm not sure when I met this week's young lady, I know about when I got to know her. One of my grandsons and her daughter and son went to Southmont. AJ (mine) and Travis (hers) were on a couple of sports teams together. When she found out I scrapbooked she'd send me pictures of AJ she had shot.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
You will never get him to spill his two secrets
This week's guest has two secrets - one is the real name of the Montgomery County Family Horror Movie he and Dick Munro are working on. No matter how hard I try, I can't worm it out of him.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014


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