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Woman is determined ... to help her community
Determination; yes, indeed, complete determination is what this week's featured gal possesses. From a young child through her 75th birthday coming up, this gal has spent her life outbesting the best. As a teenager, she so wanted to go to college, but there was no money, and no student loans available at the time. However, her "firmness of purpose and resolve" led her to complete that education several years later (St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Social Work). Please read on to hear the rest of the story of this wow gal, Sandra Wheeler Lofland-Brown.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Mitchell family's roots are deep in the soil
The evening was a riot - an absolute scream. This week's guests dined us and it was one amazing supper with the homemade peach pie by far the best I've ever tasted. Indeed, the meal was awesome, but better yet was the bantering; oh, excuse me, I mean camaraderie!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
County girl helps others make good
I first met this week's wonderful lady when we worked together launching the first New Market Spaghetti Supper. It was all Carolyn Lamson Swank's idea and fortitude that pulled that first one off. An amazing amount of money (about $4,000) was amassed thanks to Carolyn's hard work. This money maker went on for many years and the total accumulated arose, as well.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
After talking with this week's guest at his beautiful home, I realize that I had learned so much about religion, life and especially how to fix my Italian grandparents' Victrola. I was greeted by Simon, Daryl and Mary Helen Fry's spoiled, but debonair cat, a real handsome fella' who meandered to the table several times to check-out our conversation progression.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Karen has learned a lot, by Keck
This week, the conversation began with names. My maiden name is Bazzani and boy, is it hard to spell and pronounce. Well, my guest said, "When my name was Kathy Smith, I never had to spell it for anybody, but Keck, I do, although you'd not think so!" I met this great lady, Kathy Smith Keck, when I did my student teaching (at age 36) at North Montgomery. She taught me so much, and although we've gone different ways, I always enjoy talking with her whenever I meet her and we had a grand reminiscencing this time, too.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Gene Everett is a traveling man
A multi-talented man, this week's feature fella' is 84-years-old and acts and looks like he's 50. Very healthy, he only takes three pills a day and is full of pep. After hearing about him doing his own cooking, I'm about ready to run over for breakfast one of these mornings. Certainly, we had a good time reminiscing while lunching at Arby's (and here's a hello to our three nice ladies with whom we struck-up a conversation).
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Romance started in new school
This week's subject would have graduated with a dozen others from Middletown (Henry County) High School, likely as Valedictorian with his straight A's. However, Larry Frye lost his mother, his father remarried, and moved them to Richmond, Indiana with Larry beginning 9th grade in a class of 490. Making straight F's at the larger school, a church member helped Larry straighten himself out. Larry also met a sweet girl, Barbara Good, who sat behind him in class (F-G). She lived on the north side while he lived on the far east side. He walked often to see her. They dated through high school. Upon graduation, Larry asked his youth minister, "How do you go to college?" They sat down together and filled out papers. Larry soon found himself at Bethany College.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
'Baseball, hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets'
"Baseball, hot dogs, apple pies and Chevrolets" is the saying that brings to mind the wonderful family of this week's article. I met this awesome group several years ago during summer baseball with The Pony Express team. Our wonderful coach (head of this week's family) and some amazing young players were runner-ups in a large tourney in St. Lois and ended-with a 39-18 record.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Amazing athlete and fabulous teacher are at top of Karen's list
There are many type people I admire, many I've written about, but amazing athletes and fabulous teachers rank up at the top and I was lucky to interview one of each this week. Both are born and bred Montgomery Countians and although they are in my age range, they're practically newlyweds.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
One sweet ride has lasted many years
As I drove up to this weeks' subjects' home, I noticed what I thought was an old, beautiful Ford Fairlane in the driveway. When I got out of my little putterer, I checked it and for sure it was a 1963 fine ride. It was even more exciting when my couple told me it was a close duplicate (interior of the original being red vs. a beige) to the car they used to date in! How sweet is that?
Thursday, July 3, 2014

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