February 13, 2014
Today is Valentine’s Day and since I’m a florist I have records of every Valentine’s Day for the past 19 years. Its a given that about 40 percent of the time it’s below freezing but in 2007 we had a huge snow, on the order of what we experienced last Monday. The Village of Versailles employees did an outstanding job of snow removal then, as now.
The town does not simply push the snow off the streets creating a large mound of snow blocking store fronts and private drives. Instead the village crews literally transported the snow away. The snow is always taken to vacant lots so it does not become a hindrance for homeowners and storeowners. I for one am very grateful for the dedication displayed by the street crews. Thank you for all your hard work it does not go unnoticed.
In 2007 I personally was beating a path through the snow to make floral deliveries. But it wasn’t just about delivering flowers—I was also delivering the sentiments of the sender who remembered their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. And being out and about afforded me the opportunity to see the goodwill of many people. Neighbors assisting others, teenagers removing snow from stoops and sidewalks, and men operating snow blowers for those without adequate equipment.
Since my business is one of delivery as well as flowers I have invested in waterproof/weatherproof boots, warm socks and gloves, lined pants, coats for all forms of weather, essential ear muffs, and warm scarves. But probably my best defense against delivering in the cold, and smartest decision ever, was to give the delivery job to my husband Steve Monnin.
Oh please, he’s used to it, he was a mail carrier for 14 years from 1972 to 1986, which means he carried during the winter of 1978. Yes, 1978 when the bad weather started as heavy rain, then froze and was compounded by 24” inches of snow, -10 degree temperatures with 35 to 40 miles per hour winds. A record that Mother Nature is challenging this year.
Yes, Steve was an obvious choice for handling this winter’s deliveries given his previous experience. His coldest memory was on a Saturday in January 1982 when the temperature was -29 degrees at the start of his day with wind gusts of 40 miles per hour. The same day that the local news reported a wind chill factor of -79 degrees. His 18-mile walking route was slowed down by the weather and the snowmobile suit he wore to perform his job. Flower deliveries should be cake walk for him, right? Wishing everyone a toasty Valentine’s Day!
Cabin Fever Busters:
There is a Valentine’s Dance at the VFW Hall this Saturday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. This is open to the public, music by DJ Dan Smith, admission is $5 at the door. Questions may be referred to 526-3515.
Sunday morning, is a cosponsored Versailles & Russia Knights of Columbus breakfast at the Russia Community Center from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. I attend this every year and it’s well done; a buffet style breakfast that includes french toast and grits along with the usual pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. You’ll support the missions by attending this breakfast.
The Versailles Museum will be open this Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Check out their newest displays honoring six businesses that have continued for more than 100 years; The Vesrailles Savings & Loan, Worch Lumber, Versailles Feed Mill, The Inn of Versailles, The Versailles Policy and Nickol Monument. Gallery II has an exhibit from the DeMange Family Orchestra.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Mark your calendar for the Trinity Lutheran Spaghetti Dinner March 9 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the church basement. This is another event I love because of the good food and good conversation.
Happy birthday to Dakota Overholser, Shawn Kemper, Baylee Roll, Kristin Lenox, Christie Boyd, Bruce Simon, Jean Gibbs, Lucinda Todd, Nicole Berger, Jenny Thomas, Dawn Luthman, Jenni Paulus, Peg Summers, Ola Schafer, Dave Miller, Judy Cochran, Terry Oliver, Angie Minnich, Mary Lou Francis, Jeff Stammen, Mary Bruning, and Deb Godwin. Happy anniversary Tia and Andy Gehret (4), Niki and Joe Shefbuch, Ronda and Phil Mangen (19), and Arlene and Bob Luttmer (27).
Hello to Shiela Coffield, Betty Blue, Lisa Rush, Tammy Prenger, Kim Custenborder, Cindy Eifert, Marti Phelan, Colleen Wulber, Julie Boring, Fr. Dave Vincent, Floren Christman, Patty Jenkinson, Donna Varner, and Roger Peltier.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Claudia Monnin, Barb Goubeaux, Diane Martino, Donna Lyons, Rob Quinter, Phyllis Shiveley, Betty Kremer, Rosemary Paulus, Dave Spillers, Teresa Ann Borchers, Lynn Gerling, Alex Cordonnier, Jennifer Platfoot, Vaughn Wakefield, Jon and Betty Pothast, Smoke Smith, Karen Lawrence, Claire Thomas, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Terry Black, Brain Voisard, Dick Francis, Samantha Smith, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Norman Cullars, Helen Canan, and Werner Bruggeman. Also remembering the lives of Bertha Bruening, Nicholas Bergman, Carol Kremer, Dale Sherrick, Gary Marchal, Tillie Paulus, Matt Mumaw, Ralph Grillot, Janice Boroff, Mildred Bey, Jan Donnelly, Ed Goubeaux and Gene Loxley as the anniversary of their passing approaches.
“It’s so cold I thought I saw a politician put his hands in his own pockets.” ~Unknown
“Does shivering count as exercise?” ~Maxine
“Winter chill + Valentine’s Day = Snuggle time.” ~C. Edwards
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.