Well, the party’s over. I’m glad in a way, but it sure was fun seeing everyone come and spend the day with Jamie on his 40th birthday.
According to the guest list we had, there were at least 115 people there, but I’m not sure if everybody signed it. I wasn’t surprised. I figured it would be over 100.
My surprise for him was a visit from Steve Baker, WHIO-TV’s Northern Bureau chief and our good friend. It worked out well. Steve and his wife, Marty, were among the many guests.
Both of us want to thank everyone who came to the party and for the cards and gifts he received from our family, church family, friends and my co-workers. I don’t know how many times he has thanked me since the event for having the party for him. It was my pleasure.
We send out a great big thanks to Angie Minnich for making most of the food that was served, to Sharon Fourman for making caramel corn and to Susie Francis for making the featured cake. It takes a lot of work to put on a party and they made my job a little easier. Remind me not to become a party-planner in my retirement.
Jamie said if he overlooked any of the guests, he apologizes for doing so. There were a lot of people there for him to get around to, but he did his best.
“My favorite moments of the party were seeing that Cincinnati Reds birthday cake made by Susie Francis, and seeing Steve Baker walking in and saying ‘happy birthday, Jamie,’” he said.
While Jamie sang “Angels Among Us” to the crowd, Steve videotaped him and had it on Facebook not too long afterwards. Jamie dedicated that song to “the people we’ve lost during my first three decades of life.”
Not only did he win the free pizza from Marco’s, plus a car wash, from the Tiger radio station on his birthday, but a couple of other local celebrities, Blaine and Brian Swabb, known as Spittin’ Image, called him on the phone and sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Boy, was he honored.
“They [Spittin’ Image] said they thought the world of me, and the same goes to them from me,” Jamie said.
He handed me this note to put in my column and I’ll publish it in hopes he’s not trying to suck up: “I want to say thank you Mom for a wonderful party, plus 40 years of having to put up with me.”
Wait, there’s more, “Above all else, as much as this birthday has humbled me, there’s nothing more humbling to humble you than to have God let you know that He’s there for you in good and bad times.”
That’s my boy.
• A special celebration is being held today for Inez Clevenger in observance of her 100th birthday, which is actually Oct. 28. The party will take place at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1470 W. State Road, Union City, Indiana, from 2 to 5 p.m.
• The Ansonia Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its annual chili supper and Halloween parade on Thursday. The chili supper, eat in or carry out, starts at 5 p.m. and will last while the soup lasts. In addition to the chili, there will be sandwiches and desserts and well as beverages. Parade line-up is at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lots of the post office and Ansonia Auto Parts, with the parade beginning at 7. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes by a panel of judges. The annual raffle will follow the parade, with tickets available now. Winners do no need to be present to win. Awards will also be given to the top three decorated houses (outside displays only) within the Ansonia Fire District. Deadline for entry was last Thursday. All proceeds will support the fire department to ensure it can continue to provide the best possible service to the community.
• Upcoming events at the Ansonia American Legion: Fish fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. both Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.
• Raffle tickets for the Veteran’s Day bean supper at the Ansonia American Legion on Nov. 11 are still available.
• Any veteran in the area is welcome to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade in Greenville on Nov. 11. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 57 Commander Robert Foster said the participants will be leaving Greenville Public Library a little before 11 and march to the courthouse on South Broadway, stopping in front of the clock. Other features of the event will be a prayer, introductions, a 21-gun salute at 11:11 a.m., presentation of a wreath, and the playing of the National Anthem by the high school band. The combined color guard of the DAV, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will also be in attendance.
• Oct. 28 to Inez Clevenger (100), Irma Whittington (90), Linda Yount, Carol Henderson Baughman, Roberta Westfall, David Bonfiglio, Cody Hittle (21), Jackie Macias, Brittany Widener, Bill Gunckle, Tom Donnelly and Rita Fourman Barger.
• Oct. 29 to Alex Mikos, Connie Leis, Judy Marshal,Roger Fourman (50), Deb Ward and Shirley Price.
• Oct. 30 to Kenny Young III, Bob Wagner, Graham Luce, Dale Hunt (55), Ken Liette and Mike Grim.
• Oct. 31 to Twins Sharon Wright and Karen Shellhaas, Carol Hemmerich, Don Everman, Martha Oliver, Christina Hahn Riffell, Gary Knick and Wayne Farmer.
• Nov. 1 to Cindy Brown-Moody, Bud House, Janet Leis, Jeff Rayborn, Jim Magoto, Kelly Brown, Roy Turner, Tom Blakeley, Jean Buxton, Jim Henby, Dalton Subler and Julia Frye.
• Nov. 2 to Don Yagle, Tonya Boatright, Tom Graber, Nicole Keaser, Jim Shuttleworth, Don Everman, Lynn Theurer Newbauer, Amy Barga Maher, Laura Dunham and Don Yagle.
• Nov. 3 to Tom Stevenson, Vicky Pfledderer, Keith Smith, Bruce Siefring, Austin Ignaffo, Hillary Moody,
• Nov. 4 to Shirma Pence (80), Vickie Martin, Rachel Morrison Jenkins, Scott Rowland, Roger Oliver, Frank Lenker and Louise Partin (100).
Happy belated birthday to Greg Whistler (50) on Oct. 17;
Happy anniversary to: Bob and Rita Ahlers on Oct. 28; Tim and Donna Wagner (45) on Oct. 31; Rodney and Erica (Buckingham) Hiestand on Nov. 1; and Ron and Nancy Moody on Nov. 2.
Happy belated anniversary to: Lynne and Rick Gump and Shane and Angela Coby, all on Oct. 19; and Brad and Jennifer Shook (20) on Oct. 21.
Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Phil Clark, Jim Marker, Don and Linda Myers, Nina McDaniel, Rick Moody, John Clack, Rusty Wilson, Gloria Keller-Brinley, Lee Moody (our father), Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Gerald Rhoades, Chris Young, Harold Rismiller, Rick Jones, Albert Duncan, Delores Duncan, Ansonia Police Chief Frank Shapiro, Randy Heck, John Klipstine, Greg Moody, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Jim Moody, Lowell Arnold, Joe and Wanda Bailey, Mel Grile, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, Kenny Dunevant, J.C. and D’Arleen Waymire, Deanna Jones, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Larry Bemis, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Hammons, Jim Crotcher, Tina Kiser Deaton, Alvera Schmitz, Jerrod Pratt, Vicky Henderson, Julia Frey, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Thelma Shade, Bob Coppock, Stephen “Brownie” Brown.
Also, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Michelle Sparks Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Tracy Bailey, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Ray Dickey Jr., Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Suzy Heck Schilling, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Shannon Peters Hall, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, Susie Gress of Nebraska, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases. And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation.
Jamie and I express our condolences to the families of: Betty Beard, Shirley Byram and Tom Flatter.
Think about it: “The two hardest things in life: 1) Saying hello for the first time and 2) saying goodbye for the last time.” Unknown