Son Jamie and I had fun again at another event: Brenda Wallace’s graduation party last Saturday afternoon.
I knew quite a few people there and I am especially glad that former classmates of Brenda’s showed up for the occasion for her sake. There is nothing better than being surrounded by good friends when celebrating an achievement.
My son and I actually showed up a week early, to the event, but I swear Facebook said it was to be held Oct. 23 but when I got back home to check, sure enough it was Oct. 30. Silly me, I hadn’t opened up the invitation because I hadn’t been to the mailbox. Imagine that, the biggest procrastinator ever I am.
Nonetheless, we had a great time and I think everybody there would say the same thing. We spent some time talking to Carol Gower Fasnacht, Tom and Becky Everhart and Eric Fee, as well as Brenda’s two children, Teresa and Jamie.
What an accomplishment! After going through health woes, Brenda decided to get her high school diploma, 45 years later.
She went all the way at the party by wearing a cap and gown, Class of 2015 decorations and refreshments, including a cake made by my friend, Susie Francis, which, by the way, was tasty as always.
If her attitude and perseverance continue, Brenda should go far toward bigger and better things.
As we left the party, I was telling her significant other, Ned, that the food was delicious. He said Brenda did all of the cooking for it but was quick to let me know that he can cook just as well. Sounds like another story for me. That’s another reason I like going to these affairs; I get fodder for additional stories.
Congratulations and good luck, Brenda! You are very deserving of this honor.
• The next fish fry at the Ansonia American Legion will be March 4 from 4-6:30 p.m. Cost is $7. There will be a Super Bowl Party there on Feb. 7 complete with a chili cook-off, and the steak fries continue Feb. 13, March 12 and April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. At the Feb. 13 steak fry, DJ Troy will perform live Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. Legion members invite people to bring their sweetie and dance the night away. “Come single and mingle. Either way, come and have fun,” they said.
• The Treaty City Seniors Dances will continue every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge on East Third Street in Greenville. Tom Everhart will entertain with his rock and roll music of the past. There will be food to purchase, soft drinks only, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Sponsoring the dance this month is Brookdale. This just isn’t for seniors, but for adults of any age.
• Feb. 11 to Becca Riffell, Kris Riffell (30), Julie Warner-Price, Gary Young and Angie Clouse Westfall .
• Feb. 12 to Dan Norton, Laura Ahrens, Barbara Parker, Soni Smith, Kevin and wife Terri Schlechty, Mary Klosterman Whittington, Kellen Amspaugh, Steven L. Anthony, Mark “The King” VanDePitte and Bruce Rindler.
• Feb. 13 to Ann Palmer, Tom Gibbons, Ivalou Crossley, Ann Palmer and Nancy Camacho.
• Feb. 14 to Sherry Benge, Paul Poeppelman, Chris Young, Butch Amspaugh, Jeremy Mullens, Michelle Good and Maurice Longfellow.
• Feb. 15 to Tina Brooks, Jennifer Sturgill, Quenton Riffell, Dick Shook and Michael Amspaugh.
• Feb. 16 to Sandy Ashby, Kent Stump, Lori Smith Riegle, Jerry Duncan, Chad Young, Colleen Loxley, Kent Stump, Doug Riffle, Gary Garrison and Jack Edwards.
• Feb. 17 to Kim Knick, Karen Gessler, Mike Gessler, Jason Ferguson, Beth DeLong, Paul Jamie Gray, Bob Campbell, Joan Trittschuh, Connie Schuette, Diane Billenstein, Sorona Verneman, Donna Peters Arnett, Cindy Rismiller, Darrell Fox and Stacie Sharp.
Happy anniversary to: Ed and Shelba Kelly on Feb. 11; Joe and Elaine Soley (50) and Steve and Larissa Cunningham. all on Feb. 12; Angie and Dave Westfall on Feb. 13; Brad and Cindy Horsley, Dennis and Nina Barga (40) and Elaine and Butch Amspaugh, all on Feb.14; John and Ruth Peters and Jim and Billie Marshall, all on Feb.15; Alan and Shirley Phillippi and Duane “Lum” and Toni Edwards, all on Feb. 16; and Joe and Linda Schmitmeyer on Feb. 17.
Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Jenson Fullerton, Shirley Mead, Maurice Longfellow, Teresa Ketring, Dave Sloan, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Maxine Weimer, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Tim Ridenour, Dan Norton, Shelly Hoffman, Kathy Hiestand, Keith Howard, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Dick Neff, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Darrell Theurer, Charles LaFuze, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Jim Marker, Roger McEowen, Terry Longfellow, Bill Drew, Don and Linda Myers, Nina McDaniel, Rusty Wilson, D’Arleen Waymire, Lee Moody (our father), Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Gerald Rhoades, Harold Rismiller, Rick Jones, Delores Duncan, Ansonia Police Chief Frank Shapiro, Randy Heck, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Lowell Arnold, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, Deanna Jones, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.
Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Larry Bemis, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Jim Crotcher, Tina Kiser Deaton, Alvera Schmitz, Vicky Henderson, Julia Frey, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Bob Coppock, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Michelle Sparks Reed, Sheila 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 send our condolences to the families of Kenny Chancey, Dorothy Niley, Dick Fletcher, Duane Leis, Ralph Hartle, Bill Sparks, John C. Westfall, Violet Freeman and Arlene Shepherd.
Think about it: “The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” — Unknown