When I was in high school, I did not attend the junior-senior the two proms. I just was not interested.
Now today, as I age “seasonably,” I’ve attended more proms that I ever expected, most of which I covered for my job.
Had a blast, I did! It was fun at each and everyone of them.
The first one this year was the fifth annual spring formal for special needs adults in Darke County and surrounding community. The theme was “An Evening of Stars,” very appropriate for the event. Everyone who attended the prom were “stars,” as they glittered and sparkled throughout the evening in the cafetorium of Versailles Local Schools. The theme for the evening was “‘50s/’60s Cruise In.”
The next event was on a recent Sunday evening at the Palestine Church of Christ for the 11th year in a row. Spittin’ Image entertained and, once again, everyone appeared to be having a good time at this now invitation-only event.
The next afternoon, I decided to cover the prom at the Treaty City Seniors prom at the Eagles Lodge in Greenville. Tom Everhart, as always, provided the entertainment, Lynn Newbauer organized it with the help of Tina McClanahan of Brookdale Greenville, whose staff at Clare Bridge provided refreshments.
Then, the day after that, the Greenville High School hosted Senior Citizens Day luncheon at Greenville High School for close to 185 people. The event was co-sponsored by Greenville High School Student Council/Varsity G and Brookdale®Greenville, under the coordination of Carol Paul.
I bet I saw at least a dozen people at each of those three events that weekend. I know it’s Senior Citizens Month, so I’m guessing that’s why all the focus on these older Americans, including myself, during this time.
I’m glad that I got to go the prom even though it’s nearly 50 years too late.
The only thing that put a damper on that weekend is that Deanna Jones passed several days later. She and her special friend and caregiver, Steve Hetzler, were at the Palestine prom, helping with the food and other tasks that it takes to put it on.
Deanna is the daughter of Kay (and Rick) Jones of Ansonia. Kay is the one whose idea it was to begin a prom at the Palestine church. Condolences go out to the Joneses from my son, Jamie, and me.
• The Treaty City Seniors Dances 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.
•The Ansonia Community Garage Sales will be June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To have a sale listed on the map, a $3 fee is required. The registration fee can be mailed to Betty Burnfield, P.O. Box 758, Ansonia, OH 45303 or may be dropped in the Water Department drop box, but they must be in an envelope marked Community Garage Sale. You may list three items only. Deadline to have your sale listed is May 27. Maps will be available at most area business and city building by June 8.
• May 18 to Kathy Hamilton, Dixie Marker, Corinna Alexander, Mike Hartsock, Chris Matthew, Kendra Earick, Bonnie Studabaker Scheidel, Zac Brown, Tori Wickham and Travis Shinn.
• May 19 to Debbie Knight, Alan Rismiller, Karen Lawrence, Katie Crandall, Mike McCord, Mason Hiestand, Gary Young of Wayne Lakes and Daniel Soward.
• May 20 to Donna Pauline Riffell Elleman, Randy Taylor, Alice Barton, Mary Moyers, Loretta Jones (Annie Oakley impersonator),Mike Bryant, Mary Schrader, Eileen Riegel, Dean Easterling, Tracey Richardson, Lydia Snyder, Scott Ward, Libby Price, J.J. Hall and Danny Gibbs.
• May 21 to Cheryl Dunevant Edwards, Debby Booker Sodders, Gaylen Blosser, Bill Gibbons, Leanna Whittington, Alice Knick, Roberta Harden, Matilda Lore, Kasity Gregg, Matthew Lewis and Rachel Mendenhall.
• May 22 to Gordon Knick and Blaze Anderson.
• May 23 to Tonya Hartrum Hines.
• May 24 to Jean Eastridge and Carla Cothran.
Happy belated birthday to:
Happy anniversary to Harold and Eileen McKnight and Kris and Michelle Dickey, all on May 19; Jeff and Kim Peters on May 20; and Dick and Sharon Mayo, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Grimes, Chris and Mel Stikeleather and Carol and Gary Hemmerich, all on May 24.
Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Dick Michael, Shannon Peters Hall, Tom Hawkins, Phyllis Gibbons, Rosemary Wetzel, Greg Whittington, George Fanning, Kenny Borger, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Judy York, Treva Hamilton, Sue Miller, Gary Reier, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Dave Sloan, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Maxine Weimer, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Tim Ridenour, Shelly Hoffman, Keith Howard, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Dick Neff, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Jim Marker, Terry Longfellow, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Lee and Bea Moody (our parents), Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Rick Jones, Delores Duncan, Frank Shapiro, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Lowell Arnold, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.
Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Jim Crotcher, Tina Kiser Deaton, Alvera Schmitz, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, 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, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, 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, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.
Think about it: “Summer is when the four-color pictures in the seed catalogs turn into four-hour backaches in the garden.” — Unknown