Versailles News: Outer limits of happiness in new year


By now most of you know I enjoy songs with meaningful lyrics, which means the songs are usually 40 or more years old.

Well here’s one for you, “Years May Come, Years May Go” first released in 1970 by Herman’s Hermits. I’ve said the chorus for the last stanza. I hope you find it worth the read and if you would like to hear it you may type this address in your web browser:

“Let’s take a look behind and see what we can find

Last year has gone for everyone, past with time.

What happened to us then can happen once again

And what’s it now to me? History.

Heartache I don’t doubt

Life´s sure to dish us out

We´ll beat the lot and that is what

Life´s all about.

Whatever may come true

Ahead for me and you

Someday it all will be memories.

Years may come, (years may come)

Years may go, (quickly go)

Some go fast, (very fast)

Some go slow, (oh so slow)

Some are good, (very good)

Some are bad, (very sad)

For each one, (for what comes)

Just be glad, (let´s be glad)”

As we grow in wisdom, we realize we have very little control over our lives. We’ve all known people with healthy lifestyles undergo disease and we’ve known people that shouldn’t have reached age 30 much less 60. It reminds me of the narration at the beginning of a popular science fiction television series.

“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission … We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical … We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to — The Outer Limits.”

If my ramblings can bring this song and television show together it would be for us to enjoy the life we have been given and to recognize that life is a journey — it’s our Appalachian Trail hike, life is fun and scary — it’s our roller coaster ride at the amusement park, life is thrilling and exhilarating — like skydiving, mountain climbing, or cliff diving, and every day is a gamble — similar to a high stakes game in Monte Carlo. If you live the life you love you’ll love the life you live, so make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, the Village Council will its meeting at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Community Room at 4 W. Main St. This is always open to the public.

Thursday, the Versailles Vets Club holds an open to the public Bid Euchre Tournament downstairs at 7 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee.

Jan. 8, youth ministry holds their annual Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the St. Denis Church basement. At 5 p.m., the K of C Council #1756 holds its annual free-throw competition in the elementary / middle school gym. Boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are encouraged to attend. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. Proof of age is required; bring your birth certificate. Questions should be directed to Bob Dircksen at 937-638-2196.

Jan. 14, Worch Library is creating some fun with a NERF war at 2:30 p.m. You must provide your weapon and ammunition and prepare for battle within the Library.

The Goat Farmers in Yorkshire are having a benefit fish fry for the Darke County Right to Life from 5 to 8 pm. Also the Versailles Diamond Club holds its annual dinner/auction at the Versailles K of C Hall, doors open at 6 p.m. For more information or tickets, contact Tony Rose at 937-632-3132.

On Jan. 15, the Versailles K of C will hold a pork loin dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their hall on State Route 47. To reserve your dinners, contact Travis Wilker at 937-564-5241. And finally on Jan. 21, the Versailles Firefighters’ fundraising ball will be held at the Versailles K of C Hall with music by Whiskey Bizness. Tickets available at the door for $8 or purchase pre-sale ball tickets as well as raffle tickets for $5 by contacting a Versailles firefighter.

Birthday wishes to Jim Barga (90), Emma York, Angie Armstrong, Tammy Magoto, Tami Shrock, Taylor Martin, Allison Armstrong, Hoxie Belke, Carolyn Shrader, Chad Potter, Shawn Agne, Rosie Derr, Ava Garlinger, Judson Delancey, Bobby Collins, Alex Kelch, Cindy Lewis, Jan Luft, and Bill Beasley. Anniversary wishes to Rose and Mike Lawrence (28), Jan and A.J Luft (30), Kim and Bill Klipstine (34) and Cathy and Tim Graves (40).

Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Madonna McEldowney, Beverly Brown, Paul Marchal, Linda Kendinger, Mike Hileman, Ralph Gehret, Dave Fullenkamp, Steve Youngker, Tabitha Sager, Joan DeMange, Amy Poeppelman, Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Squirt Marshal, Ruth Haft, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Sally Monnin, Sondra Spangler, Mary Barga, Wilma Didier, Anabelle Subler, Jeanette Simons, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Lewis Didier, Alan Stammen, Lewis May, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Levadia Barga, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Linda Wilson, Lois Youngker, Sam Yagle, Barb Goubeaux, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Michelle Ullom, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, and all those not mentioned by name who are ill, suffering, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers…which means all of us.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Thomas Argabright (54), Dianna Helman (58), John Myers (77), Dick Mayo (80), Bernadine Miller (84), and Floyd “Bear” Pitsenbarger (85) also remembering the lives of Joseph Goubeaux, Wilma Gibboney, Francis Bulcher and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.

“Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before enjoying your life.” ~Joyce Meyer

“Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react to it.” ~Dennis P. Kimbro

“If life were easy where would all the adventures be?” ~Unknown

By Kathy Magoto

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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