Sweet and Sassy


By Linda Moody

I think I’m going to have to start cloning myself…today especially.

I have to be at two family reunions at the same time. Mom’s side of the family — the Riffells — are gathering in Greenville City Park and Dad’s side — the Moodys — are gathering at cousin Rick’s. This happened last year also, and my son, Jamie, had the chance to go to the Reds game in Cincinnati, missing both of them.

It’s always nice to get with both sides, so I guess I’ll divide my time up again this year.

Thank goodness, Tina, our editor, said she would work on obits Sunday afternoon, so I could attend these. I will put obits in as soon as I get them so she won’t have so much to do hopefully.

And, I was wanting to take a week’s vacation this month, but guess it’s going to have to be put off until August. It seems like there is so much coming up in the next few weeks that I feel I need to cover….the Darke County Junior Fair King and Queen Contest, the Annie Oakley shooting competition and the event itself and the North Star Community Picnic to name a few, plus I have to judge an upcoming competition at a local festival.

I just hope I don’t get inundated with assignments in August so that I can leave for one little bitty week’s vacation…even if I don’t do anything special. At least I can rest up a bit before that nine-day festival [shhhhhhh — the Great Darke County Fair] the third week. That’s one word [fair] that makes me shudder even though I love getting together with friends and meeting more people each year. It makes me tired just thinking about it. But, I encourage everybody to attend it. It is a blast. Maybe in retirement, I can really enjoy it, but I’m thinking that’s way down the road.

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Don’t forget:

• There will be a Quarter Auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at Rossburg Acres, 4300 Rossburg-Lightsville Road, Rossburg, created for Rossburg Fire Department. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the auction will start at 6 p.m. Cost is $2 for one paddle or $5 for three paddles. Bring your quarters and if you’re hungry, there will be a food stand. This will be held in the enclosed shelter.

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Happy birthday:

• July 15 to Steve Baker of Channel 7 fame, Troy Foster, Tonda Wentworth, Teredas Clymer Flencekstein, John Middleton (72), John Baker, Elaine Amspaugh, Carla Smith Bubp, Dennis Leeper, Roger McEldowney, Dan Esser (55) and Paul Klingshirn (55).

• July 16 to Mike Hammontree, Zachary Bartram (9), Christine Delaney and Stella Guthrie (65).

• July 17 to Austin James, Tonia Mendenhall Poth, Janie Pepple Hammelrath, Brad Hiestand, Pam Hartzell, Missy Schmitz (50), Kyle Jordan and Mike Osterloh.

• July 18 to Dan Studabker, Chloe McCabe, Naomi Hathaway (11), Tonya Keller and Rod Anthony.

• July 19 to Jennifer Peck, Judy Pierron Barga, Patty DeMange, Edna Striegel, Deloris Lawrence, Tonya Keller and Randy Heck.

• July 20 to David Miller, Vanessa Paris, Brittany MacNutt Androne and Tim Ullery (50).

• July 21 to Mark Hartrum, Ryan Widener, Dee Wampler Schmidt, Brian Petitjean, Jenna Stocker, Janice Farmer, Renee Stewart, Justin Hines, Travis Burk, Sara Cromwell, Bob Peters and Scott Zumbrink.

Happy anniversary to: Elmer and Karen Long on July 15; and Gary and Susie Francis on July 21.

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Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Mel Grile, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, Kenny Dunevant, J. C. and D’Arleen Waymire, Deanna Jones, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Joanne Sharp, Larry Bemis, Jennifer Yoder, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Jim Moody, 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, Joan Toomey, Lee Moody, Greg Moody, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Faye Schlecty, Michelle Sparks Reed, Bill Beasley, Candy Riegle, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Allan Addington, 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 as well as all of our military people serving and protecting this nation.

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Think about it: “I am strong because I have been weak. I am fearless because I have been afraid. I am wise, because I have been foolish.” — Unknown author