Sometimes now I take son Jamie with me on assignments. When he was younger, I couldn’t do that, but now I sometimes ask him to come along if I think he would enjoy it.
That happened Wednesday night at the preliminaries for the Miss Annie Oakley shooting competition. I helped keep score with Bill Gunckle and Jamie sat on the bleachers behind us. All 11 girls were great shooters and it lasted longer than it usually does on the first night of competition.
In fact, they shot from 100 feet back from the target before stopping for the evening. Only five of the girls were eliminated by then with six remaining to go on to the finals on Thursday night.
On the way home, he said, “That was the preliminaries? That seemed more like the main event than the preliminaries. Those girls were incredible. Those girls who were eliminated early have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Some of the things he comes up with…I’d like to say he got it from me, but I don’t think so. I just think he’s watching too much wrestling, soap operas and ballgames on TV.
Last Monday night, I was asked to take pictures for the Ansonia American Legion at its joint meeting with the Sons and the auxiliary. I was unable to do it, and informed them they could take photos and submit them. We’d be glad to publish them.
Jamie did attend that meeting and ended up taking the photos to my surprise.
Jim Kammer apparently handed Jamie his camera and my son took the photos. I hope they turn out okay.
Taking pictures is no problem for that boy. He does it all of the time. In fact, he has photos and more photos, with some yet to be processed. I’d say he takes as many photos as I do. Some are good and some not so good, because of lighting issues mostly. They’re in focus but those instant cameras he uses are probably not powerful enough in some situations.
Nonetheless, Jim Kammer wanted me to publicly thank Jamie “for a job well done” for the American Legion. So, here you go, son. Kudos to you. I’m proud of you. You are truly loved.
• 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.
• July 29 to Ruth Ann Riffell, Jeremie Hittle, Mark Bixler, Martha Everman, Ron Clack, Kay Pequignot-Davis and Brad Shook.
• July 30 to Arnold Norton, Father John White, Dennis Riffle, John Scott Burkett, Toby Winner, Linda Birt Shafer,
• July 31 to Sue Coppock Rainey, Dee Howell and Lindsey Foster.
• Aug. 1 to Jeff Riffell, Richard Walls Jr., Ron and Rick Bickel, Sharon and Karon Strait, Dave Fitzgerald, Terry Longfellow (65) and Jim Rinderle.
• Aug. 2 to Kathy Rearick Hiestand, Janice Mills, Marge Kell, Zane Keller, Gloria Hodge, Tina Jo Fourman, Melinda Bryson (45), Adam Cothran, Denney Heck, Mike Williams of The Winery, Mitch Eiting and April Staver.
• Aug. 3 to David Bryant, Nicole Arnett-Rice, Sharon Miller, Scott Walters, Ethan Mann (13), John Grilliot, Carol Nelson and Joyce Wendell.
• Aug. 4 to Jerry Barga, Patty Fellers, Mark Shiverdecker, Adrien Lore, Parker Bailey, Janell Randall, twins Jerry Batten and Larry Batten, Norma Ellison Highley and Cody Thwaits.
• Aug. 5 to Todd Brumbaugh, Doug Minnich, Ralph Mayo Jr., Adam Klipstine, Marilyn McEldowney and Tara George.
Happy belated birthday to Danny Foster (50) on July 23.
Happy anniversary to: George and Ruby Edger (68) and Jake and Alyssa DeMange, all on July 27; Clarence and Norma Kammer and Sandy and Dan Garber, all on July 28; Lynn and Tim Blakeley and Beverly and Jim Marker (55), all on July 29; Lyn and Al Bliss on July 31; Holly and Harold Riffell and John and Lori Linebaugh, all on Aug. 1; Greg and Becky Harshman and Jodi and Scott Deaton, all on Aug. 2; and Duane and Kelly Sanning on Aug. 4.
Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Scarlett and Gracyn Blackburn, Ralph Mayo Jr., Mel Grile, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, Kenny Dunevant, Joe Whittington, J. C. and D’Arleen Waymire, Deanna Jones, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, John Klipstine, Joanne Sharp, Larry Bemis, Jennifer Yoder, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, 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.
Son Jamie and I express our sincere condolences to the families of: Gayla Metzcar, Wally Bartram and Bob Buchy.
Think about it: “To succeed in life, you need three things: A backbone, a wishbone and a funny bone. “ — Reba McEntire
Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Sunday. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.