I’m here now with what I promised you….the email messages I received after announcing my retirement. By doing this I don’t mean to brag, but would like to share the special messages that I am leaving with.
Beth Turner had this to say, “Sorry we were unable to attend. Dan really wanted to try to make it. He really appreciates all the articles you have written about his heart transplant. Our entire family has appreciated your coverage of other life happenings as well as Jaxin’s Cause- A Safe Infant Sleep Advocate.”
“You know how I feel about you and your job,” remarked Darla Bowman-Miller. “Without you, our SOUL group would have not been near as successful. You were an absolute blessing to The Daily Advocate and a huge blessing in my life. Congratulations- love you!
“Sorry that I did not make it [to the open house],” said Duane Edwards. “Congratulations on your retirement. Enjoy it. Now you can do what you want when you want to. 50 years, fantastic. You have been friend for years and I want to thank you for all the great articles that you have written about all the organizations that I was or are involved in. You are going to be missed by all of Darke County. See you in Ansonia sometime. Have fun.”
Greg Hiestand “Linda, your beautiful writing style will be missed my many,” commented Greg Hiestand. “Maybe once in a while, you’ll surprise us by chiming in as a guest writer. Best wishes to you for a wonderful new chapter in your life.”
Robert Foster wrote, “You have done one hell of a job, thank you from our veterans. You always supported us when you could and when possible. Special thanks from the disabled American Veterans chapter #57 and Commander Robert A Foster.”
“Happy Retirement, Linda,” Bob and Donna Peters sent. ” What would we ever have done without you and Jamie, of course! Chalk it up as a job well done!”
“You may think it is a joke but it is far from it,” former Managing Editor wrote to me.” I remember wanting to be you in high school. I can remember seeing you for the first time. I can remember how excited I was to get to work along side of you. I’ve always looked up to you. Darke County is losing an angel but I’m always going to have my hero. I love you LindaMoo!”
Zachary Hoying penned, “Major congrats to you on the retirement. You are a staple of Darke County and I join the many others who thank you for the years of great pictures, stories and coverage of the ‘goings on’ in the area. You will certainly be sorely missed and I wish you the very best moving forward in your future endeavors.”
Paul Wood stated, “Gee, and I was there almost on the day you started. You have done a helluva job in every aspect of newspaper ingredients. Good luck and Godspeed.”
“Well my good friend Linda Moody, there comes this time in life to get off the work treadmill and smell the roses,” said Roger McEowen. “We shared many stories about our life experiences encountered in the many villages and the people who make up this great Darke County, Ohio, we call home. I remember meeting your son Jamie, and I don’t think he ever forgets people once he meets them! I enjoyed meeting your fine parents and your father was pretty good at some jokes and tall tales. Happy retirement from your good friend.”
“Congratulations Linda,” said Rick Clear. ” You made our communities a better place to live, work and play through your work! I never think of a UC Ohio council meeting without thinking of you, Betty and Ila!”
Jayna Johnson had this to say, “Thank you for everything you have done for the people of Darke County. I know how much your work and friendship meant to Mom and Dad [JoKay and Deo Miltenberger]. You have served well and deserve a retirement that is whatever you want it to be.”
“You are the bedrock of their foundation,” Rick Libert wrote.
Kami Shinn Phlipot remarked, “Linda, thank you for all that you do for our community! You truly are one of the best! You are irreplaceable! Happy retirement!”
“From one newspaper lifer to another, enjoy, you deserve it,” messaged Tony Ruble.
Mara Cox stated, “Have a good retirement. Thanks for responding to some of my husband’s and my requests or suggestions to publish something from us. Having the picture and photo of my mother-in-law’s photo and pan of morels she picked one year when she was really up in years, then the article on the Bone-headed Tourist visiting historic places in Darke County as well as the Double M Diner where he stopped to eat. You were one busy lady in your career.”
“You are leaving behind huge shoes to fill,” said Gail Bankson. “Thank you Linda for being so wonderful at your work and a reliable source for the ‘Hometown Front.’ I will miss you but you have more than earned the right to turn off the typewriter.”
Betty McCluskey Birt wrote, “Gosh, Linda, I cannot imagine not reading one of your heartfelt columns—you will be missed.”r
Patty Christian Bunger said, “Well deserved. Thank you for the countless hours you have put in to make sure the news was reported.”
Cherie Roeth penned, “You have been a wonderful reporter for Bradford community, school and public library! Enjoy your retirement!”
“Linda, congratulations on 50 years,” messaged Tom Magoto. “You beat my 42. I certainly enjoyed working with you on many different articles and events and we always had fun no matter what we were working on.”
Sharon Fourman stated, “Congratulations on your retirement!!!! You are so well-known and liked in the community!! You will be missed by many. You are Darke County’s first lady.”
Former Managing Editor Doug Drexler wrote, “Oh my. They will need to close up without you, Linda Moody. How can it be 50 years when you are only 38?”
Kelly Shane-Van De Grift had this to say, “Linda I am happy for you but sad for the rest of is in this county. I have so enjoyed working with you on some articles over the years and I certainly enjoyed your stories. I hope you can enjoy this time but I will miss you!”
Cynthia Aukerman wrote, Good luck learning to converse regularly! It’s hard to give up speaking in questions.”
Richard Gillette, another former managing editor, stated, “Congratulations Linda. You taught me a lot about journalism and life.”
And, last but surely not least, Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson: ” Congrats, Linda! I feel privileged to be able to say I got the pleasure of working with you and learning from you.”
• The Ansonia Community Garage Sales end today.
Happy birthday to:
• June 15 to Janet Parsons Helmer, Debbie Cline Lee, June Singer, Larry Yohey, April Amspaugh Billenstein, Nathaniel Joseph Roof, Pam Widener, Ryan Berry, Charlie Lynn Dickey, and Julia Yohey.
• June 16 to Greg Metzcar, Bob Klosterman, Delores Partin and Marion Price.
• June 17 to Bill Gahret, Rocky Harrison, Tish Martin, Jerrica Thwaits, Roger Moyer and Joan Gigandet.
• June 18 to Brooke Sturgell, Vi Gilbert, Ted Strait, Jennifer Knick, Joyce Walters, Chuck Davis, Marcia Nieport, Kristin Doyle, Rich Gillette, Kim Merritt, Jackie Stonebraker, Harold Marker and Ted Adkins.
• June 19 to Enrrique Hernandez, Amy Walls, Tom Butts, Jennifer Billenstein, Larry Woodbury Sam Wilker, Dawn Dohme and Allison Reed.
• June 20 to Karen McGreevey Brown, Bev Holsapple, Bob Lyme, John Studabaker, Todd Waymire, Krista Fourman, Stephanie Luedike, Becky Partin and Dara Buchy.
• June 21 to June McEowen, Troy Kammer, Cindy Hodge Mescher, MacKenzie Miller, Ron Mescher and Rita Gilroy.
Happy anniversary to: Bob and Debbie Guthrie and Rhonda and Pat Williams, all on June 15; Cyril and Deb Hiestand, Kathy and Bob Wagner, Terry and Tammy Curtis and Jim and Helen Dull, all on June 16; Jim and Sharon Buchy on June 19; and Joe and Linda Magoto, David and Ashley (Moody) Gilpin, Waldo and Helen Jenkinson and Daniel and Heidi Linebaugh, all on June 21.
Don’t forget to pray for: Tom Brumbaugh Jr., Ron Moody, Mason Osterloh, Marilyn Peterson, Irma Stewart, Ruby Fenstermaker, Keith Holton, Judy Peters, Carl Francis, Harry Moody, Gary Foureman, Kent Clark, Kyndal Wynk, Ron Kreitzer, Vickie Martin, Betty Kremer, Jeff Stump, Stacy Dorko, Charlotte Metzcar, Vicki Wilker Gibson, Evan Boggs, Rhonda Rodeheffer Rismiller, Janet Bolin, Shirley Miller, Roger Flory, Albert Duncan, Jack Good, Bill Duncan, Keith Starks, Darla Bowman Miller, Cheri Antrobus Davis, Scott Clark, Steve Schafer, Tom Hawkins, Greg Moody, Connie Apple, Jodie Glick, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Dawn Oldiges, Judy York, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston, Tracy Bailey, Shannon Peters Hall, Jack Riegle, Bruce Knick, Aiden Turner, Brody Wilson, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Al Bliss, Tim King, Gary Poor, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Alishia Clark Funk, Glenna Curry, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Shirley Mead, Kathy Magoto,
Also, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Shelly Hoffman, Lisa Hall, Tammy Shapiro, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan Bridges, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch and Bill Schuette.
And, pray for all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases, and may 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: “Successful living is a journey toward simplicity and a triumph over confusion.” — Unknown
Linda Moody is a retired staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Saturday.