Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, July 17 newspaper on Page A3.

Happy retirement to Dr. Doug Jones, who has served us for 35 years!

Happy retirement to Jane down at Lakeview Grocery and Sporting Goods. The store is closed.

Get well wishes to Nancy Baisden, who had minor surgery.

My brother Jake and wife Nikki just moved into another house. Some windows had window blinds and they left them on there. He had a picture of one of his sons who climbed up on some toys and wrapped the cord around his neck and then fell! His neck looked horrible! Lucky he didn’t hang himself! Blinds and chest of drawers are the most unsafe items in a child’s room, especially if the TV is on top the chest of drawers. These should be attached to the wall.

I talked to Roger and Jerry Boggess recently. Roger said wife Janet is in Piqua Manor Nursing Facility for therapy right now.

I was saddened to learn of the death of JHS Class of 1967 grad Wayne Harbarger, who passed away in Sacramento, California.

Byron Hutchinson stopped by to say he enjoyed the story in last week's column about Donald Long of Blackfork act of heroism. He brought a book by R.D. Null called "Bits and Pieces of Blackfork." I really enjoyed the pictures in it.

Thoughts to ponder — the most precious jewels you will ever have around your neck are the arms of your grand children!

Another thought — grieving is like having broken ribs. On the outside you look fine, but every breath you take hurts.

Another thought — one cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.

And one more — the media is blaming earth quakes on climate change-Everyone knows it is our founding fathers rolling in their graves.

Happy birthday on Aug. 12 to Eric Davis, Christy Hooten, Joyce Scott, Debbie Ramey, William Tolbert, Jordan Jayjohn (22) Chuck Ingalls, Sue Ervin, Sally McNamara, Jamie Kee, and Alexis Perry (10), and happy anniversary to classmate Mike and Christy Alexander and Greg and Debbie Moore; on Aug. 13 is brother-in-law Roger Spears, Taylor Jenkins, Barbara Frisby, Crystal Sexton, Sandy Blessing, Dr. Brian Morris, and Julia Chapman, and happy 42nd anniversary to Ron and Margaret Winters; on Aug. 14 is Bill Shelton, Terri Keeton, Barb Hubbard, Warner Hildebrandt. Matthew Moore, Syndie Kilgour, Jane Kidd, Mike Costilow, classmate Mike Shaw, Dianne Moore, Buzz Stephenson, and Anna Jane Radcliff Vaughn is 94, and happy anniversary to Chad and Crystal Eisnaugle, Jeremy and Hilary Johnson (15), Buzz and Tammy Stephenson (28), and Tom and Sharon McWilliams (37); on Aug. 15 is Art Brown, Charlie Johnson Michael Wildman, Scott Moore, Bob Williams, Ashley Tripp (19), and Kasey Riley; on the 16th is Patty Davis, Alex Moore, Noah Taylor, Classmates Nancy Henry Zimmerman and Carol Lockard Rupert, and Hendrix Costilow, and happy 61st anniversary to Jim and Janet Brown, John and Jenny Moore, and classmate Carroll and Linda Dalton 45 years; on Aug. 17 is Linda Cahoon, Toni Miller, Emily Boggs, Kell Smith, Vincent Bowling, Chad Tilley, Buster Hall, Luke Scott, Lori Mantz, Shelly Webb, and Jan Thomas, and happy anniversary to David and Lorraine Coburn, Kevin and Amy Baker (23), and Mack and Laura Thompson (19).

Thanks for being a reader. Call me with your news at 740-286-5014, e-mail, or stop by the Maytag Store at 259 E. Main St. in Jackson.; @sydneydawes_95

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