Greetings from Florence on this hot July day.
The Florence town meeting will be tonight (Thursday, July 12th) at 6 p.m. at the Florence Regional Sewage Plant. All interested people are urged to attend.
Hope everyone had a good 4th and good parties. We really thank Warsaw, Kentucky again this year for a wonderful fireworks display Tuesday night. We had a good get together and food, food, food at the old Florence-Warsaw ferry landing on the Indiana side. Dale and Danilee Thompson, Roy and Bonnie Duckworth, Charles and Alberta Pickett, Casey, Sheila, Tiffany, Lacy and Lily Ringer, Judy, lean and Lori Looser, Mike Johnson, Mark Scott, Rhonda Fifield, Glenda Sullivan, Michelle, Kiersten and Kaden McClure and Amy Maddox all enjoyed the party. Mary Sides and Charlene Goff crashed the party for a short visit. The highway was lined with people to see the fireworks. Everyone had a good time.
Wednesday night we enjoyed Belterra’s great fireworks display from Patty Chase’s back yard with another party and more food. Johnny Dale and Kim Lock, Verle and Genevieve Truitt, Bonnie and Roy Duckworth, Charles and Alberta Pickett, Dale Thompson, Casey, Sheila, Tiffany, Lacy and Lily Rininger, Leona Adams, Brian, Jackie and Brooklyn James, Missy and little Luke James. All had a good time. Thanks, Belterra.
Loretta Westrick’s son, David Westrick came in from Dallas, Texas to spend the 4th with her and other family and friends. Patty Chase and Glenda Sullivan met them in Carrollton Tuesday and had a good visit and lunch at the “Down On Main” restaurant.
Glenda and Patty took Alberta Pickett to a doctor’s appointment at Dearborn County Hospital last Monday. While waiting in the waiting room they had a nice visit with Noel and Eileen Houze. They said to say Hi to everyone. Also visited with Darrell Hansel as he was leaving.
Then Shannon, Savannah and Kaleb Vinson came with Kaleb on crutches. He had a bad lawnmower injury to his foot. Get well prayers for you, Kaleb. Donna Jean Payne was also there visiting someone. Good to see her. We went on to Frisch’s and ran into David Peelman and his mom Pat Brandon. He said his birthday is the 13th. Also visited with Bob and Mary Florence Koons and with Jessica Mullins and her husband. We had a good day.
Barbara Baldwin Castleman who is spending the summer at her home in Indianapolis spent Friday with Janet Brown. They enjoyed lunch at Belterra. Barbara will return to her Florida home in September. Barbara and Janet have been good friends for over 60 years.
The Wiley reunion was held at Butler Park a couple of weeks ago. Attending were Gene and Alice Heath, Jerry Webb, Janet Brown, Linda Brown, Charles and Alberta Pickett, Roger and Andy Wiley and Geneva, Snookie and Dottie Wiley, Allen and Eleanor Aldred, Vic and Roseann Spaulding, Kevin Wiley, Casey, Sheila, Frank and Tiffany Rininger and Lacy and Lily Rininger, Brian and Christina Rininger and sons, John, Kim and Kayla Thomas, Kenneth and Stacy Truesdell and Kenneth, Jr., Marcus Truesdell and sons, Geneva Wainscott and sister Etta, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Roberts and granddaughters, Jo Wiley and Steven and Anna Fields. They had a wonderful time and really good food. They plan to meet again next year, same place, and same Sunday.
Faye Lewis’ company was Martha McKee, Audrey Marsh, Nora Gross, Evelyn Smith, Don Allen, Mary Archer, Ron and Jean Sandidge, Mark Scott, Mike and Joann Sawalich, Judy Amos, and Glenda Sullivan.
Karen Miller, Denny and Diana Brown, Kevin Scudder, Betty Hargrove, Randy, Lorraine and Ryan Brown and Cheryl Messmore all visited Margaret Lee Weidmann. Kay O’Neal was also there and ran errands for her. Ruth Ann Lorch came with good zucchini bread and Gail Ann Clements came with more goodies. She says thanks.
The Stutzman reunion was held Saturday at David Stutzman’s home in Brookville where everyone took advantage of his big in-ground swimming pool and the air conditioned rooms. About 60 attended with five generations being represented. Everyone had a great time and of course great food. I’ll try to get all their names for next week.
Here’s some late news I missed a couple of weeks ago. Leona Adams, Susan Long, Margaret Baker, Lois Stutzman, and Vickie Meyer took their Aunt Ginny out for her 88th birthday. They had dinner in Erlanger, Kentucky. Aunt Ginny did live in Arizona and has moved to Villa Hills, Kentucky.
Ryan Hunt spent some time with Burnie and Gladys Hunt. Burnie and Gladys visited Gene, Marie, Kelsey and Jacob Hunt for Father’s Day in Madison.
Sympathy goes out to the Leo “Ike” Chase family. Ike was raised in the Florence area before moving to Vevay a few years ago. She was a great lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Also to the Steven Fitzgerald family and the Wayne Stogsdill family. They were fine men and will be missed.
The family of Elizabeth Cole gathered at Switzer Square June 29th to celebrate June birthdays.
The guests of honor were Treyton Gray and Barbara June (Cole) Rice whose birthdays were June 28th, and June 29th, respectively.
The food was arranged by Reta Gray and Pat Slack. In addition Pat provided a homemade birthday cake decorated for Trey and June.
The food, picture taking and visiting was enjoyed by all.
Those attending the celebration included Elizabeth Cole, Trey’s immediate family Tammy, Tracy, Taylor and Tanner Gray; Bob and June Rice from Biggs, California, Reta and Evon Gray, Pat and Bob Slack and granddaughter Elizabeth Nibarger, Jeff and Carrie Gray, Noel Gray and special person Bridgett Washnock.
In addition to the birthday celebration, Tracy, Tammy, Tanner, Taylor, Trey Gray, Noel and Bridgett had many interesting stories about their recent trip to Jamaica.
For those that use Facebook photos are posted. April, Jeremy, Kaiden and Kenely Konkle also enjoyed the trip to Jamaica. June and Bob had planned to join them in Jamaica but had to cancel due to a knee injury. June was to have knee surgery on July 9th.
The family’s next big birthday celebration will be held in October when Libby Cole will turn 95 years young