April 25, 2014

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Brown's Beacon Beat 4/24/14
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:08 PM

Okay, so I know it sounds cliche... But there are moments that change your life forever. I had two of those moments last week.

As Martha mentioned briefly in last week’s paper, Laura had our daughter on April 11. Adeline Elane was eight pounds, eight ounces and 19 inches long.

Laura had to have an emergency C-Section, but we were both able to see the baby when they pulled her out. It’s hard to explain the emotions, although any parents reading this know. It’s somewhere between disbelief, amazement, happiness, anxiety, joy, etc.

I felt this overwhelming urge to cry when I first saw her, but the emotions were such a whirlwind that the urge went away as soon as it came. [I’m not a robot though... a couple of tears did wet the corners of my eyes.] Judging by the look on Laura’s face, I think the same whirlwind overtook her as well.

The next moment that changed my life was much less joyful. I won’t go into it, but Laura had complications afterwards. I don’t even know if they were life-threatening. Medical professionals tend to be pretty vague about how dangerous the situation is unless they know for sure you’re on the cusp.

I don’t want to know how dangerous it was in truth. I just know that I am now scarred for life. The first night, I stayed up and just watched Laura sleep. Let me tell you, a night goes by very slow when you’re in such a situation. Maybe I’m overreacting. Let’s hope I am. 

Switzer News 4/24/14
Written by Judy Reynolds   
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:06 PM

Spring has finally made it here.  I hope that everyone had a very Happy Easter.

Ohio's Appalachian Country held its quarterly meeting April 9 at Theo's Restaurant in Cambridge.  Marjorie Baumberger, board member representing the Central Region, was in attendance at both the morning board meeting and the general membership luncheon meeting.  Following the general membership meeting, the group toured the Hopalong Cassidy Museum where they were provided brochures for the 24th Hopalong Cassidy Festival, May 2 and 3 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center Cambridge.

Gene and Penny Turner of Hershey, PA, were in visiting with Ila Turner, family and friends. Then Gene, Penny and Jim Turner took cattle to the West Virginia Polled Hereford Show and Sale at Jackson Mills Resort in Weston, WV.  During the show Jim showed a bull and received Grand Champion Bull.

Vickie Datkuliak and sons Adam and Peter of Fayetteville, N.C. were at her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Llama from Massillon, OH, where they went to a friend’s wedding. Then they visited with Ron, Karen and Levi Datkuliak, family and friends.  While here, they had an early Easter dinner with Elmer and Elvira Datkuliak and Reuben, Amy and Carma Datkuliak joining them.

My Train of Thoughts 4/24/14
Written by Verylnn   
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:43 PM

Here it is, a few moments before press time and I’m finally getting around to my letter to you guys. I can do this and sometimes it seems as though the more ahead I get, the further I slip and lose ground. Maybe it’s because I don’t write standing up. I can’t think any better than when I’m sitting at the kitchen table and sneaking sips of Red Rose as I go. Whatever.

The laundry, dishes and bed making are under control and in a little while I’ll be off my seat, on my feet and peddling towards the county seat.

Tomorrow we hope to attend the Captina Auction and maybe I’ll be successful or maybe the whole day will prove to be a bummer. We’ll see folks we haven’t seen since this time last year and form some friendships as we go about the day.

It seems as though a new need, or supposed need, springs up everyday. I’m aware that other countries suffer from needs and the residents of these countries are seemingly helpless to solve their problems. However, our own country is in a state of panic from all sorts of hardships and lack of funds to remedy their situations. I don’t know about you, but I pinch and wear my “frugal” armor every time I do our grocery, drugstore, car care, and small treats list, not to mention doing without a lot of items that I decide we’d better just grin and bear it.

Thoughts From the Bumpy Road 4/24/14
Written by Teresa Cook   
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:42 PM

Hey, another day of sunshine. Yeah.  What was the old saying, “If it rains on Easter there will be rain every Sunday for 11 weeks.”  Sounds like a good forecast to me.

Last year on a quiet February Saturday morning when I was trying to sleep in, I was awakened to a nasty thumping sound coming from my bathroom.  It was 7:00 and beginning to get light out, so I got out of bed to investigate.  Sitting on a branch of the tree outside my bathroom window was Ohio’s state bird; a very handsome bright red cardinal.  He would jump off the branch, fly up to the top of the window and try to fly into my bathroom through the window.  (It was not a particularly clean window.)  This continued for nearly an hour even though I made lots of noise trying to scare the bird away.  I was really hoping he would get a headache and fly off to the woods.

Sunday morning, I decided to get my cat involved in the attempt to scare off the stupid bird.  So I put Boots on the window ledge.  As you know, from your knowledge of cartoon characters Sylvester and Tweety Bird, were not the best of friends.   Boots jumped at the bird a few times but realizing he was not coming in to play, she chose to just sit and watch the show.

This was one determined bird.  Every single morning before I left for work he was out there thumping against my window trying to get through.  As the daylight got earlier each morning, as it does in the spring, so did the thumping of my bird against my bathroom window.  Boots thought it was pretty strange, so she continued to wait to see if the bird would make it into the room.  Some mornings, Boots was on the window ledge before the bird started thumping his head.

Of course, I had to talk to my father about my bird problem.  Dad wasn’t really feeling his best by this time, but he listened to my story and laughed.  “Terry, do you know why they call cardinals red birds?” asked my father.  “No, Dad.  Why do they call them redbirds?”  Pause. “Because they have red feathers, Terry.” Well duh!  Dad never lost his sense of humor and he was always one step ahead of us.  This still makes me laugh.

Rinard Mills 4/17/14
Written by Norma Jean Antill   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:13 AM

“In Your Easter Bonnet”, love that song; “Easter Parade”. Now for spring flowers as we have had March winds, April showers - so for May flowers!

Two fellows from Rinard Mills area decided to visit Marietta Memorial Hospital on April 2. On the road to recovery are Foster Whitacre and L. Dale Antill.

Emily Paulus of DE visited some days with her mother Wilma Whitacre.

Jeremy and Brian Norsen of Ravenna visited grandpa Charles Scott.

Golfing in March at Pinehurst, NC. Mark Yontz and Franklin Dale Antill enjoyed a few golfing days. Huge pine cones were the souvenir for NJ.

How romantic, an elopement across the state line. Congrats on 60th wedding anniversary April 19 to Foster and Wilma Anderson Whitacre.