Reflecting on ’17, looking forward to ’18

We’re already into a week of 2018, and the time has given me an opportunity to reflect on my life.

The highlight of 2017 for me, of course, was my retirement after working 50 years at one business. The years went by so fast but I did it and am proud I did it, no matter what anybody says. It was time for a change.

I want to thank the friends who stood by me and for being a big part of my life in 2017 and the 50 years previous. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands (I can dream), of you who have crossed paths with me in this destiny called life, and I’m very appreciative.

I still enjoy people coming up to me and reminding me of something I did in my journalism career for them and their families. There is no way I can remember all of them but I know most of them.

A post I read before last year ended and shared on Facebook went like this: “I’m ending this year with forgiveness in my heart but enough sense to know who to never trust again.”

With that, I am going to try and get rid of the fake people, doubts, grudges, bad habits and anything else toxic to make for a better future for me as well as my son, Jamie. He’s my rock.

So, with this, I hope each and every one of you have a blessed new year. God bless friends and family!


Happy birthday:

Jan. 10 to Nikki Fasnacht Nealeigh, Ginny Reese, Jeff Albritton, Karen Nealeigh, Steve Bailey, Elaine Rismiller, Carol Hawkins, Betty Neal, Shelly Miller, Ted Loxley, Marcia Welch Shiffler and Norb Schlechty.

Jan. 11 to Kendra Brewer, Craig Scanlon, Emily Moody, Alee Gates, Jacob Buchy, Riley Jade Brown, Kurt Schlechty, Bryant Fox (20), and Chris Thomas Eby.

Jan. 12 to Kelly King Didier, Kasey Byrd Widener, Tim Bertke, Jean Young, Tim Cook, Valerie Kuntzman and Dave Webb.

Jan. 13 to Susan Leis Butts, June Miller, Betsy Nisonger and Tricia Oliver Leichty.

Jan. 14 to Brad Shafer, Kaleigh Stockton, Christy Turner Smith, Sammy Holsapple, Linda St. Myers, Aaron Sebring,  Peggy Pretzman and Joy Roseberry.

Jan. 15 to Betty McMiller, Jane Faller Hole and Tyler Neal.

Jan. 16 to Jeanette Ida Noggle, Jim Grant, Kody Ketring, Marilyn Weider, Dorthy Sanders, Jeff Byram, Helen Witt, Nancy Linebaugh, Tisha Hodson, Brian Jones and Nancy Linebaugh.

Jan. 17 to Larry LeMaster, Jennifer Teegarden, Kevin Riffell (50), Tyler Hiestand, Wanda Eley Burke, Anita Brown Unrast, Kenton Moore, Twila Carter, Lois Drew and Ruth Rogers.

Jan. 18 to Ralph Byrd, Tom Moody (65), Tonya Francis Fennig, Josh Swisher, Theora Rismiller (93) and Jeff Wappelhorst.

Jan. 19 to Crystal Mead and Deb Crist.

Jan. 20 to Judie Hathaway, Josh Riffell, Karen Smith Fiste, Taylor Hammaker, Dale Beam, Kelsey Walker, Ellen Hetzler, Alex Hetzler, David Kress and Bud House.

Jan. 21 to Connie Hodson, Junior Bryant, Tina Lyme, Cindy Shuttleworth, Denise Huff and Jennifer Brown Trittschuh.

Jan. 22 to Ryan Francis, Jim Holland (70), Greg Moody, Tammy Hodson Mendenhall, Linda Miller Budde, Shawn Trissel, Leon Rogers, Diane Delaplane and Mindy Saylor.

Jan. 23 to Diana Sleppy (70), Carrie “Missie” Hall Guillozet, Richard Ray, Mark Heggie, Dixie  Whittaker and Carl Bricker.

Happy belated birthday to Tim Price on Jan. 1.

Happy anniversary to: Rob and Karen Bailey on Jan. 10; Zane and Connie Keller on Jan. 12; Treva and Bob Hamilton on Jan. 14; David and Peggy Pretzman on Jan. 20; and Sandra (Riffell) and Dean Easterling on Jan. 23.


Please pray for these people: Tom Brumbaugh, Dick Shuttleworth, Kent Clark, Crew Neaves, Jackson Stout, Shannon Peters Hall, Alayna Marie Brantley, Sherri Gibbons Feitshans, Ann Westerling Bailey, Irma Parton Stewart, Jim Kammer, Ralph Beam, Lincoln Enis, Chuck Davis, Dawn Oldiges, Don Booker, Richard Yount, Tracy Pratt, Kara Pratt Harter, Brenda “Bill” Riffell, Shari Widener, Larry Francis, Jim Marker, Ron Moody, Mike Grillot, Cliff McCoy, Gary Reier, Roger McEowen, Pastor Joe Soley, Mason Osterloh, Marilyn Peterson, Irma Stewart, John “Jack” Henry and wife Marsha, Kyndal Wynk, Ron Kreitzer, Stacy Dorko, Charlotte Metzcar, Kevin Metzcar, Bill Duncan, Keith Starks, Scott Clark, Steve Schafer, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston,  Glenna Curry, Jack Riegle, Al Bliss, Layna Best, Phyllis and Tom Gibbons, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Shelly Hoffman, David Magoto, Pappy Harshman, Bob Hiestand Jr., Tina Kiser Deaton, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Lois Hittle, Kevin Hemmerich, Samantha Smith, Tim Heck and Ron Kramer as well as for all who are serving and defending our country, whether it be current soldiers, veterans or first responders.


Jamie and I send our condolences to the families of Gertie VanDePitte, Linda Riegle Zumbrun, Fred Fellers, Charlene McGriff, Dick Canan, Barry Kimmel, Jill Overbay, Dennis Brehm, Chrissy Kinnison, Edna Eberst, Harold Olwine and Cecil Warrell.


Think about it: “Silence is golden. The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but to be able to hold your tongue in one language is priceless.” — Unknown

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