Reporter snoozes, loses out on Halloween fun

Jim Short surprised Tom Everhart by dressing up like him for a Halloween contest at the Eagles Lodge. Also shown is Short’s girlfriend dressed as Little Bo Peep. (Photo by Dan Stockton)

I’m not much of a dress-up person for Halloween (or anytime), but I do enjoy seeing what people come up with for masquerade parties and contests.

And, I guess I really missed a big one and good time when the senior citizens dance at the Eagles Lodge in Greenville was held one recent Monday afternoon.

Several weeks ago, Tom Everhart, deejay for the weekly dance, told me about the Halloween dance and what his plans were. He was going to have someone sit at the deejay station pretending to be him and he was going to come out in a closed coffin.

“It turned out really good,” Tom said. “I had Badger dressed up as the deejay. I was doing all the talking while inside the coffin. Someone there had a witch on a stick with her eyes lit up and I took that in the coffin with me. When the coffin appeared, I opened the lid, pushed the witch up first and then I sat up.”

Apparently, there were a lot of gasps when that happened.

Tom said he did not dress up that day, but noted that someone else dressed as him.

“Jim Short was cool. He wore a white mop on his head and had a mustache like mine. He did it on his own to make fun of me. I didn’t know anything about it. He even had on an Everhart shirt he made. And, his girlfriend was dressed up a Little Po Beep.”

Winners that day were Hope Simmons of Covington, who was dressed like a 7-foot-tall Mickey Mouse after she heard about the party on the radio. Second place went to Bill Drew, dressed up as an old bearded lady wearing pink high heel shoes; while third went to Lindy Monnin and Betty of Russia as a conquistador and a woman wearing a fancy dress with a fan, respectively; and fourth went to Vickie Harter, dressed as a witch.

There were 44 people in attendance, including the usual group from Person Centered Services, and most were dressed up for the occasion.

“I took a picture of the ones from Person Centered Services and put it in a frame,” Tom said.

I felt really bad that I was unable to attend the party, but a family member needed a ride to Celina (before the tornado) that afternoon, and I told her I could take her as her car was in the repair shop. I called Tom right away after I remembered that it would conflict with the party and explained my predicament and we made arrangements that he would send me photos and I could interview him over the phone for a story. That worked.

“I didn’t do anything the next day,” Tom said. “I worked my butt off that day. We had more food than we could possibly eat.”

Facebook also allowed me to see many costumes people were wearing this Halloween, such as Mary Riffle, Andrew’s mother from the Whistle Stop in Ansonia, dressed as, you guessed it, the Queen of Hearts, and Ryan Berry, editor of the Early Bird, who made a pretty good looking woman at whatever party he was attending. How creative! Wish I could be that.

Tom did tell me that the Nov. 20 senior citizen dance will feature a karaoke contest with prizes going to the top four winning singers. Hopefully, I can make it to that one. Son Jamie has been missing karaoke and…just maybe. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Greenville Eagles Lodge.

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Happy birthday:

Nov. 13 to John Sheets (80).

Nov. 16 to Rowena Stump, Caron Stoltz and Chelsea Thwaits.

Nov. 17 to Steve Mills, twins Caleb and Jacob Custer,

Nov. 18 to Deb Pohl, Kara Harter and Mendi Burns.

Nov. 19 to Goethe and Patty Rodeheffer, Steve Huntwork, Jerry Neal, Shirley Marker, Shawna Meadows, Denny Barga, Grace Widener and Pam Idle.

Nov. 20 to Nina Barga, Dave Shellhaas, Jake DeMange, Dave Westfall, Kenny Edwards, Sondra Armstrong and Steve Mehaffie.

Nov. 21 to Jacob Erwin, Tracy Leeper Wendel, Dalton Burk, Phyllis Bennett and Ed Huffman.

Nov. 22 to Sheri Gibbons Feitshans, Wanda Brewer, John Guttadore, Paul Mueller and Brandon Liette.

Nov. 23 to Dennis Soward, Margie Niekamp and Jodi Edger.

Nov. 24 to Brenda Norton (60), Kathy Allread Weaver, Joy Thompson, Trella Bole, Art Price, Michael Elleman (50), Carol Labig, Jennifer Hollinger, Riley Miller, Madison Hathaway, Onneke Kelly Edwards and Janet Kammer.

Nov. 25 to Karen Burkett and Dustin Schmidt.

Nov. 26 to Zhwanda Riffell, Bill Edwards, Sandy Holsapple Bohman, Brad Freeman, Susan Hines Robinson and Leota North.

Nov. 27 to Mindy Ward, Linda Aberle, Kara Neff Didier, Ronda Helmer Baker, Harvey Hinshaw, Michael Appleman II, Becky Clifton, Susan Castle and Rick Clear.

Nov. 28 to Dan Schipfer, Joyce Baker, Jadilyn Snyder and Lara Brunner.

Nov. 29 to Dave Brewer, Tim Harless, Jeff Shook, Jeff Lawson, Natalie Pepple and Phil Stutz.

Nov. 30 to Darcel Geus Brown, Beth Oswalt Cain, Bill Klipstine, Janese Riegle Spencer, Linda Lore, Dewey Ward, Mindy Steed, Joann Emrick, Caleb Thwaits, Kathy Wilker and Tess Osborne.

Happy anniversary to: Jim and Robin Hesson (20), Dane and Linda Leeper and Jack and Jodi Smith, all on Nov. 20; Randy and Beverly Garrison and Paul and Elaine Mueller, all on Nov. 23; Sue and Wayne Detling on Nov. 24; Ed and Kay Curry on Nov. 27; Hope and Steve Gates on Nov. 29; Ray and Carolyn Dickey on Nov. 27; Judy and Terry Pepple and Miriam and Ron Poling, all on Nov. 29; and Beverly and Ron Stump and Don and Carolyn Waymire, all on Nov. 30.

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Please pray for these people: Tom Brumbaugh, Kent Clark, Shannon Peters Hall, Dawn Oldiges, Richard Yount, Tracy Pratt, Kara Pratt Harter, Brenda “Bill” Riffell, Shari Widener, Larry Francis, Jim Marker, Ron Moody, Mike Grillot, Cliff McCoy, Gary Reier, Phyllis Oliver, 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, Bill Duncan, Keith Starks, Scott Clark, Steve Schafer, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston,  Glenna Curry, Jack Riegle, Al Bliss, Layna Best, Carmen Sanders, 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. And, please pray for those affected by the hurricanes and other damaging storms, fires and mass shootings.

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Jamie and I send our condolences to the families of Donnie Norton, Ronnie Easterling, Dick LaFuze, Noah Swallow, Marian Brown, Ben Barker and Joe Best.

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Think about it: “Fall is the season when it gets light earlier.”–Unknown

PHOTO CAPTION: Tom Everhart, local disc jockey, entertained the crowd at the Monday afternoon senior citizens dance for Halloween at the Eagles Lodge in Greenville by entering inside a coffin. (Photo courtesy of Dan Stockton)
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