One of the favorite games at the North Star Picnic seemed to be the cake wheel where the winners received some "sweet" prizes. (Linda Moody photo)

Life’s Reflections: Bingo! Another family event in the books

NORTH STAR—Another Darke County festival is in the books as North Star Community Picnic was held this past weekend, with lots of activities.

My son Jamie and I attended the event Saturday with the intent to play bingo and check out the people, and   our wishes were fulfilled. Usually, I annually visit the tent where the Hammer Jockeys perform but it was so crowded as it was getting late when we got out of bingo. However, we did get to hear some of the performance and Jamie was happy to hear their rendition of “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas,” by the country music group, Alabama, his favorite band. I think he was singing along with them as we headed for our car in the dark.

Because I have been known to forget where I’ve parked my vehicle, I decided to tell him that we parked in front of  house number 54 so that it would be easy to remember, because of the old TV show “Car 54, Where Are You?” It doesn’t take much to entertain me, and yes we found it. Whew!

On the grounds, we saw numerous vehicles at the cruise-in; a tent with games for the whole family; food of all kinds; co-ed softball games; musical entertainment; and, of course, bingo. Also featured throughout the weekend were an Angel Run 5K; parade; pedal tractor pull; diaper derby; cornhole tournament; dodgeball tournament; and a raffle.

More festivals to go this year include Heritage Days in Union City, Ohio/Indiana, Annie Oakley Festival/Gathering at the Garst, Darke County Fair and the Bradford Pumpkin Show.

I’m sure all of them will report great attendance and will have lots to offer to those who attend.

Another happy evening for us. Bingo!

This coming Wednesday will be the sixth anniversary of Dad’s passing. It seems like yesterday, and I know we’ll never forget him if we can help it.
I happened to run across and shared this post that was on Facebook this weekend: “I lost people I wasn’t prepared to live without.” I can relate as so many others can with their loved ones.
Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Dixie Lee Osting, Margaret Stump, Alice Hesson Cornett, Helen Binkley, Marcella Ryder and Bernard “Denny” Saintignon.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Debbie Mayse, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Leis, Connie Buemi Hodson, Jim Kammer, Jim Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve  Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, David  Wombolt, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Randy Garrison, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Dave Niley, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Ralph Byrd, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, Michelle Leugers Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
July 19 to Randy Heck, Judy Pierron and Patty McMiller.
July 20 to Sue Neiswander Huston.
July 21 to Bob Peters, Mark Hartrum, Brian Petitjean, Janice Farmer, Justin Hines, Sara Cromwell and Scott Zumbrink.
July 22 to Nick Anderson, Cody Leeper, Geoff Surber, Robyn Eby Kelly, Case Lentz, David Dean, Sherry Waymire, Cheryl Peters and Katie Gibboney.
July 23 to Buck Jones, Dan Foster, Sandy Smith, Lisa Stucky and Rob Longenecker.
July 24 to Kenny Anderson, Everett Garland Jr., Denise Good, Jessica Deem, Marla Werner, Barbara Duncan Clarke, Josh Green, Sheila Christian, Wes Cothran and Brad Denniston.
July 25 to Bruce Shank, Andy Prasuhn, Amy Peters VanSkyock and Jason Aslinger.
Happy anniversary to: Gary and Susie Francis and Bryan and Alaina Clymer, all on July 21; Nicole and Kirk Rice and Sherry and Paul Klingshirn, all on July 22; and Tom and Cindy Moody, Connie and Tim Rhoades and Rob and Judy Longenecker, all on July 23.

Think about it: “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” —  Author Unknown

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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