Life's Reflections Weekly Column by Linda Moody
I have to say I’m pretty proud of Darke County during the Christmas season…and other times as well.
Just recently I covered an event where Ansonia American Legion Post 353 gave away monetary gifts to 14 organizations in the area from proceeds of the many activities held at the post throughout the year.
They do this annually, I was told, as a way to pay it forward.
I’m sure other organizations do the same and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how the annual free Christmas Dinner at the former Lighthouse Christian Center, now known as Radiant Lighthouse, has fed thousands of people for the past 38 years, not to mention those who will be attending the next one coming up.
Hershel, pastor of the church, and his wife, the late Barb Fee, started the tradition sharing the holiday with their three sons – Hershel Jr., Jeff and Eric, with other dinner guests in the community from all walks of life.
Eric, who is owner of Tribute Funeral Homes in Greenville and New Madison plus Brockman and Boeckman in Fort Recovery, said this is all he has ever known.
Perhaps, his parents’ generosity, made him what he is today. He is the one who made sure food made its way into many local homes during the COVID, feeding hundreds and probably thousands during the pandemic.
Eric and two other businessmen, Dave Furlong of Fitzwater Tree and Lawncare and Aaron Keaser of Teaford’s Dairy Store are the ones who made sure the City of Greenville had a Christmas tree this year. The tree, which came from the grounds at the Radiant Lighthouse Church, was placed in the Annie Oakley Park at the south end of Broadway and dedicated to Eric’s mother, who died in November 2020.
By the time this is being read, I covered the Ansonia Lumber Company’s Toy Contest, where people bring in toys they made to be judged by Scott Phillips of neighboring Miami County, who has a weekly cable program focusing on his woodshop career. After awards are handed out to those who made them, additional winners are local youth, who will be receiving them at Christmastime.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention Spirit Medical Transfer’s owners, Brian K. Hathaway and Aaron Guthrie, throwing a big party for employees and other guests each year, usually surprising them with new “toys” for the business in a showcase, which usually features some gifts, including ambulances and other medical equipment that will also benefit Darke County residents and others in their service area.
I don’t want to leave anybody out. I’m sure other veterans groups, churches, businesses, service clubs and individuals are doing the same things for local families, and I appreciate their causes as well.
All across the county, Santa and his helpers have been entertaining children at various functions and will continue to do so throughout the upcoming yule holiday.
Christmas is the ideal time for these generous occurrences. We all know and shouldn’t forget the Reason of the Season.
Those thoughts prevail in Darke County.
Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Edna Striegel, Frank Dickensheets, Sam Force, Paul Bailey, Leo Heitkamp, Janet Stocksdale, James Pleiman, Jerry Bensman, Donald Kilgallon, Alberta Barron and Dale Hollingsworth.
Please pray for these people: Joann Freeman, Kevin Wampler, Michelle Young, Jerri Barber, Terri Dienes, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Al Bliss, Gary Cain, Shelley Brinley, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, D’Arleen Waymire, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
Happy birthday to:
Dec. 13 to Aaron Byrd, Daryl Riffle, Ralph Helmer Jr., Paul Wood Jr., Jorden Hart, twins Demi and Dani Hathaway, Lisa Martin, Dave Acton and Becky Oliver.
Dec. 14 to Robbie Moody, Missy Widener, Don Leis, Hope Gates, Hunter Buckingham, Mary Arnett and Carolyn Thobe.
Dec. 15 to Todd Klipstine, Kent Kimmel and Les Crowell.
Dec. 16 to Jenny Hamilton and Michael Maloney.
Dec. 17 to Debra Sawle, Sharon Riffell Maloy, Anne Brumbaugh, Ashley Dakin, Kaleb Earick, Lyn Downey, Susan Jenkins and Dakota Lester.
Dec. 18 to Dan Garber, Dusty Hathaway, Ginger Sowry, Cindi Aukerman, Phyllis Riegle and Steve Bricker.
Dec. 19 to June Baker, Ben Bucholtz, Aliana Clymer, Donna Peters, Robyn Studabaker, Manual Macias and Anna Myers.
Happy anniversary to: Ryan and Mindy Berry on Dec. 14; Tony and Luann Lindamood on Dec. 17; Lance and Stephanie Clack on Dec. 18; and Tony and Joyce Ayette (50 years) on Dec. 19.
Think about it: “Be pure of heart; be clear of mind; and be sincere with your words.” — Author Unknown.