This was a very busy week

Howdy folks!

It looks like this week will be a busy one for me. Today I talk to the seniors at the welcome Center. I do this every second Tuesday of the month. I really enjoy visiting with them. They seem to be happy when I talk and visit with them.

Last Saturday was a busy day. The Kinners picked me up at 6:45 a.m. then went to the World Harvest Church at Canal Winchester. The Kinners’ daughter, Claire, was inducted into the honor society. She was selected to be a member of the Cardinal Crest Membership. It is based on being scholarly, leadership, service, character and citizenship. The young lady is very active in her young life. She graduated from the eighth grade. The other young lady, Grace, graduated from high school—Ohio Virtual Academy. There were 400 students that graduated that day. The church where the event took place held 5,000 people. I have never been in a church that big – it was beautiful. After we left there they dropped their children off at the 4-H camp at Clarksville. Then they took me to meet my daughter and son-in-law to go to a 50th wedding celebration at the Maple Ridge Lodge in Cincinnati. These two folks, Mort and Barb, have been friends of Ruth Ann and me since we attended the 20–20 program several years ago. There was a big crowd there and the food was extra good. They did some celebrating of the past and present. The band played and there was dancing. We sure enjoyed the event.

On Sunday after church my daughter Deb and son-in-law Bob took me over in Kentucky to meet some folks and have a meal at the DeShas restaurant. This restaurant was several miles above Maysville and we had a fine meal. After we ate we went back down to Maysville to visit some of the homes the fellar and his wife are rehabbing. I was very tired by the time I got home so Chester could lay on my lap. This day was for me, it was my birthday.

I had to stop writing to put more dry food in Chester’s bowl. When he can see the bottom, he thinks I should be putting more dry food in his bowl. He is spoiled I think.

The whole weekend was wonderful. I have a wonderful family thank—God for them. When I got the Sunday Sun, there was an article in the paper about a young man who is walking across the United States. He was raised in Hawaii. This is a spiritual and emotional journey. He left Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey. He has walked 600 miles through Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia and now in Ohio. He has 2,400 miles to go. He is most looking forward to seeing the Grand Canyon and Colorado. I hope and pray he makes it. He has a cart he keeps his tent and other things in—that is like Steve Newman had when he walked around the world.

Sherry’s Pay Lake on Slade Road last week had some visitors from Hyde Park, seniors who came fish in the lake. Some were in wheelchairs and caught some fish. They come the first week of June. Gary said one lady caught a nice catfish and you could hear hollering all over the lake. That sounded like my mother when she caught a fish. There were probably 20 people, 10 to 12 were in wheelchairs. Gary and Sherry, who own the lake, welcome the seniors every year. That is a wonderful thing to do so the seniors can have something to look forward to. Thanks Gary and Sherry – God bless you both.

I had the pleasure of going to the Northeastern Lions Club dinner and installing two new members—I enjoyed that very much. Thanks Northeastern Lions.

Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praising the good Lord. God bless all.

More later.

George Rooks is retired as a park ranger for Eastfork State Park. He can be reached at