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September 3, 2005

Couple of things the other day reminded me that we are lucky to live in a fine, upright little town like this. Our forebears made it all possible initially, of course, but others have helped guarantee the validity since then.

Down at the Noble county Family YMCA building, I had a brief visit with Marvin Golden, the locksmith who is still recuperating from a brief battle with yellowjackets in his garage. Marvin, a former purchasing agent at the Ditch Witch factory, related that he had just stepped into his garage to retrieve some lawn equipment, when suddenly those angry insects appeared. He says the bugs may have thought he threatened their domesticity. No mistake next time, he says. If they ever show up again, he's getting the can of spray off the shelf and will douse their nest.

But next time will take care of itself. When he heard the drones coming at his face last June, they sounded angry and he tried to escape by hustling backward. Big mistake. He stumbled over his own shoes, tripped and fell, breaking a hip in the process. Only within the past few days has he been liberated from some type of assisted walking, and he has hated every step of the process. But the good news is, he's getting better every day. Glad to hear it, Marvin. Hang in there.

The other thing was an interview of "the entire Perry High School swim team" by John Dawson on a nearby TV channel. I put that in quotes because one person, Raven Zimmer, composes the entire PHS swim team, and she did a wonderful job. (So did John, but that is beside the point in this context.) Raven explained all that, and smiled all the while. She's one of the PHS kids who make us all very proud.

Then of course there is the YMCA itself. What a marvelous institution. We have dedicated staff people and board members, and people with special talents hold down important jobs. Yes, we are the smallest city in the U.S. with a full-service "Y," but we had to work for the unique title. And now, hundreds of Perry area families are the beneficiaries of everything that means. Who would want to live anywhere else?