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This month’s veteran

salute goes to Terry Wheat.

Terry served in the US Army

1966-1968. Terry went on the

Honor Flight this fall, and I

asked him to tell me what it

was like for him. “It was an

all-day event from 5 A.M.

until 9 P.M. We flew to Washington

DC to view all of our

national monuments of the

great wars. But to all of the

veterans on the flight, it was

so much more. As a group,

we were shown the love and

respect for our service that we

had not felt before. At every

venue, we were thanked and

applauded. I was given a little

flat stone by an eight-yearold,

which simply said, ‘My

Hero.’ Such acts of love and

respect were repeated many

times throughout the day.

This trip and this honor made

up for the reception we got

when we came home fiftyplus

years ago. There were

many tears, happy tears, shed

on this flight. It was a day we

will never forget.” Thank you,

Terry Wheat at a cemetery

in Washington DC.

Terry, for your story and your


The Sugar Ridge Community

had a neighborhood watch

meeting with Sheriff Shane

McHenry as guest speaker.

Sheriff McHenry shared tips

on how to be vigilant and safe

in our home, our neighborhood,

and our community.

Thanks, Sheriff McHenry.

Yours truly recently spent

time at Hocking Hills, Ohio,

with some very dear friends.

What a beautiful place, and

only about a three-hour drive

from our little corner of the

world. They say the area was

covered millions of years ago

by the Atlantic Ocean. After

it receded, the Wisconsin

Glacier began to melt and left

an impressive area of waterfalls,

rock formations, and

recess caves. A must-see if

you have never been there…

lots of great hiking trails. You

can see in one of my pics that

they even named a cave after

Cub Scout Pack 693 had a dinner for local Veterans.


I am proud to announce that

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her basic

training at

Ft. Sill, OK.

Mary was

the Distinguished

Honor Grad


first in her

class), earned the Highest

Rifle Marksmanship, and

received the Physical Fitness

Badge for a perfect score.

Mary is now completing her

training as a 13 Bravo Cannon

Crew member. Congratulations

Mary, I salute you.

A BIG thanks to all the

individuals and businesses

who participated in the North

Dearborn Pantry Giving Tree

Program. Community support

made the project a big success.

Cub Scout Pack 693 (Dearborn

Hills UMC) honored

local veterans with a turkey

and ham dinner. The pack

presented each veteran with

handmade cards and gifts.

I had the pleasure of sitting

with Hunter Scholle (son

of Aaron Scholle, assistant

pack leader). Hunter gave me

a hand-painted card… thanks

again, Aaron and Hunter.

Happy Birthday hugs to everyone

celebrating December

birthdays, and that includes

you Harry Lyness, Shirley

Jacobsen, and Willie Potter.

In closing… Christmas is

not in tinsel and lights and

outward show. The secret lies

in an inner glow. It’s lighting a

fire inside the heart. Good will








Happy Holidays! I hope

you have your shopping done

by now. Well, some gentlemen

still have a few days

left. Wink, wink. Take an

evening drive through Hidden

Valley Lake, and you’ll see

many homes decorated for

this festive season. I love our

unique community! Celebrate

the New Year with the HVL

Civic Club’s Polar Bear Dip

Jan. 1, 2020, at 11:30 AM.

The event is always fun for

all ages!

Bob Waples visited Hocking


and joy a vital part. It’s higher

thought and a greater plan. It’s

glorious dream in the soul of

man.~ Wilferd Peterson

Wishing everyone a very

Merry Christmas and a

Happy, Blessed New Year.

Ronald (Bub) Miller passed

away on Nov. 8, 2019, at the

age of 76. He and his wife

Cindy were married for fiftyone

fun-loving years. They

were among the first families

to move to Hidden Valley

Lake in 1972. Their son, Ronnie

Wayne, is their pride and

joy. Mr. Miller retired from

Seagram Distillery after fiftytwo

years. He was a member

of the Moores Hill Legion for

over fifty years. If you know

Cindy, please give her your

support during this difficult

holiday season.

January Birthdays: Shelby

Lahey, Sarah O’Conner,

Stephanie Armbruster,

Reilly Small

Please email me, Korry H.

Johnson, if you have something

to share in next month’s

article at

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