Life’s Reflections: Darke County Celebrating Fourth of July all Weekend

Here are a few things I've kept over the years to remind me how much America means to me. I love this country and the Red, White, and Blue. (Linda Moody photo)

There was so much to do, yet the weather didn’t always cooperate this long July Fourth weekend.

I didn’t go to any of the events like I usually do, but there’s always next year. So there were no fireworks for me, but I could sure hear them.

I’ve enjoyed seeing how other people celebrated this special holiday on Facebook and listening to conversations about the fun people had or are having this year.

Yes, there is one more day to celebrate: The actual Independence Day which is tomorrow (Tuesday).

Inclement weather forced some activities to not happen, including Ansonia’s parade on Saturday morning. But, it didn’t stop a lot of people from celebrating at the various venues.

Celebrations occurred in the form of fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbecues and picnics, parades, pageants, and baseball games.

When looking over some of the pre-weekend postings, it seemed the Fourth of July events were planned so that people could get to more than one event throughout the five-day celebration, which started Friday and will conclude tomorrow, July 4.

The Greenville VFW held its Fourth of July weekend campout on the grounds, and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves there.

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

I hope everyone had a great time taking part in the celebrations across America.

I love being an American, and I plan to keep on doing that for as long as I can. I love patriotism and hope many, many others do as well.
God Bless the U.S.A.!


Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Patricia Baughman, Stanley Hemmelgarn, Doris Schmitmeyer, Richard Logan, David Leis, and Hannah Gehret.

Please pray for these people: Grace Boyd, Jamie Knick, Dan Lockhart, Vanna Hannam, Jenny Pitman, Nikole Baldridge, Chester Bryant, Melinda (Batten) Stacy, Michelle Young, Tommy Farmer, Margaret  Hoening, Manual Macias, Kathy McNutt Dapore, Lester Beisner, Delores Beisner, Kermit Foureman, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy, Connie Buemi Hodson, Michelle Grottle Wright, Cheryl Slonaker Gilmore, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Marie Schlechty, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Bev Brumbaugh, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Linda Lore, Ralph Byrd, Doug Winger, Rusty Maloy, Debbie Mayse, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Jeanie Francis, Harvey Hinshaw, Bruce Kaiser, Amanda Mote, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Zach Urbancic.

Also, Sharon Gamster, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Becky Everhart, Becky Oliver, Jayden Martin, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.


Happy birthday:
July 6 to Dawn Young, Landon Smith, Dena Wuebker, Karin Napier and Mike Bowers (former Greenville mayor).
July 7 to Michelle Brumbaugh Jones, Abigail Miller, Tim Klosterman, Greg Hiesand, Noah Gates, Ashley Whittington, Ma Kitten, Justin Jordan, Mariah Wappelhorst, Ryan Everman, Judy Miller, and Lisa Mangen.
July 8 to Shane Buckingham, Todd Kaiser, Kristy Woodard, Jason Kelch, Bryer Gilland, and Brittany Bowers.  
July 9 to Linda Thobe Frye, Linda Gasper, Karen Dickey, Rhonda Rhoades Williams, Zane Keller Sr., Bill Staver, Keith Holton, Jaimi Hemmerich, Byron Young, Ashley Leeper, Mason Perez, Claudia Hanish, Tammy Hodges and Jennifer Brewer.
July 10 to Roger McEowen (89), Eric Hanna, Jack Baker, Kenny Young, and James Jenkins.
July 11 to Diane Christian, Kierra Reichert, Keelan Highley, Stan Stebbins, Jamy Friend, Vera Garland-Houpt, and Michelle Hokesama.
July 12 to Tom Pierron, Kerry “Bubba” Barber, Bonnie Tryon, Jackie Moody Sanders, Jan Patterson, Lori Hahn Smith, Kelly Dapore, Sandy Partin, and Dr. Bill Trevino.

Happy anniversary to Dan and Beth Turner on July 6; Brian K. and Audrey Hathaway on July 8; and Steve and Linda Nixon on July 9.


Think about it: “Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.” — Author Unknown