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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Page 4 BETWEEN THE LINES By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- Food for Kidz ... ages to become involved in. In Last Wednesday after- our communities, locally there is noon174 people gathered at the always a need for volunteers. Westbrook Community Center to Whether it is a function like this, package a local care facility, or any of the nutritious meals for hungry kids. organizations like Lions, The effort is coordinated by Kiwanis, womens clubs and other Partners in Ministry, a group of community clubs, it is what our area churches that pool their country is all about -- people resources to do service projects, helping people. Food for Kidz has been a I worked through the second project done by the group for shift and had the opportunity to nine years. This year the people work with some of the youngest raised $8,368.27 for supplies to volunteers, they all worked with provide food product to package a joyful spirit. It was inspirational 47,736 meals in 7,956 bags of to watch them and mentor some food. them in the various tasks. I got a The annual event sees work- little chuckle from one little girl ers from about five years old to when she confided in me saying, people in their 80's and 90's. "this is really hard work." I told The people work in two her, "it will get a lot harder when shifts, the first shift to man the you get older." assembly line packaging food For their efforts a crew of worked from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., people prepared hot dogs, chips, the second shift worked from bars and a sample of the food we 6:00 to finish at 8:00. were bagging, for the workers. It was exciting to see theI say hats off to all our vol- Vacation Bible School kids come unteers, not just for the Food for to work on the second shift. I Kidz project, but to those who think it is great when youngsters volunteer at other area communi- get a chance to participating in ty projects. such a worthy project. Community service is a very Have a great week and do important role for people of all good! By Pare Young didn't show up in our home. If he What's the first thing you think of left anything out or didn't put his when you think of your father? dirty clothes in the hamper, Morn When I think of mine, I think of his did it for him without making an smile. He was so in love with Morn, issue of it. I think she felt the inside my younger sister Peggy and me of the house was her domain and the . hat he seemed to always have a yard, car and garage were his. )aappy face. If you read Sidetracked Home Executives: from pigpen to If you read The Sidetracked Sister's paradise, you know that I got the Happiness File, you know Dad's disorganized gene from Dad. He garage was a disaster and he'd leave threatened to sue me for defamation his lawn mower, garden tools, of character, but of course he was edger, tiller, hoses, yard chairs and joking and if he really had intended chaise lounges out in the fall and to take me to court, he'd never have with the first snow Peggy and I gotten around to it because he was a would play, Name That Lump. procrastinator. When I asked Terry, my husband, My dad worked hard delivering what the first thing that came to his gas to farmers who had big tanks to mind when he thought of my dad, supply their farm equipment. He he said, "His smile and happiness." was so loved by his customers there He was a very happy man. I read was hardly a day he didn't come somewhere that it's more important home in his big Standard Oil tank to be happy than it is to be organ- truck without a few treasures. In the ized, and my dad proved that in his summer it'd be produce. We never life. Sure we need to get to appoint- needed a garden as we were kept ments on time so we don't keep stocked in every kind of fruit and anyone waiting and it helps to know vegetable known to Dr. Oz. what day it is so we don't show up Sometimes he'd bring home pack- at church on Monday. But once we ages of beef, chickens or turkeys have a watch and a calendar and we and other times jams, jellies, cakes remember to look at them regularly, or cookies, if they're for the goal of being happy He loved to hunt and fish and they'll serve us well. because part of one of the farms was Here's a tribute to all the happy Bachelor's Island, a duck hunter's fathers! Thank you for being there heaven in the Columbia River, he for your children! was given the privilege of hunting For more from Pare Young go to ducks and geese. Being an excellent www.makeitfunanditwillgetdone. shot (Morn said he had the eye of an com. You'll find many musings, eagle) our freezer was stocked with videos of Pam in the kitchen prepar- wild fish and game. To this day I ing delicious meals, videos on how love the taste of wild goose and to get organized, ways to lose Chinook salmon, weight and get your f'mances in As I alluded, Dad was very disor- order, all from a reformed SLOB's ganized, but being married to a BOP point of view. (Born Organized Person) wife it scrl "Stories from the BaH Cave" A dead president passed me The day sagged in the middle like a cheap mattress. I had put a saddle on my suitcase and was riding it home. In a reflective moment, I realized how much better I was doing on my trip than Christopher Columbtas did on his. Unlike Chris, I knew where I was headed. He wasn't sure where he was putting himself. It had been a good trip. Not per- fect, but the purpose of life is prog- ress, not perfection. I'd been on the road for a week. That can be wearing. I wasn't sure that my day was being monitored for quality assur- ance, so I pulled off the interstate highway into a rest area. Some people think a rest area is a rest home for older folks who like the outdoors. I may be one of those. I stopped to walk around. Clean out the cobwebs from the corners of my brain. A walk is effective at curbing drowsiness and sharpening alertness. I'm so appre- ciative of those good souls who maintain our rest areas. I walked the perimeter and marveled at the birds at the feeders. "Looking at the birds, eh?" said another traveler. I answered in the affirmative. "Well, you sure have a good day for it," he replied. It was a good day for it. Feeling refreshed after my hike, I got back into my car and rejoined the rat race on the highway. My thoughts were of getting home. I love to travel, but there are few things that can rival a home- coming. I love my wife and looked forward to seeing her. It's good to see my hometown. It's not large, but there is something comforting about going into town and quickly encountering 12.3 percent of the population. Hartland is no hill for a high stepper. I enjoy visiting with the good citizens of that city. I know that when I talk with Beth Knudson, I've had a near Beth experience. I drive a Pontiac. That stands for Poor Old Nincompoop Thinks It's A Cadillac. As I headed home, I heard a distant rumble. It wasn't thunder. It wasn't my stomach. I knew because I wasn't thinking about yogurt-covered almonds. The rumble became louder as a large Lincoln zoomed past me as if I were backing up. It was traveling at a speed that Abe Lincoln never dreamed of moving. I'd had my Mario Andrettied. Not many cars named for a President have done well. The exception is Lincoln, named by its creator, Henry Leland, for the pres- ident he revered. In 1917, Leland gave the car the name of his hero who he once voted for. Leland was also the founder of Cadillac in 1902. I'd think that naming a car after a president might spark sales, but history has proven otherwise. Madison Motors Company of Anderson, Ind., was named for our fourth president. The company pro- duced the Dolly Madison between 1915 and 1919. There have been numerous Washington Motor Companies. The most successful featured the slogan, "The name that stands for character and strength." That company folded in 1924. Marmon of Indianapolis named a car after Theodore Roosevelt in 1929. It proved unpopular. It should have been called the "Teddy Bear." There was a Jackson, Grant, and Monroe. None of which found per- manence in the automobile world. I considered a KIA Kennedy, Toyota Truman, Audi Adams, Chrysler Clinton, Buick Buchanan, Cadillac Cleveland, Chevrolet Coolidge, Honda Hoover, Hyundai Harding, Mazda McKinley, GMC Garfield, Jeep Jefferson, Plymouth Pierce, and the Ford Ford. I stopped to get gas. Mine is a great car and gets good mileage, but filling it with gas doubled its value. The gas was awfully high in price. I thought perhaps I was in the right church, but in the wrong pew, that another place would be cheaper. But down the road, I learned that all the gas stations had targeted the same price. The high price of gas certainly has a detrimental impact on shelf sales for convenience stores. I looked at a woman at the next pump as her lovely face developed into more of a scowl with each click of the gas pump. I could tell what she was thinking, but dared not think it rnys61f. We lack willpower, but require horsepower because horses don't provide carpower. We get the best mileage when we don't drive. One day, cars will become so advanced that we will not need them. Until then, maybe they will res- urrect the Oldsmobile so that the Obama will be available in both a coupe and a sedan. 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