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Gina Barreca: Ten truths about day jobs

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1. Never look down on somebody who holds a job and rides the bus to the end of the line. These are the people who labor their whole lives but are never rewarded with tangible success. Not every dog has its day; some simply work their tails off. My father was one of those guys: never missed a day, never missed a beat and barely made a dime. But he taught my brother and me how to get a job done. Old Italians would grab their kids and say, “The more you have in there,” pointing to our heads, “the less you have to put on there,” pointing to our backs. My brother and I benefited from my father’s integrity, his stamina and his gratitude for having a job.

 

1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe

DELPHOS — Henry Ford II got the first postwar car into production with his first post-war car going to President Harry Truman. It was Ford’s quick return to production that put Ford ahead of Chevrolet. Ford’s advertising agency, J. Walter Thompson, created a teaser campaign: “There’s a Ford in your future.” Until July, it showed only parts of the “new” Ford in a crystal ball. Another marketing strategy proclaimed “V-8 Day” on October...

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Applause for business achievements

AWARDSStraley Realty & Auctioneers announce sales awardsEleven real estate agents with Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc. have earned the 2014 President’s Sales Club awards presented by the Ohio Association of Realtors.Realtors Phil Fleming, Chester Straley and Jane Germann received the award of distinction for having more than $2.5 million in sales from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Receiving the award of achieve...

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Smith/Schnipke

FORT JENNINGS — Michael and Jennifer Smith, of Fort Jennings, announce the engagement of their daughter, Diana Lynn Smith, to Richard Douglas Schnipke, son of Ms. Joyce Schnipke, of Ottawa and Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Schnipke, of Columbus Grove.The bride-elect is a 2003 graduate of Fort Jennings High School, a 2007 graduate of Ohio Northern University and a 2009 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She is employed by the Cleveland Clinic.Her fianc...

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Vickie and Jerry Ruen

FORT LORAMIE — Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ruen, of Fort Loramie, are celebrating 40 years of marriage today, Aug. 31, 2014. Their children hosted a family dinner at The Inn in Versailles yesterday, Aug. 30th.Ruen and the former Vickie Verhoff were married Aug. 31, 1974 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, in Columbus Grove, by the Rev. Neal Lucas.They are the parents of two daughters, Andrea (Brad) Turner and Kirsten (Phil) Seger, both of Fort Loramie. They have three ...

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Randa and Joseph Mekolites

LIMA — Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mekolites, of Lima, celebrated 50 years of marriage Aug. 22, 2014. The family will hold a special gathering to celebrate.Mekolites and the former Randa Hammell were married Aug. 22, 1964.They are the parents of one son, Joel (Julie) Mekolites, of Lima; and one daughter, Jodi (Arby) McDaniel, of Lima. They have three grandchildren.Mekolites is a retired roofer. His wife retired from Health Partners.

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Octavia and Andy Patrick

DELPHOS — Mr. and Mrs. Andy Patrick, of Delphos, celebrated 72 years of marriage Aug. 28, 2014.Patrick and the former Octavia Issacs were married Aug. 28, 1942, in KY.They are the parents of two sons, Andy J. (Farol) Patrick Jr., of Elida and William R. (Donna) Patrick, of Lima. They have five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.Patrick retired from Ex-Cell-O. His wife retired from Pangle’s.

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Sutherland/Robinson

LIMA — Bob and Connie Sutherland, of Lima, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodie Lynn Sutherland, to Rick Robinson, son of Rick Robinson, of Lima and the late Kathy Robinson.The bride-elect is a graduate of Shawnee High School and the University of Findlay. She is employed by Dex Media and is co-owner of Yazel’s Flowers & Gifts.Her fiance is a graduate of Shawnee High School and The Ohio State University. He is employed by the Lima Fire Dept....

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Hale/Sibold

KENTON — Michael Hale, of Roundhead and Patricia Hale, of Mt. Victory, announce the engagement of their daughter Brandy Michelle Hale to Brian Alan Sibold, son of Robert and Tanya Sibold, of Lafayette.The bride-elect is a graduate of Ridgemont High School and Ohio Northern University. She is employed as an accountant by Honda of America Mfg.Her fiance is a graduate of Allen East High School. He is employed as a team leader by DTR Industries.The couple wi...

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Luella and Wendell Miller

ELIDA — Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Miller, of Elida, will celebrate 60 years of marriage Sept. 5, 2014.Miller and the former Luella Brenneman were married Sept. 5, 1954 at Central Mennonite Church, by the Rev. Andrew Brenneman and the Rev. M.L. Troyer, uncles of the bride.They are the parents of Keith (LaRoyce) Miller, Joyce Kruse and Jack (Melanie) Miller. They have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Miller is retired from Ford Motor Co. His wife...

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Hyundai’s top SUV making sales gains

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe mid-size sport utility vehicle stands out from the crowd for its attractive styling, comfortable ride, value pricing, surprising standard features and warranty.In fact, sales of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV are up 26.4 percent so far this calendar year - to more than 60,000 - compared with the same period a year ago. And this is the Santa Fe that had only minor changes in standard and optional equipment for the model year.

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Five generations: Clark family

LIMA — Five generations of the Clark family gathered recently.Seated, from left: Great-great-grandmother, Naomi Clark, holding her great-great-grandson Trajan, and great-granddaughter, Sasha Hardin. Standing, Great-grandmother, Marcia Ramos and grandmother Natalie Diem. All are from Lima.

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Five generations: Clark family

Five generations of the Clark family gathered recently. They include:Front row, from left: Great-grandmother, Marcia Ramos and great-great-grandmother, Naomi Clark. Back row, Great-granddaughter, Heather Hardin holding great-great-granddaughter, Eliana and grandmother, Natalie Diem. All are from Lima.

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Alanna and Derek Schroeder

COLUMBUS GROVE — Alanna Rose Stephens and Derek John Schroeder were married at 1 p.m., June 21, 2014, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, in Columbus Grove, by Father Tom Extejt.Parents of the bride are Bruce and Barb Stephens, of Columbus Grove.Parents of the groom are Nick and Connie Schroeder, of Leipsic.The bride was given in marriage by her father, Bruce Stephens.She wore a white pleated crystal taffeta gown with silver beaded and em...

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Sherri and John Mason

LIMA — Mr. and Mrs. John S. Mason, of Lima, celebrated 50 years of marriage Aug. 30, 2014. A family trip is planned.Mason and the former Sherri K. Ferguson were married Aug. 30, 1964, at Epworth Forest Chapel, in North Webster, IN by the groom’s grandfather, Dr. J. Ira Jones.They are the parents of two daughters, Dr. Kathy S. Mason, of Findlay and Dr. Pamela (Dr. Rohit Malhotra) Mason, of Charlottesville, VA. They have two grandchildren.Mason retir...

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Kuhn/Ricker

LIMA — John and Linda Kuhn, of Lima, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley, to Jesse Ricker, son of Dale and Marilyn Ricker, of Fort Jennings.The bride-elect is a graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School and Wright State University. She is employed by the Ohio State Medical Center.Her fiance is a graduate of Fort Jennings High School and Franklin University. He is a manager at Home Depot.The couple will exchange wedding vows at 2 p.m., O...

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90th Birthday: Agnes Sylvia (Burry) Pepple

CRIDERSVILLE — Agnes Sylvia (Burry) Pepple, of Cridersville, will celebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 3, 2014. A celebration and reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 7th, at Waynesfield United Methodist Fellowship Hall. The family request that gifts be omitted.She was born Sept. 3, 1924, on a farm outside of Pandora to Albert and Sara Burry. She has one sister, Lucille Bucher, of Bluffton who survives. Seven other siblings are deceased: Mary Burry, Melvina Nuenschwander...

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Cindy and Bud Linton

LIMA — Mr. and Mrs. Elza “Bud” Linton, of Lima, will celebrate 30 years of marriage Sept. 1, 2014.Linton and the former Cindy Goedde were married Sept. 1, 1984 at Zion Lutheran Church, in Lima, by Pastor David Gable.They are the parents of two sons, Scott (Jody) Shaw, of Cairo and Kevin Shaw, of Lima; and four daughters, Sheila (Jack) Heising, of Lima, Jodie (Sam) Ellsworth, of Houston, TX, Shannon (Marty) Schneider, of Lima and Jenny (Josh) Howard, of ...

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