Yeah, I’m a news guy. And I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m going to anyway. I’m going to break what many of you tell me is the golden rule of journalism.
Yep, you guessed it.
I’m going to say something positive.
You see one of the things I like to do when returning from a week’s vacation is to go through all the newspapers that have been piling up since I was gone. I’ll arrange them from oldest to newest and make sure I’m reading them in order. With any luck, before I’m done my wife will have everything in the car unpacked and put away and the lawn also mowed. If I’m really lucky, she will even be on her way back from a Kewpee run.
But back to those newspapers.
What will I find, I wonder?
Maybe it will be a story about the mayor spending money like a drunk sailor, or police officers ignoring a crime wave because they’re too busy stuffing donuts into their faces — you know, all that stuff journalists write just because we want to sell newspapers.
No, there was little of that.
Instead — and here’s where the positive comes, just in case you were still wondering — I found:
• The mayor was saving the city $400,000.
• The Allen County Sheriff’s Office held its first National Night Out celebration, and the Lima Police Department was holding a community cookout.
• World War II aircraft were on display at the airport.
• Law enforcement officers and firefighters were challenging each other to see what department would have the biggest blood donation to the Red Cross.
• St. Rose Catholic Church built a playground where a blighted house once stood.
• On Friday and Saturday nights at dusk, a person could enjoy a free movie outdoors at Faurot Park, thanks to the Lima Rotary Club. Chief Supermarkets even threw in free popcorn.
• The Bluffton American Legion donated $8,500 to 18 non-profit organizations.
And that’s not even the half of it.
I guess going away on a week’s vacation can give you an appreciation of all the neat things happening around Lima.
ROSES AND THORNS: Move over Denny McLain. A Lima Detroit Tiger is taking your spot in the rose garden.
Rose: To Bob Stolly, 84, of Lima, who fired a strike when throwing out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers’ game Friday night.
Rose: For the seventh straight year, Jeff and Pam McElroy put on an “all-class reunion” for graduates of Lima Senior, Central and South high schools.
Rose: To Peggy and Kenneth Windle, and Jan and Max Shrider. The two Lima couples were married in 1948 when Harry Truman was president and both celebrated 70 years of marriage on Aug. 1.
Rose: To Dorothy and Richard McPheron, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 30.
Rose: To Sandy Doan, who won her sixth Lima Area Women’s Match Play Tournament by winning five of the last seven holes.
Thorn: A gas line was punctured by City of Lima work crews doing an excavation, forcing four homes and a business to be evacuated on Northwest Street.
Thorn: A year has passed without the recovery of an 18-karat gold replica of the Apollo 11 lunar module that was stolen from the Neil Armstrong Museum.
PARTING SHOT: “I never tried to outsmart nobody; it was easier to outdummy them.” — Dizzy Dean, professional baseball pitcher
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.