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1911
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!  The year is 1911 - One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1911:  The average life expectancy for men was 47 years ... read more
       



Along Life's Way
"Degree to Disagree", "A Guiding Light", "Out of Sorts" are Lois Wilson's latest "Along Life's Way" offerings
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Senior Scribes - Friends
Vitamin  F
Unknown Author ~ Submitted by Wavelene Denniston      
Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in  character?
How can I get along with them all?
I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part  of me.
With one of them I am polite. ... read more
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Citizens answer the call… plus a little irreverence
A collection of Poems from Lois Wilson
Editor: With her usual play on words and poetic form, Lois Wilson offers us a collection of four, from patriotic to slightly irreverent… Grateful Allegiance, Mirror! Mirror!, Have a Seat and my favorite, written in 1966, The Committee.
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Senior Scribes... Places I have been, Submitted by Larry Nelson
Anonymous - I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I’ve also never been in cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.
I have however been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends and family. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you... read more
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Senior Scribes... Baby Boomer Test
(Have a paper and pencil handy to record your answers... Your mind isn’t as sharp as it once was!) So they say! The individual who sent it to me got 16 out of the 20. The note below indicates the average is 12. I guess I’m either weird, a TV junkie in my youth or really old. I got all 20… Bob Robinson, editor and Senior Scribe. This is NOT a pushover test. It’s a Baby Boomer era test! There are 20 questions... read more
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Senior Scribes... Biblical Humor
It doesn’t hurt to have a little Biblical humor to start the day... Q.. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? A.. Ruthless. Q.. What do they call pastors in Germany? A.. German Shepherds. Q.. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A.. Noah He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. Q.. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? A.. Pharaoh’s... read more
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The New American Christmas, Author Unknown
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is... read more
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Poetry by Lois Wilson
Editor: Lois Wilson is one of Darke County’s shining stars in the field of poetry. Local readers have been entertained for years by her short, insightful and often humorous stanzas. She has been a member of the Senior Scribes since its inception as Senior Advocates when I was the editor of the Daily Advocate. County News Online is pleased to offer three brief approaches to our daily living, beginning with... read more
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Are you a pumpkin? Submitted by Nadera Williams
Unknown Author - An “Object Lesson” from the Senior Scribes... A woman was asked by a coworker, ‘What is it like to be a Christian?’ The coworker replied, ‘It is like being a pumpkin.’ God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed... read more
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Koinonia Christen Sentrum... 92-Year-Old Preacher
While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I watched a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair and walked... read more
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Senior Humor 101, From Karen Brooks, Author Unknown
I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair. She turned to me and asked, ‘Are you having it catered’? And that, my friend, is the definition of ‘OLD’! Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, ‘How old was your husband? ‘98,’ she replied: ‘Two years older than me’ ‘So you’re 96,’ the undertaker commented... read more
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When I’m an Old Lady, From Diane Rhoades, Author Unknown
When I’m an old lady, I’ll live with each kid, And bring so much happiness ... just as they did. I want to pay back all the joy they’ve provided. Returning each deed! Oh, they’ll be so excited! When I’m an old lady and live with my kids. I’ll write on the walls with reds, whites and blues, And I’ll bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes. I’ll drink from the carton and then leave it out. I’ll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they’ll shout... read more
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A Herd of Cows, A Flock of Chickens, From Sharon Hopper – author unknown
The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese. Less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a... read more
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A Dog’s Purpose? From a 6-year-old... Author unknown – submitted by Barbara Rolfe, Boise, Idaho
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their... read more
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Interesting Definitions... Compliments of Dan Harless, author unknown
ADULT - A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.  BEAUTY PARLOR  - A place where women curl up and dye.  CHICKENS - The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.  COMMITTEE - A body that keeps minutes and wastes... read more
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Huffington Post... ‘Web Cam 101 For Seniors’ Turns Oregon Oldsters Into YouTube Celebrities - 9/14/11 - A couple from northwestern Oregon who are Internet newbies have found themselves the unwitting subjects of an instant viral video, thanks to a little help from a grandkid. Bruce Huffman, 86, and his wife, Esther, 79, of the Hillside Retirement Community in McMinnville, recently purchased their first laptop computer –- an aqua colored beauty with a built-in webcam. Late last month, the... read more
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Gold Nuggets, Submitted by Wavelene Denniston... Author Unknown
Someone has written these beautiful words. Must read and try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are like the ten commandments to follow in life all the time. 1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout. 2. So why a Car’s WINDSHIELD is so large and the Rear view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST... read more
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The Grey Headed Brigade, Submitted by Al Bliss, Author unknown
They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs.  Some of us are “baby boomers” getting ready to retire.  Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together.  Yes, we are the ones some... read more
Wasn’t this us? From Phyllis Mong, Senior Scribe
A Walk down Memory Lane for those who have a sentimental heart! A little house with three bedrooms, one bathroom and one car on the street.  A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat. In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone, And no need for recording things, someone was always home. We only had a living room where we would congregate, Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate... read more
Midday Dawn, a Poem by Lois Wilson
Damp, dismal, Dreary day. Abysmal Gloomy gray... read more
Clear Vision, a Poem by Lois Wilson
Everyone knows As each life goes, There are the throes, Of pains and woes... read more
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Mom’s Empty Chair... From Dan Harless, Author Unknown
A woman’s daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her mother. When the minister arrived, he found the woman lying in bed with her head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside her bed. The minister assumed that the woman had been informed of his visit... ‘I guess you were expecting me, he said. ‘No, who are you?’ said the mother. The minister told her his name and then... read more
My job search, Submitted by Phyllis Mong, Author Unknown
“This is quite clever.  I wonder who thinks of all this stuff.” 1. My first job was working in an Orange Juice factory, but I got canned.  Couldn’t concentrate. 2. Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, but just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe. 3. After that, I tried being a Tailor, but wasn’t suited for it -- mainly because it was a sew-sew job. 4. Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory, but that was too exhausting. 5. Then, tried being a Chef - figured it would add... read more
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Senior Scribes... Free Range Chicken Capitol, From Lyn Bliss
This was posted on Facebook by a friend of mine (the Recorder in Geauga County). Her comment was... “Folks... Geauga County is a unique place to live... things happen here that you would not believe... but this Burton Village post is a must read. We haven’t had this much controversy since the “flap over pancakes” on the water tower.” I would love to hear about the “flap over pancakes” on the... read more
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Senior Scribes... Seniors at Starbucks, From Dan Harless
A group of seniors were sitting around talking about all their ailments. “My arms have gotten so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said one. “Yes, I know,” said another. “My cataracts are so bad; I can’t even see my coffee.” “I couldn’t even mark an “X” at election time, my hands are so crippled,” volunteered a third. “What? Speak up! What? I can’t hear you!” “I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis... read more
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Two Groans for your Reading Pleasure
My Dog Mace - From Dan Harless - A mechanic who worked out of his home had a dog named Mace. Mace had a bad habit of eating all the grass on the mechanic’s lawn, so the mechanic had to keep Mace inside. The grass eventually became overgrown. One day the mechanic was working on a car in the backyard and dropped his wrench, losing it in the tall grass. He couldn’t find it for the... read more
Senior Scribes... Retirement Perspectives: Take Your Pick!!!
From Barbara Rolfe, Boise, Idaho - author unknown - You can retire to Phoenix , Arizona where...  1.  You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.  2.  You’ve experienced condensation on your hiney from the hot water in the toilet bowl.  3.  You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.  4.  You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.  5.  You know that “dry heat” is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your... read more
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Happy Birthday, Doc!! By Bob Robinson
From the Senior Scribes of Darke County - Well… he’s still alive and kicking, and he assured me that his water-logged ears have been drained by now. He hasn’t said much about his experience yet, but maybe one of these days he’ll take a few minutes to write about it. So who am I talking about? Delbert Blickenstaff, M.D. Retired. The Family Healthcare icon turned 90 years old on July 3. The... read more
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From Lyn Bliss... Texting Shortcut Tips for Seniors
I thought you might need help texting your friends.  After all, the kids have all their little codes... like BFF, ROFL, etc.  So here are the texting short cuts for seniors (and did you notice how big the font size is?).  For those of you that are not seniors, or close to it, you will still enjoy these... read more
A burned biscuit, Submitted by Al Greiner ~ Author unknown
When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I... read more
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Carefree Connection Tours... Second Year Anniversary... Seniors Welcome
Seniors welcome...  in celebrating Greenville’s Carefree Connection Bus Tours  2nd year anniversary! Family owned and operated by Flory sisters, Angela and Shelly!  Jump on board with us for an adventurous trip!   Enjoy a full day of traveling and seeing new and exciting places with no parking worries, no gas fees, no miles on your car, no scheduling worries and ALL hassle-free!  Sit back... read more
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He sent her roses, Submitted by Kay Seiler, Greenville, Author unknown
The person who did this was Jack Benny (unverified).... Please read this - it is absolutely beautiful..... Each year he sent her roses, And the note would always say, I love you even more this year, Than last year on this day. My love for you will always grow, With every passing year.’ She knew this was the last time That the roses would appear. She thought, he ordered roses In advance before this day... read more
History Lesson on Your Social Security Card, Submitted by Kay Seiler
Not Verified - Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this. It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show it to your family and friends. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts. Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat... read more
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Crabby Old Man
A classic - When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in Moosomin, Saskatchewan , it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to... read more
OLD PERSON PRIDE - Author unknown, Submitted by Barbara Rolfe, Boise, Idaho
I’m passing this on as I did not want to be the only old person receiving it. Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called, as you will see. Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment.  They know the words and believe in them. Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor ,  Guadalcanal , Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean... read more
God Made You, From Ginger Wittwer, Bend, Oregon
A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story.  From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?”... read more
Dear Bo$$ From Dan Harless
One day an employee sends a letter to her boss asking for an increase in her salary !!!  Dear Bo$$  In thi$ life, we all need $omething mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company. I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon... read more
Author unknown... Murphey’s Other 15 Laws
Submitted by Ginger Wittwer, Bend, Oregon  1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.  2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.  3. He, who laughs last, thinks slowest.  4. A day without sunshine is like, well... Night.  5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending... read more
A fun fact for each of our United States
Interesting, but unverified. Author unknown~submitted by Kay Seiler, Greenville - FACTS THAT YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW. ALABAMA  - Was the first place to have  9-1-1, started in 1968. ALASKA   -  One out of every 64 people has a pilot’s license. ARIZONA   -  Is the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn’t  follow Daylight Savings Time. ARKANSAS   -  Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S... read more
5 lessons about the way we treat people, Author unknown
6.20.11 - Submitted by Pat Turner, Gibsonburg, Ohio - 1. First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady. During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?... read more
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From Dan Harless, Bye - - Bye - - - Things are going to be changing - -
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them.  But, ready or not, here they come!  1.  The Post Office.  Get ready to imagine a world without the post office.  They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term.  Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive... read more
From Linda Brenner, Author Unknown... Getting old
“Be kind and enjoy today, there may not be tomorrow.” A couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they’re physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember... Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. ‘Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?’ he asks. ‘Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?’... read more
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Mollie Breno, By Delbert Blickenstaff, Senior Scribe
Mollie was born in England in 1922. Her family lived in London in a museum area, and as a child she often played in museums. When Mollie was 17 years old her family’s home was bombed by the Germans. She joined the British Army and was stationed at Winchester, where she did office work. Molly met an American soldier at a dance. His name was Paul Breno, and they were married in 1947. They had four... read more
Two Poems by Author Lois Wilson, Greenville, Ohio... read more
From Judy Bolin, Columbus, Ohio... The Clothes Line
My wife was after me for a clothes dryer for Christmas.  I got her the best one I could find and she has been mad with me ever since. My goodness what kind did you get her? The best clothes line they had. One that wouldn’t rust, with a large bag of clothes pins. You just can’t make some women happy. REMEMBER  THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHES  LINES? Remember? You have  to be a certain age to appreciate  this.  I can hear my  mother now... THE  BASIC RULES... read more
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Auditor, Judge guests of Senior Scribes at Recent Meeting
Heartland Director of Admissions Amy Farmer explains information regarding Medicare/Medicaid to Senior Scribes at their recent regular monthly meeting held at Heartland of Greenville. Also present at the meeting were Darke County... read more
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The Final Years... Retiring from Greenville Fire Department and moving on to new horizons
By Robert Rhoades, Senior Scribe - It’s sort of hard to tell when I started thinking about doing something else.  Having spent 25 years of my life, which seemed like an eternity, at one job was a pretty big task I thought.  But I could tell that my body was starting to fight back.  It seemed that I was having an expansion in my mid section which was not welcomed at all.  I was... read more
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40 years of Card Playing, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
“Laughter is the best medicine and we do lots of that!” said Libby Koch about the afternoons the group spends playing cards and socializing. For more than 40 years, the group has been playing cards every Wednesday afternoon at the Greenville VFW.  There are three members of the original group still playing. Ramona Amore is the youngest of the group at 82. Oldest is Lova... read more
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Senior Scribes meet at Heartland
Senior Scribes enjoyed a great breakfast courtesy of Heartland of Greenville and its admissions director, Amy Farmer, Thursday morning. Farmer told the group she’d completed, so far, 22 hours of education in Medicare at the state level, with more coming, and offered her services as an advisor to the group, plus any other senior citizens in need of advice on the program... read more
Hog Log, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
 He is usually named Phil, this hog... read more
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Two feet of snow, By Phyllis Mong, Senior Scribe
I plan ahead for the incoming weather. Try to get a few grocery supplies in the house, even some potato chips, cookies, ice-cream ─  you know, the comfort food that adds calories (which I don't need). But, so comforting! Just in case the power goes off and the stove and microwave are powerless, the night before the storm advisory, I fill two large thermos bottles with very hot water that I may use... read more
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The Early Days, By Bob Rhoades
January 31, 2011 - My first day as a firefighter was July 2, 1967.   We’ll call it the early days.  I heard stories about the iron firemen, real smoke eaters, guys with leather skin and lungs to match.  I’m not sure how much of that was true, but I do know that breathing a lot of that into your lungs hurt a lot after the fact, like someone was sitting on your chest. A lot of us “new guys” decided... read more
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Senior Scribes Meets at Family Health
Senior Scribes met recently at Family Health for their regular monthly meeting. Left to right: Lyn Bliss, Delbert Blickenstaff, Al Bliss, Marianne Clark, Bill Stevens, Phyllis Mong, Jan Boyer and Al Greiner. The next regular meeting will be at 10 a.m. February 24…location to be announced... read more
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Senior Scribes host Spring Fling by Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
Lighthouse Christian Center was the setting for the Senior Scribes’ Scholarship Fund’s Spring Fling, with a western flair. The Fling was held as a fundraiser for the Senior Scribes’ Scholarship Program. Earlier this year, the Scholarship Fund awarded $4,000 in scholarships to Darke County youth.

Rockin’ Robin provided the music for the evening... read more
A good laugh, even if you're NOT over 60! When I bought my Blackberry I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only... read more
And then it is Winter You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. 

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.
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Strictly American, By Ross Princiotto - Apple Pie: It is said that nothing is more American as Apple Pie. Where did the phrase start? Perhaps it started in our New England Colonies. There apples are found at any meal. Yes, apple pie with a slice of cheese is so good, of course, for breakfast. All kinds of pies were made with tarts or fritters. Check this saying out. “An apple pie without the cheese is a kiss without the squeeze”... read more

 
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