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Saturday, July 6 2002

 

A quiet Fourth of July in the Valley
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Reunion record hop for 2002 set for August 3
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David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

July 4, 2002

We toured the Valley on the Fourth of July, looking for festive crowds celebrating the holiday. Our first destination was Chestnut and ShoemakerStreets. Foodland and Co Go were open but only a few customers trickled through. The Fire Hall with fire engines inside stood at-the-ready with no one around. The beautiful new Gazebo waited, empty, for someone to come by and rest awhile.

We next looked along McCoy Street and McMullen Field for action but found none. All the ball fields were empty. Of course, on such a hot day, everyone must be at the Park and Pool. We drove out Barker Row and quickly noticed that there were only a few cars around the bathhouse and not many swimmers in the pool. Not one of the pavilions in the Park was being used. We continued into the Park to the old reservoir to see if anyone was fishing. The water stood still, deep, and cold as always but no fisherman.

We next headed out to Dumans Lake. Surely, it would be thriving with crowds having picnics. Alas, that proved not to be. Only a few picnickers took advantage of the many pavilions and the Lake with its fish stood waiting for fishermen. On the way back along Dumans Road, we did notice that the corn was knee-high by the Fourth of July. At the intersection with Route 422, Uncle Sam greeted us and the Krispy Kream was as welcome and delicious as ever.

Only later that night did we discover that our tour hadn't proceeded far enough down the Valley. The crowds were apparently in Vintondale. We learned that when the booming sounds of fireworks echoed up the Valley as we watched far-away fireworks on TV. We learned a little more on Friday at our doctor appointment. Dr. Michael Tatarko told us that he had participated in a half-marathon that pitted the runners against Chickoree Mountain. Obviously, we missed the boat, not to mention the picnics, marathon and fireworks.

We will have to hone our reporting skills to better find the action next year.

(Click here for photos of David's and Pat's Fourth of July tour. —Webmaster)

Dumb crooks

The Belgium news agency Belga reported in November that a man suspected of robbing a jewelry store in Liege said he couldn't have done it because he was busy breaking into a school at the same time. Police then arrested him for breaking into the school.

— Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

God can wait on the sinning man, He can withhold judgment, He can exercise long-suffering to the point where He appears lax in His judicial administration-but He cannot force a man to repent. To do this would be to violate the man's freedom and void the gift of God originally bestowed upon him.

A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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