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East side, west side: Spring has sprung

By Pat McDaniel
Lake Arrowhead Correspondent

Here I am… Eight days late!  Forgive me, things started “popping” around here and, with one thing and another, I’m just now getting back to business.

“Spring has sprung, the grass iz riz, I wonder where the birdies iz?”  I wonder who wrote that…I used to think it was an Ogden Nash creation but… quien sabe, who knows?

Anyway, back at the lake… Randy Visintainer had his big toe amputated last week after weeks of pain and agony, indecision and a series of tests.  After three days in the hospital after the surgery, he was sent to Health-South where he remains today (Monday, the 12th).  He’ll be in rehab there for at least a couple of weeks.  We wish him well and hope he’s up and out and about very soon!

Out of the hospital are O.T. Adair, Elsa Rankin, Wynema Wyrick and Jan Revier.  Elsa’s home and will begin a round of three chemo treatments this Thursday.  Wynema is back home.  This erratic weather plays havoc with her lungs.  Dr. P. says she should stay indoors away from wind and cold air, etc.  It’s hard to do sometimes…

Jan Revier had a touch of the pneumonia, but seems to have recovered after a stay in the hospital and a visit from some grandchildren!  I don’t know about O.T., he’s home, but I wonder how he feels.  He had pneumonia.  Nelda Epley is recovering from bronchitis… She had it bad!

Brother Darrell’s a lot better, he had the same thing… Sherry Coombs is recovering from carpel tunnel surgery and Naomi Morris is, I think, just plain tired!  Wayne Morris continues his treatments for lung cancer.  Haven’t heard about Mary Etta Skinner… I know her daughter-in-law, Lisa, is recovering from some severe back problems and Lisa’s son and his family are here from Norfolk, Va.  I can’t recall their names for anything!

Anyway, I  ‘m sure Mary Etta is enjoying their visit, too!

Wayne Morris was elected a captain for the VFD out here.

I need to get a list of all the officers, etc.

Make Today Count

Make Today Count is a local support group.  It’s open to men and women.  It’s for those who have a serious illness or have been ill.  It’s for caregivers… these illnesses can be more traumatic for the caregiver than for the one who is ill.

It’s also open to anyone who has lost a loved one or just needs an “attitude adjustment”!  Call Mona at 723-5786, or me at 528-2268.

State Park Cleanup

Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.-noon is Clean-Up Day at the Lake state park.  It’s sponsored by the Friends of Lake Arrowhead State Park.  There will be free hot dogs and drinks for those who participate!

By the way, in case you haven’t read or heard, Park Superintendent John Ferguson will be moving to Strawn.  This is a promotion for him.  He will be charged with the setting up of a new State Park there.  We are going to miss him and his wife, Sarah, and those 3 precious children, Kate, William and Henry.  It really is hard to say “Good-bye” to that family… They are special people!

Back to the State Park… Cliff Massey will hold two hunter education classes, one from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, March 23, and the other will be held Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Call the Park, 528-2211, for more info.


Put April 28, a Saturday, on your calendar… It’s a fundraiser for the Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department.  It’s the annual Spaghetti Supper, featuring Shirley V.’s spaghetti and sauce with salad, bread and some lip lickin’ home made desserts.  Not only is the food good, the company’s better!

It’s a family reunion… All the lakers and the AREers get to see each other exchange fish stories and tell lies!  If you haven’t been there, you should go!

O.T. Adair lent me a book, an old book… First published in 1965.  “The Verse by the Side of the Road: The Story of the Burma Shave Signs.  Signs that read:  THE ANSWER TO/ A MAIDEN’S/ PRAYER/ IS NOT A CHIN/ OF STUBBY HAIR, or, BENEATH THIS STONE/ LIES ELMER GUSH/ TICKLED TO DEATH/ BY HIS SHAVING BRUSH.  For those of you who are not able to recall a Burma Shave sign, I weep.  Burma Shave was, probably, the first brushless shaving cream on the market.  That was in 1926… WITH/ A SLEEK CHEEK/ PRESSED TO HERS/JEEPERS! CREEPERS! / HOW SHE PURRS!


It’s a lovely day out there… A bit windy… Will it really be 87 tomorrow?   Have a good one!

Peace, love and laughter


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