Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.
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WORTHINGTON -- Throughout the first holiday weekend of summer, many graduation celebrations took place, marking a rite of passage for many students. But those observances took a backseat on Monday, as area communities honored a different group of people -- their deceased citizens -- especially those who died in service to their country. Such was the case in Round Lake, where a sign proclaiming the "Class of 2006" still hung behind the stage at the Round Lake School.
WORTHINGTON -- Somewhere out there, Ryan White knew he had a sister. Someday, he intended to find her. But she found him first, thanks to two articles that were published in the Daily Globe. Ryan, a student at District 518's Area Learning Center, was one of several students featured in an October 2005 article about the school's online newspaper, The Insider. Ryan was also the subject of a Daily Globe People feature on Feb. 18, one in a series of three that profiled ALC students. Through a relative, those articles were forwarded to Betty Levens, adoptive mother of Sara, Ryan's sister.
ROUND LAKE -- Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Amazingly, there are no Marys in the U & I Garden Club -- a Marilyn and a Marlis, but no Mary -- but it's to be assumed that all the members' gardens grow quite well. After all, the club has been in existence for more than 50 years, so its members -- although no charter members remain -- have been disseminating gardening tips, techniques, skills and expertise throughout the area for half a century.
WORTHINGTON -- Former city councilman and staunch community supporter Lloyd Standafer, 86, died Wednesday afternoon at Sunset Cottage in Worthington.
JACKSON -- Come as you are. That simple statement applies to more than just the dress code at Fellowship Church, 1229 N. Highway, Jackson. "We love people regardless of where they're at, where they're from," emphasized Pastor Jacob Wallace. "If there's one thing that I can stress the most, it's that we accept everybody and anybody, no matter what your background is. ...
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- "Demonstrated exceptional ability and initiative." "... a valuable asset to the Aircraft Generation Branch." "... willingly accepts responsibility above his pay grade without hesitation." "... an outstanding leader and technician." " ... the epitome of an NCO and sets an outstanding example for all." Those are just a few of the comments that were made about Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Craig von Holdt during his recent retirement ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base.
WORTHINGTON -- In its first two years, the Motorcycle Rally at Solid Rock Assembly, 1730 Diagonal Road in Worthington, "exceeded expectations," according to Pastor Scott Peterson. And this year, with a dynamic speaker and an added wow-factor -- the Team Faith Extreme Freestyle Jump Show -- the event should far surpass the original concept. "There were some individuals who had been talking about a bike blessing, and one thing grew into another," recalled Peterson about the rally's origins.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Chad and Joan Estebo wouldn't be at all surprised if their son, Evan, grew up to become a purveyor of vacuum cleaners.
Fishes, suspicious, delicious, pernicious ... there are many words that could potentially rhyme with Aloysius (al-low-ish-us), but none seemed quite right when it came to naming a musical group. Aloysius was the working name for a project created by Noah Hoehn and Keith Nystrom. They liked the quirkiness, but wanted something that would rhyme with the old-fashioned moniker and add a rock 'n' roll flavor. "Aloysius is my father's middle name," explained Noah, the son of Joe and Carol Hoehn of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Spring is a busy time of the year at Jim Dahl's place of employment. He's kept busy mixing paint and selling lawnmowers at Patzer's Hardware Hank in Marshall. But he doesn't neglect his vocation, either. By day he's a hardware store paint manager, but the rest of the time, he's an artist. "My life changed after I got divorced," explained Dahl, who lives in Cottonwood. "It's probably more important to make money now. It would be nice to make enough money with my art, then I wouldn't have to work so hard.