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Janet Davis Correspondent

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Seeking Members

Calling all wanna-be Dragons. The club is searching hither and yon for Lakengren men, no matter what age, to join the Dragons to carry on their tradition and accomplishments that previous Dragon members rendered to the community. The likes of the sand volleyball court, free swimming lessons for kids, changes within the lodge to accommodate bigger crowds, special amenities at the club house, lodge, and outdoor lighting, JBFD events, Vet’s dinners and Hold’em card parties are but a few of their past activities.

In 2014, the Dragons are seeking new blood to perpetuate some of the past events, and barrel into the New Age with current ideas and new officers to springboard for future meetings. If interested, please leave name and cell number with the LPOA office staff or call Rick McMahan 513-532-3008.

Birthdays Aplenty

The credit card bills haven’t even come yet and this writer is looking at five birthdays this month. Somehow this wasn’t planned correctly. The only good thing about it is the markdown sales are in full swing and if you’re not too picky, it’s easy to find several birthday gifts for various ages at discount prices.

Breakfast and a Dip

Guess the big news within the month of January is the All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Lodge on Jan. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. It’s the same day as the Polar Bear Plunge sponsored by the Gasper Township Fire Department on the Lakengren Beach behind the Lodge.

Chief Larry Taylor states you can come stuff yourself with pancakes for $4 for adults or kids age 4 to 12 just $3. Mom, Dad and Grandma can register for the plunge on that day with a $15 minimum, donation.

For plunge info or the breakfast, you may call 937-475-6741. A waiver and release form must be signed, and if under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign with proper identification. Make sure you come and watch if you cannot participate for the 2nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge and become a member of the GFD Polar Bear Club. All proceeds after expenses are paid will benefit the Gasper Fire Department to purchase new equipment.

Garden Club

On Jan. 3, members of the Lakengren Garden Club are to meet at the China Wok in Eaton for their annual planning session to fill their club calendar. With new events popping up for spring and speakers setting their agenda calendars for 2014, this industrious group will meet and share ideas over lunch.

Tomato catalogs were mailed to their mailboxes along with last year’s Christmas cards, so they are itching to get their knees on the ground, their new garden gloves dirty, and to become inspired, fascinated, informed, and entertained during this year’s LGC events. Members and friends should arrive by 1 p.m. or if you’re not a member feel free to come by and meet the crowd.

Dumpster Diving

A Lakengren friend of mine has brought a whole new meaning to “dumpster diving” or maybe I should call it “toter tipping”? Before Christmas some items came up missing following one of her quickie trips to Richmond to pick up this and that, said friend. Upon asking her husband if he had seen the missing bag and searching for it in the garage, she finally decided she had left the merchandise in Richmond.

A light was triggered in her brain as she remembered telling her husband to not take the sack of garbage near the garage door to the can until morning. A lot of crazy things happened when she came home from the store, but, no, she wouldn’t have thrown away her purchases. But just to be sure, with flashlight in hand she went out to the toter to do a little diving. What to her wandering eyes should appear, not eight tiny reindeer, but the bag with the purchases from Richmond. Picture this, cars driving by on busy Lakengren Drive, the friend in husband’s big coat with flash light in hand, bent at the waist with head inside the blue toter at the snow-filled curbside.

This is not the first time my friend has told stories on herself, and I reiterated to her at lunch, “You should write a book. People would buy it, read it, and say ‘that story is about me.’” We’ve all done something like this in our lifetime, but more often than not, it happens to one of the most colorful friends I have. Thanks Jean for letting me tell your story.

Until next time jandavis767@aol.com

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