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College friends enjoy cruise together

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Hello everyone — I hope everyone is doing fine and dandy. February is off to a nice start with the weather.

The Super Bowl game was good and we were glad that Kansas City won. We could only watch the first three-quarters as the cable went out at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Mike tracked the game on his computer and we were able to keep up with the score. It sounded like the fourth quarter was the most exciting part. Of course, the best parts of the Super Bowl are the commercials and we missed some.

Mike and I took an eleven night cruise to Southern Caribbean. We were gone for two weeks as we stayed with a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Heather, at the beginning and end. We spent one night in a hotel at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

We went on the cruise with friends from college. We have been friends since 1974-75. We were with Gerry and Cherie Freisthler of Niceville, Fla., Ken and Dani Conley of Dayton, Ohio, and Steve and Cathy Foley of Dayton, Ohio. The cruise was fantastic and it was great being with friends.

Our cruise was scheduled to go to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao. We didn’t make it to Costa Rica due to an onboard medical emergency. On the second day, approximately 24 hours after we left, a man had a heart attack. The friends saw crew doing chest compressions on him. When Mike and I went by, we saw the man being loaded on a stretcher. The ship’s captain had to get the man to an airport. We tried to get to Jamaica, which didn’t work. The winds were so bad and the captain tried twice to get to the dock, but it couldn’t be done. The man had a heart attack on Tuesday evening and it was Friday afternoon before we got to Colon, Panama where he was taken off the ship. Mike and I did watch him go across the water in a tugboat and get put in an ambulance. A few days later, the captain made an announcement that the man was doing better. This was good news.

We had a great wait staff for dinner every evening. We had a group picture taken with the wait staff on the last evening. These three gentlemen made our mealtimes so enjoyable. They would bring us extras if we just mentioned it. On Tuesday, it was mentioned it should be Taco Tuesday. Suddenly a large plate of nachos with all the dips was brought to our table. Then a plate of churros showed up on our table and they were delicious. The service on that cruise ship was fantastic.

It was sad and scary to hear about the home invasion on Cowan. The victim, Scott Day, is still at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. His mother, Frances Day, was my fourth-grade teacher.

Michael Campbell, of Newport, visited his dad, John Campbell, a week ago. Joe Newell came over while Michael was in. They had a good time playing Catan.

The February birthdays are: 4 – Jane Yonts, 5 – Jason Brown and Leah Stevenson, 7 – Rachel Ison Fields, 9 – Cindi Speros Yonts, 10 – Ricky Adams, 11 – Avery Adkins, 15 – Ellen Ison White, 19 – Millie Banks, 21 – Donna Sockey Pitts, Jade Hasenour and Eric Wenning, 22 – Tracy Yonts, 26 – Rebecca Phillips, 28 – Shelby Sigrest Pendergrass.

This week’s quote is “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.”

If you have any news, please email me at Cowan- News@aol.com.

Have a wonderful week and be kind.

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