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Johnny Calihan was 94 years old May 15.Sue Wagner writes, “Yesterday my dad turned 94 years old! He has seen many changes in his lifetime but he has never wavered on his love for God, his family and his country. He proudly served in World War II and says he would do it again. We are blessed to have had so much time with both of our parents and thank God every day. Happy birthday, Dad, my true American hero!! I love you!”

Johnny Calihan was 94 years old May 15.Sue Wagner writes, “Yesterday my dad turned 94 years old! He has seen many changes in his lifetime but he has never wavered on his love for God, his family and his country. He proudly served in World War II and says he would do it again. We are blessed to have had so much time with both of our parents and thank God every day. Happy birthday, Dad, my true American hero!! I love you!”

Hello everyone! Once again I will start this column by saying I hope you haven’t put your long johns away, as we are bouncing back and forth so much, frost in the mornings, air conditioning in the evening.

At our house we sure have an unusual combination, as written before, I have don’t have central air, and have no desire for it. I have a window air conditioner that usually doesn’t get put in until it gets so hot, then I will agree for Keith to install it in the living room.

Keith has a small unit in his bedroom, he has used it quite a bit. He covered the register so heat doesn’t come into his room.

I am still using heat in the mornings, plus I keep my electric throw on my chair at all times. At least the snow is done with for a few months.

My memories have stayed strong of the recent trips to the mountains I call home. If I didn’t need to do things here, I really would stay a month and just gallivant from here to there visiting and enjoying looking at the beautiful mountains.

May 15 Johnny Calihan reached the young age of 94. Johnny is formerly from Paces Branch, Roxana, and makes his home in Harrison, Ohio. Thanks for your service to our country and for being a teacher for many years. A loving husband to his beautiful wife Ann for 73 years, a wonderful dad, a devout Christian, and last but not least, I am thankful, and blessed to call Johnny and Ann Calihan friends. Johnny has survived more the last six months than you will ever believe, thanks to our God, and for the loving care of Ann and family.

May 15 Johnny Calihan reached the young age of 94. Johnny is formerly from Paces Branch, Roxana, and makes his home in Harrison, Ohio. Thanks for your service to our country and for being a teacher for many years. A loving husband to his beautiful wife Ann for 73 years, a wonderful dad, a devout Christian, and last but not least, I am thankful, and blessed to call Johnny and Ann Calihan friends. Johnny has survived more the last six months than you will ever believe, thanks to our God, and for the loving care of Ann and family.

Mountain laurel or rhododendron or whatever the name of the beautiful trees should be blooming before too long.

As Memorial Day is approaching, thoughts return of childhood days of growing up at Roxana. Memorial Day was called Decoration Day. Mommy never had the money to buy flowers. Her grandparents Will and Nance Coots were buried on Big Branch. I never remember her ever going there when I was little, as she couldn’t have walked that far with us children in tow.

My grandpa Elec Hall, my aunt Opal Hall and my sister Anna Lou Hall were buried in Nora Frazier’s cemetery. Mommy would walk there along with Grandma Rosa Hall occasionally. Aunt Tena would somehow manage to get sheets of red and green crepe paper, cut the paper in a petal shape, scrape the crepe paper with the scissors, then using fine wire, make a stem and place the petals to make a rose. If possible the crepe paper flowers could be dipped in melted wax to make them last longer.

The last time I was at Nora Frazier’s cemetery, my brother Richie Hall took me there on a four-wheeler. Actually, Richie and I rode the four-wheeler from Ingram’s Creek to Kingscreek, to Roxana, up Tolson Creek, to the cemetery on top of Big Branch, down through a mountainside to Boggs Hollow ( Holler ). I was glad to get back to Richie and Wanda’s safe and sound.

I made two trips in one on the four-wheeler, my first and last with the roads to Big Branch Cemetery. I may have to resort to hiring someone to take me to the family cemetery.

Times have changed so much from childhood to present time. You can purchase the most beautiful flower arrangements, even a single bouquet is beautiful, but getting them to the cemetery is another thing.

Daphne Korner, the friend who joined me in the venture to the mountains, is still talking about the trip. Daphne lived in a college dorm during college so she really enjoys our stay at Cavalry Campus.

Vickie Power and I stay at Parkway Inn as we have ventured back during off time for the campus. Vickie has made the journey to the mountains several times with me.

Campbell’s Branch Community Center has resumed to having music on Friday nights. I wish I could afford to be there each and every Friday night. Carcassonne Community Center is still on hold at the present time.

It has been such an utmost pleasure to visit Mike and Marcia Caudill, enjoying a few burned marshmallows and the firepit.

As quick as Keith gets a spot cleared, I will be enjoying the wonderful birthday gift from Mike and Marcia, my own firepit. I was planning on getting one, and now I will enjoy this with memories of them each time I build a fire in it.

At Mike and Marcia’s it was so relaxing and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Daphne really enjoyed there also.

Keith has a burning barrel, but I’ve not felt good enough to take the time to roast marshmallows when he had a roaring fire blazing.

Once again, the frame that Keith made to hold my cast iron pot, and the circle is filled with flowers, in my front yard.

This time I personally purchased all petunias, as last year Keith got several flats of impatiens as he didn’t know the difference. I had to transplant and replace with petunias.

Get ready for a laugh, I bought the same amount of plants, using the same color scheme as last year.

When I returned home, Keith reversed the colors as he didn’t remember what he used. I had to make another trip back to get to purchase more petunias. Finally he found his pictures from last spring, saying you are right. I just smiled and made no comment.

May 15, Johnny Calihan celebrated his birthday, reaching the young age of 94. Saturday, I baked a chocolate cake, taking a portion for Johnny and Ann, and a card, as I knew the family was having a small get-together with cake and ice cream.

When I pulled into the driveway the most beautiful sight met my vision, as Johnny and Ann were sitting on the front porch. For once I wish I had a camera as this was so wonderful to see.

Johnny is able to walk with the assistance of a walker. Ann has an injury on her foot and leg, so please keep the Calihan family in your prayers, as their daughter Carol Dieckman isn’t doing very well. Their daughters Teresa and Sue both have had surgeries and aren’t really able to do very much as they can’t lift. With my sugar dropping, etc., I am not as agile as I used to be.

Thank goodness for a friend like Daphne who did most of the driving when we were in the mountains last weekend.

Hello to Buddy and Bernice Grubb and Mike, you never know who will pop up or where.

Pat and Les Wagner, I hope everything is alright with everyone. Maybe we will get together sometime soon.

Sue Hall is recovering slowly from her severe burn, but this will take time to heal.

Hello Pricie Rogan. I haven’t made a phone call yet to Tommy. I will try to get around to it when I can catch my breath

Time is catching up with me. Until next time.

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