Salem City Mayor's Message - 2016

As mayor of Salem, I would like to thank the Spanish Fork/Salem Chamber of Commerce for giving me the opportunity to introduce you to our beautiful community and share some of the highlights we enjoy as Salem citizens. Honored by SafeWise as one of the top 10 safest cities in Utah,...
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Dinner Party - 1976

We had been in Columbus, Ohio a year where my husband was enjoying his new job with Battelle Memorial Institute.  We had bought our first home, a split level, in a neighborhood near the school where our young sons attended.  We had very little furniture at this point in our married life - no couch...
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Tea Plants On The Caspian Shore

Tea Plants On The Caspian Shore
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   I for Iran Some of the nastiest tasting tea in the world can be sipped on the shores of the Caspian Sea, right where the tea bushes grow. Of course, the Iranians are proud of their...
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Daily Visits By Our Furry And Feathered Friends

Daily Visits By Our Furry And Feathered Friends
On the road …again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Daily Visits By Our Furry and Feathered Friends   The four bird feeding stations and three bird houses in our back yard may have been among the attractions to our serene residence; but local deer,...
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Learning to Play

Learning to Play   “You should come down and play Scrabble with me some evening when your kids are away,” she urged. “It’s easy. I’ll teach you.”   I had never been one to play with words. Read, yes, but I never did crosswords, jumbles, or any other puzzles that required...
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The Goat And The Peacock

The Goat And The Peacock
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek The Goat And The Peacock   The tiny island of Pulau Peucang off the western tip of Java was the site of one of only two guard stations for Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, a virtually pristine...
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The Catch of a Lifetime

I remember the first time I met Virginia, who was always "Gin" to me.  In fact, I met Gin for the first time when the love of her life, C.W, also met her for the first time. C.W, myself and another friend were going to Arkansas on a fishing trip when...
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Your Virginia

Hello C.W. , You probably don’t remember me. I know you met so many of Virginia’s counselor friends over the years. You and I had a sweet conversation a few years ago when you came to one of our regional meetings and motivated us with your wonderful words. Virginia is the...
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Memories from Robin Finley

 I loved Virginia!  Working with her on the Arkansas School Counselor Association board for at least 5 years- she was an incredible person.  She was ALWAYS so cheerful and happy.  She would periodically send me such sweet, encouraging messages thanking me on behalf of all school counselors for work done with...
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Mini Reunion - Class of 1959 - Catching Up

Mini Reunion - Class of 1959 - Catching Up
                                                                                      Class of '59           ...
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My Dear Friend

How blessed am I to have had Virginia as a dear friend to love. Our last dinner together was at the Embassy, always one of our favorite spots. Mickey Stant, Virginia and I would gather there many times when we first met and solve the problems of our world! This last...
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Think of a Few People Who Made You Feel Special

At the top of the list of a rew people who made me feel special are my new cousins.  I have met them here and there through my Genealogy work.  I have known three of my new cousins now for about 2-3 years.  But they all make me feel special.  They...
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My days away from work and meeting friends in my youth

Jill was living in Clare South Australia when she was a teenager and her interests were table tennis and tennis and going to local balls and dances in Clare and Jamestown.  She tells us about moving to Adelaide and finding the right place to board and going to dances at Burnside...
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A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell
This special day began typically for March in Ohio, gray with blowing rain against the bedroom window.  How I wished the sun could pop out from behind the clouds.     Today is the occasion for honoring a good friend and mentor for many of the musicians in our city.  Our...
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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE PLEASE READ BEFORE THE VIDEO

  DEB AND I PLANNED TO MOVE FROM BOSTON TO UPSTATE NY IN SEPTEMBER OF 2007 TO LIVE ON HER PARENTS'  PROPERTY - TO BE CLOSE TO THEM AND PROVIDE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE  AS NEEDED AT THIS TIME IN THEIR LIVES. IT WAS A DECISION WE MADE TOGETHER.   MEANWHILE BACK IN...
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Traveling in Russia

I had the good fortune to travel through Russia on a riverboat cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 1997.  We traveled first on the Moscow River and then the famous Volga!  Many locks enabeled us to make it all the way to the Lake Lagoda.   This lake is famous for...
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Pig Roast, 11/19/2011

Pig Roast, 11/19/2011
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If He Was Here Again...

If He Was Here Again...
I had the good fortune of becoming very close with a hillbilly family in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. I know I can use the word, "hillbilly" because it's just who they are and they are proud of it. Rather than tell that entire story here I wanted to...
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My Truest Friend

My Truest Friend
A sign once read, "A good friend will bail you out of jail. A true friend will be in jail with you saying, "Damn that was fun." I have had many "good" friends in my life. Many could even qualify as true friends. I can recall deeply loyal friendships in my...
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My First Serious Love Relationship

My First Serious Love Relationship
I returned from my LDS Mission to The Netherlands in December, 1965 and continued my studies at Utah State University. Having really struggled with the freshman year of college before my mission, I was coming back near the level of probation. My mode of transportation was a bicycle and this posed...
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