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The Suburbanite
  • Nan DeMuesy: Lots of ideas can be discovered on little slips of paper

  • We all think we grew up in the “good old days.” (Did you ever abbreviate that?) Back then our trash cans were never on display at the front of our drive. We actually (well, my mom) had an attractive three-sided fence at the back of our property to hide the trash. Today we enjoy weekly patrols of our neighbor’s pile. They sure eat a lot of pizza and once a year buy a Hoover.

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  • Any horizontal surface in my home automatically becomes a desk. In addition to unbelievable clutter, there will be a cup holding scissors, letter opener, ruler and hopefully one pen and pencil. To the left will be a yellow legal pad; to the right a small stack of notes with vital ideas. There’s my harvest.
    Today’s column will gather the current notes and share them with you. Otherwise, the small slips of paper would fall to the floor, which is far too low for my long legs, short arms. Fasten your seat belt; it’s “pot-purry” time.
    LET US BEGIN
    We all think we grew up in the “good old days.” (Did you ever abbreviate that?) Back then our trash cans were never on display at the front of our drive. We actually (well, my mom) had an attractive three-sided fence at the back of our property to hide the trash. Today we enjoy weekly patrols of our neighbor’s pile. They sure eat a lot of pizza and once a year buy a Hoover.
    Next little note has “pink” on it. That’s to remind you that back in the ’30s this newspaper did indeed have a pink edition. It came out around 4 p.m. and my friend’s brother had a short route through the Hoover Co. offices. This little journalism junkie (me) loved taking his route when he would be at summer Scout camp.
    Speaking of Hoover, the next item to share is that the one-time “Boss Hoover” walk is fading into a Walsh event that will continue to benefit YM seniors. It was once one of my note ideas.
    Too many well-intentioned “memorials” fade and disappear. I hope that never happens to the John Barker Springhouse on Monument Road in Canton. Years ago, I attended a dedication at North Canton’s Civic Center for a fine new shuffle board area complete with a plaque honoring a couple who promoted senior activities. Later, when a new parking lot was built, the plaque and court disappeared.
    Hope you noticed in the news that the Mercy-Aultman conflict is settled on paper and hopefully in the hearts of everyone who values both fine hospitals.
    ANOTHER VIEW
    Several months ago, I proposed a Stark County View team featuring local women. My one appointee did not agree with some of the adjectives I used to describe her merits. But she has not walked out like fuzzy Joy and Whoopi, who should’ve known better.
    One note just slipped to the floor; it is a reminder to me to tell you that another fine Stark lady has made it to the View group. It’s Mary Alice Booher-Rauber, who with her letter-to-editor skills brings brilliance to our team.
    Page 2 of 2 - Finally, almost, don’t vote if you haven’t done your homework. You’ll only cancel the effort of someone who has.
    I should conclude with Happy Halloween, but I won’t. I totally dislike the event. I don’t like ugly costumes and am a very scary kid. Instead, save your energy for Nov. 11 with love and hugs for our veterans. Next time we meet, I just might share a lovely story about our hometown boy who took off in a B-24 for his 50th flight over Germany. The date was oddly Nov. 11, 1944.