Archive for April, 2009

Wallace Tire and Supply

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Wallace Tire and Supply has been in business in Lovilia since 1995.  It is located at 2202 Highway 5 and that location is what drew Rob Wallace to set up his business there.  The phone number at the store is 641-946-9500. Business hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. If there is work to be done he will be there on Saturday as needed.

Rob retails tires for cars, pickups and farm tractors.  He will also repair tires.  Minor vehicle repair is also part of his services.  Since his dad died, Rob plans to take over his used car business and also sell salvaged parts.

He lives on a hobby farm and has 20 head of cattle and 200 acres of hay.  One favorite pastime for him is wild turkey hunting.  You can see some of the feathers mounted on display in the tire shop.  Once a year in the fall you can find him at Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch near Columbia selling Kettle Korn for the visitors. That is a sweet sideline!

Rob’s family includes his wife, Renee, a registered nurse.  He has four children:  Rhianna, 18; Ross, 16: Rebecca, 14; and Reese, 8.  Rhianna will graduate from Twin Cedars this May and is enrolled at Kansas State University in Manhatten, Kansas.

Drama depicts the Passion of Christ

Local family John Bacon, Kathy, and daughters Claira and Rachel are apart of this wonderful live presentation at the Moravia Church of the Nazarene.  John and Claira play the father and his dead daughter whom Jesus restores to life. John also plays a Roman soldier. Rachel is a child with a palm branch celebrating Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  Kathy is behind the scenes caring for little ones in the church nursery whose parents are in the cast or in the audience.  The play lasts about two  hours and is filled with music, singing, and acting out the teaching, miracles, and passion of Jesus.  Over 50 people in period costume on the stage at once with very professional sets and props.  It is good to have reservations as the house is packed with people from all over Iowa and Missouri.  All seats are good as they have auditorium style seating. The entrance to the church is even filled with baby lambs, chicks, calf, and ducks cared for by children and adults in period costume.  The life of Jesus really comes alive!  I highly recommend it.  They will perform at 7pm on Good Friday for the last time this year.  But you can plan to go next year if you can’t this time as they have this elaborate drama each year. There is no admission charge but donations are accepted after the show to help defray costs of the production.

Computer Crushed by Invader and Editor Crushed by Virus

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Warning to Computer Users

I learned the hard way after turning a deaf ear to my husband and three children since we bought the computer.  They had told me not to open forwards and attachments because they can hold a secret invader.  I would respond but they are just cute jokes and games from friends and I have done it for years with no trouble.  BAM!  That all came to a screeching halt and the computer was turned to totally witless and unable to perform.

That is why I have been silent until now but my husband finally revived the PC and so I have been sworn never to open forwards and attachments no matter how enticing.  This is all I have to say on the matter.

I hope my hard lesson will save you a hard lesson.

The editor, yours truly, just got the computer back and I was laid low by some kind of nasty bug for two weeks.  Now nearly normal, or as normal as I ever am,  I will chat with you again.

Our Kids Around the World

Nikki Gilbert is teaching English in Japan.  This is her third year. This is after spending a couple of years in Russia.  Her goal is to see all the seven wonders of the world.  I know she will do it!!

Emily Plum is married to an engineer from Turkey and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  She escorts college student groups to foreign countries.  Most recently to Turkey.  She also spent time in Japan teaching and traveled to Mexico, Spain, and others.

My daughter spent three weeks living in Bolivia with a local family and immersed in the culture for Spanish class while at college.

My son Morgan spent a semester of college in Wales and now is spending two months in Grimsby ,England with a college friend.

My son Wes had friends and college roommates from the Phillippines, Myranmar, Ecuador, Japan, etc.

Let me know if you have kids overseas.  It is such fun to hear what they are experiencing.

When I graduated from high school in 1968 we did not think we would see the world unless uncle Sam sent us to Vietnam or some other military zone.  Kids today are taking it as no big thing and most colleges encourage time in another culture as part of a well rounded education.

My hope is that since they know people in so many places personally that it will reduce the call to war and improve relations worldwide.  If not with our children then for our grandchildren.  That is my Easter prayer.

Iowa Third in the USA

Iowa now is third in the USA for wind power production. That is something to be proud of.  Iowa is doing well because it has steady wind and is close enough from the wind production site to population centers to make it efficient to produce.  Energy experts say if you have to transport the electricity more than 500 miles that is not efficient.  Most places in Iowa can reach the distribution site in 200 miles. Individual home turbines have to be 100-150 feet high to escape turbulence and are noisier than town people want but they are being improved all the time and we may still seem them in our future.

Catholic Altar Servers are Grandparent and Grandchild

Something new is happening at the Catholic church in Knoxville.  Recently grandmothers are serving the altar at mass alongside their grandchildren.  Recently Bea Lenger and her grandson, Justin Lenger served together.  Justin’s dad is Jack Lenger.  Bea was a member of St. Peter’s church in Lovilia for many years and moved away to Knoxville  when her husband Ed died.  Bea grew up when girls could not help at the altar and to help now she says is an honor.

Hope Lodge Free to Cancer Patients in Treatment at Iowa City

This information is from the American Cancer Society.  This lodge opened in 2008.  It offers a home-like environment free of charge.  Hope Lodge guests and caregivers receive moralsupport and encouragement from other guests with similar stories and can access American Cancer Society’s support programs while there.  Parents can stay their with a child receiving treatment and spouses can stay with their spouse.  For more information go to or call 1-800-227-2345.

Let your relatives and friends know about the lodges too as they have other lodges in 18 states and Puerto Rico and are building more.

Quotes to Ponder

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”  said by Audery Hepburn (for those under 50 years old she was a famous movie star who had great class and dignity. She later worked on behalf of children for the United Nations.