Bob and Loita were married on Sept. 25, 30 years ago (1982). The wedding was at the Methodist Church in Albia, Iowa. Pam Barnes (Selby), her sister, was maid of honor and Randy Beary, Bob’s cousin ( son of Larry and Joan Beary), was best man.
They have lived on main street at 1104 South E Avenue for many years. This house was originally Frank and Maggie Barnes’ home ( Loita’s grandparents). They have worked steadily to refurbish the property and it is in excellent condition.
Their marriage has been blessed with three children: Sadie, Katie, and Christian. Sadie is married to a high school sweetheart from Twin Cedars school, William Dykstra. They have two children.
We wish you many more happy years together Bob and Loita!
Theme Park for Everyone Including Disabled and Wheelchair Occupants Now Open in San Antonio, Texas
Gordon Hartman has a daughter with mental and physical disabilities and decided with his skills as a home builder and friends in the skilled trades to build an all inclusive park that would be wheel chair accessible.
The theme park is named Morgan’s Wonderland. There is a carousal that allows people in wheelchairs to float up and down like those riding the carousal horses. There is a sensory free village for those who can not tolerate bright lights and loud noises. There is a wheelchair accessible sandbox. A train ride which is completely wheelchair accessible travels almost a mile around the park’s lake for the fun of the visitors.
The park is free to those with disabilities so no one is excluded due to cost. Admission for adults who accompany a disabled person is $15, $10 for children, and $10 for seniors and military members.
The park opened in April 2010. One boy in a wheel chair said his favorite thing at the park was the swings which wheel chairs can use. He said it was the first time he could swing like other kids and it meant so much to him to experience that.
To learn hours of park use or make a donation go to morganswonderland.com.
Please pass the word about this exciting opportunity for anyone you know who could enjoy this chance to ride the rides and play for a day!
St Peter’s Catholic Church Annual Picnic to Be Oct. 14th
Mark your calendar for the yummy homemade luncheon, auction, raffles, and country store. Even some games and fun in the plan too. A beautiful blue and white quilt pieced by Sharon Stoffer, one of our members from Bussey, will be sold in a silent auction that day. The quilt was hand quilted by the quilting ladies in Ottumwa St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Sharon generously donated the quilt to the fundraiser.