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­­ Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Four Days to Uhuru Peak   In March of 1994 the Footloose Forester joined with nine other adventurers to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  It was one of those bucket list adventures that got a high priority...

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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Into The Volcano The seminal Chronicles of a Footloose Forester has always been an unscheduled mélange of essays, stories, dreams, and adventures.  If he had his way, the adventures would predominate and the stories would follow.  The...

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Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Countdown to More Sweat Getting started on a job that will likely promote sweat involves a short span of personal contemplation.  The upcoming job may be one of short or long duration, but when real sweat is...

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Ninety-six and loving life!!  Vanita Ward was born in Delta, Utah in her parents’ home on December 11, 1919.  Her parents were William Sanders Jenkins and Betsy Luceen Cook Jenkins.  There were 12 children in her family and she was number seven.  Her father owned a grocery business, and during...

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Aylene Christensen was born August 9, 1927 in the family home in Benjamin, Utah.  Her parents were Charles Arlynn Hickman and Delta Larsen Hickman.  She was the baby of the family with two older brothers and two older sisters.  Her mother passed away at age 39 when Aylene was a...

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We'd like to introduce you to Beverly Faretta.  She was born December 12, 1931.  She was born and raised in the family home at 555 East 200 South, Provo [Utah]. Her parents were Ervin and Minnie Bell Brailsford.  They lived in this this home until she was 12; then they...

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Marion Robert Morrison aka John Wayne (1907-1979) John Wayne was a larger-than-life movie hero, but his ancestors were the same type and could have fit right into his film roles, according to a Utah genealogical research company. Research International was in the midst of work on a book about Wayne's...

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NaDean Sheen 1 July 2015, Salem Utah NaDean Sheen is a spry 92-year old.  She was born June 16, 1923 in Springville at her grandmother's home. Her parents, Reed and Cathrine Hansen, lived in Palmyra.  She grew up there on the family farm.  She learned to work helping her dad...

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This remarkable story about a defining moment in my personal history was written by Christine Bonham. daughter of my very good friend and visionary, Dave Fankhauser.    Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.              ...

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A very community-oriented couple is Neil and Vicki Peterson.  Neil was born in Salem, on the kitchen table.  He was delivered by Dr. Neil, so his mother named him Neil.  His parents were Elmer and Tena Peterson.  They now live two houses north of the home he grew up in....

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     Neldon and Diane Jensen were raised in Salem, moved away, and now they are back. Diane is the daughter of Howard and Lois Roper.  She was born in the same house she grew up in on 500 East. She had three brothers and two sisters, and she was second...

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On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Cap And Gown Are Not For Me   "What did you go out into the wilderness to see?  A reed shaken by the wind? [Luke: 7:24].  But what did you go to see?  A man...

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If you haven't met Joan Hahn, you need to.  She is known nationally and internationally.  She was born on May 9, 1933 in Kemmerer, Wyoming to Bernice Pringle and Roy Wainwright.  She has a younger brother, Arlyn,  She graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1951 and attended [Brigham Young University]...

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Your turn to spin -- no, it's not "spin the bottle" but "spin the wool".  This is a talent of Lillie Francom.  Lillie was born in Payson on July 8, 1926; she is 88 years old.  She has lived in Salem for 43 years.  She met her husband, Arthur Francom,...

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Keith and Gwen Barney never moved very far from where they were born.  Keith was born in Lake Shore 81 years ago and Gwen was born in Spanish Fork 76 years ago.  They were both born at home.  When Keith was born in was 33 degress below zero and his...

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Grant and Virginia Moore have been married for 28 years.  They were married April 4, 1986. Grant was born in Payson, Utah February 14, 1923.  He grew up on a farm in West Mountain.  He graduated from Payson High School in May, 1941.  Jobs were scarce so he and his...

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On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Making Marmalade   At three o’clock the Bengal Tiger noticed that the wild grapes in the vacant lot next door were fully ripe and ready for harvest.  By four o’clock, or maybe 4:15, those grapes...
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Ask any neighbor and they will say it is a joy to have Verna Taylor for a neighbor.  She was born in Spring Lake, Utah and has lived in Payson, Springville and Salem.  She comes from a family of nine chidren--three sisters and five brothers.  She is 85 years old...

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The Peace Corps Jocks Posted by Dick Pellek on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 in Business/Career On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    The Peace Corps Jocks Nobody would believe it if you told them that a rag-tag crew of a mere handful...

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Our Senior Spotlight this month is Ed Solie.  He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 1924, which makes him 90 years old.  He lived there until he was three.  His dad had a sheet metal business and they moved a couple of times, finally settling in West Dallas, Wisconsin...