A special shout-out to everyone who participated in this weekend’s event, especially Jim Laragy and Sandi Kohler who helped with set up, food and signs. Special appreciation to Jack Hughes and his wife Lynn (Bob’s brother and sister-in-law) who came the farthest. They drove from Brockton, Massachusetts to be present for their brother.
Karin Morgan was one of the earliest to arrive. She and Linda were friends going all the way back to their undergraduate days at Houghton College. I met Linda’s niece, Debbie, and her daughter Christina (Linda’s great-niece). Sandi brought her adorable toddler granddaughter, Freyjia, and we also had three dogs in attendance: Scarlett Hughes, Lexie Laragy and Angelo Ferrara.
Mike Mumford came with Sheila R. — total blast from the past for me. I haven’t seen Mike since I left Thomson in 2000. He and Frank Spinelli seemed to enjoy swapping stories.
There was an Ontario County crew there. Fran S. from the W. Bloomfield post office (where Linda worked after retirement) came with Stephanie J. Linda used to go walking with Fran, Stephanie and a fourth friend. One of Bob’s old friends from the Messenger, Joy D. came with her husband to show Bob her support. The Messenger people mostly knew Linda through her many donations to the office from her overflowing vegetable garden.
The Thomson crew consisted of me, Sandi, Jim, Frank, Mike and Joe Ferrara. Personally, I struggled a bit with this on the long drive home. 33 years. She worked there a long time and I know she helped a lot of people along the way. It’s hard for me who am so fond of her to think that the impression she made there was so vanishingly light. It makes me cry a little just sitting here typing this.
I guess the lesson is that life moves on. I know I moved away from Rochester 8 years ago and the number of people I keep up with is quite small now. People come into our lives for a while and we have to love and appreciate them while they are there.
Well, I’ve been watching the weather forecast for Rochester, and Sunday could look better. Chilly and rainy, but that’s October for you. Fortunately, the lodge is enclosed and has a fireplace for warmth. Also, there is an outdoor area that has a roof over it, so even the smokers can stay dry! I hope no one will be so discouraged as to not come, if just for a little while. I’ll try to rustle up some hot coffee, too!
I was thinking if it’s chilly during the event, it would be nice to have some hot coffee available. There is electricity in the lodge. Or is it easier these days just to bring boxes of coffee from Dunkin Donuts?
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Here’s another photo of Linda, contributed by Bob. This was taken after her retirement and before the Lymphoma diagnosis. In this picture, Linda is climbing the steps from the parking area to the viewing area at Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA. To me, Linda is wearing a typically forbidding expression: she had the tenderest heart in the world, but she didn’t like to show it on her face.
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Bob submitted this aerial view of where the lodge is. Thanks, Bob!
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well, can’t figure this place out. hope this is where one can make a simple volunteer request! I can make the signs Ellen. Let me know the specs.
man, this interface certainly does not make it easy to be a “community”! must be a progammers site ;-)
message from Sandi Kohler. Thanks, Sandi!
Here’s a map swiped from Monroe County Parks website. The lodge we’re using is Hopkins Point Lodge, in the upper left quadrant of the map.
If you’re traveling South on Rt 65, you would take the second park entrance, Hopkins Pt Road, and where the park road makes a left to detour around the Hundred Acre Pond, you should see Hopkins Point Lodge straight ahead and a bit to the right. On the map, lodges are shown as white “house” silhouettes, reversed against a blue square.
If anyone can volunteer to make some signs to put up on the day, that would be very much appreciated.
Linda loved dogs, and had a long string of them while I knew her. She and Bob specialized in adopting rescue Irish Setters. Here are their two most recent, Killian (top, with Linda) and Scarlett (as in Scarlett O’Hara). Killian died of Lymphoma a couple of years before Linda succumbed to the same illness. Scarlett is the surviving dog and lives with Bob in the house in West Bloomfield.
A glamour shot of Linda, in her twenties, taken by Bob Hughes