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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 18, 2017

Traditions passed to capable hands

By JEFF WILSON, Ledger publisher | May 24, 2012

I get all worried thinking time-honored traditions will fall by the wayside because young people don’t step up to take the reins.

A couple of little episodes in recent weeks renewed my faith.

Ledger news editor Vicki Tillis and I Monday discussed area Memorial Day celebrations. We ran a story that day detailing observances in Lockridge, Birmingham and Richland among others and I asked her about Fairfield’s schedule.

We both knew Russ and Roberta Schafer handled the Fairfield observance ceremony for a long time. Only Vicki knew that Iowa Army National Guard soldier Amanda Northup was the new contact.

By Tuesday, a smiling Amanda had stopped in The Ledger with all the information printed out including the necessary detail. I was impressed. I hope I remembered to say thank you.

Later Tuesday, it was George Aplara’s turn to come through. He brought the updates for The Ledger’s list of veteran memorials. I’ve kept his previous updates taped to my filing cabinet for months. Just so I wouldn’t forget when May rolled around.

This morning he came in to add the names of Cecil Zehr and Wendell Kitch.

I shouldn’t be so surprised when the system works.

The week before, it was Tom Hallgren of Cardinal High School who gave me confidence in the succession of world order. He responded to my request for senior class photos to be used in the Town Crier’s two-page spread on Cardinal’s May 20 graduation.

For a long time, I’ve been contacting school secretary Winnie Albert for the photos. She’ll be retiring next winter. She pointed me in Tom’s direction.

Tom is a high school teacher, yearbook advisor and baseball coach. He even stepped up to coach the boys’ basketball team last season. Without his help, the pages wouldn’t have happened.

I like tradition and respect the people who keep it going.

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