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    Check with Jim for the Town Schedule

    So, Herman put out the garbage last night, not realizing there’s no pick-up on President’s Day, which is the day I’m writing this. When Terry’s dad Jim dropped her off this morning, his comment to Terry was, “I guess Herman didn’t realize there’s no pick-up today.” Herman’s response to Terry was basically that he wasn’t sure, so he put it out to be safe.

    Now, Jim is retired, so he has time to keep track of these things. Jim is a great guy and has come to our rescue several times. He takes care of my cats when I’m out of town, re-lights the pilot on our problematic gas furnace when it goes out, brought over his portable air compressor when we had a flat and brought a box of wood scraps to use for kindling. (His hobby is wood working.)

    Now Terry is typing for me and I thought I would let her fill you in on the finer points of her dad. My dad is a wonderful guy. He was always there for me as a kid. He’s always had a funny sort of humor that always helped with any situation, good or bad. For instance I called him the other day to ask if he could pick up a take out order for Kathryn and I and he said “I’ll do it for my favorite daughter Kathryn.” He never seems to see anything but the sunny side of things. And he always has a comment ready for any situation. He was a great dad growing up, always involved in what us kids were doing. Whether it was scouts, ballgames, school presentations taking us camping or just on a day trip to the park or Catskill Game Farm he was always there to enjoy with us.

    Kathryn’s taking over now. From what I can see Jim has always been a hands-on dad. Always there for any situation that came up. Terry has definitely got her care for people from him. And lucky for me I have been officially adopted by Pop as all who care and love him call him.

    It is really great being part of an extended family, especially in one as loving as the Woods brood.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com