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    The Rebirth of the Gas Fireplace

    As you all know Herman and I have had trouble this whole past winter with our gas visible flame heating stove. Bob Ward, the service man from Pine Lake Stoves had been down here no less than a dozen times trying to rectify the problem with the stove. And all to no avail. Thank goodness we also have a wood stove which I’ve decided to name “Old Reliable” as it has heated our house most of the winter.

    The last time Bob was here was probably at the end of February. He came with his co-worker Dave Blakeslee. They got the old stove working, but within a half hour of them leaving it was on the blink again. Now let’s fast forward to March 8th. We get a phone call at 7:30 AM from Ralph Ottuso, the owner of Pine Lake Stoves. He told us the guys were on their way up with the new stove.

    I quickly had Herman throw a bathrobe on me. I wanted to witness this momentous occasion. True to Ralph’s word they showed up within a half hour. What they did first was totally disconnect the old gas stove. This took a while. During which time my aide Terry showed up. She walks in and greets Bob with a cheerful good morning. See Terry has gotten to know Bob, too.

    Since the Pine Lake Stove’s truck was in our driveway, Terry temporarily parked on the street. So now we are all gathered here watching Bob and Dave get the lemon stove out of here. Once they were completely done disconnecting the old stove, they took it out to the truck. Bob asked me if I had any parting words for the stove. I can’t print here what I said but I will tell you I was happy to see it go.

    They brought the new stove in and hooked it up. Once they did we waited for the blower to kick on. Which it didn’t for a while. Bob kind of laughed saying, “OK Wal-Mart, here I come to be a greeter!” We all started laughing and Bob made a minor adjustment thus making the blower work.

    All of our pets have gotten to know Bob pretty well. Moxie doesn’t even bark when he comes in the driveway or the house. And Sally, my little kitten, has gotten to the point where she lays down beside him as he’s working. Even Sam has become very tolerant.

    When Bob and Dave left we said we hoped we didn’t see them soon! I also need to thank Jennifer Clayburn at Pine Lake Stoves, as she was the one who always answered the phone and scheduled Bob to come here. So thanks to all of you guys, especially Ralph for doing the right thing.

    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