This past weekend was a trip down memory lane for
My sister Gerry and I met in Bridgeport on Friday
evening for a busy weekend of renewing old memories.
We started out with a get-together of 12 former
classmates and neighbors at Minard’s Spaghetti Inn on Friday evening.
The restaurant has been in operation by the same family for over 70
years. When we were in high school, it was the place to go for club
outings and special occasions in our lives. It is still a very special
place, with an affordable, authentic Italian menu and a feeling of home
hospitality. I was surprised at the interest in the Chronicle from
people who have never been to Calhoun County. They like the Amie Sexton
Silcott series and the front page news. Doris Witte Gherke, whose roots
are here, had several questions about her family. Jan Gherke Whited is
Some classmates said, “No way, it is too early!”
but Saturday morning started with another mini get-together for
breakfast. After that, Gerry and I were on our way to Morgantown for the
WVU Homecoming game with Syracuse. We sat with my son Joe and his
family. Don’t ask me about the game, because I am a fair weather fan. It
has to be just the right temperature, not too hot, not too cold and not
too wet. It was very hot, so the highlight for me was the lemonade
slushy and the WVU band. I do know that we won.
Dinner that night with Joe, Sandy, Drue, Aren and
Drue’s friend Eric was full of laughter, teasing and stories. Gerry
enjoyed the tale of our Spring visit to Luke in Chicago and visiting the
Sears Tower during a blizzard, when visibility was zero!
We grew up in Bridgeport Methodist Church, where
our family was very involved. We didn’t expect anyone to recognize us,
but as we went to our seats, two ladies behind us gave us warm hugs of
greeting. The message was given by Rev. Dale Waters, a former pastor.
The church has survived for over a century and still has an active,
Gerry and I made a pact after our mother’s death
that we would meet annually on this weekend. She left for Mansfield and
I traveled on to Morgantown for a Cancer Survivors event. It was good to
“go home again.”
My granddaughter, Drue, always accompanies me to
the Cancer Survivors’ luncheon. We shared a table with a couple from
Valley Bend that knew former Calhouner Voras Haynes and had gone to
school with his children. There were also two ladies from Deep Creek,
Md. One was undergoing extensive treatment for breast cancer. Her
companion is also a survivor and nurse. This was good for Drue and me to
hear their experiences and feel their optimism.
featured three survivors who told of their experiences. The youngest one
discovered cancer at age 27, soon after giving birth to her first child.
Her trust in God and her health care professionals kept her fighting for
her life. These strong ladies told of praying that “the chemo will work
with no side effects,” “This cancer will not get me down,” and “Inner
strength is necessary.”
We heard repeatedly that “If you have faith and
believe, God will see you through it all.” All agreed on the kindness
and compassion of Dr. Jaime Abraham and his team. He is very involved in
cancer research, but still has time to put on a pink cancer hat and
greet each of his patients with a big hug, warm smile, and twinkle in
This was a great weekend, full of memory-making
events. The threads that kept weaving through it were: “Have faith and
believe in God” and “Others do care about you.”