Raising four sons challenging while attending to growing newspaper

Roving Around Raising a family was exciting in the early fifties, although my wife Peggy and I often wondered if our four sons were a bit much for us. Well, I really think it was mostly me. We were in the middle of growing pains with our newspaper which required constant...

Obsession for garaging vehicles started with early bicycle days

Roving I don’t know what possesses me to always want a garage for my car (or cars) ever since I had my first car. It goes way back to even my bicycle days, when I wouldn’t ever leave my bike outside all night instead of in our garage. This was quite a contrast from some of my...
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Sapped of all energy for three days; getting used to humbling flattery

Roving First off, I want to apologize for a brief column this week. Something took hold of me late Friday night and really squeezed all my juices. I won’t go into detail about this, but it really sapped all my energy and I was one miserable soul. Mavis and I had attended and...

Recovery progresses nicely; many favored sayings

Roving My close friend Mavis is recuperating nicely after breaking her right shoulder and right wrist from a stairway fall on January 4. In fact, she now wants to get more exercise and we walked the 5-mile Greenway System Trail from Burlington Mill Road to the long bridge over...

Comedy night draws big crowd; A yesteryear trip with funnies

Roving Thanks to my close friend Bill Brown, Mavis and I attended the fourth annual Night of Comedy in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Saturday. He gave us two tickets courtesy of Michael Minotti of Edward Jones in the Renaissance Center who had reserved a half table. It was...

Few things can compare to thrill of winning top N.C. press awards

Roving The suspense waiting through the long ceremony was enormous as individual press awards were announced for numerous newspapers before the long-awaited, coveted general excellence winners were named last Thursday evening. Our Wake Weekly group of seven attending the 2014...

Unforgettable Shirley Temple and Ralph Waite leave their marks

Before Michael Jackson there was Shirley Temple. Not only was she a renowned singer, she was also a talented actress and dancer who began her career at the unusual age of three. With her infectious charm and her age near mine, she had me “falling in love with her.” Her blue eyes...

Koinonia auction, grits, salt, ice and singing are week’s highlights

Roving It’s always a thrilling experience to attend and participate in the annual Koinonia Cares Charity Auction held at The Forks Cafeteria. Saturday night was no exception as the 20th gathering had a record attendance of 200. Another exciting experience is looking over and...

Publisher makes wise decision; Super Bowl score a big surprise

We had plenty of warnings about the impending snowfall predicted for our area late Tuesday afternoon of last week and our publisher, Todd Allen, put on his thinking cap Sunday and decided we would move everything up one day to be on the safe side. It meant that Monday turned into...
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Standing, sleeping ‘baby’ in chair attracts attention

Roving With my close friend Mavis in Wake Med Hospital since Jan. 4 recuperating from a fall down her stairway at home, my son Bobby and I are eating out together more, and we saw something last Thursday night that took us completely by surprise. At a nearby table at Ci-Ci’s, I...

She was badly injured, but her beloved Pomeranian escaped

Roving It’s awfully tough to change our ways, even if it involves a big risk. My close friend Mavis Dew has always been one of those individuals to “do it now,” even if she knows she should wait until help arrives. This was the case Saturday, Jan. 4 when Mavis decided s...

Living without power for 19 hours puts us to the test

Roving W-H-O-O-O-S-H-! B-A-A-A-A-N-G-! That was the sound of the speeding wind reaching an estimated 86 miles per hour  and a falling tree in our Cardinal Hills back yard early Saturday afternoon in Wake Forest. We were warned about the fast moving storm through alerts running...