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Monterey News By Dana Burke

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By The Staff

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve submitted anything. A lot has happened since my last submission.

As many of you already know by now, our family suffered another loss. On Christmas Day, we lost a very special member of our family. Vicki Atha will forever be in our hearts and will truly be missed by not only her family but by her community as well.

Personally, I will never be able to hear the song “Me and Bobby McGee” again without crying and thinking of Vicki. I can still remember the very first time I ever heard this song, Vicki sang it. I loved it then and still love it to this day. I have even been encouraged to try it at Karaoke a few times. I don’t think I’ll ever get to where I will be able to do this again. She no doubt was smiling down on Starr and Julie along with the rest of us that were there that day. Vicki was a very special daughter, sister, mother, wife, sister-in-law, niece and a very dear friend to many. She will be missed by many.

After leaving the cemetery that day, the men and women of the Monterey Baptist Church welcomed us all to come there for food and fellowship. These men and women are wonderful people that go well beyond their duty for their community and friends.

Thanks to all of you who donated food and drinks to our family and helping our family out during this terrible time.

As if that weren’t enough, a couple of days later our mom took a very bad fall at her home. Several people came to her aid, but Daddy ended up having to call for an ambulance after all. They took her on to Frankfort for x-rays and ended up admitting her. She stayed there for a couple of days before being discharged. Thanks to all of you who came up and tried to help her that day.

She’s at home now but hasn’t returned to work yet. Hopefully, she will be able to use this time to gain some of her strength back. Thanks to all who called and checked in on her also. Hope you are feeling a little better these days, Mom, and know how sorry I am for having missed all your unanswered calls. We all love you very much.

With all that out of the way. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, as well as a happy New Year. Lee and I decided to stay in this year. We ended up just doing some things around the house and brought in the year together, just the two of us.

He and I have been really busy lately doing some remodeling around our house. Well, Lee has been really busy doing some remodeling around the house.

Although I have offered my assistance in helping him out as much as I can, just being able to get some things out of his way helps.

Back in October while visiting with Theresa and Sam, they were showing me some remodeling that they had recently done to their home. After seeing this, I came home and was telling Lee about all the work they had done. I finally convinced him into going back over there with me to see for himself. Theresa and Sam have some friends in Indiana – Shawn and Carla – who do custom cabinets and counter tops. They hired them to come in and remodel their kitchen. I will say, they did an awesome job. Upon seeing what a great job they did for Sam and Theresa, Lee decided to let them come down and give us an estimate as well. Needless to say, they were here on Saturday to install our new cabinets and countertops just as they had promised. They look great and we love them. You never know how much you need a kitchen till you go a couple of weeks without one. Thanks, Shawn and Carla, for the wonderful new kitchen.

Lee and one of his buddies from Frankfort, Muggs, have also been busy working on installing new hardwood floors in the kitchen and dining room. He went on and got enough to do the entryway and den too. That will be put on hold till we get the kitchen completed. Whenever he’s finished it will be great. Thanks, Lee, to you too for all you do and have done to our home.

 Looks like I won’t be giving up my second job anytime soon. Lately I’ve been tossing around the idea of slowing down some and possibly giving up the nail job for awhile. Well, I won’t be giving it up now. For the last couple of years, I’ve had my eye on the new Dodge Chargers.

After doing some research, I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy one. Last Saturday after leaving the shop, I decided to go car shopping. Lee and Muggs were here busy laying the new floors. I didn’t want to bother them, so felt like that was the perfect time for me to go. I ended up trading that day for my brand new Dodge Charger. I haven’t had a brand new car since 1995. I don’t really like having a payment again, but it’s a nice car and I’m really proud of myself on my new purchase. I told Lee after getting home, that I felt as though this was the best car-buying experience I have ever had. My sales guy, Glendon, was really helpful and didn’t pressure me at all. I told him what I was looking for, the type of payment that I could handle and he worked with me until he got me to where I was comfortable. He ended up telling me that his brother-in-law was from Monterey as well. Of course I knew him, he was talking about Joe Smith. Joe is the son of Foster and Gerry Smith. I told him that I had grown up with Joe and his family.

Keep up the good work, and many thanks again.

The car only had seven miles on it when I bought it. That changed very quickly the next day I might add.

My best friend Laurie and I had made plans to go shopping. We ended up going to Golden Corral in Georgetown Sunday for breakfast. After leaving there, we went to Cracker Barrel to do some after-Christmas shopping.

I ended up finding some dishes that I liked but they didn’t have enough for a set, so the lady there called around and found a couple more in Shelybville. So we ended up going on to Shelbyville as well.

We had a very good day together and I really enjoyed spending the day with my friend. We needed that. Back in August Laurie and her husband, Greg, had to put their dog, Trixie, down. She had been sick for awhile and wasn’t getting any better. I wasn’t able to be there for her that day. That happened to be one of the Saturdays that I had to work and I wasn’t able to be there for her. I haven’t mentioned Trixie to her since then, but on this day she was finally able to talk about it. Sorry I couldn’t have been with you on that day, Laurie, but know that I was thinking of you then as well as everyday.

I suppose I better close for now. I hope all of you out there have a better year, in the year 2010.