Sunday, June 17, 2012
Claud Barnes celebrated 100 years of Woodstock living on June 15.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Mary Dilg
Sunday, June 17, 2012
That innocuous and rather humble invitation appeared on Main Street Woodstock’s Facebook page several weeks ago; the invitation itself so typical of “The Greatest Generation,” that group of Americans born in a time where they grew up and faced The Great Depression, fought World War II, and established themselves as hardworking, thrifty, conscientious citizens who sought what they could contribute to society, rather than what they could take. On June 15, most of Woodstock’s finest citizens came together to honor Claud Barnes as he celebrated his 100th birthday. Claud represents all the history and devotion to community that makes Woodstock such a wonderful place to live. Born on his parents’ farm, located on Arnold Mill Road, Claud was …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Sarah Hill, a 14-year-old student at Woodstock High School, dresses as a princess for tea parties and other events.
Sarah Hill says taking on the role of Belle was an accident. But now, portraying the dark-haired princess for little girls brings her joy. “I love working with kids, and I love acting, so it’s two of my favorite things,” said Hill, a 14-year-old freshman at Woodstock High School. Now Hill has started her own business called A Party Princess and said she hopes to start playing Belle for birthday parties. Hill first played Belle during a 4th of July parade in Woodstock because the Fairy Godmother costume she had planned on wearing was too warm. After the parade, the director of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center asked her to play Belle last year for “A Night of Disney Magic,” a benefit concert for the Erin Murphy Peter’s Foundation, and for…
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Tina Jennings didn't know 10-year-old Bryson Dickman, but she says she knew in her heart she was meant to give him one of her kidneys.
Tina Jennings was at her allergy clinic when she saw the flyer. Bryson Dickman, 10, of Acworth had medullary cystic disease and his kidneys were failing. She'd seen flyers like that before — somebody needing help from the community. But for some reason she pulled out her Red Cross card and found that she had the same blood type as Bryson. She got home and talked it over with her husband, Parnick. She prayed about it and asked God for some sign she was doing the right thing. Jennings passed a church the next day and there was a sign out front that said "Be an organ donor." That sealed the deal. "It's amazing that she was just ready to give a kidney to someone she didn't even know," said Lori Dickman, Bryson's mother. Bryson's sister has the…
Thursday, December 1, 2011
David Youssi has raised $35,000 by camping out on a hill outside Woodstock to help his nonprofit, Irrigation Without Borders, build irrigation systems in Haiti.
It wasn't just one incident that made David Youssi want to raise money for the people of Haiti. It was the young girl who was eating mud because she had no food. It was the malnourished boy who died because he was too weak to cough up food that lodged in his throat. And it was the old woman who tried to get food by rubbing her stomach. These scenes happened during a 2009 mission trip Youssi went on. "I made up my mind that I was going to do something," the Woodstock man said. He founded a nonprofit, Irrigation Without Borders, and began to raise money to build irrigation systems in a country that so badly needs food. The work comes naturally to Youssi, who has spent 30 years in the irrigation business. His company, Sprinkler Solutions, is …