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Keeping it positive

I'd consider myself a positive person, and I don't intentionally seek a story that sheds bad light on the Creston community.

I love stories like the Elm's Club being recognized as a top 10 burger in Iowa's Best Burger contest or SWCC's carpentry program helping the rebuilding efforts in Joplin, Mo., which is on the front page of today's paper. But, there will always be controversial stories that we as a newspaper need to communicate to the public.

However, this is my designated space, and it's my vow to keep this space a positive area for the readers of the CNA. What's the most positive thing in my life?

That's right, you're getting a baby update. We have anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks left. Her baby room was supposed to be painted yellow, but Stormy made a "last minute" switch to pink with confetti glaze. If you're ever feeling unhappy, come to our house because Harper's room isn't the only room with vibrant color. We don't have one white wall in our house.

• I'd like to recognize and really celebrate the lives of two people who passed away recently — Brandon Gale and Leo McCauley. Like many people, I knew Brandon from time spent at A&G Pizza and Steakhouse.

Brandon had his own chair at A&G, kind of like successful businessmen have a reserved parking spot. Many people became friends with him through that chair. They'd say hello to him as they passed through. It's my understanding the chair has been removed from A&G and is now with the Gale family.

• Leo McCauley was married to my grandmother Margaret. He was a great man. I remember going to their house in Clearfield visiting my grandma and we'd play Mexican train — a domino game — darts or throw the baseball around in the backyard.

I recall he had a passion for understanding how machinery or different products worked. He was always challenging his brain. I still have some of the savings bonds he gave my brother and me on our birthdays. They haven't fully matured yet, but I'll cash them one day and remember Leo. I'm thankful to have met such a great man.

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