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Foothill Family Receives Grant Award from Kaiser Permanent to Support Children and Families Along Healthy Paths

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Top of the News Make a comment 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Giving Back Foothill Family Receives Grant Award from Kaiser Permanent to Support Children and Families Along Healthy Paths From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 1:54 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park awarded a $12,500 grant to Foothill Family, headquartered in Pasadena. The grant provides essential counseling and support services for children and families (i.e. under/uninsured) whose behaviors make them prone to higher rates of mental illness.Foothill Family is deeply committed to empowering children and their families to overcome challenges and achieve success in relationships, school, and work,” said Steve Allen, Foothill Family’s Chief Executive Officer. “Receiving a grant from this generous foundation reinforces our belief that strong families are the cornerstones of thriving communities. It all starts with family.”The grant from Kaiser Permanente will provide Therapeutic Family Services to approximately 200 low-income children and their families throughout the San Gabriel Valley including individual, group, and/or family counseling to help address the mental health, emotional and behavioral issues they face as a result of mental illness, including: pressures of life, family, and employment. Foothill Family’s Therapeutic Family Services goals are two-fold: (1) to help children avoid high-risk behaviors (i.e. teen pregnancy and substance abuse), aiding in their social and emotional development; and, (2) to help parents/caregivers and/or families address issues including: family dysfunction, stress, and, depression; resulting from prolonged exposure to poverty and unhealthy family environments.About Foothill FamilyFoothill Family was founded in 1926 and provides a range of community-based mental health and social services to at-risk populations in Southern California. Its mission, to build brighter futures for children and families, has helped Foothill Family earn a reputation for providing high-quality services aimed at empowering families and strengthening communities. Programs include mental health and school-based counseling for children, child abuse prevention and treatment, domestic violence prevention and treatment, early child development programs, services for pregnant teens and their babies, family counseling, and youth development. Last year, more than 23,000 children and their families benefited from Foothill Family’s life-changing programs. For more information, please call (626) 993-3000 or visit the website at www.foothillfamily.org. Community Newscenter_img Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Patrick Vieira sends message to Arsenal board over replacing Unai Emery

first_img Good ebening: A tribute to Unai EmeryTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:11FullscreenGood ebening: A tribute to Unai Emeryhttps://metro.co.uk/video/good-ebening-tribute-unai-emery-2059270/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Like you, I read things, watch things and listen to things. That’s all. I have never said I wanted to leave Nice!‘Maybe one day I’ll be sacked without wanting to leave Nice.‘I know where I am and I know where I’m going and it doesn’t bother me.‘It’s true that this evening I would have preferred more questions about the performance of my players rather than on my future.’ Ljungberg has been appointed Arsenal caretaker boss following Emery’s dismissal (Picture: Getty)However,the iconic Frenchman has played down the rumours and sent on his best wishes to Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s a very difficult job and I realise that. It’s always sad to see a coach lose his job,’ the ex-Arsenal captain said following Nice’s victory over Angers on Saturday.‘Today it’s his turn and tomorrow maybe it will be me. When you throw yourselves into this job, you have to expect to be sacked one day.‘There are things I don’t control. People say a lot of things in this industry, whether they’re true or not. I have nothing to say on the matter. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Dec 2019 10:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link264Shares Comment Patrick Vieira is rumoured to be on Arsenal’s shortlist of candidates to replace Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Patrick Vieira has brushed off speculation that he could take over as Arsenal boss following Unai Emery’s dismissal and insists he’s happy managing Nice for the time being.Arsenal confirmed that Emery had been relieved of his duties in the wake of last Thursday’s woeful defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt and Freddie Ljungberg has taken over the reins as caretaker manager.Ljungberg was promoted to Emery’s coaching staff last summer after a successful stint with the Under-23 side and the Swede will take charge of the first-team away at Norwich on Sunday afternoon.Vieira, who played alongside Ljungberg from 1998 to 2005 in north London, was firmly on Arsenal’s radar before Emery’s appointment and has once again been linked with the position.ADVERTISEMENT Ljungberg has vowed to ‘help and support’ Arsenal’s players after a miserable start to the campaign under Emery.‘It’s a great, great honour I feel this energy inside of me. It’s special of course,’ he told Arsenal’s official website.‘There is sadness with the club with where we are and this and that. There is also excitement with what we can do tomorrow and the chance we have to play.‘It’s a great honour and that’s what I said to the players: “You guys have to do the job”. I can help and support them but for me it’s a great, great honour.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe added: ‘I was proud and honoured that they thought about me that it’s such and important thing and they trusted and believed in me to deliver that.‘I felt excitement because I feel we have some very, very good football players here it’s an amazing club.’Would Vieira be a good replacement for Emery?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Tammy Abraham delivers positive injury update after Chelsea’s defeat to West Hamcenter_img Jose Mourinho: Unai Emery sacking is ‘sad news’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:41FullscreenJose Mourinho: Unai Emery sacking is ‘sad news’https://metro.co.uk/video/jose-mourinho-unai-emery-sacking-sad-news-2059914/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Patrick Vieira plays down speculation he could succeed Unai Emery as Arsenal manager Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Halcyon Greens over 50s community offers homes around a golf course

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoHalcyon Greens.Mr Toyota said a lot had changed since the mid-1980s but creating a lifestyle remained at the core of the masterplanned community concept.“Over 50s residential communities, with central clubhouses are one example of a new development model suited to today’s demographics; developments that are designed to offer ‘lifestyle’,” he said.Mr Toyota said the ML Design team realised the significance of the Halcyon Greens project when they saw the size of the site and the potential scale of development.“This was not only a pristine setting surrounded by golf course and nature reserves, it was a much larger property: more than twice the size of previous Halcyon developments,” he said.“In property development, larger does not necessarily mean better.“The challenge was to create a plan that took advantage of the positive aspects of a large site by providing more amenities for homeowners, while retaining the ‘Halcyon family’ feel for the development. “We wanted every householder at Halcyon Greens to appreciate the proximity to those things that made the site special: the golf course and nature reserve that defines the perimeter of the site.”The Halcyon Greens project will have 500 homes and leisure facilities on land purchased from Mirvac last year. An aerial view of Halcyon Greens.A COMMUNITY designed especially for residents over 50 is springing to life in the Coast’s northern corridor of Pimpama. The $300 million community, Halcyon Greens is being designed by the same planner behind Sanctuary Cove, Brian Toyota from ML Design. Like Sanctuary Cove, Halcyon Greens plans to integrate homes around a golf course and leisure and lifestyle amenities. The Halcyon Greens project is located on a 114 ha site which adjoins an existing 18-hole golf course at Mirvac’s established Gainsborough Greens development. last_img read more

DeVilbiss starts late but finishes first in Larry Shaw Western Region standings

first_imgZane DeVilbiss sped to his career seventh Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region IMCA Modi­fied championship in 2018. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)FARMINGTON, N.M. – Late starter Zane DeVilbiss finished fast this season.The result was a career-best 25 IMCA feature wins and a career seventh Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region championship.“We had an outstanding season. We were really consistent and didn’t have a lot of DNFs,” said DeVilbiss, from Farmington, N.M., ultimately fourth in the national point standings.  “We had started racing late and didn’t plan to chase points. I was finishing building cars for customers and didn’t touch my own until two days before opening weekend.”DeVilbiss swept those mid-April shows at Desert Thunder Raceway. He’d travel to another 10 tracks in seven states over the course of the season.He was track champion at Desert Thunder Raceway and Sweetwater Speedway, and state cham­pion in Wyoming.“I’ve won national championships before (in 2010 and 2014) and regional championships, but never a state championship so that was pretty cool,” DeVilbiss said. “It was kind of a crazy year but it was a good one. We raced at some new tracks and the two track championships were just a bo­nus.”Seven of his feature wins came at Desert Thunder, six at Sweetwater and four at Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway in Colorado. DeVilbiss won his last six starts, with weekend sweeps at Diamond Mountain Speedway, Millard County Raceway and Desert Thunder.“Rock Springs always had a good car count and it was cool to get to race against that many cars. The points were close there all season,” he said. “We had really focused on building cars so we didn’t race a lot the last couple years. We’d won six regional championships in a row and to come back and get another one was really great.”DeVilbiss now has 164 wins for his IMCA Modified career and is tied for 10th on the all-time list for the division.Wins-25                  Top Five Finishes-35         Starts-40HIS CREW: Father Nick, Darcy Fouts, daughter Zoie.HIS SPONSORS: DeVilbiss Motorsports and Quality Tire, both of Farmington; MVT Trucking of Las Cruces; Speedway Motors of Lincoln, Neb.; Fast Shafts of Des Moines, Iowa; Jerovetz Motor­sports Shock Service of Suamico, Wis.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Bassett Wheel of Burlington, Wis.; Allstar Performance of Watervliet, Mich.; Out-Pace Rac­ing Products of Freeport, Ill.; AFCO of Boonville, Ind.; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; Competi­tion Carburetor of Reno, Nev.; Dirt Defender of Red Oak, Texas; Showtime Signs of Abilene, Texas; Smiley’s Racing Products of Mesquite, Texas; Performance Engineering & Manufacturing of St. Clair, Mo.; KSE Racing Products of Whitehouse, Tenn.; Robert and Sons Aluminum of Newnan, Ga.; Tom Cat Performance of Mooresville, N.C.; Advantage Towing of Salt Lake City, Utah; Durango Cab of Durango, Colo.; All About Fire Protection of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Speedwerx Headers of Forest Lake, Minn.; and FYE Motorsports of St. Cloud, Minn.last_img read more

Pettitte declines option

first_imgThe 35-year-old left-hander went 15-9 with a 4.05 ERA for the Yankees this year, including 11-3 after the All-Star break. He was their most effective starter in the postseason, pitching 61/3 scoreless innings in Game 2 of New York’s first-round loss to Cleveland. Pettitte had until Wednesday to decide on his option, part of the contract he agreed to last December when he returned to the Yankees after three seasons with his hometown Houston Astros. That deal paid him a $16 million salary this year. “Obviously, we want Andy to stay with the Yanks and pitch for us in ’08. In fact, I’d say I need him to,” said Cashman, the team’s general manager. “He’s an important piece for us. … We’re hopeful that at some point that the marriage of the Pettittes and the Yankees can continue.” Padres secure Maddux Greg Maddux plans to pad his Hall of Fame credentials with the San Diego Padres next season, agreeing to a $10 million, one-year deal. Mad Dog has 347 wins, four Cy Young Awards and a World Series championship won in 1995 with the Atlanta Braves. He’ll turn 42 on April 14. “From my talks with Greg this year, he had as much fun this year as any other time in his career,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “It’s no surprise to us that he wants to continue. He loves to compete.” Maddux’s return as San Diego’s No. 3 starter appeared inevitable after he went 14-11 with a 4.14 ERA this year in his first season with the Padres, who fell one win short of their third straight playoff appearance. All that remained to be done was some dickering between the team and agent Scott Boras. Maddux had a player option for $8.75 million. Had he pitched 200 innings – he finished with 198 – the option price would have increased to $10 million. In addition, San Diego had a club option for $11 million. The pitcher made $10 million last season. Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox are making progress toward a contract that would allow him to remain with the World Series champions. While the sides have not yet reached an agreement, talks have gained momentum and it is possible an agreement could be reached within a few days, a person familiar with the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because a deal had not yet been struck. Schilling, Boston talking Around the leagues Indians: General Manager Mark Shapiro was selected major league executive of the year by The Sporting News. He received 13 of 47 votes from major league executives and was followed by Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd with 11. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Andy Pettitte declined his $16 million option with the New York Yankees, still uncertain whether he wants to pitch next season. “I have spoken with Brian Cashman, who has reiterated what Hank Steinbrenner said about the Yankees wanting to give Andy all the time he needs to decide about next season,” Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, said Monday in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “Accordingly, we are declining to exercise the option for 2008 and Andy will declare free agency in order to free up a roster spot for the Yankees. “If Andy decides to play, I am confident we can reach an agreement with the Yankees within 24 hours. The only options, as Andy has stated, are the Yankees or retirement. He appreciates the Yankees’ willingness to give him the time he feels he needs. I do not expect him to make a decision for quite some time.” last_img read more

Women’s Golf In Second Place After Two Rounds At Loyola Invitational

first_imgStory Links Loyola Invitational 1st Round Results FLOSSMOOR, Ill. – The Drake University women’s golf team carded two solid rounds on the first day of the Loyola Fall Invitational to sit in second place after the first two rounds of the three-round event.The Bulldogs recorded scores of 312 and 311 for a 47-over par 623 through two rounds. South Dakota sits comfortably on top of the leaderboard with a 33-over par 609 at the Flossmoor Country Club.Drake’s first-day total was buoyed by Haeri Lee (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) carding two consistent rounds of 75 and 74 for 149 total with six total birdies during the 36 holes of play. Lee’s 5-over par total was the third-best performance on the day and three strokes behind the leader.”Haeri was solid for us today,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “Her steady play has kept us at the top of the leaderboard and I look forward to us coming back strong as a team tomorrow. We have the talent to do it.”Grace Dunn (Brookfield, Wis.) posted Drake’s second-best round of the day, shooting 76-82-158 to finish the day tied for 12th. Sigurlaug Jonsdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) and Sam Paulak (Kansas City, Mo.) finished one stroke behind Dunn, with Jonsdottir shooting 80-79-159 and Paulak recording an 81-78-159. Kristen Giles (Georgetown, Ontario) completed the Bulldogs’ scoring with an 82-80-162.The third and final round of the Loyola Invitational begins Tuesday, Sept. 18, morning at 9 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Fans ‘blown away’ by atmosphere

first_img19 June 2009 Flying in from Canada to experience African football first-hand, Peter Severinac from Ontario, Canada was blown away by the electric atmosphere inside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday evening, when Bafana Bafana took on New Zealand in a 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup match. Surrounded by thousands of celebrating South African fans, all making their way out of the stadium, Severniac could hardly contain his amazement at what he experienced during the game. “Those trumpets are great, I have never experienced anything like it,” Severinac said, referring to the air horns that distinguish football matches in South Africa from anywhere else in the world. “Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the stands with all that dancing and noise. “They treated me like a member of their family when they found out I was from outside South Africa. I will definitely be back next year for the World Cup, and will bring back as many friends as I can,” said Severinac before he was swallowed up by the moving crowd. Benito Lenon, who travelled from Madrid, Spain to watch La Furia Roja play in Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, said South Africa “seems like such a good country. “I have been here for six days now watching football, and I really love the friendly people here,” Lenon said. “I must tell you, South Africans are the most friendly and hospitable people I have met.” Although Spain were playing Iraq in Bloemfontein on the same day, Lenon chose to experience a Bafana Bafana match in Rustenburg instead, having heard from friends that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate football in South Africa. He certainly wasn’t disappointed. As tens of thousands of spectators made their way to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium before the game, the city of Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, came alive with the sound of a distinctively African Fifa Confederations Cup. The drone of vuvuzelas competed with hooting and cheering as fans made their way toward the stadium through the city, hoping for – and getting – a night of celebration as South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0. Hours before the match had even started, crowds were gathering outside the stadium as music and dancers entertained the excited crowd. “I am here to support my country, and the vibe around the city is great,” said Lebogang Molefe, adding that the Confederations Cup was all about showing the world what South Africa is all about. “We are a nation that likes to sing, and we are a happy nation,” Molefe said. “I hope our visitors see this now and on television, and I hope they come back for the 2010 World Cup”. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

World Cup show of force in Sandton

first_img18 May 2010The centre of Sandton, Johannesburg’s financial district, came to a brief standstill on Monday as thousands of police officers, soldiers and emergency personnel paraded on the streets in an impressive show of readiness ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.Office workers clustered at windows and building rooftops to catch a glimpse of the action as hundreds of police vehicles, assisted by helicopters, “invaded” the central business district.More than 3 000 police officers and an estimated 200 vehicles were used for the exercise.While it was only a security simulation, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the exercise sent a clear message that the police would leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety of every South African and visitor during the World Cup.The exercise was one of many planned throughout the country in the period leading to the World Cup to test the ability of the country’s security forces to respond to emergencies and potential acts of terrorism.Various units, including a Special Task Force team, a Technical Unit, and Flying and Mountain Squad units participated in the exercises in order to ensure that every security detail was covered.Mthethwa said that while the country’s law enforcement were under no illusion as to the magnitude of the World Cup, South Africa was not under pressure to prove anything to the world.“We have nothing to prove, we have hosted many big sporting events in this country. But what we are doing here today is to say that we shall spare neither strength nor efforts to ensure the safety of our visitors and all South Africans and everyone else who will be in our country,” Mthethwa said.At the same time, Mthethwa urged all those who would be visiting the country to be vigilant and exercise caution as the police could not be at every place all the time. “We are urging you to use all the available resources to blow the whistle on crime and help the police to ensure that everyone is safe,” Mthethwa said.Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, who earlier received a detailed security plan for the event, gave an assurance that police would use the best intelligence gathering methods available to prevent any act of terrorism during the tournament.“We are aware that terrorists like to use international events to register their selfish messages, and we would like to assure you that we are ready to squeeze them,” Cele said.Mthethwa said the security plan had received approval from the government and Fifa and would be implemented in full throughout the 30-day tournament.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

‘Seng season opens statewide

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The harvest season for ginseng opened Sept. 1 and continues through the end of December on private land, and it’s important to note that the collecting of ginseng on any public land is prohibited. Harvested ginseng must be certified by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) prior to export from the state to verify its weight and legal origin. Federal law requires that all state lots of ginseng be separated and totaled by the year. Because of this necessity, all uncertified ginseng must be weighed and accounted for each year.The export of American ginseng from the state of Ohio is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ODNR. Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial herb that is highly valued in the United States and worldwide for its alleged medicinal traits. Due to its value and significant harvest pressure, regulation on both harvest and export are necessary to ensure survival of the species.Additional information about American ginseng and harvest regulations can be found in the publication Ohio’s Green Gold available on wildohio.gov.last_img read more

Being an ordinary farmer is what made Grandpa extraordinary

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As I write this, there is a greasy DeKalb hat and a pair of Liberty overalls hanging on the wall of my office. Yellow work gloves are tucked into the back pocket of those overalls and a big pair of pliers is nestled in the side pocket. The front pocket of those bibs is filled with a blue handkerchief, a pouch of Half & Half tobacco and a corn cob pipe that has been charred by a thousand matches and smells like most of my childhood memories.These items and those memories are what I have left from my Grandpa “Popeye” Thompson, who recently passed away, leaving a gaping void in the Licking County agriculture community.Some of my greatest childhood moments happened when someone would connect the dots and figure out that I was Popeye’s grandson. The smiles on their faces made me realize that they had, in one way or another, been impacted by knowing my Grandpa. It made me feel so proud because you could tell that, because they thought so much of him, they thought I must be pretty special too.The reality of his passing hasn’t completely set in because he is always in my head, so to speak, even when he was living. I always hear him telling me to work smart, not hard and that if you always tell the truth, you’ll never have trouble remembering what you might have said. As I made my last few visits to Grandpa’s, I remembered the lessons that he taught me. Most of them were learned by just simply watching how Grandpa lived, how he treated others and how others treated him in return.As with most farmers, Grandpa was all about taking victories in stride and losses with grace. One of the prime examples of the latter was when he and Grandma lost their house in a fire. Before they were even allowed to search what was left of their home after the embers burned out, neighbors from every direction came together and built what is still affectionately known as “The Barndo” — a 500 square foot make-shift condominium that was nothing more than walls and a ceiling made of plywood in the back of the barn. This simplistic suite was complete with a firewood stove, running water and an outhouse. As usual over their 60 year marriage, Grandpa and Grandma made it work just fine as the new house was being built. That show of support from the whole community was proof enough for me that my Grandpa was a good man.Who wouldn’t want to learn from a man that like?As he approached his 70s he was looking for a way to leave what he had left, about 200 acres of land, to his 5 kids. His land is pretty nicely placed on a main state route and he was contacted multiple times to turn his corn and bean fields into housing developments…and he turned down every offer. Seeing more blacktop than green grass was not what he wanted. He wanted just the opposite and that is exactly what he was able to do when he made a business deal to turn his land into a golf course. After two years of construction, The Legends of Locust Lane was opened for play. The course was made up of 18 challenging holes with undulating hills, perfectly placed bunkers and lush greens.That golf course was exactly what Grandpa wanted. A viable business that would be able to give all five of his kids a cash flow for years to come and something that could even be passed down to my cousins and me to continue on down the line.Tee times were filling up and business was pretty good in a short period of time. Then, seven years into the venture, the Ohio Department of Transportation decided that a new state route 161 was going right through his property and taking out half of the 18 holes. The Legends at Locust Lane was no more and after 40 years of farming that ground and turning it into something viable, everything Grandpa knew…was gone.For many this would make the blood boil, but I learned a valuable lesson by watching how Grandpa handled such a difficult situation. As the surveyors were placing markers on the piece of Grandpa’s land that was soon going to be a four lane highway, they had some difficulty getting to some parts of the property. To help them get their job done, Grandpa lent them his tractor. You could tell the workers were a bit uncomfortable with how nice Grandpa was to them, considering the circumstances. That’s just the kind of man he was.After death, we talk a lot about legacies. And leaving a legacy can mean many different things to many different people. For Grandpa, a legacy wasn’t weighed by how much money he left behind, how much land he farmed or what kind of tractors he had (okay, it might have been a little about the tractors). His prized possessions were two Eagle Cs that were one serial number apart. One was his father’s and the other one he found for sale in a tractor magazine, inspiring him to drive to Wisconsin to reunite the “Long Lost Brothers.”For him, legacy was about family. And not just family, but how he raised his family. Over the final days of Grandpa’s life, I witnessed his five children and Grandma come together with the purpose of giving him comfort and strength. Through that process, they also gave him the certainty that everything would be alright after he left.Legacy is also measured by a man’s character, and not only by his character but by his characteristics as well. All of his grandkids have some of Grandpa’s characteristics. The curiosity and willingness to learn and his respect of livestock and nature as a whole, his tender heart that loves unconditionally, as well as his laughter, love of the outdoors, determination and the discipline to see every project through and the ability to tell a good story, all live on through the generations.Legacy for Grandpa wasn’t about being a farmer, but about the way he farmed. Grandpa loved the land and left it better than he found it. Grandpa believed in helping others and he always took others’ concerns and put them before his own. He believed in helping the next guy down the line and giving the younger farmers a hand. I know a few Licking County farmers who will tell you that some of the best advice and some much needed help in a difficult time came from Popeye Thompson.I know that what is left of him here on Earth is nothing but the shell that Grandpa used for his 79 years, but what remains of him can tell a story just about as good as he could. I will always remember the well-worn, grease stained hands that bled at one point or another from working the ground or rigging up some implement to make it just right for his uses of it and the wrinkled forehead from concerns of too much rain or not enough, depending on the year.The lines around his eyes formed from the smiles when a new Grandchild made their first visit to Sunday dinner or when grain or cattle prices made farming more fun than usual. His thought-filled eyes looked right into yours when what he was telling you was most important, waiting for you to acknowledge, “Yep Grandpa, I got it.”As a farmer, Grandpa planted many seeds. Millions upon millions on his Locust Lane Farm in Alexandria, and many more seeds that grew in the form of other farmers who needed a hand, friends that needed an ear and strangers that didn’t know they needed anything until they met Grandpa (and he was happy to oblige).Over the next few weeks I am sure I will hear about the many seeds that Grandpa had sown in the stories that I will hear when I proudly introduce myself, as I always will, as Popeye Thompson’s grandson.Thank you, Grandpa. We’ll see you down the road!last_img read more