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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Posted December 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
Enfys McMurry holds a copy of her newly-published book, “Centerville: A Mid-American Saga.” McMurry says she is looking forward to workling on her novel in 2013.

Enfys McMurry holds a copy of her newly-published book, “Centerville: A Mid-American Saga.” McMurry says she is looking forward to workling on her novel in 2013.

Another year is almost in the books. A new year is just around the corner. And in Appanoose County, it’s clear that 2012 was a time of happy moments for families, filled with laughter and time together.

For the community, looking ahead to 2013 is a bright new adventure, filled with opportunity. Take a few minutes and savor some memorable moments of 2012 with Appanoose Living magazine, all the while keeping an eye on the future.

Enfys McMurry
“In 2012, 10-and-a-half years of my fascination with Appanoose County history came to fruition with the publication of my book, “Centerville: A Mid-American Saga,” by History Press. In 2013, I am looking forward first of all to the story of Centerville spreading to a much wider geographic area so we can promote this community economically. There are signs of it already happening with people contacting me from places like San Diego; Toronto, Canada; and Cleveland, Ohio. There is another thing I am looking forward to in 2013, which is I want to get back to a novel I had been putting together for a very long time. Now I think I’ve got the confidence to tackle it.”

2KellyKauzlarichKelly Kauzlarich
“In 2012, the election, because it was so prominent in the electronic media and the print media. And it was so encouraging that students of all ages are so aware of our political climate. In 2013, I hope Appanoose County and the southern Iowa area keeps going forward, and parents and families continue to work as one unit to help students go forward.”

3SandyGriffingSandy Griffing
“My brother visited from Scotland, and that was a highlight. And he’s coming again next year, so I’m looking forward to that. He’s bringing his wife and granddaughter with him, so that will be a nice highlight for our family. I’m also looking forward to retirement and spending time with my grandchildren and my husband of 51 years.”

4GeneDavisGene Davis
“The popularity of the trolley has increased a lot — we saw a lot more people riding this year. We had a lot more weddings in 2012, and we are booked up for weddings in 2013. We get a lot of bookings out of the resort, a lot of bookings for companies and government agencies, a lot of social groups. I see a lot more optimism in people this year when they are riding and talking. Last year you could tell people were kind of concerned and worried. I can see the optimism coming back, and people are looking forward to 2013. They are a little bit more upbeat about everything.”

Kimberly Stonehouse
5KimberlyStonehouse“It was an election year, and at times I was inspired and at times I was disappointed at how it separated people, whether it be church members or coworkers or colleagues. I hope the discussions through the year have led to better understandings of all of us primarily wanting the same thing and having confidence in our leader, even if we didn’t get who we voted for. In 2013 I am looking forward to my trip to Jamaica with the Graceland students and staff. We are going to be teaching in a classroom. More than anything, I am excited about seeing how these teachers can do many things with limited resources, and since I am going to be graduating in May as a teacher, I think I am going to be very inspired. It will be something that will stick with me for a lifetime.”

6NyleCoxNyle Cox
“In 2012 the serious drought put farmers in a position where they had to decide whether they were going to keep cattle, and they were anxious about the crops. It was just a serious thing that caused a lot of anxiety. In 2013 I hope that the U.S. Congress can do something for the people instead of for themselves.”

7LucreciaKimmLucrecia Kimm
“I just got my real estate license in March of this year, and I am hoping to see that progress. My oldest daughter is graduating from high school in 2013, so that is pretty exciting. And probably the highlight of this year has been that she got the coach’s award in volleyball, so that was a huge thing for us.”

8StevenTracySteven Tracy (with son Louman Tracy)
“In 2012 we are seeing the fall of civilization as we know it. It’s just so blatantly obvious that there are so many signs showing this year that we are heading for a huge economic collapse within the next three to five years. In my opinion, we have the absolute wrong people running this country. It is hard to look forward to anything in this day and age with all the murders and all the bad things. It is really difficult to look forward to anything except for my family. Just being with them, staying safe, staying healthy, going on vacation, all that fun stuff, is about the only thing I have to look forward to.”

9SusanBryantBraggaSusan Bryant Bragga
“I’m looking forward to the fact that I’m coming into the golden era of Medicare. I have just filled out all my papers, and I am feeling like I’ve reached a milestone. I am also just looking forward to another year of keeping up my activities. I dance and I run and I walk, and I’m just keeping on doing the things I’ve been doing. I’m not sure what 2013 is going to hold for me. I’m seeking employment, so that is going to be my main goal. As an older adult, it’s much more difficult finding work.”10DevonSharp

Devon Sharp (pictured with his son, Landen Sharp)
“In 2012 the drought and the weather stick out. In 2013 I am hoping that stuff turns around for everybody.”

11SandyGoodenSandy Gooden
“That the president was reelected sticks out to me. I wasn’t sure it was going to happen, and it speaks volumes to me that we were able to reelect a black president when there was a lot of negativity, especially in this area. I think I’m in a minority in this regard, but it was historical for me. On a personal note, I’m trying to embrace the change that I know will come in 2013 in my personal family life. I am old enough that I am set in my ways and don’t like change and try to fight it every chance I get. My husband retires in January, and that is going to be a big change. Am I looking forward to that? Probably not as much as he is.”

12StephenMillerStephen Miller
“What stuck out to me the most last year was when I was in the hospital up in Des Moines. Being December right now, I am enjoying looking at Christmas lights. Next year I am looking forward to improvements in walking paths, getting some sidewalks in. I have seen too many people walking in the streets. I’ve been to a lot of communities that make sidewalks and walking paths a priority. I am looking forward to the Safe Routes to School project — that’s what we need for the kids.”

13DeniseCassadyDenise Cassady
“In 2012 there was a lot of hardship because of the drought, and of course my family’s church [Sharon Chapel Church] burning was a heartbreak. And, of course, I’m a widow, and it’s coming up the day after Christmas six years ago that my husband passed away from cancer. In 2013 I just hope that they find more industry and more businesses to help us prosper better.”

14ScottSquiresScott Squires
“For 2012 the economy — there are no jobs. But in 2012 I got a new job, new career, and finished college with a degree in wildlife and fisheries. It’s just that trying to start a new career in this economy is kind of hard. In 2013 I’ve got mine, but I am looking forward to there being more jobs for people.”

Erica Daniels 15EricaDaniels
“We just had a local resident, Larry Sheets, actually get voted in for the State House. He’s for a small school, and hopefully he can help out our local schools and we can keep our small schools alive. I’m looking forward to the start of the sporting season for the school and new activities to be going to. I’ve always been into the athletics and supporting our teams. My son will be going into sixth grade, and he’ll be getting into more school athletic events.”

16AustinTilleyAustin Tilley
“In 2012 the world’s supposed to end. Let’s hope the world doesn’t end. Or if it does, let’s hope it ends before the end of April so I don’t have to take the ACTs. In 2013 I am looking forward to the end of my junior year. I can’t wait until next year’s prom.”

Whitney Hornaday17WhitneyHornaday
“It’s been a fast year. There’s been so much going on, and I’m always just thankful for every day. One of my goals is to finish my degree. I started at UNI and I did everything backward because I got to my senior year and then I went to nursing school. During nursing school I tried to finish what I started at UNI, but when my mom got sick I couldn’t do both. Now I’m slowly taking one class at a time to get my bachelor’s. For some reason that was the one thing that was hanging over my head for the past few years, and now I finally feel like I’m getting closer.”

18MasonBlizekMason Blizek (pictured with his sons, Benjamin Blizek and Alex Blizek)
“In 2012 I noticed the hot summer weather — hot and dry. I was working in the construction business, so I was working outside a lot. In 2013 I am looking forward to spending more time with my family. We’d like to spend more time outdoors now that our boys are getting older.”

Crystal Cunningham 19CrystalCunningham
“It was an election year, and I’m very disappointed that things turned out the way they did. My daughter, Saphia Sash, got student of the month, which was her first time. She’s in second grade. In 2013 Saphia will be going to a new school now that third grade is in Lakeview. I’m also looking forward to maybe just getting ahead on bills.”

20KellyJacksonKelly Jackson
“In 2012 I learned that God has interesting plans. I had to learn to trust God when I lost my job. I thought it was going to be a bad situation, and it turned out to be better than I could have imagined. I got a different job working with Dr. [Jaren] Tubaugh at the chiropractic clinic, and it’s awesome. I am just happier than I have been in a long time. So in 2013 I am looking forward to whatever life has to bring. I guess I’ve learned not to stress over things and take it as it comes.”

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