Friday, August 10, 2012

End of the drought....passing of an old friend.

Patricia and I headed to Centerville yesterday to watch grandson Kasyn for the 8 1/2 months the youngster is climbing everything and 30 pounds or there abouts he is way ahead of schedule in most areas...still not walking on his own, but that to is coming...he pulls himself up at the nearest piece of furniture and he is on his way....dropping down to crawl if he has to.  Hal and Lisa have had to put a pet/child gate on the stairs as he can climb those....he demonstrated that yesterday, as Patricia backed him up, and I sat at the top of the stairs  and snapped photos.

In between walks and Hal grilling steaks before we left, it was a busy day for the grandparents...we headed for home just after 6:30 and arrived just past 8pm, as more storms arrived and dumped large amounts of rain on Ohio....probably too late to save most of the crops, but welcome enough....and I see a full schedule of lawn mowing in the near future.

It's been a strange year, weather wise, mild winter, warm, very warm, March, April was windy and cool, but not below normal temp wise, and then the heat wave began, along with the dry will be an exception, as the high temperature is predicted to be just 70,  with more showers on hand...tomorrow 77, before it begins to warm back up before the weekend ends.

A Passing______

For many years I frequented the old Lakefront Racquet Club on Celina's south side...we had quite the collection of characters that played "Wallyball"{Volleyball with Walls}, tennis,basketball, lifted weights, and drank gallons of beer at the "Ho-House Lounge"...the leader of the Wallyball crowd was Kent Dilworth from Fort Recovery...a dozen years younger than me, Kent ran the schedule and wallyball leagues, and was especially known for his co-ed leagues on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.  If I could have a dollar back{Sunday was dollar beer day at the club} for all the beers I drank on Sunday, I could have paid the mortgage off on the house already.  Those Sundays were the stuff legends and hangovers are made of.

A few years back Kent, by this time Lakefront had been hijacked by new managers with the intent of running out the riff-raff, had came down with the first signs of prostrate cancer....he began his fight, and even up to a month ago, with a few set backs along the way, seemed to be winning the battle.  "Wulfie", Kent, or as we called him "Captain America" , me and a few others gathered at the Southside Inn in Coldwater....he looked good, ate well, had a few beers, and talked about a new treatment that he was about to begin in Columbus.  That treatment never came around, and "Captain" returned home from a visit to his sister's place in South Florida, he entered the Coldwater Hospital, and never came out:  RIP Captain....

Kent A. "Captain" Dilworth, 51, Fort Recovery, Ohio, died August 9, 2012, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater, OH. He was born November 14, 1960 in Celina, OH, to the late Francis "Lefty" Dilworth and Betty (Trout). His mother, Betty Dilworth survives in Fort Recovery, Ohio. Surviving are 3 brothers - Keith (Rena) Dilworth of Richmond, IN, Kevin Dilworth of Houston, TX, Kirk Dilworth of Fort Recovery, OH; sister - Portia (David) Halterman of Port Charlotte, FL; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased is a sister, Patsy Dilworth. He is a 1979 graduate of Fort Recovery High School and ITT Technical Institute, Dayton, Ohio, with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. He also had a Class Three Water Treatment license from the Ohio EPA. He was currently employed at the City of Celina Water Treatment Plant, Celina, OH and formerly was employed at J&M Manufacturing, Fort Recovery, Huffy Corp, Celina, and Panasonic, Troy, OH. He was a member of the Moose of Celina, OH, Eagles of Greenville, OH and the Ohio Lake Front Racquet Club, Celina, where he earned a Black Belt in Gen Kotsu Kai Karate and participated in many tournaments. He also participated in numerous Wallyball Tournaments and won a National Championship. Graveside services are 10:30 am Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Green Park Cemetery, Portland, IN, the Rev. Verl Ballmer officiating. Calling is 4:00 pm-8:00 pm Monday and 9:00 am-9:45 am Tuesday at Brockman - Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, Ohio. Contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.

Way too young...but then again, none of us are promised tomorrow.

Football scrimmage at Crestview tonight, then up tomorrow early for another back at Sherwood Fairview....then a few days off before more scrimmage action late next week, in anticipation of the new season, which begins for our crew on August 23rd.

back later>>>>

Photos-Plenty of rain and lightning last night and into early this morning, hopefully ending the drought and helping to ease the summer into fall...K-Man climbing the Stair Mountain at the Condo...the last get together of the Wallyball Crowd in September 2010...Kent "Captain" Dilworth, the guy on the far right, between two woment as usual...RIP Captain!  And finally Kasyn, after a busy day, in the stroller outsdie, climbing the stairs, and finally falling asleep during his afternoon meal.

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