OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — It’s not stunning that “Via the Years,” the Kenny Rogers tune, is Dave and Phyllis Ayres’ favourite tune.
On Tuesday (Sept. eight), the 2 90-year-olds will have a good time their 70th anniversary of their independent-living villa at The Renaissance on John Street.
“That tune simply appears to suit our life,” mentioned Dave, who’s the soft-spoken one of many two.
Dave and Phyllis met their senior yr at their Sharon, Pa., highschool.
“He stored turning round taking a look at me in school,” Phyllis mentioned. “He was so bashful he needed to have a girlfriend of mine ask me if I’d exit with him. I mentioned high-quality.”
Dave mentioned she “piqued” his curiosity as a result of she was a brand new lady in school. Their first date was watching the singing band chief Vaughn Monroe and his band at a Youngstown theater. Monroe’s large hit that yr was “Ballerina.”
“It was an awesome tune,” Dave mentioned. “We now have been collectively ever since.”
Dave moved to Cleveland for a device and die apprenticeship throughout their engagement. They didn’t get pleasure from being aside and determined to maneuver up their wedding ceremony date to be collectively.
“Our mother and father weren’t joyful, as a result of they needed us to be 21. We had been 20,” Phyllis mentioned. “Our mother and father needed to signal for us to get married since we had been below 21. They weren’t joyful, however they signed.”
Dave and Phyllis raised their household of three youngsters — Linda, David and Nancy — in Lakewood. The couple moved to Westlake into their “dream” residence within the mid 1980s. They downsized 5 years in the past into their present Olmsted Township villa.
The 2 have endured varied separations all through their marriage. One concerned Dave’s appendicitis keep in a Pennsylvania hospital for per week. Others occurred when Phyllis and their youngsters visited household again in Sharon.
Throughout separations, the 2 stayed shut by way of letter writing.
“When he moved to Cleveland for that apprenticeship, I missed him a lot. We wrote letters backwards and forwards. We continued writing letters over time,” Phyllis mentioned.
Phyllis mentioned she discovered these letters in a big brown bag in a drawer whereas packing to maneuver to their present residence. They started studying them collectively. She additionally learn him a number of throughout this interview. A number of the letters had been in her walker.
One in all them learn: “I’m going to do dishes and go to mattress. Linda has been sleeping and doing effectively. I’m so glad you might be her father and he or she seems to be such as you. I can’t wait till you might be residence quickly.”
That was in 1953. She signed the letter “Phyllis and Linda.” She additionally wrote on the finish of that letter, and others afterward, the initials, AMLA — All my love at all times.
“To at the present time, that’s how they signal their letters and playing cards,” daughter Linda Ickes mentioned.
Dave retired three years in the past from his Cleveland device and die firm. Phyllis mentioned Dave didn’t need her to work outdoors the house, however to boost their youngsters at residence. She did, nevertheless, work within the workplace shortly after he and his two companions bought that Cleveland enterprise.
“We labored collectively, lived collectively and spent daily and evening collectively,” Phyllis mentioned. “We loved each minute of it.”
The couple gave a bit of recommendation for staying fortunately married.
“It’s a must to speak issues by way of. He was a very good listener,” Phyllis mentioned.
“By no means go to mattress mad with out a kiss,” she mentioned. “Even when it’s a fast one.”
They’ve attended a number of Kenny Rogers concert events, since their son is within the radio trade. Dave was usually referred to as upon to call a tune that Kenny was describing whereas onstage. He by no means forgets the tune, “Via the Years.”
Linda, her husband, Jim, and daughter Shari Insley plan to serve a surf and turf anniversary dinner to Dave and Phyllis on Tuesday. They may flip the couple’s entrance porch into a chic restaurant.
The Ayres have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, the latter of whom stay in Olmsted Township with their mother and father, Shari Insley, a North Olmsted Center Faculty trainer, and Brian, an Olmsted Falls Excessive Faculty trainer.
The Bulldog neighborhood needs Dave and Phyllis their greatest yr collectively but and lots of extra to come back. Glad 70th anniversary.
Free BBQ: The youngsters are again at school and also you’re attempting to deal with the loopy hybrid/digital studying schedule. Want a break already from making meals? Effectively, right here it’s.
The Sprenger Health Care Village of the Falls is sponsoring a Drive-Through BBQ from three to five:30 p.m. Sept. 15.
Merely drive up, and the carhops will take your order for the free barbecue meal, which incorporates both hen or burger, coleslaw, baked beans and watermelon. You additionally will obtain a coupon from Angelina’s Pizza for a alternative of a free decadent brownie or decadent quarter-pound cookie. Simply drive over to Angelina’s and obtain your dessert.
You have to, nevertheless, RSVP for a dinner by calling 440-235-7590 by Sept. 11.
Village of the Falls is at 25920 Elm St. in Olmsted Falls, and Angelina’s is in Mill River Plaza at Bagley and Columbia roads. Thanks to those institutions and all these serving to on this endeavor.
Caregiver applications: The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter is providing a collection of caregiver education schemes that can assist throughout this COVID-19 scenario.
The one-hour webinars are free, however preregistration is required by calling 800-272-3900. Here’s a listing of the applications:
· 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 — Ideas for mind well being and wellness whereas social distancing
· eight to 9 a.m. Sept. 17 — Efficient communication methods
· 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22 — COVID-19 and caregiving
· three to four p.m. Sept. 24 — 10 warning indicators of Alzheimer’s
· Midday to 1 p.m. Sept. 30 — Understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia
In response to the affiliation, Alzheimer’s is a deadly mind illness that can not be prevented, cured or slowed. For rapid help, name the affiliation’s 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.
The affiliation was an academic and vital lifeline when Bob and I contacted it many occasions concerning his mother’s dementia. It helped us in so some ways, and it’s there for you.
Particular thanks: The Olmsted Falls Music Association thanks all who donated or helped in the course of the 2020 Fill the Truck fundraisers. The affiliation acquired and dropped off 18,966 kilos of clothes over 4 journeys at two totally different areas over three days, as a result of sheer quantity.
That whole added $four,093 for the district’s music program, by which the affiliation assists. The Bulldog neighborhood is such a giving one.
Yard composting: There are nonetheless quite a lot of webinars accessible to study extra about residential composting and creating the right soil modification in your yard.
The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is providing this program to show tips on how to correctly compost yard waste and meals scraps. Composting and vermicomposting assist scale back the quantity of natural waste despatched to landfills, whereas making a wholesome soil additive that can be utilized in gardens and landscapes.
The upcoming webinars are at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15, midday Sept. 30, midday Oct. 7, 6 p.m. Oct. eight and a couple of p.m. Oct. 21. To register or for extra info, go to the district’s web site, https://bit.ly/333YSSG
Faculty opening: It’s again to high school this week, whether or not your youngster will probably be studying in school or just about. That alone is so totally different from different years.
So is that this yr’s mother or father evening/open homes. They are going to be digital and stay utilizing Google Meets. Mother and father, test your emails or go to the district’s web site, ofcs.net, for the occasions and dates.
A particular observe about college meals: The US Division of Agriculture has prolonged free meals for all youngsters by way of Dec. 31. So, regardless of your revenue standing, your youngster might obtain a free breakfast and lunch. No questions requested.
Nonetheless, the district encourages mother and father to keep up the EZPay account in case your scholar desires to purchase one thing further. Meals would be the identical throughout the district in every constructing, based on the district’s web site.
There will probably be curbside pickup/supply service on college days when college students should not bodily within the constructing as a result of hybrid schedule. That service will probably be defined quickly when particulars are accomplished. Once more, test your e-mail or go to the district web site.
Info, please: To incorporate information, tidbits, honors or actions in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at email@example.com. She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The column’s on-line model at cleveland.com/olmsted has direct hyperlinks for a lot of information objects.
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