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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Watching for Winter Storm Jake

     Everyone in the Kornfield County area is going to be in a Winter Storm Watch, for what hopefully will be the last winter storm of the season. The storm should be in the area tomorrow night. Keep you scoop shovel handy and hunt up a snow brush! If it gets really bad, bake cookies!

Young Wife and Mother Dies Suddenly

     Many unanswered questions surround the death at age 25 of Parome Heng, a popular server at the Twin Dragon Restaurant and Lounge. ´╗┐We will not attempt to answer any of them, because, at least for now, those answers are known only to God. All that we know for sure is that she gave birth to her second daughter last week, and died 3 days later. For further details, feel free to read today's front page article in the Daily Republic.
The first rule of food service is to connect with your customer. This, is something that Mrs. Heng did well, not only at the Twin Dragon, but at Heng Heng, a restaurant owned by her brother in law. Mrs. Heng was so connected to her customers that there has been a good deal of support sent to the family by those customers who miss her, and will continue to do so. We've been told that Mrs. Heng had dreams of opening her own restaurant, but sadly, that wasn't to be.
     Our Publisher attended a fundraiser at the Twin Dragon yesterday. All proceeds from the sale of Kung Pao Chicken, which he ordered despite giving up peanuts for Lent, went to her family. For those who were served by Mrs. Heng for the 6 years that she worked in this community,their grief will eventually subside. It is the hope of all of us here at the Holabird Advocate that those same customers will keep her family in their prayers, as we will beacause their grief will take a while longer. And while it is right that her passing away should cause us sorrow, let us remember her with the same joy and fondness that she gave to us in life!

Memories of the Forest Theatre by Jerry Hinkle

When I was growing up, going to the movies was a luxury. The fact that the nearest movie house was 50 miles away didn't help. But even when we did go, the expense of a movie ticket kept those visits to once or twice a year. That was not the case in Forest City, Iowa. Whenever we went to visit the branch of the family that lived there, a trip to the Forest Theatre was always on the to do list, time permitting.
As I searched through my memory, I only visited 3 times to that movie house, but each trip was memorable. Gandhi was the first movie I can remember, mostly because it was so long! My brother's and I saw the Outsiders. That was a powerful movie as well.  And Schindler's List was the last movie I saw back in 1994. I remember having to pay $1 for popcorn and $2 for an adult ticket. I often wondered how they stayed in business. With this current push to save the movie house I can see that they couldn't. That s one reason I'd lie to see the place for myself this summer. I'd like to see what is changing and what stays the same. Until then, I'm going to keep my remarks about the theatre to a minimum, since nobody seems to care anyway! God be with you and do the best you can!

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