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Image 3 of The Falmouth Outlook June 7, 2011

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The Falmouth Outlook, June 7, 2011, Page 3 Opinion Father Jo Brink, priest, teacher, scholar, golfer By BThe Rabbi y & The Rabbi Mrs. Rabbi Father Joe, who preferred to be addressed as “Joe” by fellow golfers at the Pendleton Country Club (PCC), had a list of credentials a mile long. He had been a pastor, college theology professor, and retreat director at Marydale. He had prepared for the priesthood at several seminaries and was at Thomas More College from 1967-1982, as a professor of theology, as Chairman of this department and as acting president in 1981-82. Joe had several bouts with cancer and passed on February 7 of this year, just short of his 72nd birthday. This piece is not about his considerable professional accomplishments, but rather about his hobby of golfing, particularly at PCC. Please keep in mind that golfers at PCC are generally known for ribald jokes and off colored comments rather than their reverence for men of the cloth. But Joe more than held his own, for he was quick witted and could turn a jab from a friendly antagonist into a return left hook that often silenced his opponent into shame. I remember an incident when the check-in counter was downstairs. Some loud mouth was filling the air with comments laced with terms better suited for the rest room. I glanced at Joe and said, “His arguments are entirely scatological today!” Joe, without hesitation, replied,”Yeah, and eschatological, too!” He smiled. Not that Joe was a prude! One of his closest friends related that Joe was having trouble with his driver one day as he was hitting a “slice,” a golfing term when the club strikes a ball at an angle causing it to curve like a baseball, only more so. This shot is often referred to by golfers by another term which has multiple meanings. Joe said, “A bit of this never hurt nobody!” His golfing group guffawed! Joe was a tall angular man who could hit a golf ball a long way, but his short game was a weakness. He did not play enough to shoot really low scores, but he seemed delighted to just be outside in the beauty of nature. Some of us noticed that he had trouble at times in counting all of his strokes. Others noted that he seldom ever lost a ball in high grass, saying that he must have had a hole in his pocket and dropped another one in close proximity to where he was looking for the one that was lost. But, Joe was popular with nearly everyone because of his good nature and lively one-liners. No one shunned him because of his miscounting or the alleged hole in his pocket. Joe on one occasion had invited a fellow priest to play at PCC. After the round he and some others had gathered in the clubhouse to rehash the day and tell of how they had just missed greatness---if only that putt had fallen or if that tree had not caught my drive or I had not mishit that iron, or if my playing partner would only stop his incessant chatter. Then, the conversation would turn to other topics. One of our group liked to tell of his several marriages. I had roomed with this person on a golf trip and had heard it all one evening as we retired. It got complicated. After about the third marriage, I lost track of to whom he was married. He said something about going to a wedding or a funeral and his ex did not recognize him. Lovable, this man was plowing this same Dear Editor, Our Ladycats had a great winning season although the numbers don’t show it. Our Samantha was involved in a tragic boating accident on July 3, 2010. It was softball that helped with her recovery. The first thing she asked the doctors when she came out of surgery was “Will I be able to pitch softball?” The doctors all assured her she would be ready for softball season, and she was. Our Ladycats along with her very close FATHER JOE BRINK ground with Joe and his guest. As he kept going and the plot continued to thicken, Joe’s fellow priest turned to Joe and under his breath said, “Joe, celibacy is not so bad after all!” Joe was well thought of by the membership of PCC, even by those who eschewed religion of any kind. And when a hardbitten character, whom we nick-named Archie Bunker, passed on, he had requested that Father Joe conduct his funeral. Although I was out of town during the funeral, reports indicated that Father Joe did a masterful job. He told of an incident when Clyde was turned away from playing because he was not wearing a shirt with a collar. Joe was standing close by, went to his car and got a clerical collar and gave it to Clyde who turned it backwards and so satisfied the rule concerning collars, and he was allowed to play. All of this was a testament to how Joe wormed his way into our acceptance and appreciation! A man who accomplished much, who suffered much, who never lost the common touch, who loved the game of golf! May your soul rest in peace, your drives be straight and long, your shots find the flag and your putts roll into the cup! Up there! Charles W. Lemmon, President of Falmouth Rotary, 1954-55 By The Rabbi & Mrs. By Rabbi The Rabbi Mr. Lemmon had an easy birth year to remember for he was born in 1900 to Nellie Lang Lemmon and R. W. Lemmon. He passed on in 1984 at his home at 707 S. Robbins Avenue. He was married for 65 years to his wife, Flora, who survived him. Charles owned and operated Lemmon Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in Falmouth for 47 years, beginning in 1923. His grandson, Joe, said that he remembers his grandfather driving a new vehicle out into the country on Sunday afternoons to visit a prospective customer. Also, he said that he had an infectious laugh that lifted the spirits of many with whom he came in contact. Mr. Lemmon not only was a pioneer car dealer, but he also was active in the Pendleton Federal Building and Loan Association of Falmouth, having served this business as vice president and was a director for 42 years. Charles was also a fifty year member of Falmouth Rotary, active on the Falmouth City Council, presumably as council member, and was a member of the Falmouth United Methodist Church. Charles was also a well known musician, both he and his wife; he on drums and Flora on the organ and piano. He at one time played with a dance band, but in later years, he played at the local theater as a hobby. He and Flora played music for silent movies. As an aside, this writer remembers a program which his son, Charley Lemmon, Jr. performed at the local Rotary meeting. He sang and danced a jig to our enthrallment and sat down, impervious to our calls for an encore. Charles Lemmon’s eulogist powerfully closes on his character with: “Charlie, as he was known to his many friends, was an honest and sincere businessman who served his family and community well and with his passing we have lost a fine friend.” Funeral services were held SUBSCRIBE NOW! CALL 654-3333 on Monday, January 23 at Woodhead Funeral Home by the Reverend George Ed Hart. He left a daughter, Mrs. Betty Wright of Falmouth and two sons, Charles R. Lemmon, owner of Lemmon’s Jewelry Store, and Donald Lemmon, Falmouth and five grandchildren: Diane Cookendorfer, Gregory Lemmon, Kawanna Williams, Ruth Ann Ackman, and Joe Lemmon. Also, nine great grandchildren. Casketbearers were Ben Browning, John Browning, Ralph Wilson, Larry Ritter, and Wilson Johnting, of the Building and Loan Association and a great grandson, Paul Cookendorfer. He was laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth. Sources: Joe Lemmon, Ruth Ann Ackman, Obituary from the Thanks for the best season ever! CHARLES W. LEMMON Cincinnati Post, and Dan Woodhead. friends helped her battle with all the highs and lows. Sam had to prove to herself she was mentally as well as physical ready to be on that field. If the numbers don’t show a winning season, just know in our hearts, we had the best season ever! So I would like to thank our Ladycats, coaches, friends, and family for all of your thoughts and prayers for a great winning season. The Smith Family, Rick, Wendy, & Adam Taking nominees for Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series Dear Editor, I’m currently taking nominees for the next installment of the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series, third volume. the criterion is: A living Kentuckian who has overcome extreme personal challenges and/or has given of themselves in a novel and sacrificial way. Their lives serve as examples to inspire others to greater acts of character. The nominee would be considered “ordinary,” commonly known only to people in their communities, but will have an “extraordinary” lasting impact. Send nominee information to or by mail to Steve Flairty, 3475 Lyon Drive #62, Lexington, KY 40513. How many Ky airports can you fly to? Compete to win prizes To pilots and friends of Gene Snyder Airport, (K62 in Falmouth.) Looking for a reason to fly? See how many Kentucky airports you can fly to in the next couple of months to compete for prizes. K62 is participating in the Kentucky Airport Challenge, a competition to see who can visit the most participating Kentucky airports this June and July. To take part, you need to get a “passport,” a booklet with a page for each of the 35 participating airports. As you fly to them, fill your passport with each airport’s stamp or sticker to prove you were there. Look for blank passports in our terminal as well as our stamp that proves you were at Gene Snyder Airport. For more details of the contest visit m Senator Katie Stine’s Week-In-Review Senate President Pro-Tem Katie Stine (R-Southgate) attended several events and committee meetings this week in Frankfort and Northern Kentucky. Sen. Stine joined the citizens of Southgate to honor veterans and current military service personnel, police and firefighters who have served our nation On Monday, Memorial Day. Sen. Stine was honored to attend the dedication of the “SPC Russell Madden Memorial Parkway” on Tuesday. This parkway was named after Bellevue’s own US Army Specialist Russell Madden, who was killed by an IED while serving in Afghanistan last year. It is important that we all remember the huge sacrifice made by SPC Madden and others who have given everything to protect our nation and ensure our freedom. It is also important to thank those who have served and live now as civilians in our communities and to help each of them as they make that transition. Kentucky’s Department of Vete-rans Affairs (KDVA) works with veterans and their families to ensure that they receive all of the assistance and benefits guaranteed to them under the law. These include support in the areas of health care (veterans’ nursing homes), benefits, and cemetery operations. They can also help veterans access other government departments at the state and federal levels that deal with veteran employment, health, compensation and pension benefits, home loans, education, benefit appeals, life insurance and vocational rehab. For that information, the KDVA has a website at and can also be reached toll-free at 800-5726245. Senator Stine welcomed students from Alexandria’s Reiley Elementary School on Wednes-day. The students toured the Kentucky State Capital and learned about state government and Kentucky history during their trip to Frankfort. Senator Stine attended the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Thursday, where she heard testimony on proposed federal regulatory changes that will increase electric utility rates by about 20%. These changes in how long-standing environmental laws as interpreted by the current federal administration are expected to result in Kentucky job Vandalism damages cherished momento Dear Editor, I have never understood why anyone vandalizes the property of another person, but this morning I awoke to the sign of my antique shop being spray painted. The end of the school year should be marked with students looking forward to the next phase of their lives; getting a job and/or going to post secondary education to advance their opportunities in life. But there seems to be some reason why a small group of people find some joy or pleasure in the destruction of other’s property. In today’s tough economic times, we all are working very hard to keep everything going, and when we have to spend money to fix what someone else intentionally damaged, this does not make sense to me. The worse part of the damage to the sign this morning is that although money will be able to repaint the sign it cannot be replaced for it was painted by the late Clay Bowman, and it saddens me to think that some of his family and/or friends had to drive by on their way to church or the park this Sunday morning to see what this young man created with his talents was destroyed by the hands of someone. Every moment of everyday of every school year, I try to do my very best for every student. To those who did the vandalism, if for some reason, I did something that caused you to be upset, for that I am sorry. I hope you will move forward in life to find much success and happiness. I hope that you will think before the next time you act, for sometimes what you damage cannot be replaced. Mr. Tony Hoess losses due to those increased electric utility costs. Representatives of the Public Service Commission also testified on the future impact of federal regulation of electric utilities. The Commis-sioner of these Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife also attended the meeting and discussed the condition of Sandhill Crane populations in Kentucky. Senator Stine attended the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary on Friday. The committee held hearings reviewing the legal process for juvenile status offenders in Kentucky, such as when students are held accountable for being truant from school. The committee also reviewed other juvenile law matters. The committee is ex-pected to continue to explore these issues in future meetings. You can reach Sen. Stine by leaving a message toll-free at 1-800-3727181 or TTY 1-800-896-0305.

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