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Our Empty Nest Blessed With a Daughter

Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. A rhyme from my childhood that my sister Jodi and I would joke around about. I don’t believe it would be politically correct in today’s world; it would have to go something like trick-or-treat, don’t worry about the smell of my feet, give me something plant-based to eat.

Please pay extra close attention to all the little superheroes, skeletons, witches, zombies, princesses, vampires, and whatever the new and popular costumes are for this Halloween. They will be out and about trying to fill up that bag full of the best treats — what a fun time of year to be a kid. There seem
to be more trunk-or-treat events held locally. The Williamsport Crosscutters do a great job hosting their event at Historic Bowman Field, see below. I guarantee there is one being held in your neighborhood; some can be found in the pages ahead. Many are a yearly tradition at a neighborhood church, fire hall, or business close to you.

Please remember parents to sample; I mean, check the candy. And this applies to everything, not just your favorites. Seriously though, you can never be too sure. A commonsense inspection of the treats is always a good idea.

It seems like only yesterday Michelle and I were finding the perfect costumes for Jimmy and Hunter to wear. One of my favorites was when Jimmy dressed up as Troy Polamalu, complete with the flowing hair. Ironically it was Hunter in real life with the flow.

Wow, time has flown by quicker than a witch with her broom on fire. My Dad hit the nail on the head when he would tell me the older you get, the faster time goes by, and I wish he would have been there for one of those milestone events that correspond to my current timeline.

I am honored to announce Jimmy recently married his girlfriend from Schick Elementary School and the love of a lifetime, Lauren Raemore. Lauren is the daughter of Dr. Dave and Karen Raemore, who have treated Jimmy like a son for years, and I sincerely thank them for that. The wedding and events that surrounded the day could not have gone any better. Lauren, her mom, and her dad deserve a special thank you from Michelle and me for the planning and love they poured into the event.

Thank you to Pastor Tim for the beautiful ceremony joining the couple in holy matrimony. When he announced Jimmy and Lauren Webb, it was one of the most surreal moments of my lifetime. I was so very proud to be standing next to them, just like my Father did when Michelle and I were married.

A special thank you to the family, friends, and loved ones that shared the day with Jimmy and Lauren. It was such a blessing to catch up with and meet so many people from different times in the couple’s lives. They are truly surrounded by great people that love them very much.

A shout out to the groomsmen and bridal party for all of your help. What a great group of young people. They made the rehearsal dinner and reception a whole lot of fun. My guess is the girls are still dancing wherever they’re at.

I must give a tip of my cap for the fantastic job the folks at Morrone’s did for Friday night’s dinner, and the staff at Herman and Luther’s provided for the wedding and reception. They truly made the events remarkable.

Lauren, we love you, and welcome to the family. It is nice to finally have a daughter. You also helped even up the male/female ratio around the Webb house a little. This makes Michelle happy as the dogs have even always been boys.

Thank you for allowing me to be a proud father this week.

God Bless America.

Jim Webb