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August 13, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Parade Winners – By Norma Jean
I will bring the ribbons to the Chamber meeting August 12, 2014.
1st Place BAB'S
2nd Place Timberlake Fire Department
3rd Place Collecting for the Fireworks (Bob Prince, Jamie Berube, Alex Berube, Baylee Martin)
This posting is to let Skip know that we collected a lot of money for the fireworks of 2015 by walking the parade route with Uncle Sam (AKA – Bob Prince). I think you would be pleased. Baylee is my 6 year old granddaughter and she is now learning about the competition you and I had with collecting money for the fireworks. I also sold a record number of dollar raffle tickets at the July 4th pancake breakfast and started selling $20 raffle tickets for the Christmas drawing, which will go to the Chamber's General Fund. All tickets for the $20 July 4th raffle were sold by the Memorial Day pancake breakfast.
Alex and I ended up organizing the boat parade due to Tom Lloyd's boat not working and no radio for communication. I think you were probably smiling. Alex has a 9ft. fiberglass Livingston look alike named the Frayed Knot. She and Jim decorated it with Red Solo cups, flags and topped it off with great patriotic music that was very loud thanks to House Boat Dave on the Sweat Silver Dreams. The Sheriff's boat started the parade and we were behind them in the Frayed Knot. Sweat Silver Dreams fell in behind us and then I radioed all other boat to fall-in. Another Sheriff's boat brought up the end. Alex and I then motored over to our boat, “Little Mermaid” (also nicknamed “The Fallen Angel” by you when I am on the radio), and got in with family and friends. Kevin and crew did a great job and dedicated the show to some community members that passed during the year. Once Kevin was done, he radioed us to go ahead with the countdown, which I dedicated to you and your family. You are thought of daily.
This brings me to another Bayview update. Carl and Wendy Costello have your “Skip's Place” wood plaque refinished. I have not seen it yet but, Chuck Murray showed it off at the Chamber meeting last night, August 12th. Dennis Damon is working with Parks and Recreation to get it mounted and set in the Bayview Park. Everyone thought that the park would be the best home for the plaque. The hope is to get this done the first week of September, but the date may be determined by the Parks Department. Jenny, Jill, Julie and Joanna – please get in touch with me or Dennis and Sue so we can fill you in on the details. Hugs to all of you!
July 28, 2014
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
July 21, 2014
Last night I felt the loss of you...and I cried. I know you would tell me to shape up and not be sad...but you are missed...your touch...your smile...your essence.
I send you warms, Nan
July 18, 2014
On June 26, I had the wonderful opportunity to touch base with Jill. I am attaching part of the conversation we had via email and will post more about this past Bayview Daze next week.
“I know how much I miss Skip and can only image how you all feel. He left a big hole, however; he will forever be in our hearts and present in Bayview by all his good works. I took my granddaughter to “Skip's” park last weekend. I read the plaque to her and told her all about how he made this park for the community. His picture is still on my frig at the FH.” There is also a picture of Skip and Alex front and center on my desk at work that I look at many times a day. I also talk to him and if anyone would walk into my office at those times I am sure they would wonder who I was talking to and want to put me on meds since I work at a community mental health center. “What a legacy Skip has left for all of us to follow. He was a great role model. So many of his traditions are going strong, contributions to the food bank, collections for the fireworks and then there is that silly tacky apron that he always wore at the pancake breakfasts to cook sausage. Paul Stanton is now the “official sausage cooker”. Sue gave Paul Skip's apron and he broke down in tears. He is so honored and proud to wear it. Although, I don't think we will get him to wear support socks and Birkenstocks, AKA “Jesus Slippers”. Long story short, try not to stay away from Bayview. You will see so much of your dad throughout the community. As I am writing to you, my eyes fill with tears.”
Hugs to all,
July 13, 2014
Hey Dad...............I LOVE YOU! Jill
June 20, 2014
Skipper didn't tell everyone about the name of his boat PEACEFUL WARRIOR so I thought I would pass it on. "The Peaceful Warrior" is the title of a book by Dan Millman and there is a movie by the same name available. If this is something new to you - check it out. Oh, and don't forget, there will be a test.... Peace to all.
June 18, 2014
Skip to ma lou!!! July 4th Bayview Daze is just around the corner, and I am once again reminded of you, after walking down Hudson Bay Road to ask for donations for next years fireworks, you and I were both very excited as you counted up the loot from that one street alone and you said there was over $200.00 donated. I plan to continue your tradition and every year, we will try and top the previous year. There are so many memories that you helped create for our little Bayview, You are missed by so many and those new to our community have no idea what they missed!!!! Sincerely in the love of JESUS CHRIST, Vicky Richardson, the one and only 1st ever Queen of Bayview!!!!
June 17, 2014
Daddy, the other night I went to write you a lot emote and the book was posed so for me and all of your loved ones who feel a it of comfort I be able to come here and write what's in their hearts or share a memory here's another year to share those feelings. I miss you daddy I yearn for your smile , your encouragement and your wisdom. So much of these things are forever carved in my heart you have inspired my very existence and I am forever greatful. I love you daddy, jewels
May 23, 2014
Dearest Skip:
Sue posted a picture of one of your chairs from the Peaceful Warrior, which will stay on the lake for many years. Rob Brooke gave this picture to me and of course it brought me to instant tears - thinking of you. The Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast will go on as usual and I know many will be thinking of you. I think Dennis and Paul will be wearing your apron when cooking sausages, but of course they will not be wearing the socks and sandals. They do have limits :0)
This will be my last post and once again I would like to thank your family for keeping this book open for the past year. I feel it has helped many of us to heal and keep you close.
Jacquelin called last weekend wanting to come out to the lake as she was missing you so much. It didn't work out, but was glad she felt she could call. Jim, Alex and I will be here to take your family out on our boat whenever they feel the need to be close to you and where we laid you to rest.
Love and Hugs ALWAYS!
May 21, 2014
Yesterday I gave birth to our beautiful baby girl. I've had you in mind since then knowing that you were here in spirit with me. I wish she could have known you, but I will make sure she knows all about you! I miss you every day. I love you and you will always be beautiful!

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