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June 30, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
Well, actually there weren't any bells, but the chirp of pond creatures and the songs of the birds around Olgierd Lake in Garlo Nature Preserve more than made up for that. My son Patrick and his bride, Deb, were married on one of the shelters extending over the lakes and ponds at Garlo, and it was a beautiful occasion. Of course, any wedding is wonderful and special, but this one not only brought me a new daughter-in-law whom I dearly love, but also showed off the nature preserve where I have volunteered for the Seneca County Parks since the beginning of the district. Many of those attending were seeing the preserve for the first time, and it is always good to show one of the six preserves to new people. It was so good to have my daughter and son-in-law here from Tennessee, and granddaughter Olivia from Florida, for the celebration, the first time that my whole immediate family has been together for several years. Also included were my other four grandchildren, my two treasured great-grandsons, as well as Deb's two children, parents and family members. Four generations together on a beautiful summer day under a cloudless sky, participating in the ceremony. A small family luncheon following the wedding was in the newly decorated dining room at the Commission on Aging, where I also volunteer, bringing another thread of my life into the picture. And the table decorations were candles with roses from my garden, which just survived until the day!. I was able to fill bowls with Fourth of July, Peace, Lemon Meringue, Iceberg and New Dawn roses. All in all a glorious day to remember.
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