Crier Connections got its start as a way to highlight the many connections we can all make by reading The Crier, and I wondered whether I might eventually run out of connections to share.
So far, that hasn’t been a problem. I continue to be amazed and delighted at the useful information I find in my weekly paper, and I’m gratified when readers tell me they learned something new by reading my column.
One friend laughingly asked whether my husband realized I spent money at all the places I mentioned. That might mean it costs me money to write this column, but I’d be shopping at our local businesses regardless of whether I was writing about them. This way, I get to spread the word while doing something I enjoy—writing. And, yes, I have some new connections to share this week.
Through the years, we’ve hired lawn services and our share of neighborhood teenagers to help out with yard work. All too often, they needed constant supervision, and eventually they’d fall by the wayside for one reason or another. In May, it was once again time to hire someone new, but we didn’t want a regular lawn service; we needed someone who could handle the basics and occasionally trim the hedges, dig a hole or plant a shrub. Naturally, the first place I checked was The Crier, where I found Mike Ergle, the Dunwoody Dad (404-803-3444). His motto is “Handshakes, not contracts,” and he’ll visit weekly or whenever you need him.
There’s very little to mow at our house, so I just call Mike when the yard starts to look unkempt, and he comes by within a few days to tackle our small job. Recently, I asked him to schedule a longer visit to trim our hedges. He did a beautiful job shaping the hedges and cleaning up. Next time, he’ll dig up an area bordering the driveway, so I can plant groundcover. I can’t manage to dig more than a few small holes with a spade, and it’s pretty comical to see me trying to wield a shovel. The best part about the Dunwoody Dad—he shows up when he says he will and does a fine job unsupervised. He’ll be a busy man when the leaves begin to fall in our mostly wooded yard this autumn. He’s bound to be here several hours a week, relieving me of leaf duty—thank goodness.
On more of a fun note, I also read about the Dunwoody Driving Club’s June car show in The Crier. It took place in the parking lot of Dunwoody’s newest pub, O’Brian’s Tavern. My husband and I enjoyed the cars, dinner and a few beers and will definitely visit the Tavern again. The menu has quite a few creative selections, like N’am bread pizzas. I tried one of those and can’t wait to try another fun menu item.
As happens so often in Dunwoody, we ran into folks we know— Stokey, co owner of J. Stokes Designs where I’ve been getting my hair cut for over 10 years, and two of my husband’s VFW buddies. And, we couldn’t leave the shopping center without hitting the Dunwoody Bakery for a few Good for You bars. Those bars are exactly as billed, not only good tasting but good for you with plenty of protein—perfect for grabbing as you run out the door to work out or run errands.
I bet you’ve also made connections by reading The Crier. Send them my way, and I’ll share them here.
Kathy Manos Penn is a Sandy Springs resident who has worked in corporate America for almost 30 years, primarily in communications and leadership development; firstname.lastname@example.org