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Country view: Neighbors slideshow

"Country view" asks you to address subjects on which you are the experts. These are some of your best neighbors stories.
  • Neighbors from heaven

    When my husband, Bruce, and I first discovered our little oak savannah in Wisconsin, covered in a pristine, new fallen snow, it captured our hearts. In spring, we were ecstatic to find our once frozen woodland greened and blooming with wildflowers. As gardeners with dreams of creating our own botanic garden, this was a gift from heaven. Every free moment was spent digging and transplanting treasured perennials from our home in Illinois, but unable to transport enough water, we rapidly reached a limit. <br>One Sunday evening as we were leaving for home, dirty, hungry and exhausted, a man arrived in a golf cart. He introduced himself as Luc Boileau, Manager of Knolland Farm across the road. He insisted we follow him back to the farm where we met Ed Jenner, the farm's owner. Having watched us struggle with leaky water jugs and garbage cans, they were sympathetic to our situation. They showed us a yard hydrant near the barn where we could get all the water we wanted! They couldn't have found a more wonderful gift. <br>Barbara Burris, Burlington, Wisconsin<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Country View
  • Like family

    We moved to our country home in 1990 and from day one our neighbors, Doug and Janelle, welcomed my husband, Brad, and me. They are our nearest neighbors at a half-mile north of us. They have helped us in so many ways, including letting us borrow equipment, stopping by and helping with our projects and lending much needed advice.<br>Two years after buying this place, we were blessed with twins. At two months old, they both developed RSV and pneumonia. The girls spent their first Christmas week in the hospital. When we came home, Doug and Janelle graciously came over and stayed with the girls, without even being asked, so we could go have a short Christmas with my family.<br>The girls got into 4-H, and Doug and Janelle have bought either a goat or calf from one of the girls in the auction each year. They have helped in so many more ways; it would take too many pages to name them all. They are more like family now. Brad and I do not know what we would have done without them.<br>Kendra Peterson, Kimmell, Indiana<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Country View
  • Bringing neighbors together

    Families are so busy that no one takes time to visit with their neighbors anymore, and a lot of people don't even know their neighbor's names!<br>The following are some practical ways to bring your neighbors together to support, protect and celebrate one another:<br>-- Host a "hello party" to welcome new families to the neighborhood.<br/>
    -- Invite neighbors to a "scoop," where families bring their favorite homemade ice cream.<br/>
    -- Compile a list of names, addresses and phone numbers for neighbors on your street.<br/>
    -- Invite people to a summer gathering with watermelon and lemonade.<br/>
    -- Give formal or informal beautification awards for nice lawns and gardens. <br/>
    -- Host an outside popsicle party -- plan family activities like Frisbee throwing or drawing with sidewalk chalk, that encourage interacting with new friends.
    <br>Ann Saylor, Pleasant View, Tennessee<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Country View
  • A family effort

    There is a certain family in our neighborhood consisting of a dad, mom, triplet six-year-old boys and a three-year-old girl. Whether it is plowing snow from someone's driveway (and shoveling the walk) or sharing vegetables from their garden, this family excels at being neighborly. The children are always involved in their efforts. This past summer one elderly neighbor was not able to water the garden after a fall, so mom and all four children took care of the watering duties.<br>Patti Ross, Wakeman, Ohio<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Country View

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