Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Busy lives typically leave little time to find that special someone, but one online service, in particular, made a difference in these Patch readers' lives.
Technology continues to make inroads into our lives and dating is no different. For these Patch reader couples, the online dating service eharmony.com led them to lifetime love. Mount Pleasant Patch reader Lisa Graney Carlson was just getting over her second divorce and abusive relationship when she signed up for eharmony in Feb. 2003 just to find a friend. Given her health issues - she was losing her sight - and her son's ADD and behavior problems, Carlson said she didn't think there was anyone out there who could, or would want to, deal with what she was bringing to the table. "I really didn't think I was ready for anything more serious," she said. "And I mean, who was going to be interested in someone going blind with a son with …
Members of the Horlick High School Chorale knew their friend's mom might need a little pick-me-up on Valentine's Day, so they delivered a singing Valentine's Day telegram to her.
Chris Windsor, who works at Lehmann's Bakery, has never been apart from her husband Jim for the 22 years they've been married -- until now. Jim, who was unemployed for over a year, just got a job in Ohio and he left to start that job three weeks ago. Chris is staying in Wisconsin with their children until the school year is finished. So several students -- Rina Rebecchi, Kaeleigh Zebrowski, David Harrison and Amanda Caison -- from the Horlick High School Chorale - who are friends with Chris and Jim's daughter Kasey - decided to "make her day" by delivering a singing Valentine's Day telegram to her this afternoon.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Upload a photo, leave a comment and tell us what (or who) has your heart this Valentine's Day.
Happy Valentine's Day! Take a moment or two and upload a photo of you and the object of your affection, no matter what it may be. I'll start things off with pictures of my children. I can't stop smiling at my 4-month-old daughter and 4-year-old son. She's a delightfully happy little girl whose smiles melt my heart, and he's showing me every day what a loving nature he has in how he wants to take care of her.
Students are following policies limiting in-school affection to hand-holding and hugs.
Everyone remembers the couples who were always together at break times, lunch and before and after school. The ones who were caught kissing in corners, and who walked the halls with their hands in each others' pockets. It seemed someone was always pushing the limits of acceptable public displays of affection. With Valentine's Day this week, Patch checked in to see what the prevailing trends are in some area high schools. The policies are fairly consistent across districts, with hand-holding and hugging allowed—but officials frowning upon much more than that. Greendale High School's policy is that students "shall not" engage in physical displays of affection inappropriate for a public setting. School personnel use their "professional …
Kisses can pay off with a good food deal at Qdoba Mexican Grill on Valentine's Day.
Grab a friend and pucker up! The Mount Pleasant Qdoba Mexican Grill is offering a Valentine's Day discount: Kiss someone while ordering an entree, and you get a second entree at half-price. The recipient of the kiss could be a friend, relative, significant other or "understanding stranger," the website says. But if you lived in any other state where Qdoba does business, you would do even better for the same buss. Only Wisconsin Qdoba stores are offering just 50 percent off a second entree deal. Elsewhere in the nation, the corporate promotion is being called "BOGO (Buy one, get one) For A Kiss," and that second entree is free. Is it just that Wisconsin folks have such hearty appetites – for both food and a deal? Maybe so. "All the Qdobas …
Remember wanting that little trinket -- a homemade Valentine, a heart-shaped sucker, a carnation? Anything...it could have been a box of green beans for all you cared, but you just wanted someone to like you other than your parents.
Truth be told, I began chasing after boys in the first grade on the playground at the Homer Nash Kimball Elementary School in Madison, Ohio. One day after school, I burst through the door of my house, ran into the kitchen while my mother was cooking dinner and declared, "I caught one! I caught one!" I explained to her that "the one" was a boy named Shane and I had been chasing after him on the playground for at least two months. Finally, I had caught him, I said. After this matter of the heart had occurred, I was convinced that I was going marry this boy. He had already asked. We just needed our parents’ blessing and we would live in bliss in the tree house his parents were building for him. That bliss would include riding the teeter-…
Friday, February 10, 2012
He (or she) has stuck by you through thick and thin, so here's your chance to profess your undying love and affection. And to kick things off, I share a little about Mr. Denise.
My significant other, whom I affectionately call "Mr. Denise," is a bit shy when it comes to me talking about him publicly. So we made a pact, and I seek his approval before such things happen. I respect his wishes, ask and usually get the OK. That's what you do when someone you love isn't quite as enthusiastic about being all "out there" in print as you are. Mr. Denise and I have been together long enough to have seen our children "graduate" from elementary school, junior high, and high school (almost for my kid). When we met, we were in the same place. We had both been married and divorced, both had a kid that we adored, we'd both spent a lot of time figuring out what went wrong, and we had both worked on refocusing our purpose and …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Sebastian's won with 46 percent of the vote in our date night poll; leave your review/rating here.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Which of these is the best spot for a date in Caledonia?
Patch asked, and you answered, in comments on Facebook, stories and restaurant reviews. From our original field of restaurants, we've narrowed it down to four. DeRango the Pizza King is a longtime favorite, featuring Italian specialties, steak and pizza. With more than 100 items on its menu, the restaurant has something for everyone. Oh Dennis! Saloon and Charcoal House is best-known for its barbecue, Oh Dennis! has a variety of entrees on its menu, including seafood, steak and fish fry, and also has regular specials. Sebastian's is one of the premier places for a special dinner, and is a new experience every time with its changing seasonal menu. Douglas Avenue Diner is a favorite for its breakfasts, but has many offerings for lunch and …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Valentine's Day is almost here. Have you made your plans?
If you're still looking for a place to treat your sweetie, Patch is here to help you out. We've pulled together a list of some of the best places for a Valentine's Day dinner in Caledonia. Now we need your help choosing a winner. Between now and 5 p.m. Monday, leave a review or a rating on the Places page for your favorite local place for a date. We'll pull together a list of finalists on Tuesday, and give everyone a day to vote on the best date night option in town. We'll feature the winning businesses in a final article next week. DeRango the Pizza King With more than 100 items on its menu, this longtime favorite Italian restaurant has something for everyone. Oh Dennis! Saloon and Charcoal House Best-known for its barbecue, Oh Dennis! …