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Jim Krumel: There’s always ‘that one person’ at work

January 28, 2013

Tell me you don’t do it, too.



There are certain stores and restaurants in town, which upon entering, your eyes quickly begin searching for “that one person.”



You know who I mean.



… “That one person” in the hardware store who not only will tell you where to find that odd-looking door hinge, but will walk you to it.



… “That one person” at the restaurant who makes you feel like a king or queen when waiting on you.



You also work beside them.



… “That one person” who doesn’t make you feel stupid when you ask what button to click on your computer … our says “we’ll figure it out” when you’re both handed the task of all tasks.



These people are the unsung heroes of the Lima region’s work force. The Lima News is asking your help in shining the spotlight on these people. We’d like you to write a few sentences (or a bunch of paragraphs) about the unsung heroes where you work. Feel free to send a photo, too. Our plan is to include your stories in a special section that will be published on two consecutive Sundays – Feb. 24 and March 3.



Over the years, I’ve worked with many hall of famers who would have made great stories for such a section:



Lindsay Hayes stood all of 5-foot-10 and weighed 160 pounds soaking wet. During my first job out of college, I knew of few people who had the stamina to keep a routine like his. Every morning at 6 a.m., he ate bacon and eggs at Gus’ Diner across the street from the newspaper. By 6:30, he was in the back shop putting that day’s edition together. Before noon arrived he was working in the pressroom. After that he jumped in his car and delivered papers, being home in time for dinner at 5 p.m. “Not a bad living,” he once told me.



Cindy Jakubick put the ace in reporter. Not only did she have ink her blood but a pound of sugar, too. She’d be ready to leave work with coat on and the look of “get me out of here” painted on her face. Invariably, an editor would stop her, begging for “just one more thing.” The response was always the same: “Get me a Coke and a Snickers bar and I’ll give you an hour.” She could accomplish more on a sugar high than any newspaper person I’ve known.



Then there’s Barb Banks, who blessed The Lima News with more than 40 years of service. No one can match her positive attitude. Always happy, always smiling. Able to find humor in the face of disaster and laugh it away. People like her should not be allowed to retire.



I know you have people like these at your work place. Send your stories to:



The Lima News



Newsroom: Heroes



3515 Elida Road



Lima, Ohio 45807.



Or, email them to info@limanews.com



We’ll need your name, town and phone number so we can verify your letter, but will keep the nomination secret if you so desire. It costs you nothing to submit a nomination, just your time. We’ll keep the deadline easy. Get it to us by Valentine’s Day.



ROSES AND THORNS: A busy week in the rose garden:



Rose: During a recent episode of “Hawaii Five-O,” Jo Jette Sweney of Lima tells us that Lima was mentioned three times, with an actor saying, “I’m from Lima, Ohio, why would I do something bad here.”



Rose: To Tony Geiger and Mike Caparella, of the City of Lima. They garnered a $227,000 settlement for the city after pursuing what they thought to be a longshot class- action suit.



Rose: To Brenda Keller, of Lima. The nurse practitioner stopped to assist an injured woman following a horrible accident in Columbus last March, and a beautiful friendship has since blossomed.



Rose: To Rise Light, for her 35 years of service at Lima Schools, most recently as principal of Liberty Arts Magnet School. She is retiring at month’s end.



Rose: To Kevin Hollenbacher, of Lima, who was promoted to master sergeant of the Ohio Army National Guard and will head up operations in Chillicothe.



Rose: To Cincinnati Reds’ star second baseman Brandon Phillips, who signed autographs and answered questions when the Reds’ promotional caravan visited the Lima Mall on Saturday. More than 1,300 fans showed up, many arriving hours early.



Rose: To Bob Cupp, who was named chief legal counsel for the Ohio State Auditor’s office.



Rose: To Saul Allen Jr., for his nearly 12 years of service on the Lima School board. He’s stepping down in June.



Thorn: To Kenneth Lepper, who was forced to resign from his position as a physical education teacher at Heritage Elementary School after being reprimanded three times for tickling students.



Thorn: To Timothy Bart, manager of the Menards store in Lima, who is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the store.



PARTING SHOT: Confidence is the feeling you have before you really understand the problem.