Snow-Covered Park Perfect Setting For Proposal



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Rick Lathrop proposed to Sally Moon last Saturday and Green Valley Park.

Wow! Wasn’t that some kind of storm we had last week? First, it poured cats and dogs for three straight days, then the temperature cooled just enough to let Mother Nature bless the Rim Country with 1 to 3 feet of fluffy winter wonderland.

Wasn’t the weekend’s snow just the prettiest thing you‘ve ever seen? For my money, there’s not a more beautiful sight to behold than Mr. Sun shining through the azure blue Arizona sky, sprinkling his rays on a freshly fallen blanket of virgin white snow at Green Valley Park.

I’ve often thought, wouldn’t just such a magnificent winter setting be an ideal spot for a young man to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage? Last Saturday, that romantic scenario was created right before my eyes in our beautiful town park.

After strolling around the lake and frolicking for a time in the snow, Rick Lathrop escorted his girlfriend, Sally Moon, to the end of the peninsula on the lake’s south bank. Sally had no clue what was about to happen next.

Looking deeply into her eyes, Rick posed to Sally the most romantic question a girl will ever hear, “Will you marry me?”

Of course, at that point, Sally began to cry and nodded a tearful, “Yes.” The engagement was consummated as Rick slipped a brilliant diamond ring onto Sally’s finger, then gave her a big “I love you” kiss.

Rick and Sally have been living in Seoul, South Korea for the last two years. Rick is a middle school English teacher and Sally is an English tutor.

Rick’s parents and Vince Lathrop and Laura Gabaldon; and Sally’s parents are Chang Gyun Moon and Vince Ja Kim.

The couple plan an April 2010 wedding in Seoul, with a reception later in Payson.

As always, events that surround me in my life cause me to think of songs from the past. After witnessing Rick’s beautiful wedding proposal in the snow, the song, “The Beauty Of The Time Is That It’s Snowing” popped into my head.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the band that sang this 1968 song?

This band encompassed two distinct stages in its career. First, it was one of the top San Francisco blues-rockers during the late ’60s and early ’70s and then one of the top-selling pop/rock acts of the mid to late ’70s and early ’80s.

The band’s top hits were “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock’n Me,” and “Abracadabra.”

Was this band: A) The Steve Miller Band, B) The Mitch Miller Band, C) The Glenn Miller Band or D) The Craig Miller Band?

If you’re caller number six and have the right answer, you’ll win a $25 gift certificate to the Garden of Eden, now located in the old Scoops storefront in the Swiss Village. The Garden specializes herbs and spices, herbal remedies and aroma therapy. And, it makes its own skin care products.

Now, let’s check out the answer to last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the pop-rock singer/guitarist/prolific composer who sang the 1970 hit, “He Ain’t Heavy ... He’s My Brother”?

Is the artist: A) John Denver, B) Neil Diamond, C) Lionel Richie or D) Dick Wolfe?

The correct answer was Neil Diamond. Both John Denver and Lionel Richie were also very successful pop/rock artists in the 1970s and ’80s. Dick Wolfe is a highly talented local artist, president of the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation and honorary chairman of the board of “Who’s Who in Payson.”

Congratulations to this past week’s trivia winner, Mary Jordan, who won a pair of tickets to tonight’s “Nearly Neil” concert at the high school auditorium, courtesy of Tonto Community Concert Association president, Marilyn Wolfe. Mary also won a best of Neil Diamond CD. (Mary was so excited she could barely contain herself.)

A little about Mary: She was born and raised in Denver, Colo., then left her stomping grounds when she was 20. She explored California and Oregon before settling into the Valley of Arizona in 1967, where she operated a business and worked more than a decade for Qwest.

Twelve years ago, in a chance meeting, Mary, then widowed, met Pat, also widowed, while dining at Coco’s Restaurant on 7th Street in Phoenix. After two hours of chatting, the two agreed to meet, same time-same place, the next evening. After two-and-a-half years of dating, on Halloween night, Pat asked for Mary’s hand in marriage. They have been married for nine years.

Between them, this “Brady Bunch” has seven children, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (and I’ll bet a whole lot of fun around the holidays).

Now retired, Mary enjoys gardening, scrapbooking and playing games on her computer. She is a volunteer for Payson Community Kids and enjoys Sunday service with Pat at First Southern Baptist Church.

When she is in the mood for music, Mary enjoys late 1950s rock ’n’ roll and jazz. Her favorite artists are Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and Christian artist, Steve Chapman.

See you at the “Nearly Neil” concert!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482


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