Our Country Home Spring 2019

So here it is, the first issue of Our Country Home for 2019. First, a profound thank you to Ramona Jan, who has shepherded the magazine for years now and has been generous with her advice, as she embraces other projects.
She’s not the only one. Wonderful people have helped by sharing their stories (and their photos, thank you!). Our area holds treasures, in our people and our places.
Take the restoration of the Rock Valley Methodist Church and next-door Grange (page 5). The church is now the summer home of Bobbie Oliver and her husband, Frank Kitchens, and the grange serves as Oliver’s studio and an Airbnb rental. “Basically, we walked in and fell in love with the place,” she told me. You will love it too, I promise.
As of March 1, the ground is still snow-covered and the temps are about to plummet, but Dennis Favello’s roses offer the promise of spring (9). An heirloom rose rustler, Favello finds the hidden roses in our world and saves cuttings, which can then be rooted and grown into new plants. Thus, our ancestors’ flowers are preserved, one blossom at a time.
Wallpaper is back, and it isn’t as scary or complicated as it used to be (13). Elizabeth Lepro shares photos of houses that beg appreciation. Barbara Winfield has given us a list of reminders: those things we need to do before the weather warms up (21). I’ve been collecting these lists because, otherwise, it’s easy to forget, and once forgotten, things stay forgotten.
That’s it for late winter! I mean that literally.
Annemarie Schuetz
Section Editor


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