Monday's Man

  • Bit by bit: Roofer transitions to computer tech

    For 12 years or so, John Langley counted on physical labor as a roofer to make his living.

    Some years and two surgeries later, Langley put to work the knowledge he gained while recovering from his injured back to become a self-taught computer technician.

    Tucked away in a front corner in a booth at Peddler’s Mall in Elizabethtown, Langley, 52, and his brother, Richard, run a computer repair and service business they started about eight years ago. Two small rooms behind the display cases hold electronic equipment, computers and various parts.

  • The Art of Performance: Parents have responsibility in youth sports

    This is the time of year when children are involved with all kinds of sports and extracurricular activities. For most young people, their parents are deeply involved in these activities as well. Usually, parents are needed for transportation and administration in youth sports. Parents also are important as coaches and support for their child.

    Unfortunately, it often happens parents do not fully understand their role and overstep their involvement. This leads to negative outcomes for the parent and sometimes for the child.

  • Gary Hamm's prescription for success

    As a “people person,” Gary Hamm wanted to be a part of a hometown pharmacy to interact with customers. That goal became a reality in 1998 when Hamm opened ApotheCARE Pharmacy in Elizabethtown.

    He worked in several area drug stores but always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur.

    When a group of doctors approached him about opening a pharmacy in a medical building, he thought it was the right time.

  • Time away doesn't change memories

    One of the cliches you hear when you are young and fully understand only when you are older is, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

    I recently returned to my hometown in Ontario, Canada. You know, the land of the loonie, toonie and “eh.”

  • Minding his own beeswax: Elizabethtown apiarist Scudder leads busy life

    Going to college to pursue a new career path at age 36, maintaining a full-time job as an automotive technician and maintaining his hobby as an apiarist keep Josh Scudder as busy as a bee.

    “This would be year four,” Scudder said of his beekeeping hobby. “So I guess I’m a bit green by beekeeping standards.”

  • Compassion for others can be uplifting

    I have to admit: There are times in church my mind drifts from the message of the day.

    I am seeing the minister speak, but my mind has wandered a few times over the years about starting baseball lineups, what we should do for lunch and if I made the necessary changes to my fantasy football lineup for the week.

    It doesn’t happen a lot, but it has happened.

    But it didn’t in early May when the sermon was about reaching out to those you typically wouldn’t see in church on a regular basis.

  • Hahn hits the mark with students at West Hardin

    Rick Hahn enjoys working at West Hardin Middle School because “they’re my kind of people,” he said.

    The 52-year-old is a custodian, archery coach and much more.

    Principal Jon Thomas has worked with Hahn for 14 years.

  • Volunteer Geohagan puts woodworking skills to use

    Tuesday through Saturday most weeks, Bill Geohagan reports for volunteer duty at St. Vincent de Paul Consignment Store on North Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown.

    Arriving most days about 8:30 a.m. — an hour and a half before the store opens — Geohagan repairs and refinishes furniture to be sold at the store. He’s usually finished with his work and leaves by noon.

    At 91, Geohagan believes in keeping active and helping others.

    “I’m gonna stop when I drop,” he said.

  • The Art of Performance: Keeping your cool for public speaking

    I recently had a conversation with a college-level English instructor who was lamenting the fear students have in making public presentations. She said the fear is evident in most of her students and yet she knows how important it is for these students to give public presentations.

  • The Art of Performance: Take time to rejuvenate

    The image is relaxing. It is so clear in our minds, walking on the beach in the early morning, watching the sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean. The breeze is blowing gently from the east, providing an aroma of fresh sea salt air. The tide is out and wet sand is exposed, which makes it easy to walk at the water line as the waves come crashing onto the beach.