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Sunday, February 24, 2008

My 'baby' sister in the news

About a week and a half ago, I gave kudos to my older sister, Teresa Parod, for her new Web site featuring her artwork. Now it's time to give some props to my younger sister, Karen Brooks.

Karen's picture was on the front page of Sunday's edition of The (Alton, Ill.) Telegraph. Photographer Jim Bowling caught my sister in the act of tying balloons to hand out to visitors on Saturday afternoon for the Toddle Towne Learning Center’s 20th-year reunion on Humbert Road in Alton. Karen has been a nursery teacher at Toddle Towne for 14 years.

Anyone who can put up with preschoolers eight hours a day for 14 years deserves a lot of credit in my book!

It's the second time that Jim has taken a photo of someone in my immediate family, and it's the second time the photo was on Page One. Back in 2005, my mom, Jean Kramer, attended an event honoring Charley Kevilus, an Alton man who has cerebral palsy, but makes a living collecting aluminum cans in the Alton area. Both my mom and Karen, collect cans for his business.

Even though I'm a hardened veteran of the newspaper business -- I can take it or leave it if my name's in the paper -- I still get excited when someone in my family makes the paper.
Way to go!

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