The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 3, 1985 · Page 32
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Journal Plus Wednesday, April 3,1985 Page 6 A love of plants blooms at Central Scolt Williams It took a broken hip to slow Edith Johnson down. Edith Johnson was simply irreplaceable By JUDITH WEBER Staff Writer FALUN — When Edith Johnson agreed to be an interim custodian for the Falun Lutheran Church, she didn't realize it would take 34 years for church officials to find a replacement. "I said I'd just clean until they got somebody and they never did. I just kept on," Johnson said. Johnson, 87, had served as the church's janitor for 34 years when she fell and broke her hip last August. She is able to walk with a walker, but spends most of her time in a wheelchair. "It hurt me so terrible when I knew I had to quit," she said. "I went over often. I could be ever so tired and I'd go over there and start cleaning, and everything got lifted. I just loved it over there." Johnson has lived next door to the church for the last 16 years. When she first took the job at the church, she lived 1% miles north of Falun. "My husband helped me a lot. We had to drive an old car. There was bare floors and no electric sweepers. And no water. If you wanted coffee, you had to bring your own water." Johnson said her husband sometimes made five trips to the church on Sundays to light the oil burners for various activities scheduled throughout the day. "He'd make the first trip early in the morning be- fore he did the milking." The oil burners weren't dependable, and often would flood or be blown out, Johnson said. "I don't know how we ever got along. Now it's easy. All you need to do is press buttons." After Johnson moved into town, she often went to the church daily to do cleaning work, until the accident last August abruptly ended her routine. Because it was too hot to sleep, she got up at 3 a.m. one morning to sit in her living room, she said. She fell and broke her hip when she attempted to return to her bedroom. She had to slide across the floor to get the phone in her kitchen, pull it down, and then struggle to read the numbers because she didn't have her glasses. It was 7 a.m. before help arrived, she said. Johnson spent two weeks in a hospital and six in a care home. Her doctor told her she eventually could go back to cleaning the church, she said. "I was hoping I'd get back in the spring." Johnson believes she is one of the most logical choices for church custodian. "I live so close, me husband is gone, there's not much cooking to do...". But Johnson said she probably won't return to the job because her children don't want her to work. She has six children. By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer As a budding horticulturist, Central High School junior Tim Arpin has found his perfect hideaway — a warm, moist cubicle tucked between two second-floor classrooms at the rear of the school. Every day, Arpin retreats from the blackboard jungle and enters his private haven, where hanging vines, sprouting seeds and colorful blossoms occupy his time. Arpin is all thumbs — green ones that is. His growing interest in house plants led him, at the request of principal Clay Thompson, to take over last summer the empty greenhouse at Central. Now he is the proud owner of 2,224 plants and seedlings that occupy virtually every nook and cranny of the small room. That's a total of two thousand, two hundred-twenty four plants —. 252 house plants, 1,237 bedding plants and 735 seedlings. All in one room. "It took me four or five carloads to get everything up here — I hope I don't have to carry it all back out this spring," Arpin said. Portions of his stock will be for sale this spring and several teachers have expressed interest in obtaining a plant or two. Arpin's interest in plants is rooted in staunch family tradition. "All my uncles grew up learning horticulture and I've been growing and selling plants for three years at home," he said. Arpin also works after school at Twin Valley Garden Center, where most of his pots, fertilizer and seeds' are purchased. "The school helps me a lot. Anytime I need anything I just fill out a purchase order and they buy it. Mr. Thompson said I could have anything I need," Arpin said. Thompson said that the greenhouse is an extension of Arpin's work in the Future Farmers of America. "The greenhouse was meant to be a learning center for students, so when we offered him the opportu- jtiity to take it over we thought it :was only right that we give him 'what he needed to make it go," .Thompson said. Depending on his work and study ischedule, Arpin spends anywhere from one to two hours a day tending his plants. : "It's hard to work around homework. If I had one day all to myself I could really get a lot of work done," he said. Arpin said it usually takes 45 minutes each Friday to water all his plants. In addition, he waters his seedlings once or twice each day. His steadfast devotion to the project has earned him recognition 14 piece portrait collection 2-8x10 2-5x7 10 wallet size $12 Includes 95( deposit 95 Sears Portrait Studio No aoDOintment necessary. 95c for each additional subject in package. Adults & famWaroups welcome. POSES OUR SELECTION. Also available at regular Drees- White Background, Black Background, Double Feature Portraits, Passport Photos and Copy and Restoration. OFFER GOOD FOR PORTRAITS TAKEN THRU MARCH 30 STUDIO HOURS: Mon.-Tues.-Wed.-Fri.-Sat. 9:30 AM To 5 PM Thurs. 9:30 AM To 8 PM Sun. 1 PM-4:30 PM U** your S*ortCharg»l Tim Arpin checks on one of his plants in the Salina Central High School greenhouse. Craig Chandler through the competitions sponsored by the FFA, which awarded him first place in the nursery operations category this spring. Arpin said he would like to run a nursery someday. "I'd also like to have a Christmas tree farm and I'd like to have a garden and raise vegetables for sale," - he said. After high school, Arpin plans on attending Cloud County Community College and then Kansas State University. But for now he is satisfied with his begonias, snap dragons, airplane plants, asparagus ferns and poinsettias. "I like growing plants from seed and watching them grow and bloom," he said. Standard .357 magnum pistols to be issued to Saline deputies A project to ensure that all deputies in the Saline County Sheriff's Department carry the same caliber pistol has begun under new Sheriff Darrell Wilson. Under the plan, a .357-Magnum will be purchased for each deputy. Deputies now buy their own pistols, and there is no standard weapon used by all in the department. Wilson said about 30 people will be issued the pistols, which cost about $220 each. The department now issues shotguns for department cars, and holsters and ammunition. "Just about everything else is standardized except for the weapons," Wilson said. Deputies now carry different types of pistols, Wilson said. Among the sidearms are .38-calibers, 9mm automatics, .45-caliber automatics and .357s. CLARK'S TV & COMMUNICATIONS Is Offering uniden Satellite Systems at unbelievable low, low prices! Payments as low as $ 31 53 PER MONTH With Approved Credit Based on 15% down. 18% A.P.R., 84 Monthly Payments. Installed within a 15 mile radius of Salina Concerned about the cost of glasses? We maintain our optical dispensary exclusively for our patients to provide glasses of Highest Quality at a realistic cost. •- All frames and lenses are supplied to patients at -«v WHOLESALE LABORATORY COST. Single Vision Glass Single Vision Plastic Lenses, pr... Indoor Tint Sun Tint... 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