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Lemon bars & the missing notebook
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

August 12. 2014 1:38PM
What do lemon bars and a missing reporter’s notebook have in common?

For the most part - absolutely nothing.

But last week, they were both a significant part of my life – and one turned out to be just a bit sweeter than the other.

The lemon bars came about when Doreen Rollag called me at the Challenger office a few weeks back, asking if I’d be interested in writing a story about Palisade Lutheran’s upcoming 140th anniversary.

“There will be lemon bars,” she promised, “and I’m known for my lemon bars.”

While the promise of Doreen’s lemon bars wasn’t the key selling point to pursuing the story, I’ll admit, “yes” rolled off of my tongue with little hesitation.

The interview with Doreen and two of her fellow parishioners – Richard Bakken and Carrole Horn – was a fun trip to take with the trio down memory lane. They shared their memories on Christmas Eve services and Fellowship Dinners as we sipped on coffee and enjoyed Doreen’s famed lemon bars. And before I left, Doreen made a point to wrap up a couple more lemon bars to send home with me.

On Saturday afternoon, I took in some of the fun to be had at McHardy Park, where the Brandon Edge had once again organized the free, family-fun event, “Saturday in the Park.” It’s a great concept that lets kids and families be entertained for the low, low cost of … nothing! (That is, of course, if you weren’t standing in line for a foot-long corn dog, cotton candy or a cup of frozen lemonade.)

I snapped a lot of photos that day of a lot of people doing a lot of fun stuff. And as most photojournalists will do, I jotted down the names of the people in those pictures, took a few notes and even collected a phone number for a future story in my reporter’s notebook. But when it came time to work on those photos the next day, my trusty ‘ol reporter’s notebook was nowhere to be found.

Turns out, I probably parted ways with it somewhere between the free entertainment stage and the parking lot.

Fortunately, I was able to remember the last names of the photo of the grandmother and her grandchildren on page 1 of this week’s Challenger. That’s when I went into “detective” mode and made a few phone calls to come up with their first names. The first call was to Kenny Kuhnert, who referred me to on to Marlene Kuhnert, who fortunately, was able to fill in the blanks for me.

Yes, life deals us many challenges, but it also gives us opportunity for plenty of rewards, too. And sometimes, those rewards come in the form of Doreen’s “well known lemon bars” or the simple knowledge of a kind woman.
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Homestyle Bakes, pancake mix and syrup, jelly, saltine crackers, instant mashed potatoes (bagged), Toast ‘Ems/Pop Tarts, and pudding cups.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock.
Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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