Pat Shingleton for Dec. 19, 2012

Jack Steckman managed the Locust Grove Cemetery and accommodated all aspects of gravesite services for our community in Pennsylvania. During the Christmas season, evergreen wreaths were placed on the graves of loved ones. Jack saved the leftover, fresh evergreen branches for my mom, who would create door decorations. As noted in a previous column, the cold weather kept her displays fresh, long after Epiphany. Our grandfather put me and my brother Kevin into a cradle-box, attached to a sled, to retrieve the greenery from Steckman’s. Gramps pulled us down a snow-covered Brighton Road. and a tenth-of-a-mile trip would last hours. Getting the “two boys” out of the house gave mom a break and gave Gramps an opportunity to talk to everyone along the way. The rest of the story Thursday. Fastcast: Warmer.