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VAN WERT — The YWCA’s annual “All Girl Mystery Trip” was filled with adventure, surprises and fun as a total of 96 women boarded two buses and set out to “destination unknown.” Newport and Covington, Kentucky, turned out to be the mystery destinations. A variety of tours and experiences filled the day and all agreed it was a really fun experience.

Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs showroom featured an amazing variety of coats, vests, purses and many other items made of beautiful faux fur. She began her very successful business in the 1980’s simply by making herself a faux fur coat. When others saw this coat they wanted one like it so she began her business by making up sewing kits for coats. This rapidly built up to her very large and successful company.

She now makes merchandise for Stores such as Sax’s Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Her products are also sold on QVC, through catalog, internet and wholesale. She also supplies furs for movie stars and many famous people who do not want to support real fur sales. Their beauty is comparable to real fur but the prices are a fraction so they are very affordable.

Lunch at the Hofbrauhaus featured wonderful German food such as hot German potato salad and Apple Strudel. The old world atmosphere and good food make this a very popular eating place.

A stop was made at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington. The magnificent structure was dedicated for use in 1901. It is 180 feet in length and 81 feet in height. There are 82 stained glass windows which were made in Munich. The windows depict the life of the both the child and adult Jesus, the apostles, saints, doctors of the early church and Mary, Queen of Heaven.

Two rose windows, masterful combinations of design and color, measure 26 feet in diameter. The majestic north transept window, 67 feet by 24 feet, presides here as one of the largest stained glass windows in the world. The cathedral is one of just 35 minor basilicas. There are only four major basilicas, all of which are in Rome.

The day ended with an exciting ride on the amphibious Ducks through the streets of Newport and also on the Ohio River. The first use of Ducks was in March 1942 when the U.S. landed troops in New Caledonia. General Patton and General Eisenhower realized how valuable these vehicles were so thousands were used to bring to shore supplies and men. They also are very important in rescue operations such as the one after Hurricane Katrina. They now provide a unique and fun experience as passengers are provided a duck call To blow while enjoying the ride and hearing about the history of the area.

Those who went on the trip: Jane Bowers, Beth Coughlin from Anwerp; Estella Nusbaum, Pat Frysinger from Celina; Angie Gibson, Ruth Ann Densel, Sandy Burk, Marsha Owens, Kathy Thompson, Marie Sanfilippo from Convoy; Sharon Fuller, Bonnie Selhorst from Columbus Grove; Sharon Genglar, Darla Rahrig, Mary Murray, Diane Pothast, Karen Hartman, Dorothy Hedrick, Lorene Jettinghoff, Joyce Feathers, Sandra Beining, Carol Greufach, Karen Ricker, Janette Knippen, Sue Vasquez from Delphos; Linda Vermule, Mary Ann Rode, Martha Fischbach, Joan Moening. Mary Lou Krietemeyer from Fort Jennings; Ruth Ann Thompson, Alice Berryman, Beverly Berryman, Betty Mosier from Grover Hill; Margaret Schimmoeller from Glandorf; Delores Laukhuf from Haviland; Sandra Hahn, Jean Goes, Juanita Gallager from Lima.

Also, Janice Kohn, Teresa Gemann from Ohio City; Donna Roughton from Oakwood; Janice Stemen, Judy Siefker, Becky Grismore, Rose Ann German from Ottawa; Marilyn Kaufman, Jean Hilvers from Ottoville; Sharon Whitman from Payne; Karen Aldred, Anne Plummer, Carol Plummer, Shirley Miller from Paulding; Fran Sapp, Diane Fullenkamp, Cheri Schaadt, Gloria Fisher, Cheri Schaadt from Rockford; Donnabelle Clark from Scott; Sue Schwinnen, Irma Schwinnen from Spencerville; Linda Johnson, Diane Grilliot from St. Marys.

Also, Joan Horney, Linda Fox, Marvel Adam, Lois Jones, Mary Minnig, Lou Tomlinson, Sonja Knittle, Linda Frederick, Judy Fenton, Pat Lippi, Louise Renner, Judy Comer, Dorothy Brown, Mary Bowen, Carol Thatcher, Diane Mosier, Paula Giessler, Sharon Bowersock, Cheryl Purk, Bonnie Wermer, Susan Gates, Sandra Errett, Rosemary Charleston, Marilyn Bebout, Shirley Lichty, Joan Custer, Helen Wisener, Estella Gilroy, Ellen Hemple, Joyce Brant from Van Wert; Elaine Price from Venedocia, Donna Githens from Wren. Jean Owens and Janet Mohr were the tour escorts and Tim Ford and Henry Godeke the bus drivers.


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