Friendship comes in many shapes and sizes. It

Laura Nethken Published:

Friendship comes in many shapes and sizes. It can last a few short days to a lifetime. Friendship can be a casual encounter or can be an enduring relationship.

Brian Koher, Matt Noll and Aldo Puleo have formed a friendship that started in high school and has been strong ever since.

It all happened in 1993 when Brian Koher and Matt Noll became acquainted with Aldo Puleo, a foreign exchange student from Enna, Sicily. Aldo lived with Lois and Jim Myers.

Mary Koher, Brians mother, told me how Matt and Aldo would pick up Brian for their daily trek to school. Mary said, Their laughter would ring through the whole house.

The end of high school is often the end of many relationships, but not in the case of this trio. The fellows kept in touch through letters and e-mail.

Once while Brian was in Boston, he and Aldo made arrangements to see each other. Instead of Brian showing Aldo all the sites, just the opposite occurred. Aldos sister worked in Boston, so he knew more about the city than Brian. Imagine, a young man from Sicily showing off the city of Boston to a born and bred American.

Matt went off to Germany to be in the service, Aldo went to the University of Florence, where he studied international finance and Brian still goes to college and works for Priamerica.

Brian met a beautiful girl and fell in love. He and Melissa Robinson will be married on June 7.

This trio will again be together at Brian and Melissas wedding. Aldo and Matt will be in Brians wedding.

This friendship formed in high school has thrived through time and distance. We wish the couple and friends well and hope they continue their friendship forever.

Vicki Petty and Pat Edgar went to Las Vegas in the fall for a few days.

Pat works at the Portage County Auditors Office and is a very diligent person in everything she does. Before she went to Las Vegas, she put each days allotted gambling money into separate and labeled envelopes for Monday, Tuesday, etc.

Well as luck would have it, (or not have it in Pats case), she was in Wednesdays envelope on Monday. Lady Luck was not a lady this time for Pat.

I received a phone call from Vicki Kline after my last article. She, too, agreed that we often fail to give recognition to the people who give us special attention or treatment.

Vicki had to go to the Portage County Health Department for some vaccinations as she was going on a trip to Haiti. Kim Villers, a nurse for the health department, took care of Vicki. Vicki said, I couldnt get over how nice she was to me. She gave me four shots and answered all my questions. She even called me at home later on to see how I was doing.

Now that is service!

Thats my story and Im sticking to it.

For Ravenna news, call Patsy Artz at (330) 296-6878.

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