Coming Monday: Our Farm Chief celebration at Riggs in Urbana
Thank goodness Laverl Byers is a affected person, kind-hearted man.
Named our 2020 Farm Chief of the Yr, he’s needed to wait some 30 months to have fun. Not as soon as, although, has he pitched a match.
“I’m 92 years previous and nonetheless upright,” he mentioned, “so I’ve nothing to complain about.”
From 5-8 p.m. Monday at Riggs Beer Firm in Urbana, we’ll lastly get to toast Laverl and two different Farm Leaders of the Yr — Ken Dalenburg (2021) and Stan Harper (2022) — who noticed their regular March banquet KO’d by COVID-19.
I’m comfortable to report the energetic Byers hasn’t misplaced a step throughout the 2½-year wait. From fixing the world’s issues with farming associates over breakfast at Flesor’s Sweet Kitchen in Tuscola to delivering Peace Meals to shut-ins with fellow Rotarians and parishioners at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Byers’ days are full, despite the fact that “every little thing takes lots longer that it used to,” he mentioned.
We are able to relate. Our final in-person Farm Chief of the Banquet was in 2019. The hope is to return to our regular routine in 2023.
Laverl’s daughter, Susie, and youthful brother, Jim, might be amongst members of the family available Monday in what is certain to be an important day. Lastly.
“I’m a content material and comfortable particular person,” Laverl mentioned. “I’ve been very lucky in life.”