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Steve Stewart

Where to find a man making a lot of dough

Where can a woman go to meet a man who suits her taste?

Patrice Stewart recommends a bread-baking class.

Two men showed up for a bread class with 15 women at The Portugue restaurant in Priceville.

As they kneaded their dough and then let it rise, one man looked in his bowl and pulled out a one-liner. "I make a lot of dough," he said.

"Well, that's what we want — a man who makes a lot of dough," a woman responded.

Shipmates getting together

Bob Strehle Sr. of Brooksville, who helped sink a key Japanese submarine, the I-10, during World War II, told Ronnie Thomas that he looks forward to reuniting with buddies who served with him on the destroyer USS David W. Taylor.

Bob and his wife, Sally, will travel to Duluth, Minn., for the annual reunion Tuesday through Thursday.

Bob and four brothers served in the military. Jack and Bernard were on subs, Phil was on a PT boat and Frank was in the Air Force.

Georgia on their minds

Ronnie introduced DAILY photographer Emily Saunders to country music legend Bill Anderson at Rhodes Ferry Park, where Bill waited to board the Mississippi Queen for a cruise to Chattanooga.

Ronnie knew that Bill earned a journalism degree from The University of Georgia. Emily told Bill that she, too, is a Georgia graduate, Class of 2002.

"Will you marry me?" he asked.

He kidded her further: "What are you doing in Decatur? Why not Decatur, Ga.?"

Bill was born in Columbia, S.C., but the family moved to the Georgia city when he was 8. In 1961 he left the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he was a sportswriter, and moved to Nashville to concentrate on songwriting.

Serpent story

A snake couldn't have picked a worse time to make an appearance at West Limestone High School.

The baby snake showed up at the ag department Friday and was in a jar in the office when Holly Hollman arrived to speak to the journalism class.

When the class asked her for story ideas for the school paper, one that Holly suggested was the snake.

"It'll probably even end up in her paper," journalism teacher Patti Seibert told the students.

Guess Patti was right.

Music in the blood

When you hail from New Orleans, it's natural to have musicians in the family. Henry and Sametta Raybon Brown, who moved their family to Decatur after Hurricane Katrina, believe that an affinity for the trombone is in the family genes.

Her second cousin used to play with Count Basie and now plays trombone in Las Vegas, Patrice reports.

A younger member of the family chose football over band and passed his trombone on to their son, Cale. They hope he will follow the family pattern, perhaps playing at their church, First Missionary Baptist, as well as in the Austin High School marching band.

Send stories for You Don't Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609.

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