Farewell to a great Scout
It is with great sorrow that I write about the loss of one of our Valley’s great unsung heroes. Tim Rowe, assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 33, passed away Feb. 7.
There are few people who come into your life and impress you with their kindness and willingness to help others, but Tim was such a man. He donated large amounts of time to the Boy Scouts and several bicycling groups. Tim served as the finance chairman for the Pinenut District and was awarded the district’s merit award. Recently, Tim completed his Wood Badge training — the equivalent of being an Eagle Scout for adult leaders.
A quick look at his Facebook page shows how deeply he inspired people — as one Facebook poster said, Tim was always cheerful and positive.
His Facebook page also stated “I am an avid bicyclist.”
The comments brought tears to my eyes as I remember him and regret that I will never again shake his hand at the start of a scout meeting. I wish I had turned those handshakes into hugs.
He wouldn’t want us to mourn for long. He would want us to enjoy our lives and find the joy. Tim, you are a giant of a man and we owe you a huge debt of gratitude for your contributions to our sons. From the scouts and parents of Troop 33, Godspeed until we see you at the campfire again. Tim leaves behind his wife, son, two daughters and a grandson.
■ In other news, the Veteran’s Town Hall is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Johnson Lane Baptist Church. At least five veteran’s organizations will present their mission and how they support veterans. Several veteran service officers will be on hand to assist with claims processing. Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Johnsonlanejournal@outlook.com.
■ Finally, I want to let you know about one of my favorite restaurants. Kristopher’s Ristorante & Bar offers northern Italian cuisine and is located off Mica Drive behind the Chevron. I recently talked with Renee, one of the restaurant’s managers. They maintain a full bar with a wide selection of wines. I tried to pin her down for their best entrée, but she simply stated that all of them are good. I particularly like the eggplant parmesan. The kids like the pizzas. Renee said cleanliness, quality, consistency and good service are the most important to them. The business faces the same challenges as other restaurants — rising food cost and services, maintenance costs and the economy. Kristopher’s began many years ago, at a location near the Best Buy. At that time, it was Floral Vineyard and Kristopher’s Café. The restaurant moved to its current location about five years ago and was purchased from the original owners two years ago. Renee credits Fred Simon with purchasing the recipes and renewing the lease so the restaurant could continue. Renee refers to Simon as their Santa — in 2014 he saved the restaurant from closure. Simon is a host on the ESPN radio show “Figi & The Doc Show.” He is a big sports fan and promotes many of the local sports teams.
Kristopher’s offers amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner. They often have a special pairing with an entrée and excellent wine. The executive chef is Jesus Espinoza, who has been with the restaurant since the beginning. Tony is the waiter, as well as an accomplished pianist. He will at times sit at the keys of an 1800’s grand piano and entertain guest with his talents.
Kristopher’s open at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Closing hours are 8:30 p.m. during the week and 9 p.m. on Fridays and weekends. You can view the menu and hours at http://www.khristophersristorante.com/. Give yourself a treat and stop by Kristopher’s. The food is really tasty and they serve the best bread pudding and spumoni. My rule on Italian restaurants is if they don’t serve spumoni then they are not the real deal. You will enjoy your adventure to northern Italy.
Please send any announcements or organization information to Johnsonlanejournal@outlook.com. John Hefner is a Johnson Lane resident.