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Community Correspondent Connects Friends

Last week the Herald received a telephone call from Raymond Giannini, of Princeton, Kentucky (above left). Giannini and son Logan, right, were traveling to Ava for the annual Show and Celebration of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association, and wanted to inquire about a dear friend, Miss Pinkie. Raymond said he had recently read the Douglas County Herald, noting the Arno column written by Hellen Blakey, only to discover that Pinkie Zirkle was now residing at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare facility in Ava. He said Miss Pinkie has been a close friend of the family for more than 30 years, and many times during those years, the family stayed in her home while the Show and Celebration was in full swing. But, over the last few years they had lost touch. Mr. Giannini said, “Miss Pinkie is very deserving of recognition for her love of her church, community, friends and her husband. Ava truly has a great person in Miss Pinkie. We, especially enjoyed our visits with her last week, and found the Heart of the Ozarks a very friendly place, and Connie Burris, Activity Director, very nice.” Along with visiting Miss Pinkie, the Gianninis attended several nights of the MFTHBA Show, an event they have attended for over 35 years. This was the Giannini’s first trip back to Ava in a few years and they look forward to more visits in the near future. Mr. Giannini also expresses appreciation to Hellen Blakey for mentioning Miss Pinkie in her article.