Saturday, March 17, 2007

Mack's 27th Birthday Party on March 11, 2007

Please click on the link below to go to a special website that I used to turn pictures into scrapbook pages, along with music. It's my first try at this, so please don't judge too harshly. You may click on each picture along the way to make it larger. Also, look for the arrow button on the bottom right corner to turn pages - there are four of them.

Mack's birthday party at Trinity Mission last Sunday was a treat for everyone, including Mack. This was the first weekend that he actually smiled. (pictures are proof) We decorated and set everything up for the party in the conference room, toward the back of the building, so we wouldn't disturb the other residents. Music from Mack's radio set the stage and brightened up the party.

We brought along party finger food that I knew were Mack's favorites like teriyaki chicken wings, hot wings, and chicken strips, potato salad, string cheese, a vegetable tray with celery, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers, a fruit tray with cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries and seedless grapes, nuts and party mix. And of course chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert. He ate the teriyaki chicken wings, pigged out on the fruit, ate celery and string cheese by himself, and topped it off with cake (no frosting, please) and ice cream.

We rubbed a balloon on his head and tried to get it to stick to him, but it fell into Mack's lap. He picked up the balloon with his right hand and rubbed it on his head himself a couple of times, trying to get it to stick.

After everyone ate, we took Mack out to the courtyard since the weather was so warm that day. We took a few group pictures and some just of Mack, Belinda and Jason together. He loved it when Jason put his sun glasses on him so that he could look cool.

Most of the immediate Manor family drove down to wish Mack Happy Birthday. Kim and Ronnie Grubb and Mack's cousin Terry came down from Stuart, VA. Also attending were: Aunt Carol Sue and Uncle Kevin Bennett, with cousin Kaitlyn and her boyfriend, JJ; Uncle Henry and Aunt Diane Manor; Jason Bailey and Kristen; Mack's girlfriend, Belinda Morales; and Richard and myself.

Mack has always loved a good joke and he always loved to tell them too. He was class clown in school, wouldn't you know it. He could tell jokes on and on, especially while you were eating - "until it made milk come out of your nose". If you visit with him, tell him a good joke and he might even smile or laugh for you.

All the best,
Ruth & Richard

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Article about Ronnie Grubb, Jr.'s accident on March 7, 2007

The article attached below from the Martinsville Bulletin is about Richard's nephew, (Mack's first cousin) Ronnie Grubb, Jr., who was recently hit by a falling crane. Ronnie was med-flighted to a Roanoke hospital from the site of the accident. I talked with his dad this morning and he said that Ronnie Jr. is doing ok. Ronnie suffered a fractured skull, four broken ribs (in back) and a punctured lung from the accident. He also has a chest tube to drain the fluid from his lungs. Ronnie's dad said that the nurses had him up and out of the bed yesterday, mainly to keep pneumonia from setting into his lungs, even though he was really hurting. Ronnie Grubb, Jr. is the oldest of two sons of Kim and Ronnie Grubb of Stuart, Virginia.

Man hit by crane

This crane tipped over Tuesday, causing its end to strike a man in the back of the head. Ronnie Grubb, 32, of the Reed Creek District, was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

(Bulletin photo by Shawn Hopkins)

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
By SHAWN HOPKINS - Bulletin Staff Writer
A Henry County man was injured Tuesday afternoon when he was struck in the head by a large falling crane.
According to Virginia State Trooper B.E. Lane, Ronnie Grubb, 32, of the Reed Creek District, was working on a construction site near the 4700 block of Dyers Store Road when the accident happened. Grubb was working over a small hill and David Harr, a general contractor and owner of the house that was being built, was operating a large mechanical crane.
Lane said the crane began to tip and Harr blew the horn to warn Grubb. Grubb tried to run out of the way but tripped over some bags of fertilizer.
“That’s when the boom (the end of the crane) hit him in the back of the head,” Lane said.
Harr said Grubb was a friend who was helping him build his house and that Grubb got hit when the crane overturned. He declined further comment.
After investigating the fallen crane along with other state police officers, Lane said it was apparent that the crane fell because the extenders on one side were not fully extended, allowing it to tip.
Lane said Grubb was conscious when he was airlifted from the scene by Lifeguard air-ambulance. Lane said he did not know what hospital Grubb was taken to.
Dyers Store Volunteer Fire Department, Fieldale-Collinsville Rescue Squad, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Stone Ambulance Service were among the agencies that responded to the incident. The fire department set up a landing zone near the incident for the helicopter transfer.