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Virginia Junke can cite many reasons to be proud of her father.

George Junke, who lost his
hand in a work-related accident
in his 20s, works anywhere from
four to 14 hours a day on his
model ships. (Photo courtesy of
Virginia Junke)


George Edward Junke, Sr. was born on the Fourth of July in 1932. In his early 20s, he lost his right hand working as a punch press operator at Bettcher Manufacturing in Cleveland. He not only continued to work, but also took side jobs remodeling bathrooms and kitchens, using self-taught carpentry and construction skills to support his family.

Eventually, he decided to become self-employed and his remodeling work became his specialty – his “bread and butter.”

“He is a hard worker and has always been an inspiration,” said Junke’s daughter, Virginia, who lives in Woodville.

In her home, Virginia displays two scale model ships – the President and the HMS Bounty, meticulously handcrafted by her father, who currently lives in Avon Lake.


• Sculpture In the Village, Williams Park, SR 300 just north of SR 600, Gibsonburg. Ohio; Open daily. A juried outdoor sculpture exhibit with over 20 of the Midwest's best sculptors displaying sculpture in bronze, stone, steel, marble, aluminum, granite, glass, concrete, etc. in an outdoor setting meandering for 1/3 mile on a paved path around a quarry surrounded with trees, flowers, fountains and waterfalls. For further information, contact: Jim Havens, Curator, at 419-849-3048 or visit:

The Hayes Train Special, which runs
through Dec. 31, includes a 12 x 24 foot, three-tier layout featuring eight G- and O-gauge trains. (Photo courtesy of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center)


With winter just around the corner, most gardens have been “put to bed” for the season with high hopes for the spring and summer to come.

What the garden season will be like next year is anyone’s guess, but hopefully it will be a good one with plenty of sunshine, rain and moderate temperatures that will encourage our flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees to produce the luxurious abundance we all hope for

Following are some questions and answers that may help us to have a great season next year in our yards and gardens.

Q.: What should I look for to know if the ornamental trees in my front yard need fertilizing? I do not fertilize on a regular basis.

A.: If your ornamental trees are growing poorly, have off-color or small leaves, and slow growth of branches or twigs, they may need fertilizing. Other signs may be; slow wound repair and susceptibility to insect damage and disease.


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