Edward and Margaret Johns of Riviera Beach can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. Their son, Reserve Chief Warrant Officer Edward "Eddie" Johns Jr., has arrived home at last from his Saudi Arabia tour.
The 44-year-old Pasadena native missed out on all the parades and post-war celebrations. His support duties as the Army harbor master at the port of Damman in Saudi Arabia have kept him on the go for more than a year.
Called to active duty last summer, Eddie supervised hundreds of merchant and military ships navigating in and out of the port, which handled more than 80 percent of the military hardware and ammunition used in Operation Desert Storm.
Even though they weren't serving onthe front lines, the threats of terrorist and Scud missile attacks were an everyday concern. Twenty-eight men and women, all transportation workers, died in a single Scud attack and were stationed next to Eddie's unit. He viewed the attack at a distance and saw the Scud hit the building.
Once the war was over, the transportation staff had the monumental task of sending all the supplies and equipment back tothe United States.
During his lengthy tour of duty, Eddie's family in Pasadena waited and watched. The returning combat troops garnered all the attention, but that did not deter the Johnses. They kept the yellow ribbons flying and a candle burning in the living room for Eddie, despite feeling that everyone had forgotten about those still in the Gulf.
Now Eddie is home. Not to a great fanfare, but to the cheers, smiles and tears of his wife, Donna, son, Edward, and the rest of the Johns clan.
Before returning to civilian life in San Antonio, Eddie and his family will be celebrating his return this weekendwith the biggest crab feast Riviera Beach has seen in a long time.
Welcome back, Eddie, Bronze Star winner.
Now Mrs. Johns can blowout that candle.
Sweet and juicy summer peaches, served withice cream and featured in homemade desserts, can be purchased at Galilee Lutheran Church's annual Peach Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow.
Along with peach treats, the Lutheran Men will offer a barbecued chicken dinner, featuring half a chicken, choice of two homemade saladsand roll, for $6. Carryouts will be available at no extra charge.
The church is at 4652 Mountain Road.
The guidance departmentat Fort Smallwood School conducted a mini-training session for 17 students who were trained to be Peer Helpers next month.
Peer Helpers are role models who exhibit qualities such as trustworthiness, being good listeners, acceptance of new students, friendliness, school pride, enthusiasm for academics as well as social functions in school.
Teachers and students can count on these helpers during the year to set good examples and to be dependable helpers.
The following students completed training: Lauren Adamski, Karen Glorioso, Danny Hemmings, Robert Parker (second grade); Teresa Brown, Heath Harris, Tina Jones, Chuckie Shaffer, Todd Smith (third grade); Billy Booth, Melissa Koontz, Matt Rozegocki, Ronnie Taylor (fourth grade); Ben Caruso, Arthur Hall, Andy O'Dell, Melissa Sim (fifth grade).
Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company is sponsoring an evening of dining and dancing on Sept. 14 at the fire hall on Solley Road.
A roast beef platter will be served from 8 to 9 p.m. The down-home sounds of Sherwood Country, a Pennsylvania band, will provide music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sodas and brews will be served the entire evening.
Tickets are$10 and can be ordered by calling 437-3496 or 255-5111.
Proceeds from the dance will help Orchard Beach pay for two new pieces of equipment: a Telesquirt truck and a flood light/foam unit. The equipment will cost more than $300,000.
*Northeast High School's Class of '71 is having its 20th reunion on Oct. 5.
If you are one of those old Eagles that haven't been contacted about the event and want to knowmore, call Jane Harrington Huffman at 255-0921 or Marsha Daniels Hartlove at 850-0481.
Clean out your closets and make some quickcash at a flea market at St. Jane's Hall, on St. Jane Drive, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24.
Tables can be rented for $10 each. To reserve one, call the parish office at 255-4646, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
Cowboy Jazz and his pals will ride on into Lake Waterford Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a two-hour concert. This is the final concert in the Starlight Summer Series, sponsored by the county Commission on Culture and Arts.
Exploring the boundaries of Western, swing, blues and rock 'n' roll, this Maryland-based group hasreleased an album, "That's What We Like About the West," combining swing and boogie with interesting results.
The concert is free. Lawn seating is available, so bring a blanket or chair.
Edie Picken, counselor and co-ordinator of the Parent-Student Evening SpeakerSeries at Chesapeake High School, has announced the 1991-1992 agendafor the programs that will begin in September.
Programs start at 7 p.m. and take place in Chesapeake's Student Center.