Around Town: Leaving the pumps to go fishing

February 01, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

After years in the business, Rollie Vonlinger has pumped his last gallon of gas and checked out his last car.

With the beginning of 2004, Vonlinger, who owned Vonlinger Marathon for 16 years, sold the business. "I just appreciate everyone's business.

"I had good customers; they came from everywhere."

He's a people person and said the best part of the service station business was pumping gas. "You got to meet the customers."

He ran a Shell station at Main and Stanford Road before moving to Main and Fifth streets. Eddie Noe is now the owner of the Marathon, keeping a station at that corner of town for more than 60 years.


"I have other interests I want to spend time on," Vonlinger said. "I need to let up some."

Some of that letting up means he will be able to spend more time on the water. He has been a boating enthusiast, but now has added fishing to his leisure skills.

He admits starting out that it may be harder for him to catch a bass than it was to repair a carburetor.

Random Act of Kindness

A woman was in the Danville post office last week to pick up a package and found there was 35 cents due. She was particularly impressed that two men who were there offered her the 35 cents so she wouldn't have to go out the cold to get her purse that she had left in her vehicle.

She just wants to say thanks.

Pet Peeve

A reader wrote to say "PLLLEEAAASSSEEE," no more school fundraisers. "I cannot bear to see my children's schools do another fundraiser."

This parent has four children in school and while she has decided to just give money, she says the children then miss out on the rewards to sellers. She doesn't question the need for money. "I know our unpaid teachers pay for supplies and extras out of their own pockets."

She just wished the schools would have another way to bring in the needed money.

Contact Me

To share your pet peeves or random acts of kindness, write me at The Advocate-Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Danville 40423; e-mail to; or call 236-4667 or 800/428-0409.

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