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Love comes to town
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Pictured at Keeley Hitchcock’s class at The Learning House are, front row, from left Linden Todd, Kynlee Hitchcock, Kinsley Knowles and Willow Hertwig. Second row, Gunner Powers, Colton Sherrard, Colbi Statton, Savanna Singleton and Zaden Mullican.

By Jennifer Woods

Love was in the air all over town Friday. 

The day began with precocious and excited pre-schoolers at The Learning House. What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? “You get more cookies than normal,” replied 3-year-old James McCay. 

Four-year-old Iva Newman said, “You get something you love, but if you throw a fit you don’t get it.” 

Unanimously in Keeley Hitchcock’s class their answer was “love.” James Chastain said she calls it “heart day.”

Couples, families and friends also gathered at Collins River BBQ on Main Street. Smiling faces were at every table enjoying their meal and time together.

Donnie and Gina Young were visiting from Nashville, enjoying their 35 years of marriage.

Dining services coordinator Monda Nichols and assistant Jammie Meeks made sure the residents at Riverview Terrace felt the love as well. A special lunch and swoon-worthy desserts, such as non-alcoholic daiquiris and chocolate-covered strawberries, were a hit. The dining room was adorned with festive decorations and delighted folks.

There were several special deliveries besides flowers and candy at Saint Thomas River Hospital. Adriana Ramirez welcomed her special valentine, Keanu, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces. His first Valentine’s Day was spent with his thrilled big brother Juan, father Javier Plascencia and other family members. Mom, Adriana was beaming over Keanu’s thick hair and red-themed gifts he received.