Many deserve credit for Ontario Community Hall celebration

Back in my little-kid days, my folks would drag me to every wedding dance in Monroe’s Turner Hall, where they discovered to their everlasting dismay that I, this Swiss-German girl, not only came with two left feet, but also thought “beat” was something you pickle and put on a relish tray.

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