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MARVIN AND JOAN are shown above at their 50th anniversary cel- ebration. The couple stays active through their church and much vol- unteer work. Brides: Enjoy Picture Perfect Skin A bride often goes to great lengths to look beautiful on her wedding day. From manicures to hair appointments to professional makeup application, she can spend several hours in preparation for her walk down the aisle. Problem skin has long been the nemesis of many a bride-to-be, once treatable only by cosmetic surgery or prescription cr'Pas Today, there is a simpler way to looIt',your wedding best that is neither "mir- acle" cream nor major surgery. It improv"es a wide range of cosmetic facial imperfections safely and effectively with fie "downtime." Called Intense Pulsed Light (IPLr), this new non-invasive technology treats everything from fine lines, age spots, sun damage and broken capillaries, to enlarged pores. coarse skin and mottled pigmentation. "IPL is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in America this centu- ry," say Jeffrey Dover M.D., a leading dermatologist in Chestnut Hill, Mass. "Patients love the fact that there's no recovery time." Using highly controlled flashes of Intense Pulsed Light, the high-tech proce- dure acts on both the superficial and deeper skin layers while simultaneously delivering beneficial thermal energy to deep tissue. Because it does not remove skin, there is no prolonged recovery time, anesthesia is seldom required, treat- ment takes only 20 minutes and patients can return to work or daily activities immediately. The treatment is administered in a series of five to six sessions, providing gradual, natural improvement with excellent long-term results. In nearly all cases, IPL treatments are considerably more affordable than other cosmetic surgery options available today. Best of all, treatment can be tailored to an individual's specific condition and skin type, and can also be used on the neck, chest and hands. The procedure also represents a new option to treat the symptoms of rosacea, an ailment that leaves more than 13 million Americans red-faced and pimply from dilated blood vessels and chronic flush- ing. "The treatment affects the entire face rather than a single isolated area or imperfection, imparting an overall refreshed and youthful appearance," remarks Dr. Dover. IPL TM is a trademark of Lumenis. For more information and a referral to a physician in your area, visit or call (888) 424-7011. *Photos courtesy of Drs. Robert and Margaret Weiss, Baltimore, Md. ..( Check out our web site at / Page 2 January 2002 Love at first sight brought together Marvin, Joan Block Marvin and Joan Block of Ortonville didn't know each other growing up, though their farms weren't more than a few miles away. In the end, however, they found one another and the wedding bells are still ringing some 51 years later. After graduating from Correll High School in 1939, Marvin headed west riding freight trains looking for work He entered the service in 1942, and during mechanical training was taken out of class and sent to North Africa to aid in the United States' campaign. Upon his return, the search for the perfect girl and some small town entertainment led Marvin to a barn dance in the summer of 1949, which would end his quest for the perfect girl once and for all. "It was love at first sight," he com- ments. "Lots of people say that, but it really was," ...... Still in high.Bchool at the time, young Joan (nee Beachem) graduated the following spring, and the two were married just a few short days after, on June 11, 1950." The Blocks' wedding was a simple one, with one attendant each and a host of relatives at Joan's parents' farm. Both Marvin and Joan came from a family of nine children. Once the reception was completed, Marvin drove with his bride in the moonlight to their honeymoon destination of Canada. Once the honeymoon was over, it was back to work for Marvin, who took Joan with him back to South Dakota, where he had been working for a farmer there. Joan says the harsh winter and heavy snowfall that year kept them stuck in their tiny trailer house lots of days. Though there was- n't any electricity, the two had lamps for reading and each other to keep warln. In 1954, the couple bought the home Marvin's grandfather had home- steaded, and the Blocks farmed there for the next 30 years, raising four chil- dren. Their oldest, Mark, lives on that same homestead with his wife Terry. They have three children - Mark II, Jennifer and Matt. The Blocks' daughter Dawn . L eger lives in Ortonville with husband Doug. They have one daughter - Carmen. Ronda Thieike also lives here in Ortonville with husband Russ. Their four girls are Amy, Misty, Nikki and Ashly. Ginger, the youngest, is mar- ried to Ron Athey. Their children are Bridget Vanderwal, Cheisy and Kirby. Marvin and Joan are also very proud of their two great grandchil- dren, Carissa Vanderwal who is Bridget's daughter and Kori Block, Jennifer's daughter. , After their retirement, the couple has stayed active both through volun- teer work and with their church, First English Lutheran. The Blocks have been named Food Shelf "Volunteers of the Year" on one occasion for their service, and also do work with the Big Bridesmaids: Wear it Again and Win ed the bride's advice that "you can wear it again" and actually kept their bridesmaid's dress. Well, now you get your chance. The company has been a hit at bachelorette parties with its Sour Apple, Watermelon, Cheri-Beri, Grape, Raspberry and Peach Schnapps. Now they're extending the fun by inviting former bridesmaids to enter "Pucker's Worst Bridesmaid Dress Contest" for a chance to win a week-long trip for four to Puerto Rico and a trip for two to New York City to attend the World's Largest Bachelorette Party. Incandescent lavender or sequined periwinkle, taffeta or tulle, with crinolines or creampuff sleeves -- it's time for bridesmaids' dresses to come out of the closet. Don't keep it a secret any longer Stone County Historical Society, Meals on Wheels, senior companion, and the RIDES program. Avid travelers, the pair have been to 49 of the 50 states, as well as Norway and other overseas destina- tions. Marvin's military reunions take them all over the country, and keep him in touch with service buddies, too. For Joan, she attributes their nup- tial success to compatibility with one another. "We both lived and worked on the farm together, and got along well doing it," she says. "You just need to talk things over when something's bothering you, though it's hard to do sometimes." "You give a little and take a little," adds Marvin. "Sometimes, though, it might feel like you're giving more than you're taking." Another tidbit of advice he gives married couples is when something gets to be too much, all one has to do s take a moment to cool off and come right back. So how could two people just five short miles apart most of their young lives not find each other immediately? Some would say it's the 11 year age difference, but for Marvin, he claims they just had to wait until the time was right. "He went around the world looking for the perfect girl," jokes Joan, "and it turns out I was right here the whole time." It lingers in the deepest, darkest corner of your closet -- a secret you've kept for so many years. You catch a glimpse of it by accident, and soon all the memories come flooding back. There it hangs in all its shim- mery-sherbet glory -- that poofy, pastei-y bridesmaid's dress that should've been recycled into curtains or lacy doilies long ago. Styles come and go, but one thing remains constant ... most brides- maid's dresses are a fashion miss. Yet day after day bridesmaids across the country grin and bear it when they're asked to don a frock even Molly Ringwald wouldn't have worn in the campiest 1980s movie. Well, sulk no more courageous women. DeKuyper Pucker Schnapps understands your sacrifice. The com- pany wants to award those who heed- 000ttr 00ddin00l...00nc in a [ihtim! From the planning stages to the final serving, you can count on us to see to every detail - choose a simple buffet or a full-course meal[ We'll make your reception special whether it's held at Bobby Jo's, at the church, at your home or wherever. Groom's Supper * Receptions * Catering to Your Event Seating up to 75 in House * Beer and Setups * Bobby Jo's Place.. 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