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Lorey's Harbor Station | Jane Boursaw Photo

You might be wondering how we can promote any sort of surprise on Old Mission Gazette. We have more than 5000 email subscribers, after all, and thousands of readers to the website every day (thank you to everyone who reads the Gazette!).

But Marge Kroupa, Lorey Kroupa’s wife, assures me that Lorey is not a techie guy at all, and will never see this story anywhere on the web. So we’re counting on all of you to help us spread the word about a really fun event and avoid mentioning it to Lorey if you see him.

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You may have noticed that Lorey isn’t selling flowers at Lorey’s Harbor Station anymore, something he’s been doing since the beginning of time. Ok, really since 1972 – that’s 45 years, people! While we miss seeing him at the stand located at the corner of Bowers Harbor Road and Peninsula Drive, he’s decided to retire because, let’s face it, it’s a ton of work.

Bill Harper, one of Marge and Lorey’s neighbors, is organizing a a gathering called “Fill the Station With Flowers” to celebrate the many years Lorey has brought gorgeous flowers to the Old Mission Peninsula.

On Friday, July 7, everyone is invited to show up at Lorey’s Harbor Station at 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and a basket or pot of flowers, if you have them (no worries, if not, and then you’ll take them back home with you). Lorey will arrive for the surprise around 4 p.m.

“I think most everybody up here has waved at Lorey, bought his flowers and stopped in,” says Bill. “But this time, we want him to drive up to his stand and see all his friends, thanking him, with flowers and people everywhere.”

Snacks and beverages will be provided. If you have questions, call Bill Harper, (850) 591-3227 or email billharpo89@comcast.net. See you at the surprise!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. What a wonderful idea. We must celebrate the people who have been making life out here memorable. Lorey gives so much to our community. He drove the JAM bus for the after school program every Wednesday for years. A bought enough sweets to make the end of a long school day happy. Lorey donated so many plants to everyone. A true Character on the “P”

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