October 18, 2017 Edition

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Handicap overcome

Afflicted by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age nine, Walnut Ridge native Dennis J. Robb did not let the handicap define him. Robb, 64, of Las Vegas, passed away on Oct. 12, 2017.

Dennis' brother, Danny Robb of Okinawa, Japan, shares some details (below) of his brother's life, some of which were written in a TD feature several years ago. They show the positive influence a community can have on an individual.

Small idea grows
to have big impact

There's something amazing about how a little idea can grow into something that impacts a large group of people. We use the light bulb above the head as a visual cue for an idea for a reason, because the light bulb itself was just that once, an idea, and now it is used almost everywhere.

While not to the scale of electrical lighting, my sister, Sarah Brown, and brother, Kiersten Heyl, also had an idea that grew. About two and a half years ago they formed the NEA Gamers Guild. The group started out with modest goals to be a place where people who enjoyed tabletop gaming, such as board games, role-playing games, miniatures and more, could find others in the community to play games with. Since then, the group has grown to over 500 members strong.

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