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  • Tristatesmen surprise with Valentine’s visits

  • Valentine’s Day began early for members of the Tristatesmen Barbershop Chorus, who canvassed the area delivering roses, old-fashioned cards and songs to unsuspecting honorees.

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  • Valentine’s Day began early for members of the Tristatesmen Barbershop Chorus, who canvassed the area delivering roses, old-fashioned cards and songs to unsuspecting honorees.
    “We’ve been at it since 7:30,” said John Robb, a baritone in the group.
    He and tenor Alan Pommier, lead Daniel Renn and bass George Graham formed one of three Tristatesmen quartets delivering singing Valentines around the area
    As the four toured, Robb’s wife took and booked additional appointments, putting them well over two dozen appearances during the course of the day.
    At Class LTD, the quartet lined up in a large room where the clients were gathered, and many clapped and cheered as Employee Justin Lynch walked unsuspectingly into the room, was presented with a card and rose and sung to as a gift from his wife.
    Lynch said he was happy, but feeling pretty embarrassed.
    “It was a big surprise,” he said. “But it was a good surprise.”
    However, his wife may want to prepare for his response.
    “I do owe her something big for this,” he said.
    Joe Hart set up a serenade for his wife, Sally Hart, and daughter, Cindy Shaffer, during lunch at the Crestwood Country Club and was present for the surprise.
    Hart said he heard the Tristatesmen at a college basketball game and one of the members approached him about the serenades.
    “I thought that I’d bring my daughter and Sally out here,” Hart said. “It was something different. I like to do things different.”
    Sally Hart said she was shocked by the surprise, but enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the tenor notes.
    “They do a beautiful job,” she said.
    She added that her husband of 52 years had done well.
    “He gained a lot of points today,’’ she said.
    Shaffer said it was a sweet surprise.
    “I loved it,” she said. “I’ve never had anybody serenade me like that.”
    Low incidence educator Shirley Williams was accompanied by several of her students as received a gift of love from the self-proclaimed “best paras in the world.”
    “We heard about them through a friend and thought it would be really awesome,” said paraprofessional MacKenzie McGuire. “We weren’t sure how she was gong to react.”
    “She (McGuire) told me about it,” paraprofessional Sherrie Fernandez said. “I love to embarrass my boss.”
    “I don’t know that I was embarrassed,” Williams said. “It was a pleasant surprise. That was the best part.”
    The Valentine’s Day serenades are the Tristatesmen’s primary fundraiser and help the group cover the costs of rehearsal space rental and a stipend for the director.
    “It’s a lot of fun,” Robb said. “We have some young guys and some older guys, so it’s a multi-generational group.”
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