Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

New owners of Crescent City, Brookings restaurants met long ago during training

You might say Tim and Theresa Williamson fell in love beneath the Golden Arches.

They were 19 and both working at neighboring McDonald's restaurants. A crew meeting brought them together.

That was back when McDonald's was just rolling out its drive-through service. "We were writing on tickets, adding them up in our heads," said Theresa. No cash registers at the windows.

Theresa left McDonald's eventually and became a nurse. She retired last October and then "came back to work" when she and Tim bought the Crescent City and Brookings restaurants.

Tim has worked at McDonald's for 36 years, starting in Tacoma, Wash., making milkshakes and working his way up. It's been his lifetime goal to own his own, but there's an "extensive approval process" to be able to own one. "We waited almost three years for an opportunity to purchase a store," said Tim. "These ones came up for sale and we jumped on them."

The new owners are very hands-on. "Theresa's in there every day. We're there with the workers helping out," said Tim.

They moved to the region from Billings, Mont., and now reside in Brookings. They have two grown children still living in Montana.

Weight Watchers open house tonight at Methodist Church

The local chapter of Weight Watchers is holding an open house tonight to celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary.

It's an opportunity to hear weight-loss stories, view products and ask questions. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 664 H St. Call 951-2813 for more information.

The group generally has 50andndash;75 members split between two regular meeting schedules. Each has a story to tell, including Melodee Mitchell.

Mitchell, 46, took a leadership role in Weight Watchers just a few months ago, but has been involved with the organization for 10 years.

"For most of my adult life I was overweight," Mitchell said. "I had three children and with each child I gained more weight."

She was in her 30s and realized it was not as easy as it used to be to lose weight. One weekend she was camping with some family, and "my sister-in-law was eating food and calculating and measuring it. I watched her and said, 'What are you doing?' She said she had joined WW and I thought, 'Oh, that's all for old ladies.' But I saw her lose weight over time and watching her lose this weight was a real selling point. I thought, 'Wow, this is incredible.'"

Soon after she joined WW and "I saw results instantly. My first-week weigh-in encouraged me."

Actually, she joined five different times before she decided that "this was it."

"I'd join and get discouraged; I'd join and then I couldn't afford it," she said.

After a year of being committed to the program, she reached her weight-loss goals by shedding 72 1/2 pounds. She has kept the weight off for two years now.

"The meetings are called active meetings where members are talking. They talk about losing weight but even weight gains. Like if they've had a bad week and gained a little, instead of being discouraged, you're encouraged to continue."

"It's a lifestyle, not just a diet," she said. "It teaches you a lifestyle of weight control. What better way to commit to yourself than with your health?"

She cautions that it's not for everyone, but that there's something for everyone in the program.

Brownies deliver love

Members of Brownie Troop #71509 spread a little Valentine's cheer last Tuesday by delivering handmade cards to folks at the Del Norte Senior Center and Harrington House.

"We thought instead of making Valentine's cards for each other," said Troop leader Cheyenne Schaad, "why don't we make them for people in the community?"

Imprinted with "Owl you need is love," the girls decorated the cards with owls and used their handprints to create the wings.

"They enjoy seeing the smiles on everyone's faces," said Schaad.

LRT needs volunteers

The Lighthouse Repertory Theatre is gearing up for its musical performance of "9 to 5" and needs volunteers to assist with painting back drop scenes.

The images will include dream scenes of a Western club, a '20s gangster club and a Disneyish "Snow White" scene.

For information call Jenny Young, president of LRT, at 954-8773 or e-mail

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