In small town living, good neighbors become a staple of communities, especially when they spend their entire lives residing in just one town. Our April honoree for "Hey! That's my Neighbor" has done just that, giving back to others around her every step of the way.
Georgi Riser has been selected for the April honor, which is featured each month by The Times Leader. The objective is to honor those around us that put forth a community-driven effort to improve the surroundings for others.
Georgi, who still resides in Martins Ferry, has been married to her long-time high school sweetheart, Larry, for more than 48 years. Georgi and Larry began dating back when they were merely sophomores at Martins Ferry High School.
Georgi Riser of Martins Ferry is April’s “Hey!?That’s my Neighbor” honoree. She is shown here celebrating her anniversary with her husband of 48 years, Larry,
Georgi at one of her many fundraising events
Nothing unusual - Georgi bakes and drops off goodies “just because.” And of course she’s wearing the costume she handmade.
Larry and Georgi Riser with two of their three sons, Laine (seated) and Ladd.
While at MFHS, she participated in the cosmetology program offered by the school. She at one time managed several salons located at the Ohio Valley Mall. A half century later, she still enjoys cutting hair, along with her many other artistic knacks.
One of those knacks for which Georgi is known is her wide variety of baked goods and foods. Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and dinner foods are all included in her repertoire, although many of the items are for various fundraising activities, such as the Purple Rider Booster Club. Other creations include birthday and wedding cakes. "I enjoy spending my time on the Booster Club activities. I shop year around for the 300 Club party and really enjoy keeping myself busy with things such as this," she explained.
Another one of her crafts is costume making for various holidays. Many of her works are kept in her home for future use. These costume heads are of very high quality and handcrafted from many materials. Some include Halloween themes, all the way to a beautifully done Easter Bunny head. Anything that can be painted, shaped, baked, molded, or created - Georgi more than likely can do it for you.
One of her latest efforts involved spearheading a spaghetti dinner as a fundraiser to help keep the pool open in Martins Ferry. Georgi said that at the event, held last weekend, about 150 dinners were served. And she worked tirelessly, with the help of a hard-working Rec Center staff, to prepare approximately 690 meatballs and 30 lbs of pasta noodles.
"There was lots of love passed out Sunday in the way of people who worked and people who came to the dinner," she stated about the event in a recent letter to the editor in The Times Leader. She had much praise for those who helped make the dinner a success, but that's nothing unusual for Georgi.
Her desire to do good for the community always seems to bring people out, wanting to help and wanting to support her efforts. Georgi is planning another pool fundraiser on May 18 at the Rec Center from 9 a.m. to noon - a pancake breakfast with Mickey Mouse waffles, sausage and a beverage.
Both her and Larry are members of the First United Methodist Church of Martins Ferry. Georgi is a proud mother of three sons, Laine, Ladd, and James. Both of the latter have or currently serve in the United States Air Force. James also wrestled in the Air Force, and enjoyed a stint in semi-professional football overseas.
While visiting one of her sons in Turkey after being deployed, Georgi developed a love and fascination for the country. The past 14 years, since her first trip, she continues to go back and see friends she has now had for over a decade. "It's a very different place over there. Many of the customs are very interesting, which is what keeps us going back. Many of the people we met still keep in touch with us to this day," Georgi explained of her travels.
Those that are lucky enough to know Georgi, always are quick to point out how scrumptious many of here treats are that they have indulged in. I can even admit she personally broke me into the world of quiche, which is correctly pronounced 'kish' instead of 'keesh,' as I came to find out.
We want to hear from you! Send us your neighbor nominee
Do you know someone who goes out of his or her way to help others??Has someone supported or helped you out in your time of need? If so, we want to hear from you! Send your name and phone number, the nominee's name and phone number and the reason for their nomination to Shaunna Dunder Hershberger, The Times Leader, 200 S. Fourth St., Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org