Mike was one of the many heroes of the council’s efforts during the youth baseball World Series staged at multiple venues across Cedar Hill in late June. As part of the council’s baseball concessions operations committee, he assisted Allen Reitmeier in staffing, stocking, whatever needed to be done. And when wasps proved to be a problem at the Dot Thomas stand, Mike learned via the internet that erecting a dummy nest would convince the wasps to seek another home. Mike is from the small Illinois town of Mendota. He and wife Pam have been married “going on 42 years” he said and live in Cedar Hill. They have a grown son and daughter and six grandchildren. Mike worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections and then, after coming to Texas, for 10 years at a halfway house in Hutchens. Even in retirement, he volunteers about 25 hours a week at the V.A. hospital. Mike became a Knight in July 2003 – Efrain Ochoa insisted that he come to a meeting, he said – and took his major degree a few months later. In addition to baseball concession duties, Mike is active in the Knight Hands program and the Lenten fish fries.