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Rev. Dr. Mike Dearing

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ABC Conference Retreat Print E-mail

Rev. Dr. Mike Dearing, an Indianapolis Wedding Officiant, attended the IN Association of Bridal Consultants' Conference Retreat.  The Conference was held on Feb. 22 & 23, 2013 at the historic West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick IN.  The hotel dates to 1855 and has been called "The Eighth Wonder of the World". It is definitely a world class hotel and a marvelous location for weddings.  They have many spots for weddings on the grounds: the Atrium, the Presidential Suite, outdoor gardens among others.

Monica Richards, President of ABC IN, put together a wonderful banquet on Friday night.  She also assembled a cast of speakers on Saturday.  These speaker were very knowledgeable and informative.  I will definitely attend next year.

IWPN Bridal Show Print E-mail

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Rev. Dr. Mike Dearing, an Indianapolis Wedding Officiant, was a vendor at the IWPN (Indianapolis Wedding Professionals Network) Bridal Show.  The Feb. 17, 2013 show was held at the Crown Plaza Indianapolis Airport Hotel.  The hotel set up the hotel lobby for a wedding and asked Rev Mike to place his booth in front near the water fountain.  This was my first Wedding Show since I started Officiating in 2001.  I couldn't have pick a better location or group to start with.

As you can see from the pictures, this is a great venue to have your wedding.  Kristie Bricker and her staff are great to work with.  They go the extra mile to meet your needs.

The Sunday afternoon show was well attended.  About 100 brides visited the IWPN members booths.  The brides had a good time and enjoyed the free prizes.

IWPN bridal show

Longest Married U.S. Couple celebrate 81 years Print E-mail

February 6, 2013 11:58 AM

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Photo credit: AP | John and Ann Betar of Fairfield, Conn., celebrate their 80th anniversary at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Bridgeport, Conn. The couple has been named the "longest-married couple" in the U.S. for 2013 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Christian marriage group based in San Bernardino, Calif.


FAIRFIELD, Conn. - John and Ann Betar weren't supposed to get married. Her father had arranged for her to wed another man, but she and John fled Bridgeport, Conn., and eloped in New York.

That was more than 80 years ago. The couple are still happily hitched, a fact that has led to their being named the "longest-married couple" in the U.S. for 2013 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Christian marriage group based in San Bernardino, Calif.

The Betars are scheduled to receive a plaque and other gifts from the group at their granddaughter's home in Fairfield, Conn., on Saturday.

They told the New York Daily News that there are no secrets to a long marriage, only a few simple rules.

"We just live with contentment, and we don't live beyond our means," John Betar said. "Just go with the flow."

John's now 101 years old and Ann is 97, and they're still living in their home along the Fairfield shore. They had five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Two of their children died in their 60s.

Ron and Judy Pekny of Worldwide Marriage Encounter said the title of "longest-married couple" is based on nominations the group received, so there may be some couples who have been married longer.

John and Ann grew up across the street from each other in Bridgeport, and John used to drive Ann to high school in his Ford Roadster. They fell in love. When her father arranged for her to marry someone else, they eloped in Harrison.

John went on to open a grocery store in Bridgeport.

Ann Betar told the Hearst Connecticut Media Group around their 80th anniversary in November that family has been a key to their longevity.

"That's what makes life what it is," she said. "We were fortunate enough to live long enough to see this ... and it's really one of the most gratifying things in the world to see your great-grandchildren, to see your grandchildren become adults."

John Betar added, "That's what keeps us alive. We live for them."


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