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Making friends, enjoying food

January 10, 2012
By WILLIAM MAZEY - Community Columnist , Tribune Chronicle |

Moving and starting over can be difficult for some people. But some people go through the process easier than others. A part of the moving and resettling process involves making friends. Everyone needs some friends in their lives so they can talk and interact and go through life's changes with someone and not be alone.

Since coming to the area I have been fortunate to meet some good people. I've had conversations with people all over Trumbull County. I have visited a lot of towns and have a list of towns to still visit. I'm looking forward to my travels and times of exploring with my wife. I'm also glad for the people I've connected with and gotten to know a little better.

Food is involved at times when I get together with friends. Not only do I like to eat, but so do many of my friends. We like to sit and talk and eat and talk. It's a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere that lends itself to developing friendships. This type of activity helps me find some good places to eat and support local small businesses at the same time.

Last week I was in a small restaurant called Brother's Pizza in Champion with two friends. It was the first time I had been there and I didn't even know it was there. It's funny how you can pass by someplace and not even pay attention to it. I joked with my friends about the name and we had a good laugh.

The food was really good and I told my wife that I would like to take her there sometime so she could try it. But the conversation the three of us were having was even better. Sometimes we kidded and joked as only men can with other men and sometimes we were talking about serious things. It is interesting how good conversation can come out when friends and food get together.

Another place I have had the opportunity to go to with friends is The Wayside Diner. It is in Champion also. The food there is good, too. My most recent visit there was for breakfast with a friend of mine. Even though I was in a different restaurant with a different friend we joked, laughed and talked about some important things. All of this took place while enjoying our breakfast.

We didn't solve any of the world's problems. Heck, I'm not even sure we solved any of our own, but we had a good time. It was time well spent as an investment in developing a friendship. It is a comfortable atmosphere and we were not rushed as we slowly ate and talked. Both my wife and I have been there before and we like it.

There are other restaurants that we like to eat at in Champion and I'll tell you more about them in the future. I don't want you to think that all I do is go out and eat, but I don't usually turn down an invitation to go out and eat. I also like to have lunch with someone when possible. I not only conduct business over meals, I also build friendships over meals too.

If you get a chance to take a drive to Champion, stop and enjoy one of the local restaurants, I think you'll be glad you did. If you couldn't tell, I like Champion and friends I've made here.

Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor. Email him at



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