A Little Paper With a Big Heart
Est. 2009
A Little Paper With a Big Heart
Est. 2009
Welcome to 'Giggle'; the little paper with a big heart! Our paper is printed on newsprint but actually doesn't have a drop of "news" in it. Instead, you will find page after page of stories written by people that live within the communities we deliver to; stories of love, struggles, loss and how to conquer (with grace) all of life's unexpected situations. Settle into your comfy chair, peruse our contents and you will certainly be blessed!

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Sometimes life is full & blessed and miracles abound!
At other times life can be difficult and unsure and grace is required to go on ...
It seems the politicians and chattering class speak of little but malaise these days. I'll have none of it. Neither will Joe! Who is Joe? He's just the son of a contractor who was the son of a contractor; one of the true children of our industry, who bleeds refrigerant. By background, he could be you or me. His story will inspire you.

Joe Groh grew up in the HVAC industry. He started in his Dad's shop before taking an installer position at Glen Fritze & Sons in Walnut, Illinois. After joining the Sheet Metal Workers union, Joe moved on to another contractor, Reliable Fabrications. From there he moved to an inside sales position with Lennox a position that allowed him to use his evenings to complete the college degree he started years earlier. Always goal oriented, the marketing degree he earned represented one more check mark.

Then, following in his father's footsteps, Joe became a Lennox territory manager (TM). Dad had left the family business to work for a Carrier distributor before becoming Lennox's top TM. Later, Dad started a contracting company.

Joe progressed steadily up the Lennox ladder before leaving to run marketing for an Armstrong distributor. Executive positions at Titus and PCI followed. Then, Joe's life turned upside down.

On Fathers Day 2008, after two of his three kids came for a visit. When his oldest son left, Joe decided to hit the bike trail for an aerobic workout. Riding fast, he hit a patch of sand and life changed. Joe was thrown from his bike and hit head first. When he woke, he instantly knew he was in trouble. In his mind's eye, he saw his arms and legs in the position last held on his bike. Yet, he could see his arm flat on the ground. And he couldn't move it.

The fall damaged Joe's spine.

For 30 minutes Joe called for help. Finally, a jogger found him. While waiting for the ambulance, Joe conducted a personal motivational seminar. He told himself that he better get his attitude straight. "Life is going to be different," he told himself, "So you better get used to it."

"There are two ways you can live your life," says Joe today. "You can get down about it and be difficult for everyone around you…or not. I choose ‘not.’ Frankly, I don't know how else to live."

"I'm the same person from the shoulders up. That's where it happens, anyway. So, I can keep being the same person."

"Yeah, he's the same guy," says Joe's wife, Sue, with a smile.

"Plus," says Joe, "I realized my family still needs me. This has brought our family closer. It has strengthened our faith."

"And," he adds, "As a disabled person I have a debt to contribute to others."

Debt? What debt could he possibly owe? In the midst of personal tragedy, Joe talks about miracles from others. He talks about the unknown neighbor who helped get foundation money to modify the Groh home for a wheelchair while Joe was in the intensive care unit.

"We hadn't even thought about the problems we would have and the problems were already being solved," he remarked.

As a result, Joe wants to make miracles for others. He wants to set up a foundation to help people in the HVAC industry who experience "life changing events." Beyond the foundation, Joe wants to contribute to society and the industry by tapping into his considerable experience and skills as a writer. Finally, he wants to be as independent as possible.

For the latter goal, he needs a few more miracles. The expenses are already stratospheric and will continue to mount. Medical bills aside, Joe needs a special bed, a voice activated computer, a power wheelchair, and voice activated home automation.

Joe Groh is an inspiration. Rather than focus on the malaise, Joe focuses on the miraculous. Visit his website at and help fund more miracles for Joe and others in the industry.
Look for Joe's contributions to the Tea Room in the room titled "Scents of Cinnamon"
Middlebury, IN. newspaper written by Brenda Dwyer; owned by Bob & Brenda Dwyer. Giggle offers feel good stories for over 36,000 readers; Giggle News serves the communities of Elkhart, Middlebury, Bristol, Shipshewana, Goshen and LaGrange in the counties of Elkhart and LaGrange, Indiana. Giggle News is considered a Middlebury, IN. newspaper, a Bristol, IN. newspaper and a Shipshewana, IN. newspaper.Grandmas, The Cat's Meow, Inside The Tea Room, The Corner Office, This n' That, From Our Kitchen, Garden Gab, Talk Across The Fence, Salisbury's Stake, A World of Wonders and Destri of Nocham are just a few of the gems you will find inside. Giggle News has been in circulation since April of 2009. Brenda Dwyer uses her humor and heartfelt thoughts when putting pen to paper to fill the pages of the Giggle News in a way that attracts men, women & children alike. The Giggle News is all about strengthening the local economy and has led a small crusade to bring local merchants and the consumers of this area together to achieve that end. Life is challenging and wonderful all at the same time and the Giggle News is there to capture those precious revelations. Giggle News is also available online as well as at area lay-down spots. Giggle News ... the "feel good" newspaper.
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