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Onward and upward!

The Union featured an article a few years back about my dad — Jim Simmons — reinventing himself in retirement years. On behalf of my entire family, we’d like to recognize his most recent achievement.

For his 77th year, Jim set a goal of 77 hikes, of 7 miles minimum. Two days shy of his birthday, he has blown that goal away by completing 91 hikes, totaling 650-plus miles for the year.

We are all incredibly proud of him and see how he inspires others daily. As he says, onward and upward!

Mindy Franz on behalf of Sue, Marc, Tod, Mimi, Phil, Leslie, Fred, Quinternos, Linda and Ron

Brooklyn, N.Y.