Area residents Walt and Bonnie (Zalick) Dyke recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on March 2, 1963, in the Negley Methodist Church.
The Dykes began their lives together in a small apartment in East Palestine until moving to their first home. After many happy years at this residence they moved their now larger family to a small hobby farm. They operated two separate family businesses, Dyke's Taxidermy and then later A Family Affair craft shop.
Their children include Richard (Kathy) Dyke of Negley, Amanda (Joe) Reed of Monaca, Pa., and Jennifer (Jason) Mackall of New Waterford. They also have three grandchildren, Kayla Dyke and Hunter and McKennah Mackall.
Before retiring in the late 90s, Mr. Dyke was employed as a supervisor at PGT trucking and spent the bulk of his employment as a diesel mechanic. He also served his country in the armed forces, calling Germany his home during deployment. An avid fisherman, he spends much of his time making fishing lures and taking pride in his garden.
Mrs. Dyke is a homemaker and a gardener, taxidermist, florist, artist, and volunteer. She was employed at local businesses but most enjoyed working in the greenhouses.
Mr. and Mrs. Dyke were treated to a celebration dinner at Vesuvio's restaurant.