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Shining Stars: Ron and Julie Dumoulin

Shining Stars: Ron and Julie Dumoulin

Take a drive through Wellsville and there is a good chance you'll find the Dumoulins along the side of the road picking up trash or watering flowers.

Ron and Julie Dumoulin, who have been married for more than 40 years, are a shining example of taking pride in your community.

They are caregivers to the community of Wellsville.

“We water them in the morning, we drive up and then at night we walk up from our house, it's like 17 blocks and then we pick them and water them if need be,” Ron said.

In the summer months, they’re weeding and sweeping. And come winter …

“Now we decorate so much, we don't decorate our house, because we use all of our decorations somewhere else,” Ron said. “It just come a little bit at a time and then it got bigger and bigger and bigger.”

They pay for and water the hanging baskets on the bridge and help upkeep a so-called pocket park.

All the while, spreading a little TLC in every nook and cranny of the village.

“This is where we live,” Julie said. “A lot of people don't take advantage of where we live.”

“Our children grew up here, our grandchildren are growing up here,” Ron said. “We're just trying to make it better. I don't know if we're making a difference, but we're just trying to make it better for the people who are here. I hope it makes a difference.”

Their efforts are appreciated by neighbors like Murph Burns.

“We're very blessed to have people who really take pride in the community and want to see the village do well,” Burns said.

Burns is inspired by their love for the community and their love for each other.

“We don't do nothing unless we both do it,” Ron said.

And there's good reason for that. Ron almost lost Julie in a motorcycle accident in 2003.

“A fella decided to cut out in front of us and run us over, but we survived. The good Lord was looking after us.”

Julie's road to recovery was rough.

“They had to teach her how to walk again and talk again, and she had a stroke; she had an aneurism,” Ron said.

He never left her side. And now, their time spent together is special.

“She's one of the hardest workers. She can outwork me in a heartbeat, but she's just a good woman and the good Lord took care of her,” Ron said.

Tending to their town is their new passion. They didn’t resume their old one – riding – until 5 years after the accident.

“Id’ come home from work, and the Harley magazine would be open to a certain page every day, and I'd look at it and put it away, next day same page. It was a bike and I said, ‘what's going on? Do you like this bike or what?’ And she said, ‘don't you think it's time we get on with our life?’”

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