‘Miracle guy’ bucks trend of throwing things divided – Belleville News
May 2, 2015 - table lamp
Don Stover hates to chuck things away.
Not usually does he recycle, reuse and repurpose, he creates a vital out of correct equipment that differently would go into a landfill.
“It only breaks my heart when we can’t correct something,” pronounced Don, 58, of Greenville.
That was a box with an aged Motorola radio that someone brought into his shop, Don’s Uniques Repairs.
“I couldn’t get a parts,” pronounced Don, a laid-back male with a prolonged ponytail, white-haired brave and oval, wire-rimmed glasses.
But many business are vacant during what he can repair.
“I call him a ‘miracle guy,’” pronounced Leanna Clark, 63, an artist who lives in Herrick. “He only has a knack for saying what a problem is and regulating it.”
Leanna and her husband, Steve, a farmer, took Don an 1830s regulator time that had stopped running. He found and commissioned a required part.
Don also remade dual cameras and a continue radio for a Clarks, though a time meant a most.
“It’s about many some-more than money,” Leanna said. “(The clock) belonged to Steve’s great-grandfather. The bulb are new, though we can see a age on a face. You can only suppose how many people have listened it ticking.”
Don’s stream plan is regulating a guitar amplifier. On a new afternoon, he used a digital ohmmeter to exam a power-supply fuses.
People transport to Don’s Uniques Repairs from as distant divided as Carbondale with their guitars, lamps, sewing machines, opening cleaners and other non-working stuff.
“It’s only good to have somebody with Don’s skills right here in town,” pronounced Cary Holman, 65, of Greenville.
Cary is a expertise member and ubiquitous manager of Greenville College’s radio station, WGRN-FM. He has asked Don to correct several items, many recently a Marti radio transmitter.
Cary understands Don’s titillate to repair, reuse and repurpose.
“We were unequivocally delayed to chuck things divided (when we was a kid),” Cary said. “My mom grew adult in a Depression, and she could fist a nickel until it sang.”
Even 30 years ago, many towns had fix-it shops, where people could take TV sets, fans, toasters, lamps and other domicile equipment for correct or refurbishing.
Those days are gone.
“We live in a throw-away society,” pronounced Don, who gets aggravated when things stop operative since of designed obsolescence.
Don and his wife, Jan, are partial of a “self-reliance and do-it-yourself community,” that they see as concordant with their Libertarian leanings.
It’s also what they were taught as children.
“When we were flourishing up, it was honest to keep what we have operative and in good repair,” pronounced Jan, 60. “It’s not like that anymore.”
The Stovers share information, opinions, tips and ideas by edition a weekly journal called a Owl Creek Gazette.
Jan serves as editor. She home-schooled her dual children when they were tiny and founded a repository for comparison adults with her mom in 1996.
“We demonstrate a Libertarian truth in a (Owl Creek Gazette), and a Libertarian mindset is self-reliance, particular leisure and personal responsibility,” Jan said. “It’s unequivocally normal American values.”
Folkies incited activists
Don and Jan met in a 1970s during Kaskaskia College in Centralia. Both sang and played guitar.
“We were certain we were going to be famous,” Jan said. “You know, everybody wanted to be a subsequent folk-duo sensation. We were large fans of Carole King, Harry Chapin and James Taylor.”
Don went on to work 10 years as a dais technician during IE Communications and 8 years as a use technician during Nevco, a Greenville association that creates scoreboards.
He non-stop Don’s Uniques Repairs in 2011, after decades of tinkering with tiny electronics.
“Don built his parents’ initial tone radio when he was about 12,” Jan said.
In new years, Don’s many surprising projects have enclosed a radio that served as a bottom for a bronze equine statue, a Grecian sleet flare with oil using down a bare womanlike figure and a golf-themed electric lamp.
“It was a list lamp, and when we pushed a symbol on a base, a golfer would yell, ‘Fore!’ Then he took a pitch during a golf ball, that trafficked around on a lane and went into a hole,” Don said. “And a throng went wild.”
The Stovers also horde a weekly podcast, “Creekside with Don and Jan,” and a book bar that’s now reading “Little House on a Prairie.”
“There’s no one some-more separate that a Wilders,” Jan said.
The podcast “studio” during a correct emporium consists of a 1940s dinette list with a computer, amplifier, mixer and microphones. A circuitously grate mantel is lined with Jan’s owl collection, mostly gifts from customers.
Last month, a Stovers constructed a second-annual Owl Creek Gazette Self-Reliance Expo in Greenville. About 130 people showed up.
“We’re saying a resurgence of people who care,” Don said. “People who caring about a environment, people who don’t wish to chuck things away, people who commend that we’re ruining a planet. For us, each day is Earth Day.”
At a glance
What: Don’s Uniques Repairs
Where: 112 S. Second St. in Greenville
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays by Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Information: Call 618-580-8779 or revisit https://www.facebook.com/DonsUniquesAndRepairs, www.owlcreekgazette.com or www.owlcreekradio.podomatic.com