Wilson isn’t making that mistake again.
After returning as the top executive with the county’s library system, there are some things she missed, a few she has discovered since being back, and many more on the horizon.
No. 1: SARTA bus passes
One of her must-haves is bus passes from SARTA. The little things are what keep her family going, and any chance Wilson has to get her visually impaired daughters—Whitney, 27, and Karen, 24—a pass for SARTA’s Proline service, she does. “Proline is fantastic,” Wilson said. “Karen works five days a week and volunteers at Pegasus two days, and if not for SARTA, there’s no way I could get her everywhere she has to go. It allows them their independence.”
No. 2: Avocado Curry from Basil
When it comes to dinner, Wilson said put a bowl of Basil’s avocado curry in front her and get out of the way. “It’s so good, you could just jump in the bowl,” she said. The curry is a Thai dish that comes with green beans, red peppers, onions and fresh avocado sauteed in the curry blend at Basil. It doesn’t cost a fortune, either. It’s $8.50 for a half order, or splurge for $13 and get the full order. The better news for Wilson is Basil is just a few blocks from her office.
No. 3: Mid’s spaghetti sauce
Wilson loves fresh food for dinner, and the sauce from Mid’s is made right here in Navarre. “We love it, with some crusty fresh bread from Johnnie’s Bakery,” Wilson said. The story of Mid’s is interesting. The recipe dates more than 70 years and started in the hills of Sicily. One of the sons in the family, Mideo, left for the United States in 1938 and opened a restaurant in Navarre. He started selling his sauce in the 1950s, and now Mid’s ships to 32 states.
No. 4: A car from Waikem
No one ever really starts out wanting a minivan. Wilson was put into one as a loaner from Waikem. She fell in love with the Honda Odyssey. “Automatic doors were a must-have for us with two little boys,” Wilson said. “It is Waikem’s excellent personal service that keeps me going back as a loyal customer.”
No. 5: Artist Margene May
We at About are not the only ones enamored of the artist (see Page 44)—May tops Wilson’s list as well. She has begun her collection with one work, and has her eye on another!