The entire city of Goshen is important to me because this is where I grew up, went to school, and learned English. This town is where I found true friends since my first day of school at Goshen Middle School. Here is where both of my parents and my oldest brother were put to rest at Violett Cemetery. This city is where I met my wife in 1991, but didn’t start dating until 2001. Two out of my three kids were born here in Goshen. My brother and his family live here, my sister lives here, my in-laws live here, lots of longtime friends who are like family to me live here as well. Ever since I moved to Goshen the very first time I felt comfortable around people. I’ve never felt out of place. To me, this is my hometown. This is my home.
I am a volunteer bilingual radio announcer at Radio Horizonte 104.3fm Oficial every Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m. My wife Tessie (who works for LaCasa Inc.) and I have a show. We play English and Spanish music from the 1980s up to today’s hits. We also read local and international news, and give weather updates every 30 to 35 minutes in both English and Spanish. Sometimes I say it in Spanish and my wife says it in English or vice versa.
What is unique about Goshen is that Goshen is a multicultural community. You can hear people talking in many different languages. You can hear English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Czech, Romanian, Italian, Hindi, Arabic, Lao, Vietnamese, or Mandarin. You can try food from different parts of the world as well. We also have Fidler Pond Park, Ox Bow Park, Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, the Old Bag Factory, First Fridays events downtown, and many, many more things to do as well. We have great schools: Bethany Christian Schools, Clinton Christian Schools, Goshen Community Schools, Fairfield Community Schools, and Goshen College. Goshen has crops and livestock farms. It’s a mid-size city where I can say that Goshen is like one big family. I love living here, where nowadays I have a family. Goshen a great place to raise my three sons. It’s a piece of heaven on Earth.
Writing, editing, and photography by Scott Weisser and Neil King
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