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CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM MarchApril 2016 85 Horse Bluebird Trail Committee partici- pate in the Harvesters Garden sing in the chorus and play in the handbell choir. Their two children and four grandchildren are ultimate joys. In addition to White Horse Villages at- tractive variety of activities another major plus for the Mennigs is the communitys lo- cation. The main reason we moved here says Alan is because it is so close to Tyler Arboretum and Ridley Creek State Park. Our son lives in Wallingford which is very near. We contemplated a move to retirement apartments but White Horse Village pro- vides so many benefits. We relish the layout of the community and grounds. Being able to plant a garden and step outside the door of our spacious villa to enjoy the flowers is wonderful. But I digress. Back to the butterflies. There is something magical about monarch butterflies. They are absolutely beautiful boasting diaphanous wings of brilliant or- ange and black. Watching them flit and flut- ter among flowers is a relaxing and happy way to spend an afternoon. Its fun to imag- ine monarchs travels and adventures. But those musings pale in contrast to the butter- flys true biography as told by the Mennigs. Barbaras enchantment with butterflies began in childhood. My siblings and I had collections and Alan and I expanded our in- terest when we got involved with Tyler Ar- boretums Butterfly program. Tyler is a wonderful 650-acre botani- cal treasure juxtaposed with Ridley Creek State Park continues Alan. Its a great place for kids to learn and for adults to ex- Alan and Barbara Mennig residents of White Horse Village have countless chronicles to share this one features monarch butterflies. Alans wit and Barbaras observations weave a fascinating story. Every time I visit White Horse Village I meet engaging knowledgeable residents with captivating tales to tell. Alan and Barbara Mennig top the list. Although the couple who will celebrate their 50th wed- ding anniversary this August has countless chronicles to share this one features mon- arch butterflies. Alans wit and Barbaras ob- servations weave a fascinating story. She is a former elementary school teach- er which proves to be an asset as she dis- cusses the mystique of the monarch. Alan a business accountant is the consummate fact checker. They have a full calendar both on and off White Horse Village grounds. Barbara reads writes sews and loves na- ture. Her husband also a nature enthusiast enjoys gardening freshwater fishing and classic movies. They co-chair the White