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The Daily Catch - published on 09/29/16

Greetings from the Daily Catch community! We hope that you’re having an excellent morning that will only get better after seeing this sweet group of links we pulled from the net before the sun was up.

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Why a Swiss town pays $24,000 a year for a hermit – (

Since 1442 there has been a hermit in residence near the town of Solothurn in norther Switzerland, and we can think of several of our editors who would jump at the chance for such a secluded life. Would you?

Twenty-two people applied for this unusual vacancy advertised by the northern Swiss town of Solothurn. Former policeman Michael Daum, 55, snagged the position that has existed since the 15th century. Starting in October, he will begin a solitary existence in his isolated dwelling. “I have lots of respect for the new job, and am looking forward to starting it,” Daum told the Solothurner Zeitung newspaper Tuesday. City Council president Sergio Wyniger said Daum was picked, because “in Michael, we have found a charismatic personality, which is the right quality for our hermit,” according to the newspaper.

101-Year-Old Veteran Rides A Harley One Last Time With 50 Bikers Behind Him – (

Over a century old, Ray Weser was gifted with one last ride by a large group of motorcycle enthusiasts. You can tell how much it meant to the old fella by the giant grin that never goes away.

The veteran fell in love with the bikes when he was just a teenager. He eventually went off to war — but worked for the company for a whopping 24 years. That’s dedication! At his age, the sprightly elderly man cannot ride on his own anymore. Knowing that his years are numbered, his last wish was to ride one of the beautiful bikes one more time. Thankfully, his community was able to make that happen for him!
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Ohio police offered to drive grieving man 100 miles to be with family after sister’s death – (

It would be great to hear more stories like this. This cop is charitable in the best way.

Sgt. David Robison of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was working early Sunday when he pulled over a speeding vehicle on its way from Indiana to Detroit. Inside the car was Mark Ross, who had just learned that his 15-year-old sister had been killed in a car accident. The driver, an aquaintance of Ross, had a suspended license. And Ross had an outstanding petty warrant in Wayne County, Mich. But what happened next stunned the young man who said Robison’s response “gave me hope.” After getting pulled over near Dayton, Ross said he thought he was going to jail due to the warrant. “The police called Wayne County and they refused to come get me because of the distance,” Ross wrote in a post that has since been shared more than 94,000 times on Facebook. Instead, Robison offered to help get the man home.


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