By: Pat Winter
Kathy and Jack Treiber, married ten years, were living on the beautiful western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, just off Solomon’s Island. Kathy, who retired from the AARP Foundation in July 2017, found retirement, frankly, boring. She decided to go back to work for an arts nonprofit, the Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, in their development office, where she was helping them apply for grants and increase sponsorship income.
Kathy’s best job, however, was working for Jack Kent Cooke and the Washington Redskins. For ten years, Kathy worked in the Ticket Office and left as the Redskins Box Office Manager. She was there for the ’93 Super Bowl and the opening of the JKC Stadium in Landover, MD.
Jack had a varied and eclectic work history. He first joined the work force as a cartographer for National Geographic. The printing industry next caught his attention and in his tenure there, he reflects, that he most likely helped to introduce the technology that ultimately resulted in the industry’s decline. Jack then developed his own small business, supplying customer repair services until 2009 to the Home Division of Baltimore Gas and Electric. And somehow in his spare moments, Jack found time to attend semi-nary and, though not ordained, to work with youth ministry for the UMC Conference.
By 2018, Jack was working as a residential construction expert for a door and window business in Maryland and had just learned of his transfer into the Tidewater, Virginia, area. Jack could see this new job was just a step or two away from retirement. Staying on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay wasn’t a realistic option, and Kathy always dreamed of living year-round on The Outer Banks. They both agreed this was not the most reasonable plan, either. So, the Treibers, who together have seven children and four-teen grandchildren in the Maryland area, decided on a retirement target area by drawing a big circle about an hour travel time out from Virginia Beach. Zillow, the online real estate company, located a possible location that caught their attention with its golf course and location on the Sound. Can you guess where? Yes, they decided to come check us out.
In April 2018 Jack and Kathy came for their first visit. At their Friday night visit to TGIF, Kathy is sure every single person in the Clubhouse spoke to them, introducing themselves and welcoming them to Happy Hour. They later put in an offer on a lovely home, but, unfortunately, the deal fell through. But last August the Treibers came back for a second visit and were delight-ed to find the same house back on the market. This time the deal was completed, and Jack moved into their Cashie Drive home off the golf course’s sixth green in October. Because it was time for him to start his new job in Tidewater, he slept on a cot in a corner of their living room until they could complete seven trips from Mary-land with a U-Haul trailer to get Kathy (and all their home furnishings) moved in with him.
Now moved in, the Treibers have committed them-selves to working six months in the house to paint and freshen things up. Kathy and Jack have already joined the Open-Door Church in Edenton, where Jack plays guitar in their praise band and Kathy is a greeter. Kathy hopes to volunteer her time with our area’s Meals on Wheels pro-gram and perhaps broaden her singing experiences by joining The Albemarle Chorale. Mean-while, Jack is working on his golf game and teaching the game to his grandchildren when they come for a visit.
The most exciting development since their arrival, how-ever, is not only Jack’s decision to fully retire, but the opening three months ago of their home-based business, Best Way Handyman. Jack has been busy every day since opening with repair and installation work needed by homeowners. Repairing mailboxes, changing out light fixtures, repairing and painting shutters or installing ceiling fans are just a few of the jobs Jack has completed recently. And Kathy now knows retirement here will not be boring as she fills the role of manager and marketing agent for her husband’s new business. And business, Jack says, is good!
When you get a chance to meet the Treibers, be sure to ask them about Best Way Handyman and Kathy’s cream cheese coffee cake. And be sure to welcome them “home”!