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Meet Your Neighbor

by: Christy Kienast, The Quill

Meet your neighbors Nate and Liz McCarter of La Harpe.

Nate McCarter was born in Springfield and raised in Erie. He graduated high school in 2002 and attended Lincoln Christian University.

Liz Cool McCarter was born on May 14, 1982 in Wadsworth, Ohio in northeast Ohio up near Akron.

She graduated from Wadsworth High School in 2000 and graduated with a BA in Religion from Georgetown College in Kentucky.

Nate is the son of Kris and Dave McCarter of Oblong, Illinois. Kris and Dave are house parents at a children's home.

He has one sister, Natasha Harnon. Natasha and her husband, Cole, have two children, Ezra, 5 and Sela 2. They live in Charleston and own a hearing aid store.

Nate is the grandson of Kenneth and Shirley Bennett. Kenneth grew up in La Harpe. He passed away in October 2013. Kenneth and Shirley lived in Chicago most of their lives. Kenneth was a minister and Shirley worked at a women s boutique.

Liz is the daughter of Sue Cool from Northern Ohio.

Liz has 3 brothers and one sister. Brother AJ lives in northern Ohio, sister, Laura Gross and her husband Jeff live in Northern Ohio and have two children, Jaiden, 6 and Paige 4. Brother, Haron is married to Kathie and also lives in Northern Ohio. They have one son, Jasper, who is 3 months old. Brother, Travis Cool has one son 13 year old, Kyle. Liz is the granddaughter of Elizabeth Wemmer, also of Wadsworth.

Nate and Liz were married on June 7, 2008. They have two children; son Elijah was born on February 8, 2011 and daughter Madison was born on February 25, 2013.

Nate has worked at the La Harpe Christian Church as the minister for the last 3 years. Before that he worked at Campus Students for Christ at Western Illinois University in Macomb. Lis works as a stay at home mom and in home daycare. Before that she worked at Dr. Eckman's office in Macomb and Dr. Greathouse s office in Macomb.

Nate's hobbies include watching movies, mowing, ramping, goofing around with his kids, and cruising around in the Jeep with the top off. Liz likes to go to the pool with the kids, go on walks and play softball.

Nate's favorite vacation memories include go to Gulf Shores, Alabama as a child, as a teenager they went on ski trips to Loveland, California. This year they have done a lot of traveling. They went to Galveston, Texas and stopped at the Ozarks on the way back.

They took their first helicopter ride, went to the beach and visited a HUGE aquarium and ate at fun places like the Rainforest Café.

This spring they went to Savannah, Georgia and stayed in the historic district. They took in live music and had some great food. They visited a lot of little shops and hit up a couple of Bass Pro Shops.

Liz says,  I have only lived in La Harpe a few years, but I absolutely love it. I love the small town feel. The people in town and in our church are the most caring people I have ever met. I am excited to raise our kids here.

Nate states.  I used to visit La Harpe as a kid. I have fond memories of the old Tastee Freez. I always liked visiting La Harpe. In college, I was the weekend/summer youth minister from 2002-2005. I always said La Harpe feels like home. I love it here. We may not have a lot of restaurants to choose from, stores to shop at or sights to see, but we have a tight knit community. People know and look out for one another and I don't think you can put a price on that.