- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

MINDEN, La. (AP) - Travelers along U.S. Highway 80 to and from Minden are greeted many mornings with a smile and a wave.

The Press-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2flFivc ) that 63-year-old Benny Moore stands by the roadside to spread cheer to people headed to work and school.

The semi-retired logger says it’s a blessing to share some joy - and it takes more energy to frown than to smile.

Moore is originally from Ringgold but moved to Minden in 2000. He has seven children and seven grandchildren. He says he likes to grill, cook and give away food.

He says many people tell him that the roadside waving makes their day, and if they worry if they don’t see him for a while.

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