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Jo’s Jottings/By Jo Ellen Dale

Steve and Pam Hertzig and Joanne Hertzig attended a birthday party for  their granddaughter and great-granddaughter, Kaelyn Ross, in Lenexa, Kan. It was given by her parents, Drs. Amanda and Tony Healy, and brother Owen. She told me it was a very happy event.

The Wednesday Walkers Breakfast Club celebrated the birthday of Peggy Sturgeon last Wednesday.  As always, Billie Adams brought her a beautifully decorated cake. The group then sang “Happy Birthday.”  We wish her many more.

Rachel Circle of the United Christian Presbyterian Church met last Wednesday morning at the home of Kathy O’Neal.  We all admired her beautiful home full of antiques. Her refreshments were delicious.   The program was given by Lana Buhrmeister from the book, “Moments That Take Your Breath Away.”

I happened to meet Keith Proffitt last Thursday and he told me that sign language classes at the Baptist church will resume the first Tuesday evening in October.  They are held at 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday evening.

I have attended the classes before and find them very interesting. I am not totally deaf, but close enough to need all the help that I can get. Many performances at the Farris have someone signing from a side balcony.  If you are interested, contact Keith or simply come  to the first meeting.

Nancy Brummall  attended the 65th reunion of her graduating class in Moberly. She had a wonderful time catching up with old friends.  My class of 1943 in Macon, Ga. has so few that I have not made the effort to go since our 50th.  Further complication was that boys and girls went to different schools from junior high on, although they were public schools. The boys had a Jr. ROTC unit.  Our school even had almost all-women teachers.  You can understand why I wanted to attend a co-ed college. Some from each group still get together on occasion  for lunch.

John W. Carter Lodge #180, F & A.M. held their 26th annual banquet at the Ray County Veterans’ building on Saturday, Sept. 10.  It was in honor of the late Brother James Davis and presided over by  Floyd Bratton, worshipful master.  Honored guests were Michael T. Johnson, grand master of M.W.P.H.G.L. of Missouri and Sister Lillian Gasway, grand worthy matron-O.E.S.

Nadler’s catered the dinner, which was excellent and plentiful. Master of Ceremonies was P.M. William Elliott and music was provided by Sister Frances Lee, worthy matron of Rebecca Chapter.  Mayor Mike Wright gave a welcome to the city for the many important guests in attendance.   P.M. Roger Elliott D.D.G.M. of the 3rd District of Missouri introduced the Grand Lodge officers and Sister Ewelleen Elliott, District Deputy of 3rd District, the members of Harmony Grand Chapter.  All in all a very successful and enjoyable evening.

On Saturday I also attended the veterans appreciation and celebration at the Ray County Museum.  I went in the morning in order to see Maj.Gen. Jerry Harrison in whose honor a breakfast was held.  Later, a picnic for veterans and their families was held on the lawn but I was unable to  stay for that.

On Saturday afternoon, a surprise party hosted by his children was held at Hometown Pizza to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Abbie Hockemeier.   A large crowd of family and friends were on hand for this auspicious occasion.  The walls of the room were decorated with pictures of the family during the years. I have known the family for so long and have been impressed with all that they have done  and are still doing for the town.

Richard Young filled the pulpit at the United Christian Presbyterian Church last Sunday and  three generations of family were in attendance.  His theme was “Where were you when …” and he discussed memories of 9/11 and other fateful days in our history.   Several people volunteered with memories and I was one of the few who remembered Pearl Harbor. As President Roosevelt said next day, “It is a day that will live in infamy.”

Don’t forget the Kiwanis Bill George Golf Tournament  on Sept.  19.  It is not too late to sponsor a team, simply be a sponsor or to  play. All the

proceeds go toward helping children in our area. The Kiwanis annual banquet will be Sept. 20 at The 19th Hole restaurant.

And above all, don’t forget to send me news of your trips or any other  activities.

• E-mail Jo Ellen at DaleDbdale@aol.com.

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