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Early spring adding color to bustling schedule activities

By Jo Ellen Dale

I hope that all of you will make it to the fish fry to be held Friday at the Masonic Building on Clark Street instead of the Veteran’s Building as I erroneously stated as they are across the street from each other. Sorry!
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Rita May writes that the Ray County Coalition is sponsoring a teen dance on May 5 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the square near the 911 building. Robman Kinnard will be the Emcee for the evening and there will be concessions, games and a photo booth. Admission is only $3 and at this time donations are being solicited to fund the event. Sounds like good, clean fun.
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Farrell and Maxine Wrisinger were happy to have their son, Randy, and Richard plus grandkids Blake and Elizabeth this past weekend. Randy was in town for business in Independence for his school. He is very busy with his job and is also directing the music for “Titanic the Musical,” which will open April 13 in Royal Oaks, Mich. Farrell and Randy were both students of mine during my many years of teaching or substituting at RHS.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the regular meeting of Allen-Morton-Watkins chapter of DAR, Harriet Minnick, the Good Citizen Chairman, presented this year’s DAR Good Citizens. They are Haley Padgett from Richmond, Ashley Ross from Hardin, Aimee Neumann from Stet, Bailey Schreier from Orrick and Jacob Gamber from Lawson.  The latter has been selected to attend the state convention. Our congratulations to all these young people.
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On Thursday, March 15, Sandra Fenner entertained our bridge club. I really should have paid more attention to the ancient admonition, “ Beware the Ides of March”.  Sandra served a really delicious array of Reuben sandwiches, chips, salad and chocolate pie and as I was trying to carry my dishes to the kitchen with plate in one hand and coffee cup in the other I quite literally provided a floor show. I caught the toe of my shoe on a chair leg and went flying.  The only thing bruised was my dignity.
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The regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held March 13 at the 19th Hole restaurant. It was announced that the profits from the chili/soup lunch were very good. I am sorry to say that I missed a very good program as I had to leave early. Program for the day was the Hilliard family.  Young Henry Hilliard, a very capable fisherman as well as proficient speaker, gave some tips on fishing and handed out his business cards.  His mother, Shonna Hilliard, runs a home- based business, “the Red Shed Soap Company” and makes a variety of soaps.
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Billie Hamann has just returned from a visit with Carter and Bev Rogers at their winter home in Tempe, Ariz. She enjoyed the weather although it was a bit cool for the time of year, but on returning found that we have had an exceptionally mild winter here. On Friday, she and I went to Overland Park for another get-together with our old couple’s club.  This month, we met at the Red Lobster and each of us had our usual, then on to Fred and Paula Burress’s home for dessert and coffee. The others of our group are Jack and Jessamine Layman. Both going and coming we marveled at the beautiful array of Bradford Pear trees, Tulip trees, Forsythia bushes, Red bud and more. Spring is certainly blossoming out all over.
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On Saturday, a ham and bean luncheon was held at the Christian Union Church and it was tasty as always.
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On Sunday, a large crowd enjoyed the St. Vincent de Paul spaghetti dinner held at the American Legion building. Everything was delicious but not low calorie, which did not deter me from savoring every bite.  Don’t forget the Knights of Columbus fish fry this Friday, March  23 at the Masonic Lodge on Clark St.
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The weather we had on Monday was as erratic as my blood pressure.  I started out  to make a` quick trip to Walmart in a light drizzle only to find myself in a cloud burst as I tried to negotiate Spartan Drive in a blinding rain. Unable to stop or change lanes, I managed to turn on South Street and reach Apple Market, where I planned to wait out the deluge. No more than five minutes later the rain stopped.
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Thank you again for sending your news.  DaleDbdale@aol.com

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