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By Jo Ellen Dale

Having started too many columns with apologies, I am happy to begin this one with thanks to my friends at the Apple Market.  These people really look after me.  Being a little absent-minded, I seem to always leave some item at the check-out counter or in the basket and they never fail to come running after me with it. It brightens my day (which is almost every day) to be welcomed with smiling faces and warm greetings.
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I also want to say that there is nothing like good neighbors and I have always been blessed with the best.  Recently my good neighbors, Larry and Kathy Best came to my rescue and not for the first time.  I was due at the Tequila-Jalisco restaurant to meet members of my old couple’s club when I discovered the electricity in my garage was out, making it impossible to open the door. I pulled on the release cord to no avail so I called for help. Larry was right there and I was on my way in plenty of time to meet my friends.
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The regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held Feb. 28 at the 19th Hole restaurant. Among announcements was the happy news that Carole Jones is home from the hospital but must remain immobile for some time. The upcoming åçMarch 10 chili dinner was discussed.  It is a fund raiser to better serve the children of our community. Guest speaker for the day was Emily Roper-Parsons, MS, LPC, who works for Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc.  She serves as Intake Clinician/Older Adult Outreach Coordinator for the organization.  She gave a slide presentation on the services available to caregivers for the elderly and to the older adults as well. As our population ages, this could be very important.
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There is no doubt that we are in Missouri. Last Friday morning as I went out to walk at the American Legion building as usual, it was nippy and blowing sleet or snow.  This continued for most of the day and changedto drizzle, but by 3 p.m. it was drying up and the sun was trying to shine and by 4, it was a sunny, mild and pleasant day. This boded well for a good turnout for the Knights of Columbus fish fry. How often and where can one experience all four seasons in one day?
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And speaking of the fish fries, I was asked to alert you that the fish fry scheduled for March 23 cannot be held at the Legion building because an auction was already down for that date. However, there will be a fish fry there on March 30.
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Bonnie Pointer McCalley, Joanne Hertzig and I met at the American Legion  building to enjoy the Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fry, which was delicious. I especially like their crispy, little onion rings.  Don’t forget that there will be another on March 9 at the same location.
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Saturday I met myself coming and going to all the events, beginning with my usual walk at the Legion hall, and on to a fundraiser for Democratic state House candidate Will Talbert at the 19th Hole restaurant and at noon the chili-soup dinner at Ideal Industries. Sad to say, I just could not fit in the Shrine Pancake Breakfast, which everyone told me was excellent. The crowd at Ideal Industries was even larger than usual and I really enjoyed visiting with friends whom I do not always see.
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Another opportunity to enjoy good food will be at the United Methodist Church following services on March 11.
The young people of the church are serving a spaghetti lunch fundraiser.  Jason and Lisa Berning tell me that their oldest son, Ethan Berning, is on a competitive traveling baseball team, the Richmond Rattlers, with 12 other kids from the Richmond area. The team is trying to raise money to help pay for various tournament reservations this summer, as well as to return to the Show Me State Games in July to both defend their 8-and-under, Class 3 Championship title and to seek another championship in the 9 and under grouping.  Flyers may be seen at several locations around town.
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Richmond Kiwanis Club will be serving soup and chili at the United Christian Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 10.  In keeping with the purpose of Kiwanis, all proceeds will be used to better serve the children of our community. Tickets are available from members or at the door.  Don’t worry.  I won’t be doing any of the cooking, just serving.
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In February, Alice Neely and Jane Bartlett flew to South Padre Island to visit Wilbert and Donna Matthews, who were wintering there. Jane returned after one week of enjoying the beach and warm weather and Alice came back with Wilbert and Donna. She, too, enjoyed her two weeks there.  It is always good to hear that friends are home safely.  Welcome back.
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Also home safely is my son, Chuck Dale. He has been visiting Bob Acree in Orlando, Fla., and they were able to attend the golf classic on Sunday in which Tiger Woods played. He jokingly told me to be sure and watch in case I could catch a glimpse of them among the thousands of spectators.

Until next week, please keep sending your news. DaleDbdale@aol.com

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