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Jo’s Jottings: Coming and going, residents welcome guests, visit family

By Jo Ellen Dale

Carol Lane (Ogg) Haug writes that Eli Moberly will be in the 4th grade next year at Lone Jack Elementary School.  He is the son of Donnie and Elizabeth Moberly, and the grandson of Carol Lane and Bob Haug of Richmond, and Ritchie and Lola Moberly of Liberty.
Earlier this year, Eli entered a contest sponsored by the KC Royals entitled, “What My Father Means to Me”. When the contest was over, there were 2,500 entries and Eli’s essay had made the top 10. Way to go, Eli, what a thrill! No, he didn’t win first place in the contest, but his heart-warming essay did win first place in the hearts of those who know him and his dad.
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Wednesday of this week the Rachel Circle of the United Christian Presbyterian Church enjoyed a picnic at the home of Cleo Hayes. This is an annual event and Jim Hayes always grills something good and Cleo provides several side dishes and dessert.
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Jack and Pat Clevenger were in town over Memorial Day weekend for two days on their way to Chicago to visit friends and from there, on to Wisconsin. Jack is the brother of Maxine Wrisinger. On Sunday evening they visited Sunny Slope Cemetery where their dad and stepmother Myron and Juanita Clevenger are buried. Also their grandparents Murray and Rosamond Clevenger are there. Then on to Memory Gardens where their mother, Madeline Chambers, is buried. On the way back to the house they stopped at the courthouse to see the Boy Scout project where their brother, Jim Clevenger, is honored with an Eagle Scout brick. On Monday, Jack and Pat spent the afternoon with Scott and Barbara Pierce and had a very enjoyable visit with them. Barbara is a cousin to both Jack and Maxine.
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On June 2, Jean Bengston and Betty Daniel were driven to Troy, Mo. by Jean’s daughter, Cathy Habermehl of St. Joseph, to visit Jean and Betty’s brother, Don Bryant, who is 94 years old and in an assisted living facility in Troy.  They had a wonderful weekend with Don’s two daughters and one son and their families that live in Troy.
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VFW members Larry D. Brune, David E. Klaassen, James Rippy and Millard Yoakum attended the state of Missouri VFW convention held in Columbia this past week. Commander Brune and Quartermaster Klaassen were awarded the All-State Team White Caps for the 2011-12 year. The White Caps are presented to the commander and quartermaster of each post that have completed all the requirements that are set out by the  Department of Missouri VFW.
These requirements also make it possible for the commanders and quartermasters to be recommended for the All-American Caps, which are handed out on the National Level. James Rippy has previously been awarded an All-American Cap as the District 1 Commander. Congratulations to these Veterans.
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As Alice Neely and I walked one morning recently at the American Legion building we were amazed at the decorations for the wedding reception of Amber Marie Minnick and Corey Borden. The two rooms were transformed with wall drapery, lights and beautifully decorated tables. We wish for the newlyweds long life and much happiness.  Later, Alice and I breakfasted at “Our Place” and owner Marlene Skyles joined us for a lively discussion  about our own weddings. It got the day off to a good start.
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On Friday, I had lunch at the 19th Hole and observed a large number of golf teams in the tournament for the benefit of the Touchdown Club, with proceeds going to the high school football team.  It was one of the largest tournaments held at Shirkey’s lately.
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Alice Neely and I had lunch after church at the Shrine Club BBQ. It was delicious and the portions were so generous that both of us had to get “doggy bags”. I will have to walk twice as long in the morning to compensate. Usually 30 or 40 minutes is a good workout.
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Elise Pointer is spending the week in Jefferson City as a volunteer at a Disciples of Christ summer camp. Elise has done this before and I am sure that they are happy to have such an outstanding musician working with the young people.
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Randy Martinez will be having family visit him this weekend as he is going to the College World Series again in Omaha, Neb.  Brothers Pete Martinez of Oceanside, Calif., Joe Martinez of Ashville, N.C. and Henry Martinez of Houston, Texas will be joining him for a great time with all the brothers together again.
According to Randy, it’s been a good 15 years since they last had a chance to all be able to sit down and see a ball game.  This will bring back great memories and they hope to do it again on a regular basis.  Speaking from personal experience, I think it is essential to seize every moment to visit with family.
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I volunteered at my usual time at the Ray County Memorial Hospital front desk and I would like to thank all of you again for bringing so many magazines. However, we still have an overflow and I would ask that for the time being you take magazines to Shirkey or recycle any that are out of date.  There will be a regular meeting of the hospital auxiliary today (Thursday) and I will hope to see many members there at which time I will announce this again.
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As I stated in the beginning, this is your column and I simply write what you tell me about all the happenings in our community so keep sending. DaleDbdale@aol.com

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