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Jo’s Jottings: Attracting new business to town will require ‘pull power’

By Jo Ellen Dale
Finally we were blessed with at least an inch of rain in some areas.  It produced some slightly cooler air as well.
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Tuesday afternoon guests in the home of Bonnie Pointer McCalley were Vickie McCalley, Sue McCalley of Kansas City and “Mac” McCalley of Bastrop, Texas.  Mac is the son of former resident Kate McCalley.
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At the regular meeting of the Kiwanis Club at the 19th Hole on July 24, a very interesting and informative program was given by the City of Richmond Economic Development Director Terry Rumery.  He has been in this position for three years and works with various other community organizations for the purpose of making Richmond a better place to live and work.  However, he said that getting new business to locate here is not easy.  He mentioned something called Pull Factor and went on to say that ours is not very good.  He further indicated that new business is essential to stabilize our tax base.  Our thanks to City Administrator Ron Brohammer, program chairman, for bringing us this good speaker.
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On Wednesday, Billie Hamann and I went to Overland Park to join the other members of our old couples’ club for lunch.  We went to one of my favorite places, Red Lobster, where as always I chose a shrimp special.  Others there were Jessamine and Jack Layman and Fred and Paula Burress.  Following lunch we returned to the Burress home for a delicious dessert and visiting.
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Friday I joined Bonnie Pointer McCalley for lunch at the 19th Hole.  None of our other Friday Friends was able to come.  When I saw friends Leslyn Farmer and Opal Richardson enter in costume and found that they were giving a program at Rotary about the upcoming musical, “Hats” I crashed the meeting again.  Listening to them talk about it and hearing the names of the cast members made me eager to see the show.  It promises to be a smash hit.  It will be staged at the Farris Theatre Aug. 10-12.  Tickets are already available at the theatre and will be going fast.  The Ray County Community Arts Association is sponsoring this and other shows, all put on with local talent.
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Sunday morning at my church, United Christian Presbyterian, the young people from vacation Bible school sang during the children’s moment two songs learned during their “Amazing Desert Journey”. They obviously enjoyed the whole thing.  Pastor John Johnson told the congregation that 45 young people and some 20 adults took part. The props used were outstanding, including two very realistic looking camels.
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I had a call from Gene Whitmer, former RHS principal.  He and his wife had planned to attend the reunion of the Class of ’72, but he became ill on the way and had to be taken to a hospital.  Happily he is at home now and feeling fine. I remember him as an excellent administrator during the time I was teaching full time in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
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On Sunday, July 22, Kathy and Larry Best celebrated the 95th birthday of her mother, Lenore Crozier, with a noon meal and cake and ice cream.  Tyler, Daphne, Hudson and Decker Best of Kearney and Trevor, Bethany, Lila and Cade Best of Kansas City came to help her celebrate.  Heather, Danny, Taylor, Joshua and Sophia Farnan were not able to attend as they were vacationing in Branson for five days.  They visited her on her birthday, July 24.  On Monday, July 23, Larry and Kathy Best went with their son Tyler and his family, Daphne, Hudson and Decker, to visit Sea Life at Crown Center for Hudson’s 5th birthday.  They enjoyed lunch at the Crayola Cafe.  Congratulations to  Lenore and Hudson.
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Joan Lewis has returned from Boston after visiting her son Jeff and family.  They all spent a long weekend in the Adirondacks of New York.  The grandchildren, Aubrey, Claire, Carter and Jenna enjoyed jet skiing, tubing, swimming and water skiing while Nana watched.
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The Camden all-school reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Shrine Club from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..  A covered dish lunch will be served at 1 p.m.  A social get together will take place on Aug. 4 at Hometown Pizza at 6 p.m.
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Today is cloudy and we had about 3 drops of rain this morning, but are hoping for more.

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