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Jo’s Jottings: Kiwanis to help with Trick or Treat Street, lighting the square

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club Oct. 2, no regular program was scheduled as we always have a board meeting the first Tuesday of the month.  However, Officer Amy Sisson of the Richmond Police Department had a few remarks to make about Trick or Treat Street to be held as usual on Halloween.  She was here to ask if the club would help out as we have in the past and Chris Brown was named as chairman to make arrangements.  He will pass around a sign-up sheet at the next meeting for donations and help.  The board also voted favorably on a motion to spend $500 to install Christmas lights around the square, matching Richmond Rotary’s contribution.
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Perhaps some of you are already aware of a benefit being held on Saturday, Oct. 13, for Billy Daugherty.  It will be at the Shrine Club from 5 to 9 p.m. and promises to be quite an event with something for everyone, including the children.  To mention a few of the things available, there will be food, music, bounce house, face painting, silen and live auctions and more.  A free-will donation is requested.
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As I mentioned in the last column, I was invited to a reunion of the girls of the Class of 1972.  There was an excellent turnout with 15 classmates there.  It was great fun to visit and catch up, especially with those who were in my Spanish or French classes. They insisted on buying my lunch, which I greatly appreciated.  I am already looking forward to next year.
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On Oct. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. we are in for a real treat at the Farris Theatre. The Farris Youth Theatre Company will present “Seussical, Jr.”  The young people putting on this musical are in several grades and do a wonderful job. We need to support the efforts of our youth, so come out and enjoy. Tickets are available at the door for $5.
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Last weekend, my daughter-in-law Liz Dale from Rogers, Ark. and my son Chuck from Grain Valley came for a visit.  We had many good opportunities for dining out and lots of time for visiting and catching up. Chuck had to get back early Sunday, but Liz went to church with me and then we ate the delicious dinner provided at the Methodist Market.
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Sunday I volunteered at the Farris Friends Gallery and was very disappointed that no one came to see the very interesting display about the Richmond Spartans. I highly recommend it and it will run through the month of October. I really enjoyed browsing through the yearbooks from the 1970s on.  It is fun to look at the old pictures of teams through the years and try to recognize the players.
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Monday I attended the graveside service of an old and dear friend, Laverne Ellerbeck. I have known and loved this family for many years.  Their daughter Connie was one of my students when she was in high school.  Ben and Laverne were the most caring people I have ever known, always trying to help anyone.  When my late brother, Charles Cureton, came to stay in Richmond because he was so ill they were an enormous help to me. It was a lovely service for Laverne, and many friends from Richmond turned out to pay tribute to her.  She will be missed.
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Keep an eye on coming events in the Richmond News because there are many reunions, meetings and banquets coming up.  I am especially looking forward to the reunion of the Class of 1967 because Dr. Lluis Planas will be coming and will stay with me.  He was a foreign exchange student from Spain who stayed for the school year with Alice and Harry Jones.  I always call him my Spanish nephew because in his country it is impolite to call an older woman by her given name unless they are related. Therefore, he began calling me “Aunt Jo Ellen” or in Spanish, “Tia Jo.”
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The United Christian Presbyterian Church is offering for the sale several 100-year-old stained glass windows from the old churches.  They are on display at the church and may be seen during office hours.  If anyone is interested, please go to the church or contact Rev. John Johnson for more information.
Until I write again, Dale...@aol.com.

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