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Even without the holiday season, it’s a busy time for many

By Jo Ellen Dale

During the Veterans Day ceremony at the Ray County Courthouse last Monday, Larry Brune, the VFW Post Commander for Post 4398 in Richmond was presented a Certificate of Special Award from VFW National Headquarters.  James Rippy was the presenter of the certificate.  It commends Larry for his outstanding achievements as Post Commander for the past six years and his devotion to serving veterans in the community. Another highlight of the ceremony was Elise Pointer’s rendition of the National Anthem.  She has a magnificent voice and could be heard clearly in spite of the windy day. We are proud of you, Larry and Elise.
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Sad to say we lost two fine people this week.  First Bonnie McCalley, Elise Pointer and I attended services for Farrell Wrisinger, who was one of my students in 1952-53. His son Randy gave a beautiful eulogy for his father.  Randy was also a student of mine.  The next day services were held for my old friend, Jean Dingus ( Mrs. Robert). She will be missed by many.
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Last weekend, Jan Jorgensen and her people dog, Percy, visited her mother, Myra Hamann, and other relatives in Richmond.  I had lunch with them and Susie Rose on Saturday and enjoyed visiting.  We had a  feast of leftover fish and sweet potato fries  from the Friday Masons’ fish fry, and spaghetti and sauce that had been prepared by Nancy Jones as well as cherry pie for dessert.
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Sunday there was a Thanksgiving dinner after service at the United Christian Presbyterian Church with turkey and all the trimmings and carry in dishes from those in attendance.  Oh well, there will be time for dieting after Christmas.  There were so many delicious choices that I threw caution to the winds and sampled most of them.
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Alice Neely enjoyed a tour to Branson recently with SeAirLan.  She said that the weather was great, Christmas lights beautiful and that all in all it was a wonderful trip. A number of years ago my late husband, Dick Dale and I made a trip to Branson and I agree with her in every respect.
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Mr. and Mrs. Leamon Johnson recently attended an Eastern Airlines pilots reunion in Hilton Head, S.C.  They were there a week and describe everything as perfect.  One hundred and seventy-three pilots and wives were in attendance.  They returned by way of Macon and Atlanta, Ga., their former home.  As they knew that I was born and grew up in Macon, they brought me a remembrance that I am eager to see.  In all they traveled 2,400 miles. We welcome them home.
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I have just learned that David Knopf’s daughter, Sarah, and her fiance, Matt Amelung, will be visiting from Nashville for Thanksgiving.  One stop on their visit will be the Friends Gallery in the Farris Arts District.  The couple is planning to be married on the Farris stage in January, with the reception in the Gallery. On Monday, they’ll pick up their marriage license at Ray County Courthouse.  David is very glad they’ll be married here since the Farris is one of his favorite places. We wish every happiness to the young couple and their families.
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I hope that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends and that you send me news of all of it. DaleDbdale@aol.com

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