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Jo’s Jottings: Good news is there’s plenty of time left to get some Masons’ fish

By Jo Ellen Dale

Oops, I did it again.  However this time I have an excellent excuse.  I was not the only one who thought that the Masons’ fish fry would be Friday, Nov. 9.  It turns out that it will be Friday, Nov. 16.
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Rita May writes that she, Mark and Anthony attended the Pittsburgh State University homecoming game on Oct. 20.  She won tickets for them plus a guest in the new Rua Skybox.  Prior to the game they attended a lunch buffet at the home of the college president.  It was very exciting for Rita to visit her Alma Mater as she is  an alumna having graduated in 1977.
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She writes further that on Nov. 3 4-H shooting sports met.  Rita is the archery instructor.  There were 10 participants this time and they are expecting eight more kids at the next meeting.  This will be largest number in the seven years that she has been an instructor.  Keep up the good work, Rita.
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Irma Brown and a friend, Hazel Meade of St. Joseph, have returned from a trip to Cuba.  There were 11 from the St. Joseph area who went.  The weather was in the 80s every day.  They saw beautiful buildings, although some were in  crumbling condition.  They have a restoration of buildings going on continually.  They saw art museums, museums of education, a rum factory, a tobacco farm where cigars are made and many other places of interest.
They traveled to many provinces and saw plantations that produce sugar, rice, bananas and other kinds of fruit.  The excitement of the trip was their brush with hurricane Sandy.  It hit Guantanamo Wednesday evening after they arrived on the island of Santa Maria.  They were to travel the next day to Cienfuegos, but the bridge off the island had no railings and winds were 70 mph with heavy rain. They feared being washed off into the sea and thus were stranded for a day. However, it gave them the opportunity to become better acquainted with the 32 people on the tour, most of whom were from Springfield, Ill. and Cleveland, Ohio.  Most important to her was the fact that it made them even more appreciative of what we have in our country.
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On Nov. 5, Irma’s daughter, Robin Bolch, returned from a trip to Ireland.  Others traveling with her were Sheila Tracy, who coordinated the trip as she is the executive director of the Gladstone chamber of commerce, Sherry Tracy, Linda Pointer and Tammy Williams.  Robin says that they had a wonderful trip.
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Last Friday morning, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce held a before hours with sumptuous refreshments.  The trees and wreaths were all completed and they are even more beautiful than last year.  As I usually celebrate Christmas in St. Louis, I only have a ceramic tree but I miss the days when my family made a real celebration out of decorating the tree.
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Friday evening, Alice Neely and I went to the Farris Theatre for the young peoples’ production of “The Music Man”.  I thought everything about it to be quite an achievement.  I know how difficult some of the singing and choreography is having sung in the chorus of this musical put on by Kiwanis Theatre Guild years ago.  I will not single out any one performer because I thought they all performed extremely well.  The costumes were spectacular and the pit band along with Carol Waters at the piano provided just the right background.  Congratulations to all.
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Monday I braved the cold and windy day to go to the Veterans Day celebration on the east side of the courthouse.  It was well worth the effort.  The music of the fifth grade choirs and of the Richmond High School band provided a fitting background for the ceremony.  Veteran Ron Brohammer spoke eloquently about the service of the brave young men and women who have defended our freedom through hundreds of years. All of us owe them our grateful thanks.  Afterward, coffee, tea and cookies were served inside the courthouse and I especially enjoyed the tea.
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Stay warm and safe and let me hear from you. DaleDbdale@aol.com.

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