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With community events picking up, the holidays must be near

By Jo Ellen Dale

Once again I must begin with an apology as I mistakenly said in my last column that the celebration of Veterans’ Day on the courthouse lawn would be on Nov. 11, when actually it will be held on Nov. 12. I am glad that this correction will appear in time to avoid any confusion.
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Halloween is over and I had very few trick or treaters. Apparently Trick or Treat Street was a huge success. Many people and organizations donated to it, including Kiwanis Club. I dressed up as a witch which surprised at least one group of visitors.
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At a regular meeting of Kiwanis on Oct. 30, the program was presented by State Sen. Brian Munzlinger on farming. He is the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. As this is Ray county’s major industry, it was of great interest to the members. There were a number of guests at the meeting.
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“Let Your Light Shine.” 10th annual Christmas open house and Salvation Army fundraiser will be held at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Nov. 9-10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are always wonderful displays of nativity scenes, quilts, china and many other things. It is requested that you use the back entrance. There will also be a bake sale, homemade ornaments and other things for sale. Donations will be accepted for the Salvation Army.
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Last Wednesday, I enjoyed lunch with Angie Dale, my former daughter-in-law. She represents a Danish pharmaceutical firm and travels extensively all over the world. We had a very enjoyable time catching up and I am always glad to have a visit with her.
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One day later, I attended the Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary luncheon at Hometown Pizza. The turnout was very good with almost every seat filled at two long tables. The food was wonderful and there was so much that many of us had to ask for take-home bags. Following lunch there was a business meeting and Hospital Director Bob Littleton installed officers for the new year. They are as follows: President, Linda Demint; Vice President, Kay Sharp; Secretary, Harriet Minnick; and Treasurer, Maggie Presson. Outgoing officers were thanked for a  job well done. I must admit that I failed to hear much of the talk that followed due to my hearing impairment. Winner of the beautiful quilt was Jan Jackson and Claudetta McCorkendale received the gift certificate.
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On Saturday, I met friends at Richmond Fire Station for the department’s annual ham and bean dinner. It was delicious as always, and I especially like the slaw which I am told is their own recipe. We are so fortunate in our small town to have this station and the dedicated firemen who safeguard our property and our lives. Grateful thanks to all of them.
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Ilah Logston returned home Oct. 31 after visiting family in Las Vegas. Upon arriving, she was met by her daughter Karen and her husband Marcus Knotts and spent time visiting with them and their grandson, Morgan, and family. They drove to Bakersfield, Calif., where grandson Nathan and family from San Francisco met them and they spent the weekend visiting and getting acquainted with Teddy, the newest member of the family, who was born on Oct. 1, 2012. Upon returning to Las Vegas, Ilah and her uncle Ralph visited Troxal and daughter Laura. Sounds like a wonderful family reunion.
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Kathryn Adams attended a Liberty Middle School production of “Willie Wonka” in which her granddaughter Abigail was a member of the cast. I admit to being envious of people who have their grandchildren close enough to enjoy seeing them in productions like this.
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After church service last Sunday at the United Christian Presbyterian Church, the youth of the church put on a bake sale and business was brisk. I will be interested to learn just how much money was earned and I am sure that it will go to a good cause.
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On Friday, Nov. 9, there will be a Before Hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. held at the Chamber of Commerce. Also on Friday, the Masons will hold a fish fry at their lodge from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-11, various businesses will hold their Christmas Open House. Also on Nov. 9-12, students at RHS will put on the musical “The Music Man” at the Farris Theatre. From Nov. 9 to Dec. 20, there will be a Christmastime Art Show at the Farris Theatre Friends Gallery. Promises to be a very busy but very wonderful time. Come one, come all.
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I look forward to hearing from more of you next week,  DaleDbdale@aol.com

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