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Learning, visiting and encouraging all part of a week’s work in the county

By Jo Ellen Dale

As I expected more Thanksgiving news is coming in.  Larry Brune writes that his sister, Susan, and Bruce Adams hosted a family get-together at their home.  Those present in addition to host and hostess were Tina Adams, Betty and Bob Grigsby and Larry.
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At the regular meeting of Kiwanis Club on Nov. 20, the guest speaker for the day was Terry Dickey, who is the city’s parks superintendent. However, he does many things in addition to that, being a lifetime member of the All Sports Club.  He addressed some of the problems that he sees with the condition of the Tom Adams Football Field.  Especially, he commented on the visitor side bleachers that are too old and need to be replaced.  He also mentioned other needs in the community.  He emphasized that we need to take care of our town and that each of us can make a contribution.
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At the next regular meeting of Kiwanis on Nov. 27, the program was given by Neisha Fernandez, who is a nurse practitioner.  She has been working in the office of Marti Cowherd and said she had learned a great deal in her time here.  She is a student at KU and has her master’s degree and is working toward a Ph.D. She believes that nurse practitioners treat a patient “hollistically” and not just the ailment that the patient comes in about.  Because of her regular attendance at Kiwanis during her stay here, the club voted to make her an honorary member and she will receive a certificate next week, which will be her last week with us.
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Congratulations to this year’s winners of VFW Post 4398 Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy essay programs.  All three schools that the post works with had entries. For the Patriot’s Pen, Mason M. Fields, Richmond, Madi P. Fulte, Orrick, and Luke B. Nolker, Hardin, were recognized. For Voice of Democracy, Catherine Pence of Richmond and Timothy Barnes of Orrick were the winner.  All the entries were sent for District judging and Madi P. Fulte took second place while Mason M. Fields took third in the district Patriots Pen judging.  Timothy Barnes received 3rd place in the Voice of Democracy judging.  This year, VFW Post 4398 had an entry in the Teacher of the Year award, Heather Wrisinger Pugh, an Orrick middle school teacher who was chosen as the district winner for her group.  She now advances to state competition in Jefferson City.  The winners will be awarded their prizes at the next meeting of VFW Post 4398 in December.
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Last Saturday was a very busy day.  There was a Shrine chili dinner which I was unable to attend because I went to the Christmas luncheon for Chapter CO P.E.O. at Hometown Pizza.  After a delicious lunch, Vickie gave a very interesting program on how women can be healthier and happier.  After her talk, with the help of some “models” from the group she demonstrated the various ways that a variety of scarves may be worn.
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That evening I was so pleased to be invited to the Christmas party for the Richmond News held at the Spotted Pig in Lexington.  Again there was more delicious food and fellowship.
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Sunday afternoon, Alice Neely and I went to the Ray County Community Arts Association presentation of “It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play”.  We were both enthralled with everything about it.  If you did not get to see it, I urge you to attend one of the performances next weekend. In fact I plan to go again as I am sure I will catch something that I missed before.
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In fact there are many great concerts coming to the Farris during the 2012-13 series.  Next on the list is on Tuesday evening featuring The Kansas City Brass with Richmond’s own Steve Seward on the tuba.
As I may have mentioned, I am really looking forward to April when The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will be performing.  I learned to dance to the music of the original band.
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Until next week,                          Dale...@aol.com

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