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Christmas was a time for many in Ray County to host gatherings at home

By Jo Ellen Dale

Piper and Ron Peterson hosted a Christmas Eve luncheon and gift exchange in their home for Kinsey Peterson. Guests were Matt and Linzy Peterson, Melissa Peterson, Shannon and Steve Cox, Kyle Cox, Beth and Ed Hughes and Phil and Judi McGinnis all of Richmond.
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Christmas Day, Shannon and Steve Cox hosted the annual Hughes-McGinnis dinner and gift exchange at their home. Guests were Piper and Ron Peterson, Matt and Linzy Peterson, Melissa Peterson, Phil and Judi McGinnis, Beth and Ed Hughes, Alyson and Zac Crane, Keaton and Max, Kyle Cox and Kelsey Knutter all of Richmond and Kecia Cox of Liberty.
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New Year’s Day, I was invited to Bonnie Pointer McCalley and Elise Pointer’s for a traditional meal of “hoppin’ John,” consisting of black eyed peas, rice and pork, which is supposed to bring good luck for the coming year. Let’s all hope so.
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I was pleased to see Levan and Marguerite Thurman at Ray County Memorial Hospital as he is making a remarkable recovery from a broken hip and is already at home and coming to the hospital for physical therapy. We are very fortunate to have such a good hospital and outpatient services right here. Levan remarked on the excellence of those giving the therapy.
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Post 237 of the American Legion and the Auxiliary of same held a regular dinner meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The main dishes are prepared by Brenda Richardson and members bring in side dishes and desserts. There is always more than enough to eat. After dinner, the Legion and Auxiliary members separated for meetings where various business is discussed. Millard Yoakum visited the Auxiliary meeting to sell calendars to any who needed them and announced that the first calendar winner was David Hughes. He urged the ladies to take part as other drawings will be held.
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On Friday, I met Bonnie Pointer McCalley for lunch at the 19th Hole and just as we were finishing I was invited to come into the Rotary meeting to hear the program given by John Gill. Using slides to augment his talk, he discussed the Rotary Foundation, whose aims are to promote world peace, education and to alleviate poverty. He pointed out three distinct funds and the purposes of each. All the programs endorsed by the organization must be humanitarian, educational and self-sustaining. He was well organized and very articulate. He then entertained questions from the group. My thanks to the Rotarians for letting me crash the party one more time. I enjoyed it immensely.
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Bonnie Pointer McCalley and Elise Pointer spent Christmas Day in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Erik Pointer in Lexington. Other guests were Shannon Ingram and daughter, Taegan, John Ingram and Nathan Pointer, all of Blue Springs.
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Dinner guests in the home of Bonnie Pointer McCalley and her daugher Elise were Leah Holt and Marine 1st Class Justice Thomas of Independence. Both Leah and Justice are former students of Elise. I can relate to this as it is always a pleasure for me to visit with former students.
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A week before Christmas, Ray Gill entertained friends in his office with a mini-recital. Ray has a piano in his office and has been taking lessons and one of his goals is  to learn to play “Goodnight, My Someone” from Music Man. Ray played as Victoria Hill and Bonnie George sang. He is working now on “ ‘Til There Was You”.  I am sure he will accomplish just that. Just proves that one is never too old to learn something new. Other attending were his teacher Rhonda Taber, his wife Lucille, Bill George, Billie Hamann, his secretary Dianne and Jennifer Thompson.
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A regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held Jan. 8 at the 19th Hole restaurant.  As is the custom for the first meeting of a month, there was no program and a board meeting followed the regular meeting.   Nathan Preston reported that the chili supper will be held Feb. 9 at the United Christian Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost will be $5.  Don Kerin reported that a group from the club attended the NKC Kiwanis Club’s 75th anniversary meeting.  Jerry McCarter was appointed chairman of the committee to select the recipient of the next Star Award, which recognizes a community member for his or her service to Richmond.
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The Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter of DAR held its regular meeting at the United Methodist Church. Stacey Cox of the Ray County Health Department gave a very informative program on women’s health.  She passed out flyers that dealt with nutrition and exercise. Some were surprised to hear that it is possible to exercise even while sitting by doing arm curls, leg lifts or just moving in some way.  Following her program, a business meeting was held. Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year! Dale...@aol.com

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