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Jo’s Jottings: ‘Haute Dog’ gives Ray County pooches the royal treatment

By Jo Ellen Dale

We have a new business in town started by Ferrell Hockemeier’s daughter, Jessica. It is a dog-grooming shop located next door to her grandfather, A.E. Hockemeier  It has a very intriguing name, Haute Dog. When pronounced in English it becomes hotdog, and loosely translated from French into English it becomes high dog or top dog. I stopped by to congratulate Jessica and found that in addition to traditional grooming, she creates the impression that dogs are other animals. I also have heard high praise for the kind of care given all dogs.
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At last week’s regular meeting of Richmond Kiwanis Club, as is the custom a board meeting was held after lunch. Prior to that, members continued telling something about themselves. During the board meeting, there was discussion regarding replacing the bleachers at the football field at the high school and a sum to be donated to that project was voted on favorably. A request for donation of funds for the Washington, D.C. trip for 8th grade students was discussed and it was decided to pass the hat in March and again in April to raise this donation.
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A regular meeting of Chapter CO of P.E.O. was held at the home of Nancy Jones last Wednesday. A very interesting program on the founders of the group was given by Irma Brown. Because of conflicting volunteer jobs I had been unable to attend for some time and really enjoyed visiting with those there.
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Bonnie Pointer McCalley entertained her bridge club on Thursday. She very graciously invited me, although she knows that I play poorly. Her dessert served before playing was a light angel food cake and strawberry concoction and it was delicious. I really enjoyed seeing and visiting with the club members. I was not surprised to receive the booby prize as I had the worst score, proving my claim to being a poor player. A good friend told me a long time ago that I bid too cautiously.
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That evening, I attended the dinner meeting of the American Legion and the Auxiliary, of which I am a member. During the Auxiliary meeting following dinner, several items of interest were discussed. I reported that the three students had been selected that we will underwrite to attend Missouri Girls’ State. They will come to a later meeting to report on their experience. There was also notice given about the members we have lost and those who will be joining the group.
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The Kiwanis chili-soup dinner held at the United Christian Presbyterian Church was a great success. My job was to bus the tables and reset them and it kept me hopping. Before the crowd began arriving, I enjoyed crudites, soup and dessert, which were delicious.
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On Sunday afternoon, I attended the musical Potpourri at the Farris Theatre. I cannot praise those who put together this show and the participants enough. After the performance, we were invited to a “Meet and Greet” in the Gallery for cookies and punch. It was a delight to visit  with them, some of whom I see often here in Richmond. But I was especially glad to see Lynn Seward Fryer, who now lives in Liberty after retiring from the U.S. Navy Band. She and her husband, Hal, are still very active, frequently presenting recitals. In 2008 they recorded a compact disc entitled, “Clarinet Pizzazz.” Bravo and brava to all.
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On Saturday, Feb. 16, there will be a pancake breakfast at the Shrine Club from 7 a.m. to 1  p.m. and I look forward to that as well as to the Valentine Banquet to be held at my church, United Christian Presbyterian.
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My wish for all of you is a Happy Valentine’s Day.
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Until I write again.             Dale...@aol.com

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