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Jo’s Jottings: Snow seemed to dominate all things, great and small

By Jo Ellen Dale
As I write the snow is coming down with a vengeance. Good day to catch up on tasks left undone.
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Now I have been snowed in for two days and this is getting old. My drive is clear but I am not sure of the roads.
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On Feb. 19, a regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held at the 19th Hole restaurant. Program chair Carole Jones introduced our speaker for the day, Nicole Bullard, who works with Industries for the Blind, Inc. The company she represents is “Top Productions.” Basically, she works with promotional products for a company or individual wishing to promote itself. She said the number-one priority should be usability of the product, such as a pen or other item, that will be seen by everyone. These will be kept longer than a printed piece and are available for any budget. Club President Marti Cowherd thanked her and presented her with a letter opener as a gift from the club. Nicole’s was a very interesting and thought provoking talk.
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Christie Gill White has advised me that the William Jewell Choir tour which I mentioned in a previous column has been canceled due to the storm. The choir members and Christie, their leader, were looking forward to the tour and hope to have one later. (See later item for an update.)
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It looks as if many of us will be snowed in, perhaps for a few days (this was written late last week, but now the same is true this week!). I know that we need the moisture, but not all at one time. I am thankful to be in a warm house with plenty of supplies and reading matter. Hope all of you are enjoying the same.
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I attended the “Before Hours” put on by FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) at the superintendent’s office and I am sure the young people were disappointed with the low turnout. However, I was pleased to be given the grand tour of the offices by Supt. Damon Kizzire. It was astonishing in view of the fact that back in the day the offices consisted of two rooms in the school.
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I have been reading over some of the columns in the Richmond News which I have written since 2008. A good friend saved them for me and it was very interesting to look over them again. Although I try hard to proofread them, I found many spelling and grammar mistakes. On the other hand, I was reminded of events in the past that I had forgotten.
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Just received an update from Christie White about the William Jewell Choir and due to the 11 inches of snow received last week they had to cancel the remainder of the tour. They were unable to even get off campus! I am sure that this was a disappointment to many, as it was to me.
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Sunday I was able to get out and attend Sunday school and church. Afterward, I treated myself to lunch at Hometown Pizza and visiting with friends there. As the weather seemed to be holding, I saw the movie “Lincoln” at the Farris Theatre, but due to my hearing impairment was unable to understand all of it. Somehow I found it depressing, but that may have been left over from viewing “Schindler’s List” on TV.
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There were so many cancellations due to weather that I was surprised to learn that the Rotary Club Reverse Raffle went on as planned. Other events have been rescheduled, but if weather predictions were accurate – as we learned they were today – many may have to be put off again. I also wonder just when the schools will let out for summer vacation as many make-up days will be needed.
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Possibly due also to the weather, I have not received as much news as I would like this week. I am looking forward to spring. March promises to be a very busy month unless Ol’ Man Winter gives us a parting blast. My niece in Georgia wrote complaining of the 12 inches of rain that fell in and around Savannah recently. I guess human beings are never satisfied. Let’s look on the bright side and be thankful that we are getting some much needed moisture to relieve the drought.
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Until I write again,               Dale...@aol.com

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