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Jo’s Jottings: Snow places obstacle in my usual ‘out and about’ agenda

By Jo Ellen Dale

Kiwanis Club met Tuesday, March 19 at the 19th Hole with 20 members and two guests.  The program was given by Glenda Reynolds and Beverly Holloway about the upcoming Relay for Life.  This year it will be held on the Square instead of the high school track.  I always try to take part, although I do not stay all night.  Usually, I walk until about 10 p.m., go home for a little sleep and return early to complete walking. It is a most worthy cause.  Glenda told us that one out of every three women get cancer and one out of every two men. If you cannot walk, one way to contribute is to purchase luminaries in remembrance of someone in your family who has or had cancer.
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Wednesday, Alice Neely came to Richmond and several of us met her at the senior center to have lunch and visit. That afternoon I rode back to her new retirement home, Benton House. I think I can find the way there as she very much wants some of her friends to visit.  The home is very new and perfectly beautiful.  There is a bus to take residents wherever they need to go.  Alice’s apartment is very bright and she has many of her own things.  There are also many young attendants always eager to help residents in any way.  Her son Bryan and his wife Kara live just a short distance away.  We miss you, Alice but are glad that you are happy there.
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I just glanced out the window and light snow is falling.  So glad I am inside and warm and dry. I was hoping at the time that it wouldn’t interfere with any of the events planned for the weekend (March 23-24), especially Palm Sunday.  Friday the Masons had a fish fry from 10 a.m to 6 p. m. and Saturday, the John W. Carter Lodge was to host a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2  p.m..  Saturday a group of us were to attend a Kiwanis Regional Meeting in North Kansas City.
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The Governor’s Banquet of Kiwanis International of MO-ARK District was held at Finnigan’s (formerly the Gold Buffet) and Jerry McCarter, Marti Cowherd, Sarah Seidel and I attended.  It was to last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but was cut a little short due to impending snow. The sessions were very interesting, although due to the size of the room and my hearing impairment I was unable to catch every word.
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Palm Sunday and everything is snowed in. I am not sure that we have the full predicted amount on the ground, but it is enough to effectively block my driveway. Church has been canceled  and I cannot remember many times that has happened in all the years that I have been a Richmond resident.  The road has been plowed, but nothing seems to be moving.  I am happy that the Masons were able to put on their fish fry and that many of us were there to enjoy it.
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Friday, March 22  my son  Chuck came to have lunch with me at the 19th Hole.  He had to get back to the office, so once again I was invited to join Rotary for the program.
Judge Werner Moentmann talked of his recent trip to South Africa and showed pictures. It was very interesting, especially the pictures of the many animals in the reserve set aside for them where they roam at will.
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As you can tell, the weather has been a main topic for discussion. Surely it will be better next week and you will be sending me your news.
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I  spoke too soon. It’s Monday as I’m writing this and unfortunately I am still snowed in.  Nothing seems to be moving on my street.  This does not bode well for Holy Week luncheons scheduled at the United Methodist Church or for service club meetings.
Good Friday service is to be held at the United Christian Presbyterian Church at 7  p.m., and surely by then we will be able to get around. If the Weather Channel is correct there will be warmer highs and lows by then.
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Until we write again,                  Dale...@aol.com
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