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Jo’s Jottings: With spring about to bust out all over, I’ve been busy

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club April 2, it was announced that some members should attend the Key Club meeting at the high school because we need their participation in the Mushroom Festival parade May 4.  Also, it was voted to donate to the Mushroom Festival Committee.  In addition, plans were finalized for the Kiwanis/Terrific Kids Float in the parade.  The meeting closed after a discussion of the two Kiwanis Scholarships, the Elmer Minnick and the Don Jackson.
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I have just received the program from the RCCAA production/Henrietta Baptist Church presentation of the “Living Lord’s Supper” put on in March.  Nancy Brummall tells me that it was a magnificent production that really brought the events to life.  She was especially impressed with the costumes and characters’ make-up.  It was the 6th annual production for staging Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting.  I am sorry that I missed it and look forward to seeing it next year.
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The Wednesday Walkers Breakfast Club met as usual with several present.  We all miss Alice Neely, but are glad that she is happy in her new home.  We are hoping to go up and see her soon when the weather moderates.
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Last Wednesday, I was trying to get to PEO on time as I had the program and –can you believe this – I got lost.  Thinking I knew the way to Shirkey Avenue, I went merrily along only to run into a dead end.  Taking out the Richmond map, I tried again with the same result.  Finally, I called the hostess for advice and found that I was using an old map and that I had to take the main highway to get there. Eureka! Finally I made it on time.
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Last Thursday, Rev. and Mrs. Bill Bamman entertained with a reception for Rev. and Mrs. Clark Hargus, and Clark’s son Tim.  It was a real pleasure to see them as Rev. Hargus served the First Christian Church in Richmond some years ago.  Not only did he serve our congregation well, but also took part in many civic activities. He is retired and now lives in Lee’s Summit.  He keeps up with Richmond as I send him my column every week.
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Last Friday, I again attended Rotary and Nathan Preston, director of the 911 office, gave a very interesting program on the Mushroom Festival.
He said that there will be something for everyone adults and children alike.  There will be changes in the locations for some things as well. After his talk, he took questions and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that morel mushrooms can now be sold provided they have been checked out by an expert.
Back in the day, only private vendors were able to sell them because the health department deemed it a legal liability as some are poisonous.  Now the problem is solved.  The late Howard Hill, publisher of the Richmond News, was a great fan of morels and in order to attract people and new business to our town declared that Richmond was The Mushroom Capitol of the World.  Preston also emphasized that to be one of the purposes of the festival.
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Also last Friday, the John W. Carter Lodge was putting on one of their barbeques and I could not resist getting one of their delicious brisket sandwiches to have for supper. I am sure that the ham and chicken were just as good, but I always prefer the brisket.
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Then on Saturday I stopped again at the “Oink and Moo” restaurant, Richmond’s new BBQ place,  and this time I tried the ham. And, as I expected, it was equally as good.  The slaw was just right, not too sweet, not too tangy, and I could become addicted to the onion straws.
Another plus is that the portions are so generous that I made two meals of them. I am looking forward to the time when it will be an eat-in cafe.  In the meantime, I highly recommend that you try it.
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It was such a blustery day that I stayed in Saturday afternoon to work on my Sunday School lesson and read a good book. The wind made an eerie noise as it blew through the window screens, but not a drop of rain fell then. Some is promised for the weekend and there is still a great need for it.
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On Sunday, my son Chuck came to have lunch with me and go to the memorial service for Julie Carter Messer at the Methodist Church.  It was a beautiful service, one fitting for such a beautiful young lady.  Some of the memories read by Bill George of the friendship between his daughter and Julie brought a tear to my eye.
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Unfortunately, on the way home Chuck’s car died and he was obliged to get a tow. With his car disabled, he said that his assistant and friends have been taking him around.
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As I was watching Channel 5 the other evening, they had  a story about a program in Excelsior Springs that offers gently used prom dresses for girls who cannot afford to buy one.
We also have a “Fairy Godmother”  program in Richmond at the United Christian Presbyterian Church that offers prom dresses that obviously have only been worn once.
In addition, there are shoes, bags and other accessories with mirrors in the Sunday School rooms so they can be tried on.  Anyone interested may contact the church office for more information.
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It is beginning to feel like spring with warmer temperatures and thunder storms.

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