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Jo’s Jottings: Here and there, near and far, friends, family raise social bar

By Jo Ellen Dale

I have received more news from Carol Williamson.  June 21, Shirley Middleton, Hal Middleton, Carol and Tom Williamson traveled to Lake St. Louis for a weekend visit in the home of Shirley’s nephew and wife, Gary and Bev Thompson.  While there, they went on a lengthy boat ride around the lake looking at all the beautiful homes.  Gary and Bev were excellent hosts providing great food and a good time.
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July 2, a regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held at the 19th Hole restaurant.  As it was the first meeting of the month, a board meeting was held in lieu of a program.  President Marti Cowherd reported that she would be attending the Division 3 meeting in North Kansas City at Finnegan’s restaurant later in July and also the District meeting in Joplin the first weekend in August.  On a request by Ray Gill, it was voted on favorably to donate $250  to the childrens’ department at Mayo Clinic and Ray will match the donation.  It was also voted to donate $250 to support renovations being done at the new Richmond competitive baseball field off Highway 10.
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July 4, Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I had lunch at the Oink and Moo restaurant, where at least three generations of Hockemeiers were also lunching.  Again the servings were so generous that Bonnie and I had plenty to take home and enjoy again at a later time. As I have driven around town this Spring and enjoyed all the lovely rose gardens, I think of Rosemary, who with the help of family members and others, began Richmond’s beautification project and welcoming flower beds.
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Last Thursday evening I went to the American Legion for dinner and then watched the fireworks display.  The hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by Don Lauks were good and I sampled most of the many side dishes and desserts that were brought in.  However, as the fireworks were not to be shot off until after dark, I had to go home earlier than that.  Even so, the boomers kept me awake until after 11 p.m..
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Speaking of flowers, this has been such a good season for them that even I, black thumb and all, have been able grow a few.  Peggy Hockemeier showed us the beautiful bloom from a magnolia tree that is growing in her yard.  I have also seen some crepe myrtle, which are usually grown in southern climes, and seldom seen this far north.
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Friday, the Rotary Club meeting was canceled and none of my Friday Friends came to lunch at the 19th Hole. However, I enjoyed the shrimp and salad as always and watched a little of the tennis matches on TV.  It is so relaxing to look out on our beautiful golf course on a lovely sunny day.  A number of golfers were taking advantage of the weather to get in a round.
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I was also disappointed to find that the Masons’ Fish Fry that had been scheduled last Friday was called off. Hopefully, they will put on another soon. My former student, Allen White, always sees to it that they have sweet potato fries and chips, as well as regular ones.
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Last weekend, several couples enjoyed a visit to Branson. Those going were Everett and Martha Balman, Linda and Dennis Ball, Sandra and Lyndon Goodwin, Mark Goodwin and Robyn Cook, and Marian and Jerry Berning.  They spent time at Tablerock Lake and report that the weather was beautiful and the boating fun. The group was celebrating the engagement and upcoming marriage of Mark and Robyn.  The couple plans to be married in a chapel at Branson on Oct. 12 of this year.  Warm congratulations to them.
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Marc and Natalie Macey, son Tyler Pyche and Pat Macey attended the high school graduation of T.J. Pyche May 31 in Dade City, Fla.  T.J. was valedictorian and also received his associate’s degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College as well as being named most outstanding high school senior.  He is now attending a University of Florida summer program in accounting and English.  He is living on campus and in two years will receive his B.A.  While in Florida, the group spent time at the beach in Tampa Bay and historic Ybor City and shopped at the cute antique stores in Dade City.  T.J. came to Richmond for two weeks before starting college and will be home for Christmas. His dog, Sasker, a 105-pound Golden Retriever will remain in Richmond.
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Recently, Sue Davidson went to visit her son Mike and his wife Patti at their Lake of the Ozarks home. Also present were all their family and Mike’s brother and his family.  Sounds like a wonderful outing.
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Rev. John and Janice Johnson enjoyed  a week in Branson for their annual Johnson family reunion. They were joined by their sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Ashley and Christopher and Rachel, as well as their grandchildren, Brady, Hollis and Amelia.  Also present for the week were all three of Rev. Johnson’s brothers and nephews coming from Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas and their spouses and his sister Susanne of Dallas.  The extended family enjoyed picnics, cookouts, fishing and the local attractions.
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Until we write again, Dale...@aol.com

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