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Jo’s Jottings: Reminiscing about the founding of Ideal Industries workshop

By Jo Ellen Dale

Tuesday at the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, Bob Bond gave a very interesting program on Ideal Industries.  This workshop has been a blessing to our town and he spoke of how it began giving credit to Don and Jan Jackson and others.  The workers come from  all over Ray County and I was surprised to hear that at present there are some 141 employees.  Many of them are living in the apartment complexes designed for them.  I was once a frequent visitor when my young friend, the late Janie Jackson, worked there.  The main fundraising project is an annual chili-soup dinner and Janie was always the champion ticket seller.
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Sept. 5, I attended the dinner and meeting of the American Legion as I am a member of the Auxiliary.  The food was delicious and plentiful and afterwards we divided for our respective meetings.  At the auxiliary meeting it was announced that there will be another auction held from Sept. 18-21 and help is needed in the kitchen to serve breakfast and lunch.
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A regular meeting of the Allen-Morton-Watkins chapter DAR was held at the United Methodist Church Tuesday, Sept. 10.  Tammy Pierson, Missouri Conservation Agent for Ray County, gave a very interesting program on conservation, of course.  She pointed out the need to be aware of what is going on in the field and what we can do to help.  She mentioned two very informative magazines that are available, one of which I already get. She also told us about the camp held at Nodaway Lake for girls between the ages of 11 and 15.  If you know of any girls interested for the next camp have them contact Tammy. During the meeting, the Regent announced a change for the October meeting.  It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9 and the speaker will be former Rep. Ike Skelton.
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Beverly Phipps, Tish Scobee and Pat Macey attended the performance of the musical “Miss Saigon” at Starlight Theatre last Wednesday, Sept. 11.  They enjoyed it, although they found it to be very sad.
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I have heard from Hillary DeMint, RDH ithe details of her participation in Dentistry from the Heart/St. Joe Cares,  which is in its fourth year and provides free dental care for anyone 18 or older from anywhere. This year it took place Sept. 7  at Elmore Family Clinic from 7 a.m. until the last patient was seen.  The dentists and hygienists come from all over and businesses in St. Joe help by supplying food for all workers and bottled water for those waiting for their names to be called  in the big tents that were provided.  Hillary described it as an incredibly rewarding experience to be able to help the people among whom no distinctions are made.  She said that already plans are being made for next year.  We applaud these efforts to help those in need.
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Friday as I was on my way to a meeting of Rotary Club, I turned into the golf course lot and was hard put to find a parking place.  Later I was told that a tournament was in progress for the House of Hope and something like 19 foursomes were participating. Saturday I had lunch at the club and found that another tournament was being held by Empire Gas Co. with 11 four-person teams participating.  It was a perfect day for golf and once more I wished that I could still play.  Or do what I called “playing.”
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I enjoyed the Rotary lunch and program.  Heidi Smith, principal of Sunrise Elementary, spoke on the new program, “Operation Rise” (Raising Individual Student Expectations).  She passed out brochures outlining the effort. which she thinks has been very successful. The purpose is to encourage students to make goals and work to achieve them instead of merely learning by rote.  Students are organized into learning communities, each to include grades 2-5.  Students will be given support to expand their understanding of, for instance, math.  The levels of instruction will be based on each student’s individual needs and challenges.  I found it somewhat similar to individualized instruction, which was tried some years ago when I was teaching.  I still believe that it is up to the individual classroom teacher to adapt the best of any and all methods to give the students the best education possible.
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Friday evening I had a desire for some of the scrumptious onion straws at the Oink and Moo restaurant and made my way there early.  I also had their ham sandwich, which is one of my favorites and owner Farrell Hockemeier brought over a new apple dumpling made from a recipe from Stephenson’s Apple Farm restaurant (now out of business).  I have fond memories of meeting friends and family there and was so sad when they closed.  Peggy Hockemeier said that she feels the same way. The dumplings needless to say were delicious.
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Mary Lou (Baker) Leslie appeared with Jesse James and the Outlaw Band at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa. The performance was shown on KCAU-TV. Mary Lou and her husband Kenny attended his niece’s wedding and fished at Okoboji Lake all week. Mary Lou will appear at Leland Jones’s Opry Sept. 24.
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Sunday the weather was so nice that I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood.  As I walk in our church’s family life center most of the time, I had forgotten how strenuous it can be walking outside.

Enjoy the cooler weather and let me hear from you. Dale...@aol.com

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