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By Jo Ellen Dale
News is slow to come in this week so I will begin by reminding you of various celebrations coming up.
This Saturday there will be a chili-soup dinner at the American Legion/VFW from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is always delicious. The next day, Sunday, the 27th, another chili-soup dinner will be held at the United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit Gabriella’s Garden.
At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club Oct. 8, Richmond Police Officer Amy Sisson talked about Trick or Treat Street, the Halloween night event the police department puts on each year, and it was voted to increase the amount the club donates and to continue passing the hat weekly. You’d be surprised, but passing the hat has collected a sizeable amount of money. President Bill Dooley also passed around a sign- up sheet for program chairs for the coming year. The club has also been challenged by the Lexington club to collect canned goods that will go to the Backpack Program for the benefit of the children of Richmond. It was announced that the Oct. 22 meeting will be in the evening at 6 p.m. at Hometown Pizza. It is hoped that this will increase membership growth and that Key Club members, who attend school during the day, will be able to attend.
Friday, Oct. 19, I had lunch with the Rotary Club but could not stay for a program I was very sorry to miss. Two representatives from MoDOT, one an engineer, were presenting a slide show of the planned improvements to Highway 210. I was very interested in hearing more having seen many improvements through the years, although much more needs to be done. There have been far too many fatalities on this road.
Also on Friday, after having breakfast at the hospital and lunch at the 19th Hole, I still felt a craving for the delicious onion straws at the Oink and Moo restaurant. The servings are so generous that I have enough for lunch tomorrow. Although I did not make the John W. Carter Lodge barbecue cookout, I stopped by the next day when they were cleaning up and they made a brisket sandwich for me. The Lodge will be moving soon to a new location on Main Street, the site of the former Richmond print shop. They tell me that they will still have cookouts at the new place in the adjoining parking lot.
Sunday I enjoyed the Ray County Community Arts Association presentation of “Vintage Hitchcock” put on at the Farris Theatre. Directed by Mac Rogers and produced by Opal Richardson with musical direction by Sandy Cazzell, it was an entertaining delight. Well cast and ably performed the three plays – “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “The 39 Steps” – provided an afternoon to remember. The attendance left something to be desired, but I was told that the evening performances were better. It will be staged again next weekend, and I highly recommend that you not miss it. In fact, I may go again myself as I missed a lot of the first two plays due to my hearing impairment.
Also on Sunday, I had lunch at the 19th Hole restaurant and many people were taking advantage of the mild, though breezy temperature to get in some golf.
Last Sunday, Bonnie Pointer McCalley and her daughter, Elise Pointer, attended a recital in Parkville given by Andrew Fuchs, who is Elise’s former vocal student. Andrew just recently completed his doctor of musical arts degree from Stony Brook University. He resides in New York City.
I hope to hear from more of you next week.
Until then, DaleDbdale@aol.com