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At the last Kiwanis Club meeting a very interesting program was put on by three young members of the National Honor Society.  Jill Pence, program chair, introduced Catherine Pence, Jackson Pence and Chad Truby.  Catherine Pence spoke of the founding of the National Honor Society and the requirements to be a member.  She said currently there are 48 members in the chapter at Richmond High School and that their projects include a canned food drive, the Ugly Legs contest, a blood drive and the annual Mr. Valentine Pageant.  All of the money earned goes to a local needy family.  She then introduced Jackson and Chad,who performed their musical talent for us.  She asked that all those present attend the Mr. Valentine Pageant, which took place Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Farris Theatre.  We should support our young people, as I have said many times.
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Judging from the tracks in the snow, my neighbors and I have had our yards invaded by some four-legged critters.  The tracks are too large to have been made by dogs and too small for horses so I can only assume that they are deer.  To get so close to houses, they must be really driven by something, hunger no doubt.  With everything buried under several feet of snow I am sure foraging is poor.  The warming trend has to be as welcome to them as it is to us.
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Last Thursday, my son Chuck was able to come for a short while and we had a Valentine’s lunch at Hometown Pizza.  He stays so busy that I  am grateful for any visits, however brief they may be.
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The Valentine’s banquet at the United Christian Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening was well attended.  Meat and bread were provided and the rest of the meal consisted of varied and delicious carry-in dishes. You may be surprised to learn that I baked a pie. There was no program as such, but we all enjoyed visiting and catching up with some of those present whom we had not seen recently.
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Friday at noon, I attended the Rotary Club meeting.  Most of the time was taken up with discussion of the upcoming Reverse Raffle Feb. 22 at the Veterans’ Memorial Building on Clark Street beginning at 6 p.m. Some of the things to be put up for auction sound very intriguing and the meal is always good.
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Friday evening I decided that I didn’t want to eat alone on Valentine’s Day, so I went to Hometown Pizza to have a bite and maybe see some friends.  Sure enough, I had just ordered when my friend and former boss Karen Southwick came over and asked me to join her group.  Visiting and laughing with them made the pizza taste much better. Those present in addition to Karen and me were Carol Williamson and husband Tom, and Sara Seidel and Tom Bowman.
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Saturday I attended the dinner at the Shrine Club building sponsored by two chapters of the Masons and a good crowd was there.  The food was varied and delicious, especially the desserts.  I mention that if you are tired of hearing about my eating out adventures, send me more news of your activities.  I realize the weather has put a damper on things somewhat.
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Sunday after church, I enjoyed the spaghetti dinner put on by the young baseball team members at the United Methodist Church.  The food was very good and the young people made sure that we had everything we needed.  I am happy to say that the turnout was excellent.
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It looks as if we will have some warmer weather for a few days, but we have not seen the last of the snow and ice. We can look forward to spring next month.
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Monday, Billie Hamann and I went to Overland Park for lunch with other members of our old couples’ club.  We met at the Red Lobster and as usual I had the skewered broiled shrimp with rice and broccoli.  Then we went to Fred and Paula Burresses’ for dessert.  It was a beautiful day and we had a great time.  Next month we will be meeting in Richmond.
Until next week,                Dale...@aol.com

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