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Jo’s Jottings: In the snow and cold of winter, there’s a spring that waits to be …

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club Tuesday, Feb. 25 it was announced that Bill Dooley and Marti Cowherd will attend the Mo-Ark Mid-Winter Conference in Springfield over the week end. The service project for this quarter has been collection of newborn size diapers that will be taken to the conference. Those who will be attending the governor’s banquet on April 5 at Finnegan’s Hall in North Kansas City are Jerry McCarter and Marti Cowherd.  Don Kerin announced that the club will have an Interclub with the North Kansas City Chapter March 12. The program was given by young people from the Richmond High School FFA chapter.  Those speaking were Sarah Davis, Aaron Shank and Colby Yoakum.  They told us of the variety of projects such as Equine Science, Miniature Horses, Rabbits and Judging. Jill Pence, program chair for February, has showcased a variety of high school organizations.
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Tuesday evening, Kiwanis held a night meeting which, sad to say, was not well attended.  In March the club will decide whether or not to continue the night meetings.  The program was excellent, put on by two members of Key Club, who where accompanied by their sponsor, Josh McCray.  The students were Kaitlyn Rowan, a senior, and junior Matt Hamm.
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On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Kenny and Mary Lou Leslie returned from Ft. Myers, Fla. where they visited with her son, Tim Baker.  While there they enjoyed an eight-day cruise to the Bahamas.  Mary Lou sang on the island of Grand Turk.  On the return trip, they stopped in Nashville for a visit with singer-songwriter Casey Anderson who is the father of Lynn Anderson.  They are glad to be home but miss the Florida sun.
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Last Thursday, an After Hours was held at Hometown Pizza hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.  The attendance was sparse perhaps because the event is usually held on Friday night and a big meeting was held at the same time.  However, that meant more of the delicious buffet for those of us who attended.
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Friday, at a regular meeting of the Rotary Club, Brad Hogan gave an interesting talk in the absence of the scheduled speaker.  He explained the value of sales tax on items purchased outside Richmond or via the Internet that would greatly benefit our town. That proposal (it’s called a Use Tax) will be on the ballot April 4 and, if passed, would be the first increase since the current (sales) tax was approved in the 1970s. The use tax is like a sales tax in that it brings in revenue to the city (things like maintaining streets and sewers), but it also puts local merchants on a better footing with Internet sellers who currently may not have to charge sales tax.
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Saturday, March 1 the local Shrine Club served a sumptuous breakfast of sausage, eggs and hotcakes with your choice of beverage.  Seconds were provided.  Also on Saturday, Ideal Industries served chili-soup and desserts.  While there, my thoughts always turn to the late Janie Jackson, who was their champion ticket seller for many years.  Janie was actually the inspiration for the founding of Ideal Industries, which has grown through the years. So much, in fact, that a new place of business was necessary. It is a blessing to Richmond and Ray County.
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What a winter!! I’m snowed in again as I write this and more is falling.  My church, United Christian Presbyterian, had to cancel today and I am sure that it is not the only one.  Gives me a chance to catch up on my reading and rest a bit.  Thankfully, I have heat and power.
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Bonnie Pointer McCalley writes that her son, Jonathon Pointer of Los Angeles, came to visit her and his sister, Elise Pointer, for a few days.  Jonathon’s friend, Mike Abbott of Warrensburg, was a dinner guest on Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday evening, Erik and Sally Pointer entertained with a birthday dinner for Mrs. McCalley at their home in Lexington.  Happy Birthday, Bonnie and many happy returns of the day.
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I am sure that the news is lacking this week because of the wintry blasts and the many cancellations.  I told someone that I keep thinking of the words of a hymn that we sing at my church: “In the snow and cold of winter, there’s a Spring that waits to be …” and waits and waits and waits …
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The Christian Union Church of Richmond will hold its annual ham and bean dinner March 15 at the church on East North Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal of ham, beans, corn bread, dessert and drink can be had for a mere $5 and I can tell you from experience that it is always delicious.  Hope to see you there.
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Stay warm and send me your news,                Dale...@aol.com

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