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Jo’s Jottings: Two locals back from train trip and cruise to California, Mexico

By Jo Ellen Dale

Pat Macey and Wilma Carter recently visited Anaheim, Calif. to celebrate the 80th birthday of Wilma’s niece, Barbara Carter.  Wilma, Pat and Barbara went on a Carnival cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico.  They enjoyed visiting the beautiful towns along the shoreline.  They admired the charming buildings and learned much of the history of the area.  On returning, they spent a day in Palm Springs, attending the Follies Review in a small theatre similar to the Farris, and found this is the last year for these productions. Prior to this, Wilma and Pat took the Amtrak to San Diego, to visit Wilma’s sister-in-law and family.  It was fun, they say, to visit with four generations of family. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful throughout the trip.  Welcome home, Wilma and Pat.
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I am happy to say that the mystery of the tracks in the snow that I mentioned in my last column has been solved.  It was the meter reader, so my apologies to him for me thinking that he was some kind of animal, and a flying one at that.
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At the last regular meeting of the Kiwanis Club, there were several guests present.  They were Melinda White, Ben King, Natalie Macey and T.J. Pyche.  During the business meeting, Bill Dooley reported that he and Marti Cowherd were delegates to the MO-ARK convention and  the club received an award for being a club of distinction.  Sadly, attendance at the convention was less than usual, perhaps because of the weather.  One of the concerns discussed was membership growth, which has been less than expected.  This is true in the local club as well, and I am issuing a blanket invitation to anyone who might be interested.  It was voted on favorably to continue the evening meetings once a month to attract those who cannot attend at noon and possibly some Key Club members from RHS.
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Friday I really had my fill of fish.  At Rotary Club at noon I had the fish and slaw, forgetting that the Knights of Columbus was having a Lenten fish fry that evening at the Veterans Memorial Building.  I arrived just after 5 p.m. and had a hard time finding a parking place. The overflow crowd enjoyed the delicious fish, beans, hush puppies, slaw and dessert. And on Saturday, Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I had shrimp for lunch at The 19th Hole.  I am glad that fish is supposed to be very healthy. The origin of the term “hush puppy” – and I do not vouch for the truth of this statement – was when anyone went fishing they cooked the fish on the creek bank in large vats of oil.  As their dogs were usually with them, they began to howl and bark when they smelled the fish cooking.  To quiet them, balls of breading were dropped in oil and then tossed to the dogs to “hush the puppies.”
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I am still trying to adjust to the time change.  As the reason for it is long gone, I am not alone in wishing the powers that be would set a time and leave it.  My internal clock is still set at 6:30 a.m., which means that I will be late for many things until I can reset it.  Church attendance on Sunday was good, which must’ve meant most people were able to adjust.  Sunday afternoon I attended the RHS performance of the play, “ The Diary of Anne Frank”.  The young people put on an amazing performance and the director and staff did a wonderful job.  I have said many times that we are so blessed in our small town to have such a wealth of talent of all ages and thus it has ever been.
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You are all aware, no doubt, that I enjoy eating out and there will be another good opportunity in addition to the Knights of Columbus fish fry on Friday evening.  The Christian Union Church will have its annual ham and bean dinner, but we will still have time to visit the Business Expo, which is always interesting – and there will be food there, too. Richmond Education Foundation will serve biscuits and gravy beginning at 9 a.m. Richmond Masonic Lodge #57 will grill hamburgers and hot dogs and sides for lunch. Unfortunately, the St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the United Christian Presbyterian Church will not be held this year.  Maybe next year.  Erin Go Bragh!
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Enjoy the good weather while it lasts and keep sending,   Dale...@aol.com

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