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Jo’s Jottings: Judge Miller, others discuss Constitutional rights, courts

By Jo Ellen Dale

At a regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club held at the 19th Hole, Judge David Miller presented the program on the freedoms guaranteed our citizens by the Constitution.
Chief among them was the right to a trial by jury.  I was surprised when he stated that most people choose to give up this right making the role of the judge even more important.  He passed out handouts showing the ins and outs of a felony guilty plea.  He brought two guests, also from the criminal-justice system, Jay Boresi,  and Tom Mudd.
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I have received word that Zachary Adams, son of Jeff and Kim Adams, grandson of Werner and Sharon Moentmann and Kathryn Adams graduated Sunday in Clinton.  Zachary signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Central Methodist.  He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was a four-sport letterman during his senior year in soccer, cross country racing, basketball and baseball.  His family is justifiably proud of his achievements.
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Wednesday morning, several friends joined me for breakfast at Our Place.  The food was good and the company even better.  By coincidence, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Strain were also there and I had just had a visit with them the day before.  Jim is still conducting tours and we reminisced about one I took with his group to Omaha.
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That afternoon I went to a meeting of P.E.O. at the home of Jean Davault.  A scrumptious dessert was served that I am sure was not lo-cal.  The attendance was good and after the meeting and program we all enjoyed relaxing and visiting.
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Wednesday evening we had our last choir practice until fall and celebrated with pizza, cake and ice cream provided by Director Billie Hamann and choir member Karla Voltmer.
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Thursday I stopped at the golf club to see if anything newsworthy was going on and to my delighted surprise my son Chuck and friends came in planning on getting in a golf game.  I enjoyed visiting with them while they ate lunch before going out for a round of golf.
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Friday I went to the Rotary Club where City Administrator Ron Brohammer gave the program on the State of the City.  He began by saying that the city is financially sound, which was good news.  Passing out handouts, he then outlined various projects such as the wastewater facility, paving streets and other future plans like the assisted living community to be built north of the United Christian Presbyterian Church.  He also mentioned the sidewalk construction along Spartan Drive, which is being funded and carried out by MoDOT. Following his talk he answered questions from the audience.
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I spent Memorial Day very quietly as I had decorated at the cemetery the day before to avoid the crowds.  All my loved ones are at Sunny Slope, which makes it easier.  It was a day for remembering.  We must never forget how much we owe to the brave men and women who laid down their lives to ensure our freedom.
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The weather was so nice Monday that I decided to take my walk outside.  Usually I walk in the family life center of my church, United Christian Presbyterian.  I discovered quickly that walking outside is much harder and there is traffic to dodge.
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Hope you had a good holiday and that you will let me know of your comings and goings.  Until I write again,  DaleDbdale@aol.com

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