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Jo’s Jottings: Locally raised breakfast sausage inspires spirit of adventure

By Jo Ellen Dale

Richmond Kiwanis Club held a meeting at noon and another at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27.  The program for both meetings was given by President Bill Dooley and his wife concerning their trip to Alaska.  Using slides to illustrate their remarks, they held the undivided attention of the audience.
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Wednesday morning as usual I joined friends for breakfast at Our Place and this time we could say, “The gang’s all here”.  It is always a good start for the day.
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I have received word from Bonnie Pointer McCalley that she had guests for several days,  Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pointer of Waterbury, Vt. They also visited with Elise Pointer and Mr. & Mrs. Erik Pointer of Lexington.  On Wednesday, they all had dinner with the Erik Pointers as well as Nathan Pointer.  On Thursday evening they all dined at the Asbury House in Higginsville.
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Friday, I was invited to give a program at Rotary Club.  There was a very good turnout  and I was happy about that because I was talking on my favorite subject, “How to communicate with deaf people”.  I remembered that the best advice about speaking is, “ Be brief and be seated”.  I was flattered by their response to my remarks.
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Saturday, I had breakfast at the Masonic Lodge and it was filling and delicious.  Jimmy Carter remembered that I don’t like gravy and had orange marmalade and biscuits ready for  me.  When I heard that the sausage came from a local market, Meats & More, I decided to try some and enjoyed it.  I guess it is true that your tastes can change as you age. As it was a lovely day, I walked outside again around my neighborhood.  The fresh air was invigorating and I welcome the warmer weather making it possible to get my exercise in this way.
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As I saw many cars and bikes across the street at the Richmond Veterans Building, I stopped in and was given a brochure for coming events.  Their fireworks stand will be open at 9 a.m. most days until after the 4th of July.  On June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., they will hold a fish fry at their building on Clark Street with fish, fries, hush puppies, beans, cole slaw and drinks for a modest cost. I plan to get there early as I always look forward to these events.
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Sunday, my son Chuck came for an early birthday dinner with me and his gift was a surprise visit from my grandson, Jeff Dale. Nothing could have pleased me more.  He also treated us to a delicious lunch at the 19th Hole, but  they both had to leave early. Thus I made it to the Historic Farris Theatre in time to enjoy the Farris Youth Theatre Company’s presentation of “Peter Pan Jr.”. In spite of my hearing difficulty, I am giving it a rave review.  Everything was perfect!  It would be impossible to single out anyone or anything as it was all very impressive.  Bravo and Brava!
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Stacey Jorgensen and Carol Williamson visited Chicago May 22-26 to see Stacey’s son, Carl Lehnen, and Colin Ennis.  While there they went to Millenium Park, the Chicago Art Institute, took an architectural boat tour and stopped by the new Trump Hotel, where they took in the views of the city from the 16th floor terrace.  They also visited an historical cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend where famed architect Ludwig Mies van de Rohe is buried.  Carl and Colin were informative tour guides and gracious hosts during the trip.
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Mark Johnson’s daughters, Lindsey and Taylor, their mother Katie and grandson Knox Anderson Turner made the 850- mile trip from Decatur, Ga. to spend a few days with Mark and his Richmond family, Mark’s parents, Leamon and Terry, brother Scott and wife Julie and their sons, Parker and Davis and daughter Madeline.  Mark says that the joy of being all together was unbounded pleasure. Of course, little Knox did not lack for hugs, kisses and squeezes.  I was happy to see them by chance and agree that little Knox is adorable.
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That’s all for this week as my computer is giving me grief and I need to send this before it locks up again.

Dale...@aol.com

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