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Jo’s Jottings: Wednesday night car show added to Richmond’s social calendar

By Jo Ellen Dale

I have received word that the Richmond Car Club meets each Wednesday in the Richmond High School parking area to share showing their cars and visit about cars from 6 p.m. until dark. They ask that you stop by.
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Again I would like to thank all my friends for making my recent birthday so special. I am still receiving cards and good wishes.
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The salad luncheon put on at the United Christian Presbyterian Church last Tuesday was a big success. There were so many donations that quite a bit was left over. The bowls were washed and put on a table in the narthex of the church and everyone is urged to pick them up soon.
For those not familiar with “narthex,” according to the dictionary it’s “an antechamber, porch, or distinct area at the western entrance of some early Christian churches, separated by a railing and used by catechumens, penitents, etc.” It’s an antechamber or large porch in a modern church
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I attended the Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary luncheon at Hometown Pizza Thursday and there was standing-room only. The program was given by Jane Bartlett and it was well received.  Sadly I was too far down the table to hear everything she said, but knowing Jane I am sure it was excellent. However, she passed out brochures outlining her subject, which was the Ray County Senior Services Board, of which she is chairperson. She also spoke of the Grief Support Group that she also chairs.
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The news received this week is not all good as two dear friends have died and several are facing surgery.  I suppose this happens when one lives as long as I have.
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At the regular meeting of the Richmond Rotary Club Friday, the speaker was Jeff Oldham, the general manager of AG-Power, Inc.  He gave a very interesting talk on the John Deere Co., including our local branch. I was surprised to learn that the company is over 175 years old. I believe I understood that the local branch is 25 years old. He said one of the company’s main goals is to find ways to better support their customers.
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Friday afternoon, a crowd of family and friends gathered at the United Methodist Church for a celebration of the long and fruitful life of Mary Chenault Hershey.  Rev. Bill Bamman gave a moving meditation citing the many contributions made by this lovely lady in her 101 years. The congregation sang several hymns, accompanied on the organ by Bruce Thurman, and Dan Ball, who plays bagpipes, led the recessional playing “Amazing Grace”.
All were invited to a reception at the 19th Hole restaurant, where a buffet meal was served.  It was all just as the lady would have wanted. A true celebration of life.
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Saturday morning I had breakfast at the CME Church and it was plentiful and tasty. Later, I drove by the golf club and, seeing a crowd, went in to inquire about what was going on. It was an AT&T tournament with more than 15 four-man teams.  It was a beautiful day for golf, although a little windy. The players were obviously enjoying the game.
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Sunday, after Sunday school and church, I met friends for lunch at the 19th Hole.  I hope all of you enjoyed Father’s Day celebrations and that you will let me hear about them.
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My brother-in-law Earle writes that their granddaughter, Heather Dale, is conducting a French school for elementary and middle school students at her church in Oak Harbor next month. She is fluent in French, having spent the last school year in Switzerland studying.  All the family is justly proud of her.
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Monday services were held at the United Christian Presbyterian Church for Mrs. Herb (Myrna) Mansell.  She will be missed by many.

Enjoy the warmer weather and send me your news.  DaleDbdale@aol.com

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