It’s not all about food, but sometimes it seems that way

By Jo Ellen Dale

Oct. 31, Halloween, I had more trick-or-treaters than usual –  little ones accompanied by an adult. As I’ve mentioned before, I put on my witch’s hat and offered the candy from a Jack O’Lantern container.  The expression on their little faces was priceless.
As is our custom on Wednesday, the Breakfast Club met with almost all of us present. Marlene Skyles had a picture of Myra Hamann’s birthday party with a copy for each of us.  Thank you, Marlene.  We had a laughing good time which always starts the day off right for me.
I left there to hurry on to a meeting of the Rachel Circle of the United Christian Presbyterian Church at the  home of Ilah Logston.  I am glad that I did not eat too much at breakfast as she had delicious food amounting to a breakfast itself.  Lana Buhrmeister gave a very interesting program.
Patti Bamman entertained the regular meeting of Chapter CO, PEO with Jo Cole as co-hostess. Shirley Holtzen and I presented and program on the projects and accomplishments of the sisterhood, founded 142 years ago.
On Thursday, Nov. 3, Joan Lewis had our bridge club and I was glad that I didn’t eat much lunch or I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy as many of her varied refreshments as I did.  This club has been meeting for many years and although we have dropped from three tables to two it is always a fun time for all of us.  I even won a prize – the pennies.  Tells you something about my bridge game.
Thursday evening a regular dinner meeting was held at the American Legion building for  the men of the Legion and the women of the Auxiliary.  More good food. I know, I know.  All I seem to do is eat out, but I am proud to be a member of this organiztion that supports our country and all veterans.
The fish fry held at the Masonic Lodge attracted a large number of diners. Their fish is the best and I was entertained with various tales of where the members obtain it.
Don’t forget that on Nov. 11-12 a Musical Open House will be held at the First Baptist Church to benefit the Salvation Army. It is sponsored by the Good News class of the church and there will be a bake sale, craft items and live music. I go every year and it helps me get into the Christmas Spirit.
The ham and bean dinner held at Richmond Fire Station attracted a large crowd and I enjoyed seeing old friends  with whom I had not chatted in a while.  The firemen are certainly good cooks, with slaw that is not  quite like any other. Yum!  Thankfully I got in the right generation of Hockemeiers and called our server by his right name, Gus, instead of confusing him with his uncle Brad.
Joanne Hertzig enjoyed a get-together with her sisters in Wenatchee, Wash. recently. Others present were Myron and Mary Lou Goldsworthy of Lavelock, Nev. and Janet Clower of Fayettesville, Ark.  It was hosted by Carolyn Stuart of Wenatchee. While there they did some shopping, sightseeing and dining on lots of good food.  Just being together was the best part she says and the autumn foliage was spectacular.  The Walkers are happy to have her back.
Jerry McCarter and his twin brother, Larry, attended their class reunion at the College of the Ozarks in Southwest Mo.  Jerry received a basketball scholarship from Jr. College to what was then called Southwest Missouri State college in Springfield which enabled him to become a teacher and enjoy a lifetime of working with students in the classroom.  Jerry says that the older he gets the more he enjoys the annual event and seeing everyone.  I envy him as my class at Mercer U. in Macon, GA no longer has enough alums to even have a reunion.

This week end Veterans’ will be honored starting on Thursday with a breakfast provided by the Richmond Middle School OPAA.  On Friday the American Legion Auxiliary will host a free biscuits and gravy breakfast for all veterans and their spouses at the Legion building.  At 11:00 a.m. on Friday a Veterans Day celebration will be held at the Ray County Courthouse with guest speakers, marching band and Sunrise elementary 5th grades chorus.  Let’s all come out and thank these brave men and women who risked everything to protect our way of life.

Until next week,       

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