Jo’s Jottings: ES nursing home recognizes former Richmond resident

By Jo Ellen Dale

Junior Clancy, who once owned a salvage yard in Richmond, was named resident of the month at Valley Manor and Rehab Center in Excelsior Springs.  There was an article about him in the Manor’s April newsletter. Junior married Velma Todd in 1947 and they had five children, three boys and two girls.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he and Velma liked to dance.  Junior moved to Valley Manor in 2009.
Kathryn Adams attended the Liberty Junior High School production “DOGSBREATH DEVEREAUX, THE DASTARDLY DOCTOR, (OR NURSES FOILED AGAIN!).”  It was a medical melodrama in which the audience joined in with singing, booing, cheering and so on. Her granddaughter, Abigail Day, was in the production presented on April 13-14.
I received word while writing this that Janie Jackson has lost her courageous battle with cancer.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family. This remarkable young lady “will always live in the hearts of those whose lives she touched,” mine being one of the many.
At the brunch given at Ray County Memorial Hospital for all the volunteers, I sat across the table from Eileen Wright and Rita Day and they gave me a brochure about the danger of leaving prescription drugs about in the home.  It is best to lock them up so some child or teenager cannot have access to them. When the drug has an expired date on it dispose of it safely.  Dumping it in the sink or wherever can have an adverse effect on our water supply. We should all heed this good advice.
On a related subject, the Richmond Police Department is participating in National Prescription Take Back Day on April 28. It’s being sponsored locally by the Ray County Coalition, which does many things to help prevent substance abuse and underage drinking.
The department has a drop box where you can safely deposit your outdated prescriptions or medicines you no longer need to use. The drop-off hours at RPD are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the police station lobby.
The drop-off location is ongoing, even though the national day of observance is this Saturday.
If you need more information, you can call the police at 776-3575.
At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club on April 17 it was announced that there will again be a City Clean-up Day on April 28 and as many workers as possible are needed. Meet at Main Street and Spartan Drive at 9 a.m.  Trash bags will be provided. The Kiwanis program for the day was presented by Chris Brown, executive director of Shirkey Nursing Home and Leisure Acres.  He explained the plans for additional Shirkey facilities at the former Ireland Clinic. Assisted living will be offered, which is much needed here as the closest one is John Knox Village in Higginsville. Construction is to be done in two phases and at this time funding is being sought for Phase I. When that is completed, Brown said Shirkey will begin Phase II in a couple of years. The drawing shows 14 new rooms, and there is already a waiting list of 13. It will be a welcome improvement and Chris was thanked for all he and his staff have done since his arrival at the facility.
Saturday evening Alice Neely and I attended the musical at the Farris Theatre which was billed as “Three Dave Night,” but we were actually treated to music by “The Songwriters” as well. Joining David Knopf, David Blythe and David Hakan were Lezlie Revelle and Aaron Lewis. The audience obviously enjoyed the singing, joking banter and toe-tapping performance.

I look forward to hearing from you.   

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