Jo’s Jottings: Holiday week a busy time for community celebrations

By Jo Ellen Dale

Richmond Kiwanis Club met March 26 at the 19th Hole with 19 members present.  Vickie McGinnis, the program chairwoman, introduced the speakers, Josh McCray, RHS’s Key Club sponsor, and John Parker, the high school principal.
Mr. Parker thanked the club for its donations to the Backpack program and explained the importance of it.  He pointed out how many students these days are being raised by a single parent or by grandparents.
Mr. Parker said that in trying to emphasize the positive he does a newsletter telling of all the good things that are happening. Aptly it is named “Good News Friday” and is handed out to all students and parents. He also discussed the number of students enrolled at the vocational school in Lexington. He extended a special thanks to Mr. McCray for his work with Key Club and with his courses for freshmen students.  During the business meeting, those of us attending the Governor’s Banquet of MO-ARK District made a report on the program there.
I attended the Lenten luncheons at the Methodist Church during Holy Week.  The food was very good and the speakers excellent.  The attendance picked up as the week progressed.  On Maundy Thursday, the service and communion at the Methodist Church was impressive and it was a real pleasure to sing in the joint choir under the direction of Tof McWilliams.  Good Friday service at the United Christian Presbyterian Church involved all the churches and more people attended.
We have another good place to eat in Richmond, The Oink and Moo run by Farrell and Peggy Hockemeier.  At present, there is only take-out but they tell me that soon it will also be an eat-in restaurant.  I had the brisket sandwich, which was succulent and tender, and next time I will try something on the Oink side of the menu as well as their slaw and onion straws.  The restaurant is located on East Main in the old Dairy Queen building.
On Saturday, I attended the celebration for Levan Thurman’s 90th birthday put on by his family and held at the 19th Hole restaurant.  Many friends and family members were there and everyone seemed to have a boisterous good time.  It was a pleasure to see so many former Richmondites.  Of course, I have to praise the food, which was varied and plentiful. Happy Birthday, Levan.
I hope that all of you had as pleasant an Easter Sunday as did I.  The United Christian Presbyterian Church was overflowing and it was wonderful to see those who were visiting family for the holiday.
After the service there was a cookie and punch reception for two young people who were confirmed. They were Alina Hays and Moira Hays.Warm congratulations to both of them.
On Monday, April Fool’s Day was business as usual as I volunteered at the hospital front desk.  Thankfully no one played any tricks on me and for lunch there was fried shrimp, my favorite.

I eagerly await hearing from more of you next week.

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