Jo’s Jottings: Events marking the holidays begin, meaning the time is near

By Jo Ellen Dale

A Stoenner family reunion was held in Branson with Jim and Dina Stoenner from Mt. Horeb, Wis., Jessamine and Jack Layman from Independence, and Billie Hamann and June Harrison from Richmond in attendance.  June writes that they all enjoyed the beautiful Fall colors, Christmas shows, shopping  and visiting.  Sounds like a wonderful family time.
I missed the DAR meeting last Tuesday because of an appointment but I was told that the program was very interesting.
Last Wednesday, several of us gathered for breakfast at our favorite spot, Our Place.
I was late because of the study we are having at the United Christian Presbyterian Church on the brain.  We watch DVDs and then have discussion.  We meet at 7:30 a.m. and I must confess that my brain doesn’t always work well before my first cup of coffee.
The Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held a luncheon meeting at Hometown Pizza a week ago Thursday.  A large number of auxilians were in attendance to enjoy the delicious soup, sandwich and dessert.
During the business meeting, several items needed by the hospital were discussed and it was voted to underwrite them. It was announced that a Christmas Open House will be held at the hospital gift shop Dec. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The hospital administrator then thanked the Auxiliary for all the help it provides.
A Before Hours was held at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Friday morning with excellent attendance and really delicious breakfast items.  I especially liked the fruit plate and blueberry muffins and the casserole was a big hit.  Of course there was coffee, tea and hot water available.  The trees, wreaths and baskets are a sight to behold.
It amazes me how every year the sponsors and decorators come up with new and beautiful ideas.  I don’t take chances on any of them because I  use the same ceramic tree every year.  Good luck to those who did.
Kathryn Adams writes that she visited the Heritage Middle School in Liberty to see the production of “Bugzy Malone, Jr.”  Her granddaughter, Megan Day, was part of the cast.  Megan is the daughter of Doug and Julie Day and she is in the 7th grade.
Have a happy and safe week ahead and keep sending.

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