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By Jo Ellen Dale

Wednesday morning I joined friends for breakfast at Our Place. I am happy to say there were several of us there as some Wednesdays I eat “in lonely splendor.”
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Wednesday evening I went to choir practice and we also had a meeting to determine the strengths and weaknesses and opportunities of our church, United Christian Presbyterian.  Many interesting ideas were presented, which may help in our search for a new minister.
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I have received news from Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Snelling that their granddaughter, Shelby Snelling, was awarded her White Coat by the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rockhurst University April 25.  Elmer and Lee Snelling attended the event. Shelby’s father, Eric, and sister, Claire, flew in from Portland, Ore. for the ceremony.  They are all quite proud of her achievement. This award marks the student’s transition from the study of the basic science and academic portion of their education to the clinical studies.
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Friday evening I was invited to the reunion of the RHS Class of 1954, as I was one of their teachers.  We had a delicious meal at the 19th Hole restaurant.  For the program, each person was asked to tell something about what they’ve done since graduation and to reminisce about happenings during their years at RHS.  They were kind enough to present me a lovely bouquet, as well as take care of my dinner.  Next morning we all met at  Our Place for breakfast.  It was decided that in view of the great time had by all another reunion will be held in five years.  The only disappointment was that so few local alums attended.  We hope to see more of them in five years.
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The Mushroom Festival was in full swing Saturday with beautiful weather.  As I walked around, there were so many people in attendance that it was sometimes hard to make my way through the crowd.  Fortunately I secured an excellent vantage point to watch the parade, which was quite long and slow moving.  Last year the bad weather put a damper on the festivities as I remember.
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Vicki Long has sent a message about the memorial display in the courthouse paying tribute to our fallen Missouri soldiers.  We should all see this visit this to honor those who made the supreme sacrifice to ensure our freedom.  It will be there until May 10.  Also on view are several “Quilts of Valor” provided by the foundation of the same name, which were stitched by volunteers and presented to wounded combat veterans who so bravely served our country.  They may also be seen at the Veterans’ Memorial Building during their pancake breakfast May 10. Hope to see you there.
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Monday, seeing many cars at the golf course, I stopped to see what was in progress.  It was a high school tournament with teams from Concordia, Norborne, Gallatin, Orrick, Maysville, Braymer and Princeton.  There was also a Swedish exchange student, Oscar Lindblad, on the Braymer team.
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Please send me your good news.  DaleDbdale@aol.com

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