Jo’s Jottings: As summer winds down, family trips, visits increase for county residents

By Jo Ellen Dale

Earleene “Sug” Swafford writes that she was in Grove City, Pa. to visit Bill Smith and his daughter Janet. While there they attended his granddaughter’s wedding and his school reunion. They also visited the casino at Wheeling, W.Va., but had no luck. Bill returned home with Sug for a three-week visit.

I have heard from Harriet Minnick that Nancy Brummall, David Minnick and she had a busy week with the arrival of out-of-town guests. Nancy’s daughter Laura DeYarman and her husband Kent were here from Medford, Ore., along with their son Nick from Berkeley, Calif. Also visiting were Amanda Minnick Amdur, her husband Chris and their 2-month-old son Dylan from Ballwin, Mo. While they were here they celebrated Dylan’s baptism at the United Methodist Church, followed by a luncheon at the 19th Hole after the service. Also attending in addition to the above mentioned were Megan Minnick and Mary Etta Minnick of Richmond, Kathy Smith of Lexington, Dave and Janet Sneed, Don and Cherie Smith also all of Richmond, and David and Debbie Amdur from Chesterfield.

In spite of the heat, a number of people attended the ground-breaking ceremonies for the new assisted living center, Oak Pointe, being constructed north of the United Christian Presbyterian church. Most of us were seated under a large tent protecting us from the sun and a good breeze also helped to alleviate the discomfort. This will be a much needed addition to our community.

Friday I attended Rotary Club and found it very entertaining. Mark Guy gave the program, which everyone found very amusing. He passed out questionnaires about Rotary to be filled out and turned in. He also had everyone put their names in two containers, one for the east side and one for the west side of the room. Then as names were drawn cookies were awarded. He said his job as president is to show everyone how to better serve the community. There was much more that, sad to say, I missed because of my hearing loss. However there was never a dull moment. Well done, Mark.

Saturday I went to the square because Outlaw Days was in full swing. I visited all the booths and at noon enjoyed the fish dinner prepared by the Masons. Unfortunately ,there were not as many vendors as last year as some rented a booth but did not come.
As I have mentioned, Sunday was Rally Day at my church with a dinner following the service. That evening I attended the Fall celebration of Chapter CO, P.E.O.. It was held at the 19th Hole and delicious hors d’oeuvres were served and we enjoyed visiting with all there.

Monday as always I volunteered at the desk at Ray County Memorial Hospital and in the afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce. In between I ate lunch at home. I imagine that surprises all of you, but I do occasionally eat in.

As you can see I am in need of more news so please send!

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