"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over. For with the same measure shall others give to you. For with the same measure that you give shall be measured to you again." That verse makes me wonder how many people actually give a tenth of their earnings back to the Lord.
A number of people enjoyed the hospitality of the taco bar and all the goodies at Prairie Pines September 15th for the Raffle Drawing. The guests had come to watch the drawing after Board Chairman, Mike Lening explained the process. 45 people received money in varied amounts. In the end, the facility will still have about $37,000.00 for operations and repairs. Mr. Lening complimented the community's support by buying the tickets. However, when one reads the list of winners, there were many names of people from other towns who supported The Pines.
The CLCEC, Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center Board, met last Wednesday and heard a presentation from a company who could help them with grants. At the next meeting, there will be a presentation from another similar group. The Board is looking for ways to earn money to complete the inside of the two adjoining buildings to the Plains Theatre. Secretary, Laurie Musgrave, said the group took in about $1,000.00 more than last year at the Fair Street Dance. I am not surprised because there were many more dancers that usual and as one person said, "People were shoulder to shoulder." It was a good time with vocal music by our own Rhett Uhland and Braydon Zink and his band.
While Joe Musgrave kept the ice cream store open and swept the falling leaves outside the shop, Laurie unlocked the theatre lobby for me to see the new big sign on the south wall. It has the names of all the donors who bought gold plates for each theatre chair (there are just two left) plus other larger donors all around the design of the movie screen. It was so heartwarming to read all those names and in some cases, children who donated in memory of a parent who died years ago. It brought happy tears of remembrance of those dear souls.
Friends of Jack Gardner were sad to hear of his passing last week. Jack was in the Class of 1955 in his elementary years. Later he returned to Eads to be a newspaper man and business person who was highly regarded by his friends.
Saturday, October 7, is the annual Haswell Bazaar at the Community Center. They will also have a meal served on the stage. This is pleasurable because of the space, visiting, and great shopping.
Last Saturday, there were two bridal showers in Eads. The first one was an elegant brunch of most delicious foods prepared by the ladies of the First Christian Church for Jessica James whose fiance is Ryan Shoemaker. The young couple will be married in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they will live. The second shower was for Carrie Roberson of Eads and Greg Neal of Holly, who will be married October 7 at the American Legion Hall. Their shower was in the Prairie Pines where she works on weekends as well as both Consumer Supply shops.
A number of people from Eads traveled to the Holly Gateway Concert and Street Dance Saturday. Rhett Uhland of Eads was billed with two other singers, Nick Hickman and the Adam Capps Band. This was also part of the Holly Fair.
We extend our sympathy to Greg and Nancy Miller of Haswell. His father, George Miller, passed recently. George's funeral and family dinner was hosted at the Haswell church and community center September 16. Greg brought his parents from Florida to Colorado to care for them.
"Happy Birthday "to Mike Goreman. He is the nice man who spends so much time around town and on Maine Street to sweep, move rocks and pulling weeds from his power chair.
Eads girls, Kailee Wilson and Miranda Mitchek, senior and junior respectively, are softball players on the Lamar Savage team. Their names are mentioned often on the Lamar radio stations as being outstanding players.
Two young Mennonite couples and their infants came to Prairie Pines to sing for the residents. I happened to be there to lead a Bible Study so it was just wonderful to get to hear these harmonious singers and we loved watching their cute little babies. Their homes are near Copeland, Kansas, and on their way to Denver to minister in a soup kitchen and other places. One young man asked about June Weeks, who formerly lived near their community.
Afterwards, the staff asked me if I wanted to eat lunch with them. Oh, it was the best pan-fried chicken with real mashed potatoes and gravy similar to what my sister, Virgyln, makes! Chef Christina Wolf is one of the most outstanding cooks I have ever known!
The Eads golf team is winding down their sports year with their coach, Justin McLoud. The team was eight young men, Zach Haase, Blake Stoker, Brigden Parker, Brandon Lening, Jonah Schofield, Joe Haase, Bradley, Musgrave, and Brinden Williams. Mr. McLoud went to Emporia College in Kansas on a golf scholarship.
Three mornings last week, Alizabeth Hulteen, my eleven-year-old tall niece and nephew, Kaidan and Kody Diltz-Lessenden and I repainted the murals on four sides of the restroom house south of the rodeo arena. My father, Virgil, and I painted the first ones in 1985, and in 2000 Bobbi McPherson and Rina Wilkes touched them up.
Fall is beginning to turn the trees and bushes yellow and red and people are sharing the fruits of their garden harvest. I am thankful to my neighbors, Joyce Berry, Juana Ramos, and Areta Laird who have shared tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini with me.
I want to say "thank you," to Debi Jacobs Derby who share her artistic and computer talents with so many people and they probably don't know who does all those wonderful things. Recently she made all the All School reunion names tags as she has done for at least the last 15 years or more. Thank you, Debi who is an officer in the Sheriff's Department.