About Town – February 8, 2021

PROMO 660 x 440 People - Doris Lessenden
Published Monday, February 8, 2021
by Doris Lessenden

"Rejoice in the Lord Always" Philippians 4:4

Former Knowledge Bowl team members, coaches, and parents are grateful that the State Knowledge Bowl Board and the Colorado High School Activities Association has arranged a plan so the program can continue in a new format. Eads Knowledge Bowl coaches, Dawn James and Sue Fox, have traveled to the front range for meetings of the state board for several years to oversee local the Bowls. Last week, Coach Dawn James posted that the Eads team had won second place in the regional meet. Each school team can answer the questions shown on a computer or phone read by a reader and then by buzzing in. Mrs. James was in Eads with the students, Mrs. Fox was in Colorado Springs as the timer, and Alicia James was a reader somewhere here in Eads. The four seniors on the team are Joe Haase, Hatch Nelson, Mollie Kelley, and Amber Kopasz, along with underclass women, Maggie Haase and Rachel Kopasz. Sue Fox described the process to me. The teams are divided into Class A basketball divisions, and the scores of six meets will be totaled to decide which top teams will get to compete in the state meet during spring break. So, we will know after other schools compete if our Eads High School team is still in the running.

Ken Grant, Social Services person at Weisbrod Hospital, returned my call to explain the process to be able to visit our friends at Weisbrod. I tried it, so this is what you do:

  • Call Weisbrod Hospital at 719-438-5401
  • Tell them who you want to visit
  • The receptionist will transfer you to the Nurse in Charge
  • Tell the nurse when you want to visit and who you want to visit
  • The nurse will go ask the person if they want a visitor at that time
  • The nurse calls you back to say "yes" or "no"
  • On the day you go to the hospital, you ring the bell at the door
  • A staff person conducts a health screening and conduct you to the room where the visit is arranged

Congratulations to Mollie Kelley of the Eads High School senior class, who was recently honored as the "DAR is Good Citizen." She has been recognized and honored by the Fort Bent DAR Society. At each school the faculty members who are asked to select the worthy recipient of the award by considering each individual's leadership, service, and patriotism.

Mrs. Shannon Ellenberger announced that 11 of her Future Business Leaders of America students have been selected to compete in the state competitions following virtual testing and interviews. Those winners were Mollie Kelley, Hatch Nelson, Amber Kopasz, Colby Stoker, Rhealie Rittgers, Ross Brown, Caleb Lane, Brandon Reifschneider, Maggie Haase, Breanna Wilson, and Rachel Kopasz. Some of these students won in more than one competition. Well done, business students!

Our sympathy is extended to Gina (Amerine) Love and families whose sister, Dala Rose Amerine, died last week.

Rhealie Rittgers is a powerhouse player on the basketball floor, but she is also a creative cook! I bought some of her hot chocolate bombs that were on the counter in JJ's Restaurant - that was after I asked Lindsay Baxter, "What are those pretty balls wrapped in Valentine cup holders and ribbons?" She said they are coca bomb beverages. I asked, "How do you serve them?" She said, "You put the big ball into a mug and then pour hot water or hot milk slowly over it and watch it melt." It is tasty! They were so artistically decorated with pink, red, and brown colors in various flavors.

A number of Eads senior citizens were looking so forward to Sage meal dining and the monthly brunch last week, but it didn't happen because they told us the "inspector said two more construction jobs have to be done before we can get our capacity certificate." So, we wait awhile longer. Meanwhile, the Haswell Westender seniors continue to have lovely meals and entertaining times twice a month.

The Eads Traveler's Lodge is open again with nightly rooms. A man from Denver, who has three motels in Limon, has been remodeling the motel. He also has some motels in Denver. The current manager is Terry Medina, a lady who is a summer migrant school teacher, and has helped Mark Khan out before since she has managed his motels on the western slope. She and her teenage children and mother are here from Montrose. They say the people they have met in Eads are so friendly. Terry stated that they are looking for someone to manage the Eads motel. We certainly enjoyed having her visit with us at the Eads Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Hatch Nelson and Mollie Kelly of Eads High were honored to be selected to be selected to interview for the Daniels Scholarship Monday of this week.

Judy Jacobs of north the Prairie Queen community shared her baking and decorating talents by making the traditional happy birthday cake for Jesus for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Kit Carson. Her daughter, Tracey Weeks, had the honor of sharing the story and meaning of the 21 red candles, spices, and gold dragees with the children and adults.

Remember that Sunday is Valentine's Day. Treat your loved ones.

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