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About Town – July 12, 2021

Doris Lessenden

“Do everything in Love.” I Corinthians 16:14

We thank our local fire departments in Eads and Sheridan Lake for the fireworks displays July 4 that bought so much pleasure to people. It was nice of Deborah Gooden and people of the Praise Community Church to serve slices of watermelon. One of my best July 4 memories was when we served homemade ice cream at the former Artist of the Plains Gallery near the fireworks display. This year, I was blessed to have homemade, hand-turned ice cream out at my brother, Dwight’s, home where Eli and Celena had made a lovely brisket dinner for us, and ice cream served with Celena’s Norwegian almond cake.

Leisha Peck, director of the Little Leader’s Childcare Center, is to be commended for her leadership and cooperation of the staff to arrange such a nice July 4 children’s parade. What fun the children had in the town park with all those entertaining activities to do. Thank you, also, to the Sheriff’s Office for having their climbing wall ready for the youth. We know it was rather late notice to find people to do all those jobs. It was well done. 

The Colorado State Babe Ruth championship baseball tournament was held in Lamar where both our girls and boys 9U teams won the first place-champion titles. The photos and reports I heard were joyous and so complementary of the youth and their coaches.

LaVerle Kelley is moving to Amarillo, Texas. There will be a come-and-go reception at the senior center in Eads Thursday, July 15, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to say goodbye.

Last weekend was the first disc golf tournament at the fairgrounds in Eads on the Richard Scott memorial course. The Commissioners’ Administrator, Tina Adamson, arranged for the participants to keep their own disc. This sport is becoming popular again, and people travel from town to town to compete. It will be interesting to watch. Participants could attend a learning clinic Saturday morning.

I was so pleased to see Gary and Becky (King) Morgan when they were here for the burial of her brother, Elmer “Red” King, at the Eads Cemetery. Jimmie Brown arranged to have burning coals at the grave site so Red’s children could burn Red’s brand on his wooden casket before they lowered it. Becky said only her brother, Jimmie, and her are left from their seven siblings.

Ryan Lane, who lives in Eads and works for Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Association out of Hugo, is such a helpful young man to help unmechanical people like me. 

Krista Elkaissi of Denver has brought really nice wooden bookcases for the Eads Senior Citizen Center, and recently she brought a lovely walnut drop leaf table for the center. She blessed her grandparents, Phillip and Madonna, with a large screen television.

The Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center board says to remember the Maine Street Bash set for Saturday, July 31, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The board will meet July 14. Look for lots of foods, live entertainment, games, and fun!

The Eads Chamber of Commerce met last week to discuss how to get logos of businesses placed on the white trailer. Brandon Hoffman says the trailer is ready for members’ logos. It will be parked along the highway where travelers can read the businesses in town. We also discussed the county fair breakfasts, for which Brandon Hoffman is the leader to set up for volunteers to cook and serve. Please let Brandon know that you are willing to help.

Shirley (Harris) Watts was feted with a remarkable 80th birthday party at the Eads Senior Citizen Center last Sunday. Her daughter, Connie (Watts) Richardson, was the Eads host, and her sons and families were here, as well as many relatives and friends. 

Happy birthday to Dixie (Weber) Bennett July 11 also. She was our dear childhood country friend who lived on the same school bus road.

When I went to the clinic to visit FNP-C Michael Archer, I was thrilled to see that the attending student clinician was Rachel (Brown) Bletzacker. She said she is enjoying the college research and much reading. The Bletzackers had a family vacation to Georgia to watch their daughter, Brystal, compete in gymnastics where Brystal won top awards at the national meet in Atlanta. This fourth grader trains in Lamar at Wild West Athletics. Her brother, Jayson, is a fan of his little sister, too, as she dreams of the Olympics.

The community Vacation Bible School is the week of July 19-23 at the Praise Community Church. If you would like to volunteer, call Deborah Gooden or Claire Prince.

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Alden Miller, who died recently in Boston. His two daughters, Charlotte and Dominque, were by his bedside, as well as his former wife, Betsy Brown. We enjoyed their family when they lived in Eads while Alden worked on the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site staff.

Ron and Lori Healey, formerly of Towner, have moved to their new home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where they are near to their son and daughter and other relatives.

Tim and Sylvia Weeks went to Walden to the memorial service for Lonnie (Debbie) Carlstrom, formerly of Eads. He was a manager of the Eads CO-OP.