"Beloved let us love one another, because love comes from God." 1 John 4:7 NRSV
Our little town of Eads had a first! That was the Children's Theatre production of "The Jungle Book." It was historic; it was marvelous! I bought tickets for both performances so I could watch the children and teenagers. This was brought to us through the dreams and work of the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center board who are Betsy Barnett, Mary Vasquez, Kim Richardson, Marty Miller, Connie Shotton, Alicia James, Claire Prince, and Nicole Kepler. They were assisted by technicians Cory Crow, Terry Riley, Marty Miller, and Deborah Gooden. Two women, Lorna Patterson and Reese Overstreet, and a young man came from Missoula, Montana, in a red pickup truck with stage sets and costumes for 47 or more actors and actresses. By their last names, I know that they were from Eads, Kit Carson, Arlington, Wiley, Sheridan Lake, and maybe other towns. Finding a parking place was a challenge but oh how good to see the lines of people waiting to get in the Plains Theatre. It reminded me of the 1950s and maybe 60s when the Crows had "Bank Night." Now those nights really brought out lots of people in the hope of winning the big money!
Congratulations, to Ruth Fees, an outstanding educator, who has dedicated her life to the students of Plainview Elementary and High School. It was announced last week that Colorado High School Activities Association has given her an award for 45 years as a coach in Colorado. She has been a loyal Plainview Hawks cheerleader coach, and a coach of many outstanding knowledge bowl teams. Miss Fees has also added to the cultural and fine arts of her students by coaching drama plays each year and encouraging the arts. She has been a real blessing to the Sheridan Lake-Towner communities in our county.
T-ball and softball games are in full swing, as well as the minor and major teams. One can watch entertaining games at the two north fields in Eads, often beginning at 4:00 p.m.
This is the time of the year for rounding up cattle to brand and treat them. When one sees several horse trailers around one of the local cafes, the assumption can easily be that the cowboys and cowgirls are having lunch.
Last Friday morning, several classmates and friends of Jenness (Kleiboeker) Richardson gathered at her gravesite in the Kit Cason Cemetery for the burial of her husband, Gary Richardson's, remains.
We were blessed with sunny warm weather for another graveside service at the Eads cemetery that same morning for Zelda (White) Peterson. It was one of the more personal, parent honoring services I have witnessed. It was also nice to see so many classmates and friends of this 100 year old lady's children. Her children, Janette Kochis, Charlotte Billings, and Norman Peterson, and several grandchildren spoke or sang.
Lola Igou is enjoying her new tiny house that her son, Denny, who lives in Texas, had sent to her. Her daughter, Nikki, who lives near Karval, helped her move some of her belongings to her home. It is so wonderful that her grandson, Hunter and Lexi Uhland, and four precious children, will live in her home now. We do welcome this family to Eads.
Beverly Aldrich Greenwell Capps' memorial service and reception was held in the Eads United Methodist Church Saturday afternoon. Beverly's son, Mike Greenwell, gave the family tribute and eulogy, and his daughter, Heather Poole, read scriptures and gave a tribute to her grandmother. Mike's daughter, Pastor Ashleigh Frenzel, delivered the message and prayers. Another granddaughter sang and played a song in memory of her grandmother. It was nice to see Beverly's twin sister, Bobbie Uhland, with her four sons and their wives and children. Gail Voss, Nancy Walker, Terry and Areta Laird and Marty Miller hosted beverages and desserts for the family and friends in the Fellowship Hall.
My neighbors, Rich and Dianne O'Brian, had such a good time on their trip to Chugwater, Wyoming, where Rich was invited to preach. They have been invited back in July.
Last week, Adobe Creek near Arlington ran bank to bank. It was the first time in about 10 years so much water ran in the creek. In Lamar, there was much flooding from a sudden rain that flooded Willow Creek and many streets.
Eads senior citizens will have their noon lunch Wednesday, June 15, with Italian lasagna on the menu. It was kind of Zelda Peterson's family to name the Eads Senior Citizen Center to receive memorial gifts in their mother's name.
John and Debie Courkamp celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Wiley Methodist Church and their home Saturday. They are co-owners of the Eads NAPA store.
Families of the Riding Club had a good time at the gymkhana June 5. Tim and Gloria Trosper and girls offered good foods at the concession stand.
Congratulations to Pat (Benner) Roper who was given an award from David Callahan of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for her work for the veterans in our area. Thanks to Cindy McLoud's Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation photo announcing the award.
Happy summer days ahead!