"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you." 3 John 1:2
The blizzard in Colorado last week brought tons of snow to the west and northern Colorado that affected many people in mostly negative ways. Here in Eads the normal 4,000 trucks and smaller traffic that pass through our town in one day were stopped because roads to the north were closed. Although we didn't have snow, we did have some rain and wicked winds that broke a lot of trees and caused general havoc.
Sheriff Casey Sheridan and his deputies were busy directing truckers to park around the fairgrounds, along Highway 287, and other places. The photos were so amazing! It would have been interesting to see such chaos. We are so thankful to our policemen and others who braved the wicked winds. Also, our thankful prayers went up and are still needed for those dedicated electric linemen everywhere. Our local Southeast Colorado Power Association workers are Jason Lucious of Wiley and Jacob Barnes of Eads. We do thank them for getting lights back on when much of the area that lost power Wednesday afternoon. Many of the La Junta area crew had to go to the Elbert area to work because of the storm. The relatives of Jacob Buck and Jose Ramos were certainly thinking about their electric linemen who were, and still are, working in deep snow to repair electricity to numerous homes and businesses at the time of this writing.
Ryan Naugle of Austin, Texas, area and Jeremy Naugle of Parker, were in the Trading Post Cafe last Sunday. They were here to check on their family's ranch north of Wild Horse. They said that their mother, Luanna, has been moved to another acute hospital. She is improving a little from a stroke and the cancer treatments in Thornton.
Braylynn Eder shared lovely photos of her family and mother, Dawna Peck, on their trip to Branson, Missouri, to visit relatives and fun places for children. Braylynn is an accomplished photographer so she had lovely landscapes and portraits of the little ones.
Darryl Stolzenberger has an interesting job with the railroad which allows him to be home in Eads for a week or more and then he is sent to different states to work his area of his expertise. His family and friends enjoy when he is home partly because he is a great cook and a good father and friend.
The Hospital Auxiliary met last week at J J's Restaurant for lunch and had a productive meeting. Their next meeting will be April 9 at 11:00 a.m. at Prairie Pines for lunch also.
A group of friends and family had a taco supper Saturday, March 16, as a benefit for Cody Fox of Eads. This supper was to help with his medical expenses.
Judy Splitter is going to be celebrating her 80th birthday March 31. People are invited to come to the party after 1:00 p.m. at the Sheridan Lake Bible Church.
Gail Voss and I rushed home from Pueblo Tuesday afternoon and were glad to be here in time for Hebrew class. Liz Hulteen who lived over seven years in Israel is teaching us some basic Hebrew words and will be explaining some of the paintings in her book on 50 women of the Bible. Interested persons are welcome any Tuesday to come to the class at 1:00 p.m.
Shelly Meyers has painted such pretty monthly symbolic paintings on store fronts and doors the last two months. People like to read the scriptures and cute cartoon quotes. Thanks, Miss Shelly.
The last middle school wrestling meet was in Lamar last Friday. Their coach is Bart Michael. He is a busy man, the next day, he had an auction of his tools and equipment of Michael's Auto Repair Shop on Highway 287.
Hospital Auxiliary ladies Alice Glover, Madonna Pollreis, LaVerle Kelley, Loretta Seibel, Robin Musgrave, and Doris Lessenden hosted their annual Bingo Night for the residents, who enjoyed getting envelops of coins or dollar bills. Tonya Lane was the Bingo caller and her new assistant, Linda Hopkins, helped with the activities and treats from Linda Trosper and the dietary staff.
Mary Ann Ure was so surprised to have her son, Greg, come from Eaton and her granddaughter, Mary Alexandra Ure, and friend come from Pueblo for a surprise birthday party at Prairie Pines March 9. Greg is often remembered as one of the more outstanding basketball players for Kit Carson in his day. Her son, Marshall, called from Florida to greet her.
Pat (Benner) Roper has an advertisement in the Kiowa County Press to remind people that she is Kiowa County's veteran representative. May I add that she is a knowledgeable lady who can help veterans or their families with much information such as referrals for services, programs of which they could take advantage, and other helpful information. People may not be aware that there is a new veteran's office in Lamar on south Main Street. I have friends who go there for counseling, medical advice, and other services. We want to thank and take good care of the men and women who have served in the various branches of the military service to help us maintain the freedom that we do have in the United States of America.