About Town – May 22, 2023

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Published Monday, May 22, 2023
by Doris Lessenden

"Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed" Proverbs 16:3 

Our region of southeast Colorado has been blessed with wonderful rains the last two weeks. People are naturally happier and taking more part in gatherings, of which there have been many more social events than usual.

Last Sunday, the Prairie Pines staff hosted an elaborate English-type tea party of delicious little sandwiches, salads, and desserts to celebrate Mother's Day. Violet Snyed, the Activities Director, greeted the guests and awarded the "Best Hat" award to resident Mary Marble. The tea was served in a beautiful collection of painted China tea cups that were gifted to Prairie Pines by the late Vivian Gifford's now deceased mother. 

That same evening, a number of family and friends of the 2023 Eads High School senior class were hosted by First Christian Church for their Baccalaureate aervice that was officiated by Pastor Mark Imel and Pastors Lane and Deborah Gooden. Kai Brown served as the Acolyte, and Carston Buller was the usher for the 11 seniors. Catharine and Halie Trosper served as flower girls, and Dawn James led singing of contemporary choruses. Seniors Elizabet Buller, Magdalen Haase, and Samantha CourCamp read their favorite scriptures before Pastor Imel shared an encouraging message. The guests enjoyed a lovely time of refreshments afterwards. The senior graduation will be Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m.

The pastel balloons bopping outside the senior center last Sunday were indicative that there was a birthday party inside for Nathanial and Holly Mitchek's granddaughter.

Last Tuesday evening, there was a community dinner for the Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation at the senior center where KCEDF Director Cindy McCloud and her mother, Joyce Berry, served a taco bar dinner with desserts. All the tables were filled to capacity. The Eads Chamber of Commerce announced and presented a plaque to Alice Glover as Kiowa County Citizen of the Year. Alice was recognized for her years as a cook at the Eads schools, her many years as President of the Eads senior citizens and the Weisbrod Hospital Auxiliary, and for serving as a Superintendent in the Homemaking Department exhibits at the Kiowa County Fair, as well as being a long time 4-H leader and community servant. Alice had been an excellent judge at many county fairs. Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Pearson presented the plaque for Kiowa County Volunteers of the Year to Russ Watson, Director of the Kiowa County Fire Protection District, and all the first responders who were in attendance. Their 24 names will be listed in a separate photo article along with the nine officers on the fire protection district board. Next, Cindy McCloud and KCEDF President Jerry Weber presented the Business of the Year plaque to Brandon and Angela Hoffman for their 911 Metalworks design and repair business on Highway 287 and 15th Street. The keynote speaker was Troy McCue, Executive Director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation, who spoke on "Renewable Energy Coming Our Way."

The Kindergarten graduation audience nearly filled the gym Tuesday night as admirers watched Gay Uhland and her precious young ones in their little white gowns and mortar board hats. Mrs. Uhland conducted an outstanding program with the little ones, who were speaking and singing.

If you saw different school buses outside the Plains Theatre in Eads lately, it was likely one of the student bodies from another town who bring their children here to enjoy a movie!

We encourage parents to plan your child's time ahead if they hope to be in the Children's Theatre Production of "Rapunzel." Remember to have your children who want to audition for the stage play to be in the Plains Theatre at 10:00 a.m. June 5. We remember how fantastic it was last year!

Congratulations to Megan Buck of Eads, who was married to Moreman Ellis in Jamaica. The young couple lives in Springfield.

Congratulations to former Eads graduates Kaycee Ellenberger, who graduated from the University of West Texas in Canyon, and Kaylee Wilson, who graduated from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Kaylee received her education degree. She did student teaching in Alta Vista north of Lamar and Eads schools. Congratulations also to Faith Johnson of Kit Carson, who graduated in Cosmetology from Northwest Technical College in Goodland, Kansas, where she was named Student of the Year.

A large number of children and grandchildren gathered at Prairie Pines Assisted Living Community to celebrate Muriel Davis' 89th birthday!

Loyal fans traveled the Denver last weekend the watch and cheer for Kit Carson track team members at the state meet, including Keaton Marriott, Brennan Framel, and Bryson States. Eads track stars at state were Maggie Haase, Tailee Weeks-Johnson, and Stockton Mitchek. We are so proud of them.

Members of Kit Carson Trinity Lutheran Church family are preparing to host the community Vacation Bible School June 5-9 from 9:00 a.m.to 11:30 a.m. each day.

Best wishes to all graduates and their families as they transition to new adventures.

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