About Town – May 6, 2019

PROMO 660 x 440 People - Doris Lessenden
Published Sunday, May 5, 2019

"Honor one another above yourselves" Romans 12:10

The scripture above reminds me of a survey study I heard about last week which found that people who volunteer are happier, healthier people. Living for the welfare of others is a good thing. 

The highlight of last week to family and friends of students in Eads Elementary School was the spectacular Elementary School Spring Concert that was taught and directed by Mrs. Monica Uhland. The pre-concert was performed by 34 pre-school students who were taught and directed by Mrs. Kayla McCloud and Mrs. Tina Kraft. Elementary educators, Gaye Uhland, Polly Gyurman, Janell Crow, Charlene Gifford, Alisha Morlan, and Sharon Wilson assisted with their classes from kindergarten through fifth grade. Superintendent Glenn Smith greeted the large audience who were delighted by the songs and solos that featured songs from the classic movie "Grease." The girls and boys were dressed in fashions of that era in poodle skirts, ponytails, rolled up sleeve tee-shirts and jeans as they sang the hit tunes "Be True to you School," "Surfin Safari," " Fun Fun Fun," "Leader of the Pack," "Summer Time Blues," "Twist Again," and "Goodnight Sweetheart." It was great to see how groups of soloists in all these songs stepped forward to sing and the whole other elementary school sang loudly with them, and with such gusto! We loved it!

The Eads Chamber of Commerce met last week. We missed the cheerfulness of John and Debby Courkamp, who were on a road trip to the west coast and through the canyon lands, and Jan Richards, who was returning from a hospital, but they kept in contact by cell phone. The next big event is "Kid's Fishing Day" beginning at noon May 19. President Dennis Pearson gave some updates on the new building for the mental health and hospice offices. Mr. Pearson is also accepting nominations for "Citizen of the Year" and "Volunteer of the Year."

Congratulations to Hadlie Rittgers of Eads, who has received the Daniels Scholarship, and to Haley Johnson of Kit Carson, who has received the Boettchher Scholarship. These are both very prestigious scholarships in our state. Both girls participate in track at their own schools and are on the Cheyenne Wells golf team.

Bill and Charlotte Woelk attended the monthly meeting of the Southeastern Colorado School and Public Employees last week in Lamar. The PERA group gets updates on legislation, insurance plans, ballot issues and other issues. They brought back an 11-page packet of facts that the people (teachers, CDOT, and State Patrol) in this group needs to be more informed about.

Gloria Trosper and Krissy Ray always make National Lab Week at Weisbrod Hospital more interesting and educational for the public. Last month, every day, they had a different theme and a different food treat. The day I saw it, they had made yummy cookies that looked like a bandage.

Eads senior citizens had a brunch last Thursday. Gail Voss prepared such good breakfast foods that were served with other tasty entrees that ladies brought. The Eads monthly noon lunch and business meeting will be Wednesday, May 15. 

Members of the Eads Future Farmers of America chapter met in Fort Collins for the State CDE's competition, with chapters from all over the state from Sunday through Tuesday. This year there will be a new type of banquet. The Future Business Leaders of America and the FFA will be having their awards banquet together Thursday, May 9. This is a time saver for families and students, since many students now belong to both organizations.

For your cultural enrichment, one can attend the free Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site presentation Friday, May 10, at 6:00 pm at the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center in Eads.

The last day for the Eads Seniors is Wednesday, May 8. Besides all their practices, check out process, and photo taking, one of the best things they do is to parade in their graduation gowns and mortar boards in the elementary school halls amid lots of cheers and admiration of the younger students. Don't you think this could give them hope? Their Baccalaureate is Sunday, May 19,at 6:30 p.m. and graduation May 25 at 2:00 p.m.

National Hospital Week is May 13-18, with the community barbeque May 17.

Besides different grades having field trips, the children will get to see the movie, "Dumbo" at the Plains Theatre. "Dumbo" features a real elephant.

Many of the Eads track team members are still competing but have already earned enough points to compete in the Colorado State Track and Field events next week.

It is good to see electric lights upstairs in the future National Parks building. Commissioner Donald Oswald told me that they are progressing. We senior citizens are eager for that to happen so that some day work can begin in our two buildings.

I had such a delightful birthday this year that started off by Dr. Tom Davis and his HealthMart staff singing "Happy Birthday" on a phone message. My sister, Virgyln, called and she is coming to Colorado this week - YAY! A friend took me out to lunch, I went to the movie, "Unplanned," (which ought to be required viewing in my estimation), and enjoyed cards and messages. I never expected to live so long, but I have such a good, healthy, life full of abundant blessings that I am enjoying living it to the fullest I can until I go to Heaven. Shalom.