"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them." Mark 10:14 Sometimes people ask me "What is the cause of so much unhappiness and crime in our world?" I think it is simple. The Lord spoke those words in Mark 10 and it is evident that many parents have not taken responsibility to insure that their precious children have spiritual education. It begins in the family.
Ken and Dianna Flory were so kind to bring me my mail since I couldn't let myself go outside. They were on their way to work in the concession stand at the Plains Theatre for the "Connect" documentary. That day Ken had accompanied Lola Igou in the transit van to Denver. He and Dianna are so kind to help people in need, like scooping snow for neighbors, volunteering, attending local ball games, senior citizens gatherings, church involvement, and such. We are surely glad they chose to move from Florida to Eads.
Karen Jones, CSU Extension Office Administrative Assistant chaired a meeting of the volunteer county fair superintendents and clerks last week. They reviewed a list of the comments made by onlookers during the fair. This gave an opening to consider several possible changes or additions of displaying exhibits and making the fair even more enjoyable.
I want to correct the spelling of Karen Ebright's name. It is Bryant, not Brandt. I know better. Her wedding to Mike Bryant was one of the most memorable of the many I have attended. They are a wonderful couple who have two adult sons now.
Dawnette Lessenden, Bonnie's daughter-in-law, wrote that Bonnie is eager to move from the Lovelandnhospital to the Suites in Fort Collins, which is a special re-habilitation place for therapy that will specialize to help her as the result of strokes and paralysis.
Last week there were more citizens from the community who attended the Prairie Pines Assisted Living Center coffee hour. More new residents have moved in, so it is nice to get acquainted. The time of 2:00 p.m. is looked forward to many of us every Friday afternoon. Joyce Berry or Cindy McLoud frequently join the group after they have watered Cindy's pots of flowers in the swimming pool room. These are the plants she sets around business places in town.
At the last home basketball game, it was great to see Marcus Gilmore's three brothers, Keyvis, Steven, and Demetrius walk in. They had come to support and see their brother, who is the Eads boys' basketball coach. Their mother, Shoni McKnight, had an even brighter smile that night. This is a listing of the Boys Eads Eagle team, coached by Marcus Gilmore and Weston Meardon: Zach Hasse, Brigden Parker, Dillon Hernandez, Damian Hernandez, Brandon Lening, Trey McDowell, Jonah Schofield, Blake Stoker, Joe Hasse, and Hatch Nelson. Their managers were Brentley Lening, Bo Arnold, and Cade McDowell, who always wore shirts and ties. They looked "sharp" and professional.
I have heard and seen photos of some of the ducks and geese our young guys have shot near the lakes or in fields. It is so awesome to see such wide expanses of water that have filled up the lakes. It reminds me of our childhood when our parents and friends used to picnic and fish at the lakes. What a wonderland we have in Kiowa County!
The people who attended the monthly brunch at the Eads Senior Center were really pleased with the potato-egg-sausage burritos that Gail Voss made. Areta Laird brought me a plate with a burrito and an egg casserole, delicious cinnamon roll and coffee cake plus fruits and fluffy salad. Her kindness really brightened my self-imposed five-day stay in house because of a cold.
The Eads and Kit Carson girls' basketball teams were in La Junta last week playing in the regional tournament. Although Eads lost to Sangre de Christo, Eads senior, Mariah Smith, was named "Outstanding Player of the Game." The Kit Carson boys won Thursday by one point. Braydon Bogenhagen was named "Outstanding Player of the Game." His three or more 3-point shots were spectacular. When this column went to press, I am assuming Sara and Mike Crawford's Kit Carson girls team will be playing at State in Greeley and Loveland next weekend.
Some students are already training for spring sports - baseball and track and field.
Spring break run March 12 to 15, with a track meet in Lamar March 24. Our Knowledge Bowl team will be at the state competitions in Fort Collins at CSU March 12-13.
Members of the Weisbrod Hospital Auxiliary have changed their monthly meeting dates to the second Wednesday of the month and the time to 12:00 noon. So, anyone who has a "heart" for the residents and cares about our hospital and long-term care facility, we do invite you to attend. We pay for our own lunch at JJ's Ranch House, and dues are $5.00 for a member or $10.00 for an inactive member. The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 14 at noon.
There were several showings of "Connect," a Kirk Cameron production, last week at the Plains Theatre. This documentary was to inform and alert and hopefully alarm people to the real dangers of social media. The concern is especially because of the use of cell phones, like smart phones. Some of the concerns are with the "addiction" to using phones and gaming as well as social and physical and mental health issues connected to social media should be of real concern to people.