"O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder. Consider all the works Thy hand hath made. How great Thou art!" --Carl Gustaf Boberg
Fifteen girls made up the Eads volleyball teams coached by Chelsea Davis and assisted by TyLyn Williams and Jessica Millspaugh last Tuesday when they played Springfield. I was impressed by the peppy cheers of the team and student body. A lady asked me who Ms Millspaugh was, so later I asked the attractive coach. Jessica told me that she is from Wiley and is hired as a paraprofessional at Eads schools. She said she really likes this school, the staff and students. So do we! It was a nice surprise to see the former Mary Lou Church and her mother, formerly of Brandon-Eads. Mary's daughter is a freshman on the Longhorn team.
Some people have asked me, "Who is the man who trims bushes and weeds from a power chair?" He is Mike Gorman who is a brother to Theresa (Dennis) Weber of Sheridan Lake. Mike was a talented artist and Arizona ski guide before he was struck by a stroke that took his speech from him. He is a nice man who is well liked where he lives at Prairie Pines.
Ky Davis, formerly of Eads, has the honor to being named the "RxPlus Pharmacist of the Year," which is Colorado's largest group of independent pharmacies. No doubt he learned much of his graciousness and kindness from his father, our own Pharmacist Tom Davis and his mother, Cathy (Dawson) Davis.
Harvey Shade has spent much of the summer in Alaska helping his son's family, Brandon and Ryann, move from the Washington, D.C., area to Anchorage. Brandon is the Commander of the Intelligence Squadron and is happy to be stationed in such a hunting wonderland. Harvey showed us many photos of lots of wildlife around their home in the woods. Fishing was just amazing to Harvey.
Ice cream socials! The first one was Thursday evening during the school open house where the teacher association members sold dishes of homemade ice cream and cookies to earn money for the Future Teachers' scholarship fund. Many teachers on staff are former EHS graduates who have returned to teach and some to coach. The second ice cream social was Friday evening at Prairie Pines to celebrate and enjoy their lovely memorial garden. Trinity Lutheran Church in Kit Carson had a community "back to school ice cream social" and time to treat the staff on Friday also.
Since the pre-school is back on the school campus, the former resource room is now the teachers' planning room. The resource teachers, (Sue Fox and Linda Offill) feel this will be a better arrangement with fewer distractions since it was just inside the front door. The ladies said the move meant many days of going through files and supplies to move upstairs.
Senior citizens of the county, please note that the deadline for the September 20 "Age Well Eastern Colorado XL11 Conference" in La Junta is this week, September 1. According to Alice Glover and LaVerle Kelley, this is sure to be a fantastic conference. The CEO of the Area Agency on Aging group in La Junta is excited about each 30-minute presentation. These ladies have told us that the evening banquet and Bingo is great. The evening emphasis will be patriotic and a tribute to veterans. They are going to have live music and an impressive array of presenters. Jim, the CEO, said if one has to decide on which day to go, he thought Friday at 8:00 a.m. to the noon lunch will be best. Some local seniors have signed up to travel on the transit vans to La Junta. This is the place to go to see lots of vendors and hear speakers from the Colorado State government level.
Another deadline is September 2 for your exhibit entry forms to be into the extension office so all that re-typing can be done. It is time to get your exhibits ready, save your money for admission fees, vendors, carnival games, and other neat things like food. Remember to come to the 10:00 am. parade Saturday and look at the auto show that A.J. and Ciarra McCracken have lined up afterwards.
Eboni Nash was home in Eads from Chicago for a short time before taking off to her college in Nebraska.
Thanks to organizer and grant writer, Kelly Courkamp, the "old gym" and its restoration to its former design in 1929 is happening. Kelly cares about history and our town. Her great grandmother, Ava Amyx, be proud of her efforts!
We have been blessed with rain showers in Kiowa County this last week, and even some loud lightning strikes. The grass and weeds are growing wonderfully. An example of such abundant rain was that Saturday night, August 18. As Grandfather Pastor L.D. Nelson was beginning the wedding ceremony of his granddaughter, Teri Nelson, to John Ellis, there was a clap of thunder, and pounding rain pelted the metal roof top at the community building. More rain fell before the reception, too.
Kit Carson Day is Saturday, September 1, and the Kiowa County fair begins Wednesday, September 5 and runs through September 9. Let's get the exhibits entered and ready!
"Encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone." I Thessalonians 5:14