About Town

PROMO 660 x 440 People - Doris Lessenden
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018
by Doris Lessenden

"Let us not become weary of doing good" Galatians 6:9

I am glad that it was brought to my attention that I had typed the wrong sister's name when I wrote that Reverend Don Jones and his wife were in Eads for the county fair from Bloomington, Illinois. His dear and precious wife is the former Darlene (Fox), now Jones. My mistake was that I wrote Madonna's name. She was probably on my mind because her daughter, Vonnie, was one of my student friends. I was told the Madonna died about two years ago. The Joneses, who live in Illinois, told me that every week they look forward to receiving the home town paper from Eads. I especially lovingly remember Don and Darlene when they visited me, as 12-year-old girl, in Pueblo Corwin Hospital where the three Uhland children, Jerry, Shirley Kay, and Judy, and I were hospitalized with polio in the fall of 1949. I really admired them when they graduated in 1948, so it has always been such a happy memory that they came to visit us at our bedsides.

Eads and Haswell senior citizens had their noon and evening meals and business meetings last week. Gail Voss pleased the guests by preparing Swiss steaks that Keith Crow cut for us in Eads while Wanda Lessenden cooked brisket and main dishes. We were glad to have Pam Weirich, Administrator of Prairie Pines, and Mike Lening, President of the Board, speak to us and show a presentation of photos and facts about this assisted living facility. Their mission was to ask people to vote "yes" on the November ballot. This is not a tax increase but a continuation of a current tax. This home for 20 people currently has 16 employees. Prairie Pines is so vital to many people because it is their home, and their many employees and families would be negatively are impacted if the wonderful facility had to close.

Mike Gorman celebrated his 47th birthday September 18 surrounded by people of his home in Prairie Pines. Chef Christina Wolf made and decorated a thick chocolate cake to match the colors of his blue and orange Bronco balloons. Cindy Newman of the PPAL staff asked 10 multiple choice questions about Mike and then read the story of his life that revealed facts about some of his mysterious life to that point. We really did have fun guessing about Mike's life. Cindy is such a creative writer who makes each resident's birthday special by writing their biography.

Dick and Sue Ramsay of Lamar, we wish you happy 50th wedding anniversary. The Ramsays formerly were business people in Eads and active in the First Christian Church.

Our community extends our sympathy to the relatives of Kenny Koch, formerly of Eads, and lately of Greeley. Kenny, who is the brother of Pete and Gene Koch, passed away September 15.

Jerry and Tina Adamson of Eads and their four girls and families were in Woodland Park last weekend for the marriage of their daughter, Kory, to Lutas Owens. Kory works for Memorial Health, and Lutas is a firefighter in Colorado Springs. Relatives and friends joined them at a lovely mountain setting near Woodland Park.

Lola Igou, LaVerle Kelley, Alice Glover, Madonna Pollreis, Joyce Berry, Areta Laird, and Doris Lessenden attended the "Age Well Eastern Colorado XLII Conference" in La Junta September 20. Wanda Lessenden attended Friday. The ladies heard many new facts from the employees from the Colorado State Departments of Demography, DORA, and about frauds, scams, and such threats to senior citizens. Changes in Medicare options are very important for families to research. A number of vendors offered leaflets and information on such services as Life Alert pendants, hearing loss, macular degeneration and various machines to magnify reading materials. Wanda heard about what we could do in our communities to inform people about dementia and heard a legislative forum.

Jimmy and Amanda Brown are bringing their friends, the "Down East Boys," back for a concert October 7 at 6:00 p.m. The concert will be in the Praise Community Church. This quartet from North Carolina is outstanding, and travel most of the year around the USA to perform concerts.

Carol Warnick is a new resident in Eads. She was a new guest at the Eads senior citizens dinner. Carol is the mother of Ellen Lane, the Director of Nursing at Weisbrod Hospital. Ellen's original home is Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She has been a helping caretaker for several years for her four grandsons, two of whom are students at Eads High and Eads Middle School.

Joetta (Japhet) Wilson, was honored with a memorial service September 23 in the Rock School in Wiley. She is the mother of Barbara Wilson Scranton of Eads, to whom our community extends our sympathy.

The Eads Riding Club is doing at least one event a month out at the fairgrounds. Recently, they held a roping clinic. The clinician was Trice Watts who is an accountant for Prowers Medical Center in Lamar. He is a former Eads grad and graduate of Colorado State University - Pueblo, as well as an expert horseman.

A number of people in Eads are moving to different homes and others are relocating to

live in Eads. Suddenly two weeks ago, I had three new neighbors move into homes on three sides of me. Welcome to our two blocks.

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