By Doris Lessenden
"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar." Psalm 139: 1, 2
This is the week, Saturday is the day, the Day of the MAINE STREET BASH, that many of us have been working toward. This is their only fundraiser for CLCEC, (Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center). People are looking forward to 5:00 p.m. when local farmer-song writer-singer, Jamie Crockett, will sing and also to hear Eads High Senior, Rhett Uhland sing from the outdoor stage on Maine between 13th and 14th Street. They will be followed by two hours of music by Kit Carson's Rodeo Road Apples who are a real favorite of many people. From about 8:10 to 11:30 one can listen to the Denver band, "DANCE ON FIRE". Some people can dance in the street, while others sit or walk around to visit and see friends or the vendors. Charlie and Mary Vasquez will be serving Mexican foods, turkey legs, and ice cream out of the Maine Scoop Ice Cream store. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. Young ones under four years are FREE. The KidsZone will offer fun activities for the younger set and parents with games, crafts, and Fred and Debi Derby's miniature golf. The Sheriff's Deputies will bring the popular Rock Climbing Wall and Radar Throw and maybe a Dunk Tank. Darwin Nelson will have his popular KARAOKE SINGING on stage in the lovely cool Theatre starting at 5:30 p.m. People can just come and go in to listen or participate. Marnie Adamson and Kelli Jensen plan to have a day to night Yard Sale in Marnie's yard next to the Museum. The Museum will be open also. Leaders connected with the Deep Space Group will be here from the Haswell Tower in the Theatre at 5:00 p.m. and they will have a display on Maine Street also. We hope you will come to support our fundraiser and to have a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship on Maine.
June Blooding was so happy to have her California daughters, Micki Faulkin and Shaleta Voss, here last week. They accompanied her to the Senior Citizen Dinner and other places.
We have had more lightening strikes than usual around here that have started prairie fires. The fires near Chivington were so large that a number of people had to leave their homes. My classmate, Gilbert Brown, was very thankful to the fire fighters when he said, he has "no doubt that the firefighters saved my home and property." Sheriff Sheridan said their department and the county are grateful to the departments who came to help fight the wind fire spread by the wind. Departments came from Kit Carson, Cheyenne Wells, Wiley, Hasty-McClave, and Prowers County. Most of these departments are volunteer men and women. Thank you, Volunteers!
Vi Koch was happy to host several of the Aldrich family nieces for lunch at the Prairie Pines Friday. The six sisters flew or traveled to Colorado to celebrate the 80th birthday with their sister, Donna Friedman. The ladies and some of their family members celebrated and toured places in Fort Collins and Denver with their brother, Donnie. I remember in 1949 or 50, their father, Don, was so happy after six girls, that he and Barbara gave birth to have a son that they had the siren rung in Eads.
Another 80th birthday that is being celebrated near Eads, is that of Floyd Griswould.
They will have family-friend reunion gatherings Friday night and Saturday out at the home of Brad and Dreama Buck.
Rod Johnson would be so pleased to know how much the residents from the Weisbrod ECU have enjoyed that wonderful deck to sit on in wheelchairs to fish in Jackson's Pond.
Teri Castle and Jose Hernandez were among the staff who helped them bait their hooks last week during their outing.
Artie Lane took an amazing photo of a good sized bear loping through a wheat stubble field four miles west of Eads. What a sight!
When my house guest, Noah Saedeh, and I came out of the Cobblestone from having dinner Sunday evening, we saw an astounding wide highly arched wide rainbow. I said that was great and just the right time for this 17 year old girl, Noah, to see such a rainbow that assured Noah, in the Old Testament of the Bible the promise that He, God, would not destroy the earth again by rain. Noah is riding her bicycle from coast to coast. She mailed her bike to Eureka, Oregon, from her home in New Hampshire. She will be a high school senior this year. Priscilla Waggoner who brought her to my home from Crowley County calls her an "Adventurer."
Cardon and Joyce Berry and Rick and Bonnie Morgan, both couples from Eads, have been going to several car shows this summer. The Morgan's won a big trophy for their red Chevy truck that we see him drive about town on errands often.
Alice Glover has had so many set backs in her cancer treatments, but she was able to drive herself to and from Colorado Springs last week for radiation treatments. We were so glad to see that she is feeling better and is stronger. Alice's current concern is for her son, Rick, who had an accident with his three or four wheel tractor that he was going to sell.
We have been hearing more helicopters than usual that come to the helipad by the Prairie Pines. We saw a blue-green copter light on Monday morning. Again, we want to say thank the Ambulance Crew and the Sheriff's deputies who help with those situations. Robert Woods was on duty there Monday because he gets frequent calls to drive the Ambulance. He and Renee were happy that so many of their children and grandchildren came to Eads last week-end to tear out and make a workable shower and bathroom fixtures for Renee so she can come home after all these weeks in the hospital.
Shawn Gillette was the Sand Creek Massacre National Park Officer who greeted folk who attended the presentation by Celeste Dixon on Saturday at the Plains Theatre. She gave an informative narrative and slide show about Fort Larned in Kansas, the Plains Indians, and the Santa Fe Trail through Kansas and Colorado. Officer Marcia Will-Clifton also was there to introduce Celeste Dixon and Pat Palmer of Lamar to attendees.
When Noah and I went for breakfast at Charlie's Kitchen, we learned that they now serve milk shakes and root beer floats during their Ice Cream hours on Thursday to Sunday at 2:00 to about 9:00 p.m.
It is just so wonderful and attractive how Jeannie Dawson Whitmire and her son, are remodeling and changing the appearance of the former Hockett house on Hickman and the Durrett house on Kerr. Every time I go by the former Durrett dwelling I think, "Oh, those Durrett sisters will be surprised when they come for the County Fair." (smiling)
I went to an educational class in Lamar last Thursday to learn about dealing with Alzheimer's disease that some of my friends have. The three teachers especially stressed the need to complete at least five documents in case of death or incapacity, but two of them are more important, they are The General Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney and the Living Will (End of Life Declaration.) I can copy forms and share with people if they want.