By Doris Lessenden
"God makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous." Matthew 5:45
State Basketball was on the minds of many folk last week-end. Our Lady Eagles played three days in the State meet. Our neighbors, the Kit Carson Girls are the State Champions as well as the Holly boys are the Champions. The Kit Carson Boys team won over Fleming Saturday for third place.
The Lamar girls are also State Champions. They are coached by Erik Melgosa an Eads graduate.
It finally happened!! The front windows have been installed in the two empty brick buildings that are managed by the CLCEC (Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center) on Eads Maine Street. At first it looks as if it is total glass and the reflections are just so extraordinary! More recently these buildings have been known as the Pool Hall and Bentley Jewelry Store. Some of us thought we were working for money to buy three small front windows but these are huge! Grant Writer Cindy McLoud has worked tirelessly to get funding for these beautiful storefront windows. Huge "Thanks" goes to local contractor, Milt Watts, for his years of work and designing. Currently the roof is on and Mrs. McLoud says windows will be installed in the back of the building and the wood work will have a finish applied to it. The grants have paid for repointing of the bricks that needed to be replaced also. Ms Cindy reminded me that this dream started with the Eads High School classes in 2006. A core of volunteers and the CLCEC Board, have worked for ten years to bring this last stage to fruition. We volunteers do thank Cindy McLoud who volunteers her time and talent to oversee the progress as the President Betsy Barnett of CLCEC guides the vision and strategies.
From the photos on Facebook the elementary and the high school students made tremendous signs and showed lots of supportive spirit Wednesday and Thursday as the Eads Lady Eagles left for the Colorado State Basketball Tournament in Greely for three days. We thank the local sponsors who paid ads to KLMR and KVAY radio so we at home could hear the games.
A second neat happening in Eads last week was the Chamber of Commerce "Meet and Greet" for the new Weisbrod Provider (current term for a doctor or nurse practitioner, Mrs. Stephanie Green who is a Nurse Practitioner. She introduced her husband, Mark, and told about their young adult son and daughter, and grandchildren as well as her education and background/ She said they loved traveling in Colorado and decided to move here from Mississippi where they had always lived. Pearson asked CEO Tristen Sheridan to tell about the progress of the new building north of the hospital.
She related that grant requests were submitted in 2014, and then in 2015 they received sizable checks from DOLA, EL Pomar and Caring for Colorado Foundation for building the KCHD Imaging Center Project for which $294,709.36 has been paid to the Kiowa County Hospital District. The good news is that now we won't have to go to other towns or the city to get a MRI or C-Scan, or ultrasound! The large gathering was delighted with an impressive array of delicious finger foods made by the Prairie pines staff and Christina Wolf.
Sunday, I visited the First Christian Church in Eads when at 10:30 a.m. we went outside to wave and cheer as the white van of Knowledge Bowl students left for Greeley to the State Knowledge Bowl Tournament. Many people from the Baptist Church went out to the street to greet them also. The Eads Team is made of Madison Kelley, Cameron Crow, Trey McDowell, Frederick Turner, and Zach Haase accompanied by sponsors, Mrs. Sue Fox and Mrs. Dawn James.
Emily Guyrman, Brooklyn Jones, Miranda Mitchek, and Lauren Spady were initiated into the Eads High National Honor Society. The other outstanding members are: Rhett Uhland, Miriah Smith, Cameron Crow, Caden Parker, Zack Haase, Madison Kelley, Mindy Uhland, and Brenna Rouse. According to NHS sponsor, Mrs. Kelly Courkamp, Mrs. Loraine Saffer, Director of the area BOCES was the speaker who gave and inspiring speech.
The NAPA and Hardware Store staff hosted a really nice free lunch last Friday on Farm and Customer appreciation day. Preston and Kelly Courkamp's daughters, Samantha and Addison, are old enough to help now.
They with their grandmother, Deby, brought out great foods to my van.
A very large funeral was held Saturday in the Praise Church of mostly out-of-town people who came to the funeral of their relatives and friends of Bertha Jean ('Bert' King) Bouldin. There were so many people that the lunch was held at the Community Building. Bert's living siblings are Becky Morgan, Elmer (Red) King and Jim King.
Congratulations to Science Fair Students, Maggie Haase, Samantha Courkamp, Joe Haase, and Benden Reirfschneinder who received medals at the Regional Science Fair. Their science teacher is Justin McLoud.
Dr. Lenderts, our Weisbrod provider, is a strong proponent of renewable energy. He will make a
presentation and illustrated talk on the use of wind power for electricity at Chamber After Hours on Monday, March 20th at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Prairie Pines.
Mary Ann Ure celebrated her birthday with good friends and foods at the Pines. June Weeks bravely walked into the Prairie Pines last Tuesday morning accompanied by Physical Therapist, Dr. Tim Richardt, about six caretakers, and Social Worker, Brandy Turrcotte after being confined to the hospital after a fall and broken bone.
At the Weisbrod coffee house, a lady handed me $10.00 for the Weisbrod Auxiliary to be an "Inactive Member." This type of dues is great to help with the work or the auxiliary by men and women who can't come to the meetings but want to help for the benefit of the Auxiliary's work.