"Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam; where the deer and the Antelope play, where seldom is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day..." That melody popped into my head as Lola Igou was driving me to Colorado Springs as we saw more antelopes grazing and running in the blue green pastures.
We saw many herds of cattle grazing on the hillsides. I was reminded of one of my Daddy Virgil's favorite psalms. Psalms 50:10: "For every beast of the forest is Mine and the cattle of a thousand hills." Maxine Mays told us that Psalm one Saturday when we were going to Hugo to the Annual Telephone meeting.
Sunday May 28th was the annual Memorial Ceremony at the Kit Carson Cemetery conducted by the VFW men and women and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The playing of "Taps" on the trumpet is most moving. The pastors of the churches take turns speaking each year. This year Pastor Jason Keas of the Catholic Church spoke.
Pansy Foxworthy enjoyed the ECU Chapel service led by Lane and Debbie Gooden Sunday who represented the Praise Church that day because they had been the guest speakers.
Jerry and Kendra (Weil) Bloder of Pueblo came to Eads during the Memorial week-end. Betty Holthus was so glad they went to visit her. Her son, Barry, was the little ring bearer at their wedding. Betty has been in swing bed care for over 36 days so she has decided to live in the ECU even though she will miss her lovely apartment in the Prairie Pines. She will be able to visit with her sister, Margaret Frazee who lives in Weisbrod also.
Ken and Diana (Pearcey) Flory of Florida have been in Eads at their second home. They went first to the high school graduation of their nephew, Luke Pearcey, and to the wedding of his sister, Whitnee, to Nolan Sconnell at Brookside Gardens near Berthoud on Monday evening. They are the children of Scott and Shelly (Watts) Pearcey of Windsor. They say that their Grandmother, Dora Pearcey, is doing fairly well.
It is good to see the 'Open flag" on Maine outside Charlie's Kitchen on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Mr. Vasquez will offer lunch menus, mostly Mexican fare, at 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. It is neat to see people dining around the silver tables outside.
Emma Briggs celebrated her 89th birthday at Jimmy Bendorf's home in Eads with most of her families and Jimmy's three lovely daughters, one of whom is her daughter-in-law, Trudy, who is married to Scotty. Trudy is the Haswell postmistress.
Last Tuesday afternoon a number of senior citizens went on the county van to the Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Association annual dinner. Many came home even happier with cash or other prizes. Roger Saffer and Virgil Allen Lessenden are our ESL Board Members from Eads and Haswell-Arlington communities.
Congratulations to the outstanding football players of the Eads-Kit Carson Team who were invited to play in the All-State 6-Man Football Game on June 3 in Hugo. Of Eads School they were Fred Turner and Caden Parker. From Kit Carson, they were Jaxon Crawford, Brad Johnson, and Blake Dickey. Jaxon has signed to play football with the Fort Hays State University Team in Hays, Kansas.
The folk who went to Hugo missed the big rain and hail storm and floods in and near Eads. There were many sirens blowing while the Sheriff's Department men patrolled the underpass and town area. The photos of the "raging Kiowa Creek" were absolutely astounding with waters coming down the slopes from the golf course near the McDaniel and Dixon homes. The debris and floating ice were quite a sight to see!
Many bicyclists have been camping in one of the three parks this summer. Eads has been blest with more bikers and tourists because it has been on the Centennial Bicycle Trail since 1976.
The CLCEC--Crow Luther Cultural Events Center, is seeking vendors for the July 29 Maine Street Bash. There will be a "new flavor and venue features" this summer. If you are a potential vendor to sell foods, clothes, games, yard sale items, or something do call a CLCEC member or me at 438-5665.
The Kit Carson Trinity Lutheran Church was filled with many family members and a vast number of friends who went to the services of Glaida Belle (Peterson) Craven last Monday. She was well loved and respected as a Christian, as a Christian teacher, artist, outstanding seamstress and cook. I always regarded her as one of my best friends and confidants. I think others felt as I did to be so blest that we could enjoy such a talented, wise, and patriotic woman. At the service, besides the flower arrangements and some of her oil paintings, what I liked the best were the musical selections by Tim Hogan, Jan (Blekeberg) and Jim Zastrocky, and Joel and Anneta Maxcy. Then young Jared Weeks composed and sang a song dedicated to his encourager, Glaida. Neil Batchelor, a close family friend to the Cravens, travels the world who is also is a trumpeter played "Amazing Grace." Deacon Steve Zandstra officiated the service.
The Kit Carson community had a retirement party for their highly-acknowledged coach, Jim Trahern, last week. Elementary educator, Carmen Kent was honored at another party on her retirement.
Children and youth from around this state are having the opportunities to attend many sports camps, 4-H camps, FFA Conferences 4-H Conferences and besides many are playing in summer baseball and softball leagues. The Eads swimming pool is open and the local library has many interesting opportunities for young people. A little boy from out of state walked by my house Friday and asked one of my visitors, "Where are the kids?" He wanted someone to play with.
Staff at the Prairie Pines hosted an outdoor Barbeque Friday evening for the residents.
Some local friends brought pot luck foods to add to the meal. It was a festive affair with Phillip Pollreis, the Pony Kid playing and singing some western songs.
Bill and Charlotte Woelk and I went to the roadside park in Eads Friday morning to say, "Hello and good bye" to friends who were boarding the big bus for an 11-day trip.