"The Lord is faithful. He will strengthen and protect you, and keep you from evil." 2 Thessalonians 3:3 My, isn't that a comforting scripture? We have so many temptations in our lives and we do need do need the Lord's strength and feeling of protection.
Homecoming week was super at Eads High School according to photos posted by mothers of students on different dress days. One of the neatest times was that there are four girls and four boys in the senior class. They broke a tradition since the sixties but in this case, I think I was a good move. You see, we have always had three senior girls and three senior boys who were candidates for King and Queen. But they didn't want to leave a boy and girl out so all eight were listed on the ballot to the students. Thus, at half-time, Trevor Randel was crowned Homecoming King and Mariah Smith was crowned Homecoming Queen. Mariah is the daughter of Glenn and Tracy Smith and Trevor is the son of David and Janelle Crow. The princesses were: Madison Kelley, Brenna Rouse, and Mindy Uhland. The senior Princes were: Zach Hasse, Damian Hernandez, and Trey McDowell. Junior attendants were Hadlie Rittgers and Blake Stoker, Sophomore attendants were Mollie Kelley and Keaton Coen and Freshmen attendants were Lauren Brown and Joe Hasse. The young crown bearers were Aspen Nelson and Gaige Arnold.
At the beginning of the Thursday pep rally, it was rather startling to hear a police siren and then see flashing blue and red lights pull up to the football field emergency gate. The police vehicle was followed by a long white school bus trimmed in orange and black. Principal Betsy Barnett announced that this was the Lamar softball team who were on their way to Denver to the Colorado State Softball Tournament. Out came the whole team of girls clad in orange tee-shirts and jeans for which the Eads students quickly made an arch with their arms for the team to pass through. They lined up and Mrs. Barnett in her gracious manner introduced each girl and told their position on the team. They were there to pick up two Eads girls who are key members of their team, Kaylee Wilson and Miranda Mitchek. Ms Betsy pointed out a Savage girl who had roots in Eads, Reagan Gibbs, granddaughter of Marlynn Eikenberg of Haswell, and daughter of Haley Reedy of Lamar. After the Eads students huddled with the Lamar Savage team, they departed for the trip to Denver. The rest of the rally was entertaining to watch the skits and cheering by the students. Near the end, the parents were recognized with their son or daughter who gave them a flower. It was heartwarming to see the Ben Splitter and Lydia Splitter who are students from Plainview were also a part of the class groups and greeted with their parents, David and Denill, during the parent recognition ceremony.
One of the remarkable happenings was that on Stone Age Day, all four senior boys wore huge dinosaur costumes with tall necks. One of the boys, Damian Hernandez, was a dinosaur in the senior skit. The children were so spellbound and wanting to touch him that Principal Barnett had to ask them to turn away so the skit could begin. The judges for homecoming were: Alicia James, Kim Richards, and Debbie Gooden. In the end, the Junior Class won the coveted "Class with Class" banner.
The Eads Fire Department was on hand with three fire trucks for the bon fire and lighting of the "Blazing E." Thank you, firemen, for serving for this event.
Alice Glover and LaVerle Kelley from Eads, Wanda Lessenden from Haswell, and Barbara Wilson from Sheridan Lake-Towner drove to Springfield last Tuesday to learn the latest news for senior citizens in their area. We thank and commend these women who travel every month to some town in the six-county district for the sake of senior citizens.
People at the Eads United Methodist Church are happy to have a new minister, the Reverend Spencer Black, who will serve them. He will be at Cheyenne Wells at 9:00 a.m., Eads at 11:00 a.m. and Haswell at 5:00 p.m. What a blessing for these churches.
We had a good senior citizen dinner meeting last Wednesday. It was announced that there are two or three apartments available to rent at the Unity Village in Eads. Cynthia Ramsay said that they have new refrigerators and stoves and will get new windows in November. They are well kept by the groundkeeper and managed by the Town of Eads staff. So, if people are looking for a comfortable attractive place to live near the center of our town, here it is. Get an application at the town office.
Our prayers are with Sharon Frazee who is in the hospital again. Sharon has been suffering from a battle with cancer for over a year.
When I went to see our local chiropractor, Dr. Sean Oquist, I met a lady, whom I have read about in the East End Events column for years, Dorcas Berggren. She showed me some photos of her pretty daughter, Abby, who is a student in Tribune High School and played at the Kansas State tennis tournament.
While I as at Weisbrod I saw Mrs. Charlene Gifford shepherding her joyful third graders as they walked to the extended care unit to do a craft with their "adopted grandparent" and to have refreshments of course.
I am sorry that I didn't list Nathan Weirich as one of Jack Gardener's grandchildren last week. How could I forget such a wonderful young man that I have watched for years? I even remember which class he was with, 1995. The day of Jack's burial, he and his family drove back to Beatrice, Nebraska, for his daughter's parent night at school and then had to drive to Kremmling, Colorado, for his job!
There have been some wonderful photos of harvest time on Facebook. One of the prettiest was by Sheriff Casey Sheridan of a rust red milo field with two heads of deer displaying their big racks of antlers. In the background, there is a farm. Another photo by Dreama Buck shows a wonderful field of maize or milo near the Johnny and Elsie Jacobs homestead. The building reminded me of the good times when we had 4-H meetings at their home when Frank Jacobs was a teenage member. It was also the home of James, Johnny, and Juanita Jacobs.
We had an Alumni Committee meeting last week to evaluate the recent 100-year celebration. The current plan is to close the treasurer's books in three years so we can award scholarships. We will work with the new team for a reunion in three years so that they will occur every five years.
People are invited to attend or participate by bringing your pet dressed in a costume to the Weisbrod Extended Care Unit at 1:30 p.m. October 30. Attendees can wear costumes also.
The Fair Board will be hosting a scary house at the fairgrounds. The night of October 31 is to be an activity-type night for fun.
Remember to take or mail your voting ballot to the court house soon.