"All of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate, and humble." I Peter 3: 8
Congratulations to Eads senior Mindi Uhland who has been chosen to be the Wendy's High School Heisman winner of Colorado. She was chosen in part for her dedication and her commitment to excellence in her school studies and activities. Mindi is the daughter of Jeff and Gay Uhland.
Congratulations to Josh Crow and Amber Lynch who were married in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, November 4 with many of his Colorado relatives there to wish them well. After Josh graduated from Adams State University in Alamosa, he was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Company. This is where the young couple met. Josh is the son of David and Janelle Crow of Eads and Diane Crow of Lamar.
A very large group of family and friends attended the funeral of Leslie (Les) Rittgers last Sunday at the First Christian Church in Eads. The Kit Carson-Eads VFW had a military ceremony after the service. Tieler Randel a freshman from Kit Carson played "Taps" on the trumpet which made the service more special. Les was a highly regarded husband, father, farmer, and golfer from the Prairie Queen community.
One of the big events last week was the Veteran's Dinner, Saturday, November 11. Officers Danny Richards, Roland Sorensen, and Areta Laird of the American Legion planned this lovely dinner serve by Jennifer Scholfield and her staff.
People are heartily invited to the Weisbrod Hospital Bazaar, hosted by the Hospital-Nursing Home Auxiliary, at the Community Building in Eads. According to Bazaar Director, Linda Trosper, Mary and Charlie Vasquez will serve the lunch and concessions. This is the only fundraiser of the Auxiliary, so we urge people to attend and buy tickets for the drawing for wonderful and valuable gifts. If you cannot come, you are welcome to donate or buy pre-sold tickets for the drawing.
The community extends their sympathy to Diane Crow and her sons, Josh and Bryson, in the loss of her mother and their grandmother. Diane's mother, Janis Jones, has been a resident of Eads for many years. She particularly liked to go to all the sports events of her grandsons. A memorial reception was held at the Cobblestone Inn hospitality room Saturday evening.
Teri Simmons-Castle and her assistant, Tanya Lane, arranged decorations and attractive table settings for the Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner, November 12. This is a time for family to dine with their loved one who is an Weisbrod Extended Care Unit resident. Tanya used her skill as a former high school florist's employee to make lovely corsages and boutonnieres. Ginger (Larrew) McPherson's dietary staff was busy for several days in planning and preparing extra Thanksgiving foods for the big dinner. Phil Pollreis provided his one-man band music for the dinner and Larry D. Gifford offered the invocation prayer.
Dr. Tom Davis, Eads pharmacists, with several other area pharmacists, have built a new business in Lamar, the Willow Creek Pharmacy on south Main Street near the bowling alley across from the Lutheran Church. His wife reports that it is a lovely store, with a young woman pharmacist who formerly lived in the Arkansas Valley.
Janet (Lang) McKnight suffered many months from cancer. She passed last Thursday morning. We extend our sympathy for her children, Mardel (Stacy) McKnight of Arizona, and daughter, Angie. At this time, her services are pending.
Haswell friends raised some money to help maintain water, heating, and electricity for the Community Building. This building is vital to the town because this is where they have senior citizens meetings, a gym for the policemen and others, funerals, bridal and baby showers, weddings and seasonal parties. They had a really good time playing bingo with Darwin Nelson projecting numbers and designs to follow. I heard that they had great prizes. If they do this again or at their next fundraiser please, please support this community's effort.
Billy Graham was 99 years old last week. He one of the most outstanding, worthy men I have ever read about and watched on television. I really like his statement when asked when was "he going to retire," he said to this effect, "I am not going to retire, because as long as I can live and breathe, I want to be telling people about Jesus." I have often said and felt that way too.
It was so good to see Paul Simmons, Jr., of South Dakota who was in Eads with some of his Denver grandchildren for the sale of his mother, Ellen's, house goods. Thanks to Marty Miller's work to make an alphabetized student index for the Alumni Book, I was reminded that this gentle speaking man graduated in 1964.
So many men and some women have been harvesting deer and antelopes lately. Colby gave me a bite of jerky that Blake and Paul made. She thought it was great. I thought it was red pepper-hot!
I have always known, but I have witnessed even more lately, how important it is to have a circle of supportive family around one especially when a couple or single person is raising a child or there is an illness in the family. I urge people to be helpful and sensitive to people who may need an extra helping hand which might only be for a short time or day or two. Let's you and I reach out of our comfort zones.
Middle school basketball players have been playing a number of games in October and November. High school junior varsity basketball begins with Plainview in Eads December 1. December 2 will find our wrestlers traveling to Fowler, and Eads basketball players will travel south to Walsh.