Shelly and Brian McCollum, Shawnee, are the parents of triplets that were born Tuesday, June 27, at St. Luke's Hospital. They had two boys, Cameron and Carson, and a girl, Casey.
The grandparents are Ron and Joy Mann, Lenexa, and Ted and Betty McCollum, Brookfield, Mo. Great-grandparents are Warren and Wilma Mann and Wayne and Sannie Dibble.
Congratulations to the families.
I get requests every day in my mail for donations to different causes -- all the way from Washington, D.C., to California. Some of the requests are from hospitals, churches, veterans, politicians and environmentalists. Others ask me to volunteer and attend workshops.
I need a volunteer here at my place. I'm even willing to pay them, but I get no takers. They never have time or are too busy.
The De Soto Mudcats won their first game Friday at the Mid-America Sports complex.
Chad England, son of George England, hit an inside-the-park grand slam. Jared Ireland hit two triples and also had an intentional walk. Hayden Chandler made two points for the team.
The team lost to the Topeka Falcons on Saturday and beat the Topeka Knights, 6-5, but were knocked out of the tournament because they didn't win all three games.
The workers and helpers at the De Soto Baptist Church Vacation Bible School donated more than 400 hours in service during that week.
Tom and Carolyn Irish are leading the group who helped build trusses for the homes in the Katrina disaster area. The 10 homes they worked on will be in New Orleans in the early part of July.
The Rev. Richard Copeland and his wife, Mary Etta, went on a cruise to Alaska and were scheduled to be back home Monday. Clausie Smith from Bonner Springs filled the pulpit in the Rev. Copeland's absence.
The De Soto Baptist Church AB Girls summer camp will be July 31 and Aug. 1 at Dean and Karen Wall's "campground."
This year's theme is "Weaving Our Gifts Together With Love."
For more information, call Mary Jo McDaniel at 583-1088.
Needed items at the De Soto Multi-Service Center for July are paper towels and bathroom tissue, week of July 2; ravioli, week of July 9; white rice, week of July 16; jelly and peanut butter, week of July 23; and Spaghetti O's, week of July 30.
Through the summer months, items like canned fruit or fruit snacks, cereal, and spaghetti and spaghetti sauce are also needed.
The De Soto Baptist Church ABW group will not meet until September.
The De Soto United Methodist Church will have its Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. July 24 to 28 for ages 4 through 12. The theme is "Fiesta."
For more information, call director Becky Miller at 585-1411 or the church office at 583-1359.
The summer Sunday school classes at De Soto United Methodist Church are in need of volunteers to help with summer classes. Two teachers are needed for the younger children and one teacher for the older children each Sunday.
A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board at the church if anyone is interested in helping.
The United Methodist Women are selling De Soto United Methodist Church T-shirts. The cost is $10 each. Double and triple XL sizes are $1 more.
Those interested in ordering are asked to give name, sizes and a check, payable to the UMW, to Rita Jones.
Those celebrating birthdays this week include Haley Mills, Shelley Barenklau, Diane Ellenberger, Rick Walker, Larry Towner, Rebekah Gulley, Alex Prosser, Gabby Mullins, Fred Jones, Nancy Lafferty, Jodi Hitchcock and Patty Neeland.
Those celebrating anniversaries include Brian and Patty McAvoy, William and Charlotte Grimshaw, Bryan and Anne Cahoone, Alex and Tari Thompson and my son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Linda Nalley.
The De Soto United Methodist Church youth group and sponsors will leave on its mission trip Friday and return July 16.
They have had several moneymaking projects to help finance the trip. Donations can still be made. For more information, call Larry Cox.
Johnson County health nurse Patti Rule came by to see me Monday before she went to the De Soto Senior Center to do blood pressure checks for community members.
We talked quite awhile and she asked me about my health problems. I forgot to show her the booklet I keep on my blood pressure and glucose.
Louella Tillery called me from Cowgill, Mo., to ask for the no-bake cookie recipe I make with graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter. She always wants recipe books. I have a lot of them, but hardly use them.
I wonder if the airplane that buzzed De Soto June 28 was flying so low because it was hunting someone or mapping the town.
Shawn Allen took me to the hearing aid doctor again Monday. I had several questions answered.
While in Olathe, we tried to find the Christ's Family Church on Chestnut St., to no avail.
The minister is the Rev. Tim Bonebrake, a former De Soto resident. The church had its dedication June 11.
Lydia McGrew, Eudora, came by Thursday and volunteered to run errands for me again. She generally has to go to the store for me, make deliveries and go to the post office. I miss her being in De Soto. She still works at the Lone Elm Camp across the Kansas River.
My son Jerry in Overland Park said he and his friends didn't have as good of luck as usual on their recent fishing trip to Canada.
Jerry said this week they took three grandchildren -- two from Manhattan and one from Salem, Mo., to the lake here and fished and played in the water with inner tubes. He said he and Linda were worn out.
Bobbie Robinson is back at Hillside Village after spending five days in the hospital.
Her sister-in-law Leona Robinson had been making daily trips to the hospital to see her.
The Sportsman Club went to Jerry and Linda Nalley's home in Overland Park Saturday for a fish fry. I was invited, but didn't go. I'm not a fish eater. They said they had a great time.
The annual Robinson family reunion and covered dish dinner took place June 24 at a park in Galena. More than 65 signed the guest book.
Calvin and Leona Robinson attended. Their daughter Carla and her granddaughter Crystal and great-grandchildren also attended from Mountain Grove, Mo.
Phillip and Dixie Robinson, who live near Olathe, attended as well as a nephew and his 12-year-old son who they had not seen for about 25 years. He is the son of the late Charles and Kathryn Robinson.
He let them guess who he was after that many years. He had lost more than 30 pounds and had a crew cut. Leona said he lives in Eastern Missouri.
A group from this area went to the Ozarks for a float trip. They chose Elk River. It goes through Noel, Mo. My sister lived near Elk River, west of Anderson and Southwest City. Noel was near Shadow Lake where people used to dance out over the river -- a great place to go back in the early 1930s. Luther and I went often as we could afford the $1 charge then.
I heard that Kim and Doug Bedford were two of the attendees of the float group.
Carol Sue West Neuman and her husband, Bill, Vancouver, Wash., stayed the past week with her brother Larry West. She was able to visit her aunt Lula James and Merle Bradley at their Olathe nursing homes.
She spent time with her sister, Deborah West Meek and her nephew Christopher West in Lawrence.
They also attended the wedding of her mother's nephew's son, Robert Lawler, in Gladstone.
Larry and Brenda West had an open house for her June 25 at their home. Six of her classmates from the De Soto High School class of 1956 attended as well as friends and family.
Their last day was spent visiting old friends and a personal tour of the De Soto Museum by Dott Stephens.
The De Soto United Methodist Church had an announcement in its newsletter of the recent birth of Cole Adams, son of Stuart and Suzanne Adams. He was born May 5, 2006, and weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces. He has an older brother, Evan.