Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Neighbors

February 22, 2007

The ladies of the De Soto VFW 6654 auxiliary went to Wadsworth to visit the veterans Feb. 5. They took Valentines for each one and served cherry dessert and pumpkin pies. I got to eat some of the cherry dessert because Sue Allen brought some leftovers to the Wednesday Bible study group. I would like the recipe.
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The program for the Merry Makers Club's monthly meeting at the De Soto Pizza Hut was the annual silent auction.
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The Willow Springs FCE will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday at De Soto Baptist Church for a covered dish dinner. Georgeanna Taylor will be the hostess. Beverly Cunningham of the Johnson County Extension Office will give the lesson. .
The public is invited to attend the meeting. If you can't make the luncheon, the program will begin at about 1 p.m.
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The youth at the De Soto Baptist Church will fill the choir loft Sunday.
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The Pleasant Hour Club met Feb. 15 in the fellowship hall at De Soto United Methodist Church. Hostesses were Mary Jo Palmer, Brenda West and Maxine Coker. The hall was decorated in red, white and blue for President's Day.
The program, given by Brenda West and Gerry Brown, was on the U.S. Presidents' wives. They also had pictures on display.
Only five members were unable to attend because of health issues or the weather.
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De Soto Relay For Life is having a Wild, Wild West Casino Night fund-raiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at the De Soto VFW hall. They will have a chili dinner and three hours of gaming. Prizes will also be given away. Ticket donation price is $25 if purchased before Saturday. Tickets are available at FCB Bank, the De Soto Chamber of Commerce office or Cedar Creek Pharmacy.
The local Relay's goal is $40,000 this year. The event is June 1 at the track by Lexington Trails Middle School.
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Sympathy goes to the family of Warren Mann. His services were Monday. Warren served as postmaster in De Soto for many years. He was also a mason for 30 years. Masonic services took place at his visitation. We all will miss seeing Warren ride his scooter to the cemetery as well as the coffee shops.
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Rick McAninch thanked the De Soto Baptist Church congregation Sunday morning for the visits and cards to his dad, Dick McAninch, during his illness and funeral services. He also thanked the church for providing a dinner for the family.
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At the altar invitation Sunday, Rick Cole went forward for membership. He had been attending worship and Sunday school for a while.
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The Junior Joy singers were in the choir loft Sunday. Tami Reeves directed them. They led us in several songs as well as a specialty song "In the Spirit of Love."
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I received a letter from former De Soto resident Elaine Harden Boyd who now lives in Kilgore, Texas. She said she had been in the hospital for four days with bronchitis but had recently returned home. She said hello to everyone.
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I also received a telephone call from Luther's sister in Palos Verdes, Calif. She was inquiring about my health. I thought hers was worse than mine when she said she had to use a magnifying glass to see the television and can't read her newspaper anymore.
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My son Carlin in Illinois called. He said he took one of his granddaughters to a preschool Valentine party in the snow Tuesday. He babysits her every Tuesday because her mother works as a dental technician on Tuesdays and her dad is a high school teacher and coach. They said they had six inches of snow on the ground.
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My son Michael called me Sunday evening to check on me. I told him I canceled my doctor appointment because of the weather on Tuesday and rescheduled it for two more weeks. I hope the weather keeps warming up.
Michael told me his grandson Matthew had been in Colorado Springs at a hockey tournament since Thursday. They had won all the games over the weekend and played in the championship game Monday against a Canadian team and were defeated in the national competition. Matthew plays in the U.S. Junior Hockey League.
Michael also asked for prayers for his daughter, who had a doctor appointment this week.
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My son Edwin and his wife called me Sunday evening and told me their granddaughter Lisa is still making progress with her legs after surgery.
He said their church had a pancake and sausage breakfast and called it "Fat Sunday" instead of "Fat Tuesday." He said they did not have flipping of pancakes or a pancake race.
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The De Soto Baptist Church Bible study group will meet at its usual time this week. They canceled last week because of the weather.
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The Rev. Jerry Vaughn and his wife, Jan, returned to De Soto United Methodist Church from their vacation. The church celebrated United Methodist Women Sunday with different people sharing the many services they do locally as well as their missions obligations. Jodi Hitchcock was the speaker. She is the community food pantry coordinator and receives many products from the UMW and the congregation.
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There were six adults and six youth that went to the Grand Avenue Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo. They took food to feed the homeless and attended services at the church before serving the dinner.
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Those celebrating birthdays this week include John McCaslin, Mary Bichelmeyer Jr., Norma Longhoffer, Tabitha Plummer, Kyle Ann Payne, Lydia Shutte, Ali Wilcox, Carey Bowers, John Adams, Cody Towner, Junior Maness, Lindsay Thompson, Pat McAninch, Dana Blubaugh, the Rev. Richard Copeland, my grandson Ralph Frohling in Oklahoma, and my great-grandson Kevin Modelski in Illinois.
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Those celebrating anniversaries this week include Jim and Marilyn Etherton, Gene and Phyllis Dettmer and Ross and Gayle Moriarity.
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Needed items at the De Soto Community Center food pantry are canned soups. Next week the need is macaroni and cheese. There is always a need for paper goods like toilet tissue and paper towels. Baby items are also needed.
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Sally Allen saw the doctor Friday afternoon with her ongoing health problems. Mike Allen has improved with his rehabilitation. Pat Weese was able to attend church services Sunday. Lorene Hayden is still in the Good Samaritan Home in Olathe. Harry Shultz was able to attend church services Sunday and brought Omer Lafferty from Hillside Village with him.
Ruth Zimmerman still needs our prayers as well as Juanita Martinez, also with Margaret Wycoff's daughter caring for her. Libby Stone is still looking forward to a liver transplant.
My daughter Debbie spent several days this week in bed with the flu. She was unable to go to work all week. Shawn Allen went to the emergency room with some heart problems.
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The memorial services for Dick McAninch at De Soto Baptist Church were well attended. The solo by Lucas Walker and quartet numbers by his family were beautiful.

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