Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

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March 29, 2007

The Willow Springs F.C.E. candidate forum was Sunday at the De Soto Senior Center. Candidates for De Soto City Council and the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education participated in the well-attended event. Candidates gave their views, their reasons for running and answered questions.
The event concluded with a fellowship with cookies and drinks available courtesy of the Willow Springs members. All school board candidates attended except at-large incumbent Don Clark, who was stranded at the airport in Chicago, while city council candidate Ron Crow Jr. was unable to attend because of illness.
I did hear debate that will be helpful in making a decision.
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The response to a De Soto United Methodist Church's expansion committee survey indicated the top improvement priority was an elevator followed by a youth center. Other priorities were an adult classroom, daycare/preschool, choir room, storage, and gym and activity center. The committee will meet again with other members of the church to continue the discussion.
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The De Soto United Methodist Church had Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day activities Sunday during services and a reception between services. Those thanked for giving service to the church and the Lord were teachers Dan Tucker, Stephanie Slitor, Lisa Roberts, Kay Speed, Tammy Coder Mikinski, Charles Miller, Nancy McMillen, Rose Inman, Becky Miller, Brenda Crisco, Jim Walker and Brenda Kotschwar.
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The De Soto United Methodist Church white elephant auction will be Friday at the church. Fellowship with food starts at 6 p.m. Those with last names starting with the letter A through M are asked to bring finger foods and those with last names starting with N through Z are asked to bring desserts. The auction will begin at 7 p.m.
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The De Soto United Methodist Church's vacation Bible school will be from July 16 through July 20. This year's theme will be "Avalanche Ranch."
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The De Soto Baptist Church is asking for donations through the next week of plastic eggs filled with candy or prizes for its annual Easter egg hunt. The hunt will be at 10 a.m. April 7 at the church. It is an annual community event.
Youth volunteers are needed at 9 a.m. that day to hide the eggs and later to play games with the younger children.
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Keri Nalley performed a beautiful solo for service Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church. Mary Etta Copeland accompanied her on the piano.
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The De Soto Baptist Church's Pampered Chef luncheon was well attended Sunday. Money raised from the luncheon sponsored by Mary Etta Copeland and Richelle Hodges will be sent to the Murrow Children's Home in Muskogee, Okla.
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The De Soto Baptist Church's adult choir will in the choir loft for Palm Sunday.
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On Tuesday, the A.B.W. Women served lunch to the Luther Rice Association Board, which had its meeting at the De Soto Baptist Church. A.B.W. President Luella Davis was in charge.
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I had quite a surprise here Saturday afternoon when I got a visit from former De Soto and now Bellville, Ill., resident Bernice Thornton, her daughter Pat, and sister Frances Weidlein. They were visiting cemeteries in the area and decided to visit. Frances suffered a second stroke and is still having some problems walking. They wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and said they'd return Memorial Day weekend.
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With spring, I wish someone would take up my offer to use the garden space in my yard. It's going to waste. I also have a pile of wood that needs to be burned if anyone needs wood.
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Birthday celebrations this week include Tillie Testerman, Suzette Clark, Charlie Meade, Brandon Riffel, Zac Miley, Vergil Dean, Austin Thompson, my grandson Brian Nalley of La Cygne, and my daughter-in-law Linda Nalley of Overland Park.
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Those celebrating anniversaries include Ron and Connie Stumpff, and my son and daughter-in-law Michael and Linda Nalley of Oklahoma.
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My son Jerry and his wife, Linda, are going on an ocean cruise with friends to celebrate Linda's birthday. They have tried to talk me into joining them, but I have no desire to do that. I was always scared of drowning, even going across the old Kansas River bridge back when its deck was boards. I took swimming lessons at 52 years of age. LaDonna Schmidt and Paige Motzkus were my beginning teachers. They said if I relaxed and would tread water, I'd do alright. I passed and the next year took advanced beginner's swimming when my daughter Debbie was an instructor. I didn't pass because I couldn't swim across the pool under water. I did dive off the diving board, though, and some others didn't.
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Those on the sick list this week include Richard Epperson, who is a patient at Shawnee Mission Medical Center with a breathing condition; Margaret Wycoff was able to attend church Sunday when her daughter and family brought her from her home -- she was using a walker and everyone was glad to see her; Junior Maness is home after bypass surgery; Geneva Brashears was able to attend services; Larry Hartshorn is in need of prayers as is Richelle Hodges and Rachel Lawhead and her baby son. Ronnie Thompson is home from the hospital. Mike Allen is improved but still at Indian Creek for rehabilitation. John Berry is at Royal Terrace and Randal and Lillian Bassett and Fred Anderson's friend all still need prayers.
Kathy Hayden continues to have severe pain in her shoulders and neck and needs your prayers. She was able to attend church Sunday. Donna Hansen's sister was also able to attend. Billy Boyd is still unable to come to church because of an injured knee.
I would like to thank all for their prayers during my recent bout with the flu. I'm still a little weak.
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My son Michael called Sunday evening and told me his wife Linda had the flu, too, and her father Bob Rose had pneumonia, but is better now.

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