Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Neighbors

May 31, 2007

The De Soto United Methodist Church will have a Koinonia group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to make crafts for the fall bazaar.


  • The annual conference for the De Soto United Methodist Church congregation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The education council at the church will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Because of vacations, ballgames, camps and families activities, the De Soto United Methodist Church youth will take a summer break from "Parents' Night Out."

  • Congratulations to Bret Caldwell and Sam Wilcox for being awarded $300 youth group scholarships for their work with the youth group, community service and leadership.

  • Calvin and Leona Robinson went to Galena Sunday to decorate the graves of their families. They also took Bobbie Robinson of Hillside Village to visit the De Soto Cemetery.
  • I received a postcard from my grandson Brian and his wife, Joan. They live in La Cygne, but are enjoying a vacation in Hawaii.


  • Worship services at De Soto Baptist Church on Sunday were patriotic. Holly Balch led the scriptures and many songs. The needs of our troops and their families and for the nation were emphasized. Those who had served in the military stood and were recognized.

  • We appreciate the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6654 members who decorated the veterans' graves at the De Soto Cemetery. In addition, the VFW members and the Boy Scouts placed flags on Memorial Day along 83rd Street, Penner Avenue and 87th Street leading to the cemetery. They also had a Memorial Day service at the cemetery.

Jean Maness has always taken me to this special memorial service, for which I am also grateful.


  • The Relay For Life of De Soto will be Friday at the school district track behind Lexington Trails Middle School.

The event will kick off at 5 p.m. for cancer survivors, who will be served refreshments before the event begins at 6 p.m.

There will be different tents for the teams who will be walking overnight and activities throughout the night.


  • My daughter Debbie Chandler and my great-grandson Hayden took me to the cemeteries in southern Missouri on Saturday. We decorated 38 graves in eight cemeteries including De Soto. We were impressed with all the decorations. We left De Soto at about 7 a.m. and returned at about 7 p.m.

I visited with my nephew and niece Rusty and Vickie Stanford and their daughter and grandson in Webb City, Mo. We also visited with the caretakers at one of the cemeteries at Diamond, Mo.


  • The Kaw Valley Sportsmen Association will have its 30th annual fishing derby from 9 to 11 a.m. June 9 at Steve Prudden's pond at 95th Street and Kill Creek Road. It will be for youth ages 1 to 15.

Plaques will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners.

Artificial bait is not allowed. Worms will be provided.

Drawings for rods, reels, tackle boxes and other fishing equipment will take place.

Hot dogs, cookies and drinks also will be served.

A rain date is set for June 16.


  • The Global Day of Prayer was Sunday. It is also called Pentecostal Sunday. It was estimated 1 billion Christians were praying that day. We know all countries worldwide need to pray for peace and an end to wars as well as pray for the hungry, homeless and for medical needs to be met.

  • Those celebrating birthdays this week include Dave Hendricks, Kirk Tiedeman, Abby Rains, Lou Guntert, Cody Simmons, Jerry Vaughn, Jessie Payne, Brianna Davis, Jamie Towner, Junelle Woolery, Cassandra Miller, Nancy Lindbloom, Michelle Rees, Coen Towner and two of my great-grandchildren, Thomas Nalley in Illinois and Lisa Nalley in Texas.

  • Those celebrating anniversaries include Art and Sandra Hoover, Jim and Karen Walker, Dean and Karen Wall, Dennis and Diana Zwahlen and Walter and Mary Jo McDaniel.

  • The De Soto pool opened Saturday. Two more slides were added this year.

The pool will be open each day unless rain or other weather conditions interfere.

Daily admission prices are the same as last year however family memberships and non-resident membership fees have increased.


  • Needed items at the De Soto Multi-Service Center include SpaghettiOs. Next week, the need is graham crackers. Paper goods and baby items are always needed.

  • Workers are still needed for the Vacation Bible School at De Soto Baptist Church. Call me at 585-1326 or the church at 585-1026. Karen Wall is also helping this year.

The Vacation Bible School is from 9 to 11:45 a.m. June 4 to 8. A different snack is served each day corresponding with the lesson for that day.

The theme this year is "Avalanche Ranch."

Children in the community from age 3 to those in fifth grade are invited to attend.


  • Libby Stone is on the prayer list. Billie Boyd was able to attend Sunday school and church for the first time in more than two months after her fall and knee surgery. We still have Mike Allen and his cousin in our prayers as well as many others.

  • Sympathy goes to the family of Louise "Lou" Bell, who died May 15 in Vancouver, Wash. Lou was a former guidance counselor at De Soto Junior High School. She retired in 1988.

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