Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2007

Neighbors

September 6, 2007

The De Soto United Methodist Church Silver Circle will meet at 1 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall at the church.

The group's quilt for the Election Day dinner is now displayed in the vestibule at the church.

Silver Circle members are asked to get tickets to sell from Boots Linden.


  • The youth group at De Soto United Methodist Church will continue to meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month. They also will have the Parents' Night Out on the second Friday of each month, but will adjust for school activities.

  • The De Soto United Methodist Church reading circle will meet Sept. 18 to discuss the book "Bethlehem Besieged: Stories of Hope in Time of Trouble" by Metri Raheb.

The book is about the author's family suffering and people in Palestine.

Visitors are welcome to attend the book discussion.


  • The youth at De Soto United Methodist Church will have a reception between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services for all grandparents in honor of National Grandparents Day.

  • The secretary at De Soto United Methodist Church will be going on vacation, so she needs all news notes to be turned in early for the Sept. 9 and 16 bulletins. She is asking for all chairmen to have everything to her by Sept. 15.

  • I got to go to my annual family reunion south of Joplin, Mo., for the Herring ancestors. The reunion took place at the home of my niece and her husband. There were about 40 people there. She has a big house and yard with a swimming pool.

I was fortunate all my children came from Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Kansas with their spouses to attend.

My friend Mary Alley brought a turkey she had roasted for me to take to the reunion. It was delicious and they all enjoyed it.


  • I had several calls on Monday from people who weren't happy because the pool was open for pets and they were not able to swim.

One woman came from the city to swim with five children and was disappointed when she wasn't able to do so. Another woman was able to call her husband to tell him to pick her back up because she wasn't going to be able to swim.


  • Hats off to the De Soto Days committee for the many, many different entrants in the parade. I really enjoyed having a ringside seat in my driveway. Several of my friends were lined up along the street to watch from their yards as well.

  • The De Soto United Methodist Church secretary is asking for anyone who doesn't need checked out church keys to return them to her.

  • The De Soto Baptist Church Bible study group led by Luella Davis will begin meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. For more information, call Luella at 745-4560.

The Wednesday Bible study group meets at 10 a.m. Sept. 12. Call Jean Epperson at 585-1207 for more information.


  • The De Soto Baptist Church is having a new church directory published. Anyone who didn't get a picture taken at the scheduled time can submit a photo with a $10 fee so it can be scanned. Photos need to be turned in to the Rev. Richard Copeland or Rosemary McAninch by Sunday.

Call the church at 585-1026 or Rosemary at 585-3166 for more information.


  • In last week's issue, the item about Paradise Cove should have said that I appreciated the special section on De Soto's 150th in last week's Explorer. The many different events were listed so well with all the times given. It also should have said I have a son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Linda who would be riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle in the parade. I invited friends to share my yard to view the parade. I wish I could partake in the parade as I used to.

  • My two sons and daughters-in-law Carlin and Nancy from Illinois and Jerry and Linda from Overland Park went to visit their brother and sister-in-law Michael and Linda and their family in Oklahoma Wednesday through Friday. On the way back to Kansas, they stopped and visited at Williamsburg with our former neighbors Diana and Judy Kessner at the Guy and Mae Cafe in Williamsburg. Guy and Mae are the parents of Diana and Judy. It was quite a surprise for them to see my children.

The Kessners, who have students in high school, told my sons the Williamsburg High School had just closed and students were being bused to Pomona, which is nine miles away, or to Ottawa, which is 13 miles away.


  • My oldest son Carlin and his wife, Nancy, from Lisle, Ill., came to Kansas last Monday and spent the week visiting relatives. They came to attend the annual Herring family reunion south of Joplin, Mo.

They plan to go home via I-44 and visit their aunt Emmaline and her husband in Springfield, Mo.

While they were here, they got to see the De Soto Days parade on Saturday. Carlin knew lots of the participants.

Debbie and Hayden Chandler came and watched the parade with us too.


  • The American Baptist Women at De Soto Baptist Church will have its first fall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

The ABW board will meet at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular meeting.


  • Hispanic worship takes place at 4 p.m. Sundays at De Soto Baptist Church. It started with about 30 attending. They appreciate the use of the building.

  • Those celebrating birthdays this week at De Soto Baptist Church were honored when the Rev. Richard Copeland let each one choose their favorite hymn and the congregation then sang the selection.

  • Rick and Monica Walker had many scripts available for anyone who would use them for several places in the area. The church is awarded when they are used.

  • The men's fellowship will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Wally's Cafe for breakfast. All are welcome to attend.

  • Those celebrating birthdays this week include Marilyn Layman, Steve Buehler, Linda Jokisch, Darrell Sampson, Kevin McAllister, Penny Henry, Glen Nelson, Lisa Zimmerman, Willetta Lawhead, Mary Lou Simmons, Lucille Ohrenberg and my one and only great-grandchild Isabelle James. She is 5 and lives in South Carolina.

  • Those celebrating anniversaries are Stuart and Suzanne Adams, Phil and Sandra Askey and Bub and LaDonna Schmidt.

  • The De Soto Baptist Church will have its annual garage sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 20-22 at my house. We will need volunteers to work. Donated items need to be priced and dropped off by Sept. 19.

  • A correction I need to make from last week's column: the father of Logan Miller is Rick Miller, not Jason. Also, it should have said it was Jean and Junior Manness who went to Lee's Summit, Mo., and visited the Halls there.

  • Roberta Caldwell was in the Olathe Medical Center for a week with health problems. She is home now and on medication. Larry Hartshorn is making progress with his rehabilitation. Stuart Taylor is making slow progress with his health at his home in Eudora.

Former De Soto resident Harry Cats, who lives in Nevada now, is to have open heart surgery soon. Nichole Yarbrough has been in intensive care in a hospital this past week but hopes to be back home this week.

Keith Ridgeway, who has been in Iraq, and was injured, will be undergoing medical treatment now for his injuries. He is the grandson of Laura Long.


  • Jean Epperson's great nephew Joshua Davis is in Washington, D.C., for briefing before going to Iraq for a year.

  • All the children that went up for the children's message Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church received a "fortune cookie" from the Rev. Richard Copeland. It was the title of his sermon to them.

  • Sympathy goes to the family of Darrell and Berdie Jones in the loss of his mother in Arizona.

Sympathy also goes to the family of Griselda Del Real who died following an accident.

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