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Day-to-Day With Doris

By Doris Lessenden

June 7, 2024

The Thought of the Day that goes with this devotion scripture is: “No matter my trials, I am in God’s hands.” That gives me a feeling of security knowing that all things will work out to my or our benefit.

As I was thinking about what the highlight of last week was, a event didn’t come to mind except that it rained! In some places about two inches and in other places in Kiowa County it rained a little less. But it rained and we are so thankful! I was so glad to see that the prairies are getting a little greener between here and Kit Carson on Sunday when Pastor Tom Barton was driving me to church.

I understand that farmers in the area are preparing their land or are planting their crop seeds. One can tell that branding of cattle is happening in our area when one sees several horse trailers and pick-ups around JJ’s café or the Hometown Gas & Grill where cowboys often stop for cool drinks or gathering for a meal if one isn’t served at the ranch site. I am pleased when I see photos of my “city girl’” niece who loves to come to Eads and help with branding when her grandfather Dwight or Uncle Tearle takes her (Eve) along to branding day at a friend’s ranch.

Congratulations to Will Crow who had been attending Northwestern Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas the last two years. He had a large delegation of family and friends from Colorado who attended his Graduation. It was good to see that he was able to be a part of the College Shooting team (guns). This was a skill he learned while being a Prairie Queen 4-H club member in Kiowa County. Will’s parents are Cory Crow and Danielle and Jessie Deines. Best wishes to a fine young man who has often worked in his grandparent’s, Keith and Jennifer Crow’s Stop and Shop Grocery Store in Eads.

RaLei Voss graduated from high school from the Goal Academy in Lamar last weekend. The ceremony was held at the Lamar Community College campus for a large number of students. There were actually over 300 students in the online school. ReLei had many relatives who traveled distances to see her graduate. We at Weisbrod were happy to see her grandmother, Terry Voss, dressed up early in the morning for RaLei’s graduation ceremony waiting for her mother, Andrea, from Haswell to come drive Terry to Lamar. The family had a wonderful lunch in the new Tavern Inn that is a part of the former Cow Palace Inn.

I did not have word space room when I wrote about the Eads High School graduation to tell you the names of the Junior Escorts. According to tradition, the two junior students with the highest grade point average have the honor to be the escorts for the graduating seniors. They were Colin Nelson and Landri Tuttle.

Connor Lynch is an Eads student who won chenille sports letter at awards programs from three different schools this year. He is a young man who is dedicated to running track. This year he earned enough points in track competitions to receive an orange and black “L” from the Lamar Thunder Cross Country team for fall semester. During the winter semester Connor traveled with the Plainview Hawks to earn a blue and white “P” letter in Indoor Track & Field, and spring semester he earned an “E” from his home school, the Eads Eagles for Outdoor Track & Field. What a great start to a lifelong healthy sport since a person could/can walk or run as long as they are physically able. How about you, Dear Reader? Do you get out or go to the gym daily or every other day? That is good advice.

Today, Wednesday, Assistant Activity Director, Linda (Adamson) Hopkins urged the Weisbrod residents and helper staff to get out a half hour earlier than usual because it was going to be hotter outside. We were interested to see changes happening on Maine Street. Chad and Trista Tuttle bought the former Whitelaw Center that served as the Senior Citizen’s Building for many years on the corner of Maine and 13th Street. Plans are in the works for a new venture there. Across the street Kevin Hartman was in a big blue machine that lifts workers up high and was painting the exterior of the GN-Bank located at the corner of Maine Street and 13th Street across the one-way street from the old Whitelaw Center that the Tuttles are renovating. On down the block to the north in front of the former Kelly Hardware is a big black trailer of wood where Dallas Abrams with Kodiak Builders is renovating the store front of the old hardware store that has been vacant for many years. The contractors are designing an entryway and front rafters. There is a lot of speculation among the citizens about what kind of a store it will eventually become.

One of the most attractive yards that we saw was the former Dan and Evelyn Garner’s home. It is owned by Lonnie and Debbie (Watts) Eder now. Their front yard is so impressive with small rocks designed with areas of well- groomed grass and pretty plants.

The Eads Chamber of Commerce met to discuss the next important project of hosting the Awards and meal at Prairie Pines on Sunday June 23 at 5:00 pm with the program at 6:00 pm to announce the Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Business of the Year. The new Doctor Erick and Gretel Ritch others will also be introduced at the annual meeting.

Happy summer days to you. Why not go to summer youth ball games at the north end of Maine Street?

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