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Day to Day with Doris July 27, 2016


By Doris Lessenden

July 27, 2016

“I’ve learned we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.”  I do know He wants to delight us with many blessings if we are His children.
     Vi Koch was happy Friday to host several of her Aldrich Family nieces for lunch at the Prairie Pines.   All the Aldrich sisters flew in from several states to celebrate their sister, Donna (Tom) Friedman’s 80th Birthday in the Fort Collins area.  Keith and Bobbi (Aldrich) Uhland met the planes to take them to the party places as well as down to Eads.


    Lee and Maxine Blooding celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary in Fort Collins last week-end at the home of their nephew, Steve Wimp.  The Bloodings organized the Prairie Queen 4-H Club in l948 which still exists today.  They are lovingly remembered as outstanding 4-H leaders today by people in their 60’s and 70’s.
     The MAINE STREET BASH is just a few days away this Saturday, July 30th.  The gates open at 4:00 p.m. and the performances begin at 5:00 p.m. with Singers, Jamie Crockett and Rhett Uhland on the outdoor stage.  Then the “RODEO ROAD APPLES” BAND from Kit Carson take the stage at 6:00 to 8:00 pm. followed by the Denver band, “DANCE ON FIRE”.   Dancing in the street or just relaxing to watch people will be an evening to remember for admission of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, children under four are FREE.  We have planned a fun KidsZone with games and activities for the little ones.  Fred and Debi Derby constructed a great miniature golf course for playing on.  Cake Walks and other activities are planned. Teens can enjoy the Sheriff Department’s Rock Climbing Wall and Radar Throw and possibly the Dunk Tank.   Charlie and Mary Vasquez will serve Mexican foods, turkey legs, and ice cream from the Maine Scoop Kitchen.  Inside the cool Plains Theatre will be Darwin Nelson hosting Karaoke singing on stage most of the night.   Marnie and Kelly will have a multi-family yard sale all day at the Adamson House.  Another educational time will be at 5:00 p.m. when a professor will explain about the fascinating Haswell Tower and what kind of work is being done at the secretive place.
    June Blooding enjoyed having her California daughters, Micki Faulkin and Shaleta Voss, here for the week.  They took her to the to the Senior Citizen’s dinner, to her home, and other places.
    The Prairie Queen 4-H Club members and parents and families spent Sunday afternoon at the Swimming Pool and then met at the Court House Park.  They watched some members give demonstrations and illustrated talks before the picnic supper.  Some of the
Fathers grilled hot dogs which I saw them eat quickly as a big wind and storm clouds were thundering overhead.
      Actually we didn’t get much rain here but the lightening strikes caused terrible prairie fires in the Chivington area which caused some people to be evacuated from their homes.  Sheriff Sheridan told us that this is hard on people to be told, you have to leave your home.  My classmate, Gilbert Brown, said that he has “no doubt the firefighters saved my home and property.”     The Sheriff said they really needed more local firemen and were relieved when fire departments came from Kit Carson, Cheyenne Wells, Wiley, Hasty-McClave, Prowers County, and Prowers County.  Most of these departments are volunteer men and women.  Thank You. Firemen and women!
     There is going to be an 80th birthday party-week-end for Floyd Griswould out at the Brad and Dreama Buck home for a Watts and Griswould reunion.
      Members of the VALE Board (Victims Assistance /Law Enforcement) were pleased to have Sheriff Casey Sheridan speak with them.  The group approved funds to help buy bags and glow sticks for the Deputies to give to the children at Halloween.
     There was a new happening at the Plains Theatre where 4-H’ers from Prowers and Kiowa County modeled garments they had constructed or decorated.  Alexa Nelson of Haswell and Reagan Johnson were especially attractive representing our county.
      I went to an educational class in Lamar last Thursday that I hope to share with people.  I went because some of my friends are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.   In addition, the main topic addressed was about the “Five Important Documents everyone should have in place in case of death or incapacity.”   The two most main documents that people should have are 1. A General Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney and 2. A Living Will (End of Life) Declaration.  Some myths were dispelled for me.  As soon as the Maine Street Bash is over, I am determined to get serious about “getting my house in order”.  How about you, Reader?  Life is fragile and we do not want to leave a legal mess for our relatives do we?
     Volunteers, our town, our county, our country needs more volunteers.  What a blessing people are who volunteer.  My young friend, Mike Arth, spent several hours and days repainting the letters black for the Plains Theatre Marquee.   Last week, I saw Shawn Gillespie mowing his neighbor, Jake Diel’s lawn.  Joyce Berry:  I think she goes to the Horse Shoe Park morning, noon, and night to pick up pinecones.   Then there is Commissioner Cindy McLoud who walks up and down the blocks watering those pretty plants that she potted and planted around business.  Why? Because she cares!
      Pat Parue of Fowler came over to me during a break in the Fashion Show to ask me to tell “those ladies who write and print the Kiowa County Independent Newspaper that she reads it cover to cover.  She says it is “a great paper, good articles and loves the “history” articles! “ So do her parents.  She is taking the edition about the Haswell Church’s 100th Anniversary to Rocky Ford to church to show Rev. Gary Geottle.  Pat lives at a ranch north of Arlington during the week with her daughter, Terri and Jake Leonard, to baby sit for her grandson.

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