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Last Weeks News – Carol Boeddeker-Genet – what a week we had! I finally got out my driveway on Sunday the 6th and picked up a few items on my way home. Then Monday early I called to see if I could get my taxes filed and went in to Ava for that and to pick up a prescription at Ava Drug, then to the office to put in a few hours doing correspondence and church bulletins for the next few weeks. With the next storm on the horizon it was decided to print out the bulletins that day. Good thing too as the next time in to Ava was Sunday.
Granddaughter Rachelle has been here on a 96 hour leave. She brought several items to her folk’s place for storage as well as her year old dog, Page, to stay for now in Missouri. In a couple of weeks Rachelle will be deployed to Japan (Okinawa) for several months where she expects to be working in a heavy equipment area. It seems she just got back from Afghanistan where she operated a backhoe as well as other equipment.
As we didn’t get to celebrate her 24th birthday with her in January we celebrated Saturday evening by taking her to ReRico Brazilian Restaurant in Springfield. There were seven of us. We had a great time and enjoyed the unusual way they serve the delicious food. My driveway was still quite slick when I returned home.
We are looking forward to Susan Sinclair’s new column from Dogwood Nazarene Church.
Remember to pray for our country, our elderly, our disadvantaged, for our children, for our military and for their families, and for those plagued worldwide by terrorists and unscrupulous leaders.
This Weeks News – We had a bit of excitement this past week. Randy Boeddeker, with help from Ivan Lawson and sons, and from Beth Skipper burned around my place first, carefully, as I am so fearful of fire with good reason! Then they burned part of Bob and Dana Wagner’s place to the west of me (in what used to be Rory Boeddeker’s shop, now their home). It was with their permission and they are so pleased. Randy then burned off considerable of his acreage. Of course, we notified the Douglas County Sheriff’s office ahead of time and late evening they received calls of an out-of-control burn – but it was never out of control. It has been three years since this was last done so the ground cover was considerable. Let us hope that ticks, fleas and chiggers will be less this year. As bad as the smoke was on me I hope it was worse for the creepy crawlies. The pollen mask helped me some.
I visited with Debbie Stewart by phone and she told me she could smell the smoke down at her farm and that a neighbor to the east of her was also doing some burning. Let us hope this is good for the soil.
Debbie also told me that Gary Lee Minear passed away on February 16th and that she and Rollan were about to attend the funeral. Gary, the son of James Minear, was only 46 years old and had come down with pneumonia. Reportedly, the doctors said death was possibly from a blood clot. The funeral was Saturday, February 19th at the Church of the Nazarene, Seymour. How very, very sad it is to lose a child, no matter the age of that child. Our sincere condolences go to the Minear family.
I notified my son Ron of this loss as he used to bowl with Gary, often picking him up and taking him into Ava. Ron tells us that 9 year old Reanna plays basketball on a team called “Little Dribblers”. I had nice long phone visits with Susan Sinclair and with Tina Chriss. I am always hoping that others in the Dogwood Community will call and let me know of anything they would like to be reported in this column. That is the reason we started Dogwood Ramblings 59 columns ago, community news! It hardly seems possible this column is over a year on the go after a nice lady in the Norwood area encouraged it.
There is a meeting at the Wright County Livestock Market on Saturday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. regarding Proposition B and Agriculture Legislative Issues. There will be several legislators there and we in agriculture need to be there to support opposition to Proposition B, which would further devastate farmers. The HSUS, HSMO and ASPCA are bombarding Jefferson City in support of extending Proposition B, which will then have out-of-state entities telling Missourians how to farm and what they can do with livestock. These groups are using Missouri first and then on to controlling other states. Government programs have not been truly beneficial for farmers. Farm gate prices are controlled to the point that farm after farm goes under. Farmers are not the U.S. Postal system, nor General Motors. We don’t need that type of interference. Please be at this meeting.
God bless you, be fervent in prayer.
From the desk of Jamey Herd: Pleasant Ridge Baptist had a good crowd for Sunday school and church this morning. Welcome to all the visitors and we hope you received a blessing. Pastor Carl brought the morning message from the book of Mathew 27: 1-10 about Judas’s betrayal. Pastor Carl stated that “every day should be Resurrection Sunday to us. We missed Wanda Dugan this morning and her song. Kaitrin Ray sang a special. I am always so proud when our young ones come forward and take part in the service. The congregation sang Happy Birthday to Jay Inman. Laveta Ray and Susan Dugan had eight young ones for Children’s Church. They always bless us with a song before going back for their service. Business meeting was held this Sunday night and Pastor Carl was voted in unanimously as Pastor. A Sunrise service for Easter was discussed and set for 6 a.m. on Easter morning. A Continental breakfast will be served after the early service. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were discussed and some youth programs. Also an Ordination service will be held in the near future for Pastor Carl.
I drove out to Carl Junction on Wednesday and spent the night with my daughter, Susan Doyle, and attended First Baptist on Wednesday night. They have a meal on Wednesday night and then Bible study. Then I drove to Augusta, Kansas on Thursday to see my youngest daughter, Janice Scott. It sure was windy driving out Thursday but was cloudy but nice coming back on Saturday. I stopped back in Carl Junction for a couple of hours and watched my granddaughter, Jayme Doyle, cheer lead at an Upward basketball game held at First Baptist in Webb City. Jayme is eight years old and it is so cute to watch that age children. The little girls playing basketball were cute too. I had never heard of the Upward program till recently and want to learn more about it.
Saturday, March 19, is “Ladies Night Out” at the Hartville High School. Registration begins at 4:30. There will be a potato bar/supper, a chocolate fountain, a fashion show, door prizes and lots of fun. Two ladies from our church will be participating in the fashion show with clothing furnished by the Dress Barn. This is sponsored by the Churches in the Wright, Douglas, Ozark Baptist Association. If there are any ladies in the community that would like to attend please contact the church at 683-6880 and leave a message or call me at 683-2364. We will be carpooling from the church so rides to and from will be provided.
We extend our sympathy to the James Minear family in the sudden passing of their son, Gary.
It looks like more up and down weather. Each day brings spring one day closer. So till next week, God’s Blessing to each and every one.