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There is much excitement in our community as Kindall Store is preparing for a grand opening of the new playground and volleyball court next to the old, historic store.
I understand that the volleyball court has been the center of much excitement with neighbors playing until late in the evening. I know they have appreciated this new addition to Olga and are looking forward to the scheduled events on June 17-19. Hope you will come out this way and enjoy it all.
This part of the country is alive with summer activity right now. As I rode along early this week on my way back from Ava, it was nice to see folks busy in the fields, baling hay. Neighbors have been working hard in their yards and the cemeteries are cut nice with beautiful flowers gracing the stones of our deceased friends and loved ones.
I failed to mention that when we decorated graves on the Sunday before Memorial Day, we went by the Cardwell Chapel Cemetery as well. I am proud of the work that has been done there to preserve that beautiful resting spot. It really looked nice and was full of people decorating as well. Our family has a lot of special ties to that area.
Also, the slab at the Harvery Sartin Bridge was alive with activity as numerous families were there enjoying the beautiful afternoon, while swimming in the cold water.
We note the passing of Hannah Givans of Ava in this report. Our family attended services for Hannah in Ava and what nice tributes were paid her by Rev. Freeda Holt and Rev. Robert Roberts. Many of us knew Hannah from the furniture store that they have owned for many years. Her son and his wife, Don and Becky Givans, have been longtime friends of ours as we used to go to church with them at Dogwood. They were longtime members of this community. They now attend church with us at Elkland; it sure is a small world. Hannah was 90 years old and lived a fulfilling life. What a testimony that she left here on earth.
Sunday afternoon, I enjoyed going to the movies with daughter, Jeanette Evans and her family. We were joined by our niece, Sandy Berry Jones of Albany, Ga. She is here visiting on vacation with her brother, Tommy Berry. After the movie we enjoyed a nice family meal at Red Lobster. It has been so nice visiting with her. When she was growing up they lived here for a while and she has many fond memories of this community. She is one of the daughters of my sister, Veva Nichols Berry.
It was nice to see Melody Wisdom behind the counter at Kindall Store recently. I stopped in with Nicholas and Sarah Inman to buy chicken feed and it was great to see her little boy, Dakota enjoying the new outdoor equipment.
We sure hope to see you out this way in the near future. Just come on by and sit a while and enjoy the good ole Ozarks countryside. See you soon.