Birthdays celebrated, head officer appointed

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Birthday offerings given the first Sunday in August in Arcadia Christian Church were for Mikey Foster, Chelsea Watt, Joseph Meave Watt and Akasha Boles. The birthday song was dedicated to them.

Special guests that Sunday morning were the granddaughter of Donald and Terry Bright, Madison Bright of Oologah, Okla., and her friend Kennedy Reynolds. She is the daughter of Mike and Missy Reynolds of Fort Scott.

The regular monthly dinner was enjoyed following morning worship conducted by Pastor David Peterson.

The responsive reading was taken from Psalm 130. Clay Carrington gave the blessing for the offering.

Rita Leist former Arcadian won the prize for being the oldest person attending the Victor and Mary Massa family reunion held at Westgate Woods Resort in Branson, Mo. July 25-29. The reunion was hosted by Robert Massa family of Mulberry.

Folks who have fresh garden vegetables to share have been generous with their friends including Max and Pauline Davidson who took a large box of cucumbers to give away at the Senior Citizen Dance in Fort Scott at Buck Run Center on July 30, 2007. They have been attending these dances for many years, starting when they lived in Arcadia. Their home now is rural Liberal, Mo.

Tom and Phyllis Watt recently returned to their home in Missouri after traveling to New York. They visited the United Nations, had dinner at Delmonico restaurant, the oldest one in New York. Every evening while there, they had dinner with their daughter, Julie Watt and Krystelle Peurte. The business part of the trip was to attend the International Fancy Food Show where 70 countries were represented.

July 29, Roger and Marsha Harris, grandparents and Wayne Stephens, father of Dustin Stephens held a surprise birthday party and a fish fry to honor Dustin's 14 birthday.

The theme of the party was fishing. His cake was a "bass" with ice cream. His gifts and cards included fishing supplies.

Guests were Lilly Mae and Jerry Coonrod, Don and Terry Bright, Jim and Donna Kunzler, Jack and Mary Lee Paynne, Jean Ham, Wiley Teague and Kathy McWilliams of Arcadia.

Other guests were Eldon and Judy Wright, LeRoy, Lee Ferdinand, Fort Scott, Katherine Farmer and Karleigh McClendon, Liberal, Mo., Katie Quentin and Mollie Umphenour, Fulton, and Fred and Carolyn Durnell, Bronaugh, Mo. While sitting in the shade the group enjoyed the music of Eldon Wright as he played the guitar. He was accompanied in song by Mary Lee, Lilly Mae, Kathy and Karleigh.

The honoree, Dustin, returned to his home in Northern California the following week with joy in his heart from such a fine party.

Lou and Betty Dehn, Erin and Melissa Due and their three children went to Bone Creek fishing after attending the Brent and Christa Zeller wedding. Pastor David Peterson was invited, but was unable to join them.

Saturday evening Ruth Holland from Liberal, Mo., visited Mae Watt and Mary V. Shead after dinner with her son, Howard and Louise Holland at the AHS Our Gang monthly dinner held in Arcadia Community Center. There were 25 friends gathered for the evening cookout.

A council meeting was held on July 23. Bob Moore, formerly of the Los Angeles police department, was appointed head officer for Arcadia. He will be on the day shift while Melvin Nay formerly of Kansas City will be on nights.

The council approved Mark Hunsaker to work with our Police Department to write grants for equipment and supply support when needed. He is a Police commissioner with Honolulu, Hawaii Police Department where he lives with his family. He is donating his services to Arcadia. Mark is the grandson of the late Clair Dunton and a former Arcadian.

To make law enforcement more professional, Mayor Paul Starne appointed Meredith Frederick as judge of the Arcadia Court.

Open Door Mission held a successful Vacation Bible School in Arcadia July 25-27. Their program was held on Sunday evening with the theme "Soaring new heights with God."

To honor Mae Watt on her birthday, Delton Jr, Billi and Joseph Watt treated her to dinner at Chili's. Following the meal, she was surprised when they brought her a fountain cake made of chocolate and filled with ice cream.