Autumn Leaves Senior Citizens held their July 11 meeting in the new home of David and Carol Bridgewater, a home that many of us remember as the Sheffield School House. All were pleased to see what a fine looking country home they have created.
The men grilled the hot dogs that were served with the carry-in food. Corn-on-the-cob was a favorite of many.
Lilly Coonrod, president, conducted the business meeting. Secretary Carol Bridgewater read minutes of the last meeting, and Jack Payne gave the treasurer's report.
The 23 members present included the Bridgewaters, Cody Martin, Charles and Willa Cable, Jintry and Jameson Walrod, Patty and Gary Peterson, Helen Sisney, Mary Lee and Jack Payne, Louise and Howard Holland, Lilly and Jerry Coonrod, Judy and John Rawlings, Ava Mae Adams, Shirley Garrett and Jim Turner, Carole Garrison and Mary V. Shead.
The July 23 Our Gang meeting will gather at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck dinner in Arcadia Community Center. Encourage members of your graduation class to meet you there for a fun time of food and fellowship.
On July 4, Helen Sisney enjoyed a cookout and fireworks in the Pittsburg home of her grandson Kellie and Brock Sisney. Brock is a sports editor for Pittsburg Morning Sun.
On Saturday, July 9, Ernestine and Forrest Berkey went to Olathe, Kan., to visit Jamie and Scott Ballard. There they met Forrest's daughter, Dr. Kelly Ballard, a veterinarian, and grand-daughters Michaela and Hannah Ballard from Jonesborough, Tenn. Kelly, Michaela and Hannah, along with Forrest and Ernestine, had lunch in Oklahoma Joe's BBQ in Olathe. The Ballards returned to their home in Tennessee on Sunday night.
The musician in Fort Scott Presbyterian Village on July 7, the day they celebrated National Ice Cream Month, was David Prickett from Deerfield, Mo. All afternoon he played the guitar and sang old-time songs he calls "stray dawg music" that was very familiar to the tenants and guests that fine afternoon. He received much applause and was then thanked with a serving of ice cream.
On the first Sunday after the July dinner in Arcadia Christian Church, Vera and Christie Parrish, with Allyson and Karter Dugan, visited Mae Watt who was unable to attend.
Mae's other recent visitors were Eddie and Yvonne Gazaway from Wichita and Linda Roweth, Redfield, and also Ernestine Berkey and Mary V. Shead.
Then, still other visitors came to see Mae as she was sitting on her front porch. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schaub, her neighbors to the south, brought their six-day-old son, Joe Schaub Jr., for Mae to admire and hold. Junior was born on his dad's birthday.
Arcadia friends are sorry to learn of the death of Nettie Chisteson, 90 of Englevale, Kan., on July 7, 2011. Her husband, George Christeson, was a one-time employee of Shead's Service in Arcadia. One of their grandsons is Tim Sprague, formerly of Arcadia. Condolences to the family.
Arcadia Christian Church is inviting friends to hear guest speakers Bob Cable on July 24 and Stuart Semple on July 31. Bible Study on July 25 will be led by David Bridgewater and held in the bungalow beginning at 7 p.m.
Vacation Bible School will be with the Oskaloosa Baptist Church Aug. 8-12 each evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The next Kid's Day is Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the bungalow.
The Cato Historic Preservation Association is planning a tour and Sesquicentennial event over two days with historic Civil War re-enactors and activities connected with 150 years of Kansas History. Mark your calendars for Oct. 21 and 22.