November 8, 2017

Birthdays: November 8, Chris Jones, Francis Wierman, Janice Stull, Kim Townsend, Charlotte Ochs, Grace Desbein; November 9, Chuck Higgins, Gavin Hayes; November10, Barry Schwien; November 11, Danny Mills, Janice Haney, Kelli Sloan; November 12, Brandon Engleman; November 13, Deb Rogers; November 14, Kay Weskamp, Jeff McCormick, Heather Hart, Khloe Boese.

Anniversaries: November 8, Darwin and Lynnette Grumbein; November 10, Melvin and Karen Simmerman; November 11, Vic and Susie Parsons; November 13, Sean and Laura Bookstore.

The McCracken United Methodist Church will sponsor a come and go breakfast honoring the Veterans and their families from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 11.

Debi Schuckman announced that there will not be a Christmas Extravaganza this December at the City Building due to her ankle surgery. She says it will be bigger and better next year. We will certainly miss the event.

The annual McCracken Fire and EMS's Hamburger Feed is on Friday November 10.They will serve Hamburgers, baked beans, potato and other salads and desserts. A Free Will Donation is requested. There will also be a Give-A-Way with tickets that can be purchased from any McCracken Firefighter for a Savage 17 B Mag Gun or a Daniel Boone Green Mountain Pellet Grill. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the McCracken Fire Station

The annual Great Bend Mission Bazaar to support the Dominican Sisters of Peace mission in Nigeria and the poor in Kansas and Colorado will take place Saturday, November 11 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Motherhouse at 3600 Broadway. There will be hundreds of handcrafted and homemade items for sale.There will be a luncheon beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Molly Knight Kearn was honored with a "Come and Go" baby shower given by her aunts. Aunts present were Celeste Davis, Piperton, TN, Denise Fuller, Miltonvale, Ks, Lanette Kaster, Overland Park, Carolyn Davenport, Hutchinson, and Kelly Garcia, Hutchinson. Present were other family members and friends. Baby Eli is expected to make his appearance the end of November. Hopefully, his dad will make his military leave the same time. In the evening family celebrated Lanette's birthday.

Last week I (Lauren Shapiro) had the privilege of visiting @hyperisland in Stockholm for a 2-day workshop. We focused on concepting ideas and bringing them to life by rapid-prototyping.I am beyond humbled by the students' intelligence, inclusiveness, and innate curiosity. Our future in digital looks bright.

Congratulations to Kyle Cooley and Anna Cooley on their marriage Saturday, November 4 in Winfield. Anna is the daughter of Kellye and Sandy Irvin.

Jerry Higgins spent the weekend in Lawrence with his daughter, Jenna, as it was ‘dad’s weekend. They motored to Eudora where they visited Cameron and Courtney Horesky and Eli. Also visiting were Lindsey and Nicole Tacha.

Saturday morning is the beginning of pheasant season. Hunters please be careful.

History Notes:

Hampton and the Big Timber Valley: October 1887 several young folks attended a Lyceum at the Elias schoolhouse Saturday; The post office department is ordering its discontinuance of the post office. The Supreme Court of Kansas has decided the county seat in favor of Walnut City; John Lovitt brought in a cabbage weighing 17 pounds; T.R. Brooke sports a new hat. It’s a nine pound boy this time, mother and baby doing well; a social hop was given at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James Start.


Patricia Petz

After a busy week of catching up on things at the house, I proceeded to pick up my mother, Mary Steitz, on Friday afternoon and we traveled to Guymon, Oklahoma.  We attended the 35th Annual Pumpkin Patch Benefit Show which was held at the Texas County Activity Center.  After we got everything set up, we met up with Bob and Lynn Litson and ate at Cactus Jack's, which was a very nice restaurant.  This event is sponsored by the Lambda Psi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and they use the booth rentals to donate funds to the community, charities,and local people needing medical necessities. 

Saturday was a very long day since the show was held from 9:00 to 6:00.  After the show mom and I attended mass at St. Peter the Apostle Church.  Father Mark Wheelahan was the pastor.  It's always neat to see the different styles of churches that we attend. After mass mom and I ate supper at the newly remodeled Pub which was near our Hotel. 

On Sunday at 2 am, clocks turned back to end daylight saving time for much of the country. Mom and I were able to enjoy some extra sleeping in the morning.  Then we were back to the show from 11 until 5:00.  The new time made for a long trip in the darkness as we headed home. Even though the traffic was unreal, the deer stayed out of our way and we were blessed to make it back home safe and sound.

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