PRAIRIE CITY – The Grange ladies have been at it again. There were Valentine decorations all over the walls and ceramic pieces on the tables. It was all good to see.

JoAnn Wilson brought memorabilia about her late son, Jonathan. He certainly had many adventures in the Coast Guard, and his second career as a welder. He even took part in a secret mission to free POWs in North Vietnam. He graduated from Prairie High School in 1974.

The set-up crew was Bruce, Buzz, Derrol, and Jim. Our servers were Charlotte Barkdoll, Jean Kline and Fran Bunch. Buzz led the flag salute, and Jerry Sheets asked the blessing. Jenny Pickle won the gift certificate donated by Prairie Drug and Hardware & Village Gifts.

Bruce Kaufman is our chairman until we have elections in May. Buzz and I agreed to keep being vice-chairman and secretary-treasurer, so the only person we need to elect is a chairman. Might it be you?

Kaufman announced that there’s a table in the southeast corner of the dining hall with books you can take and read. There’s also a selection of jigsaw puzzles over the coat rack in that area, too, that you can take home. Ron Dowse gave a plug for the Mt. Vemon Grange and their upcoming activities.

The Blue Mountain Nursing Home ladies, Lorna and Kellyn, brought Dorothy Blasing, Lois and Elmer Terryberry, Cora Stubblefield, and Ray Harper. We had more music Sunday afternoon at the nursing home service. Working on something for Easter, now.

We had two meals-on-wheels, 12 take-outs, and 47 diners in the hall for a total of 61. Kaufman announced that they’re going to set up a seventh table each week so that those of you who come late will have a place to sit if all the others are taken.

For our Valentine dinner we had grape juice, green salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, roast beef and rolls, and a dessert of chocolate cheese cake donated by Jannet Hoeffner, which was very well received, to say the least. Iva added some cherries in a sauce to the top of the cake.

Assistant cook Helen was able to come; her hubby is getting better.

Going to see an orthopedic specialist tomorrow. You all be careful now skating around on the ice that's left. It’s only been two weeks since our big snow storm and the ground is almost bare.

Joe and Celeste Isaac were guests of parents Del and Bonnie Lake. Celeste even helped by serving coffee. That way she got to greet her old friends.

Psalm 33:3 “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.”

MONUMENT – For the Feb. 12 meal we had barbecue pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw and lemon bars. There were 57 people present and five take-outs. Frances Arneson got the Chester’s Thriftway certificate; Dorothy Jordan, Len’s Drug; and Luxie Grant, the free senior meal.

The visitors were Gus Peterson, Sandy Holbrook and daughters Sara and Courtney from Kimberly. We had a visit from the senior programs manager Veanne Weddle from the John Day Senior Center. Also, Grant County Commissioner Chris Labhart paid us a visit. Commissioner Labhart is a liaison for Grant County and the seniors. He is in the planning stage of gathering information on the needs of senior citizens and the possibility of having some county meetings at the Monument Senior Center.

There will be a CPR class from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, March 15, at the Monument Senior Center. The instructor is Rose Howe and anyone wishing to attend can contact her at 541-934-2088 or Sylvia Cockrell at 541-934-2220. Howe will teach AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) training. Apparently, a student at a Vancouver school collapsed, was unconscious and, due to the quick response at the school and the AED training, she was zapped with a defibrillator three times which saved her life. This training would be beneficial for anyone, young or elderly.

The class will include a lunch of soup and homemade bread. After lunch, Howe will teach the Heimlich maneuver which is an important tool to know during a crisis to make a quick response which may save a life. My granddaughter, at age 15, was trained in the Heimlich maneuver and saved her little baby sister that was choking on a toy. Advance registration is needed in order to have all the equipment on hand that is necessary for each participant.

The food pantry will be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

The annual Spring Fling will be held in Monument on April 26. Preregistration will start at 9:30 a.m., and the speaker will be Glenna Parker. She is the ombudsman for the homebound due to illness. She will give a speech on options that are available for the needs of the homebound, no matter the age. Options that are available include nursing assistance, residential care and adult nursing care. If you have contributions or donations for the white elephant exchange, contact Sylvia Cockrell at 541-934-2220 for more information.

Monument School’s 4-H is selling cases of grapefruit and oranges. Call the school, 541-934-2646, for information.

JOHN DAY – On Feb. 11 we had chicken pot pie, green salad and cookies. Rita Bremner and Gayle Ryder were at the desk; Buzz Gilmore led the flag salute.

Lee and Nancy Corning joined us. It had been a couple of years so it was nice to have them back. Our servers were Buzz and Bobbi Gilmore, Francis and Bonnie Kocis, the Rev. Roger Blesi, and Betty Holznagel from the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Rev. Blesi asked the blessing.

Veanne Weddle and the Lees delivered 18 meals, and 36 people ate in. Vera Hensley won the Len’s Drug certificate, and Cliff Thornburn won the free meal.

Well I did it again; this time I know it was my mistake. In last week’s paper I had Derrol Thompson for setting the tables with Helen Bogart. Sorry, it should have been Darwin Thompson.

At bingo Feb. 12, there were 28 people. The pots were $8, but with 30 people they would have been $10. And consolation for blackout was $10. Neither blackout was won so next week they’ll be $200 in 60 numbers, and $300 in 50 numbers. The dollar game was won at $42, and the quarter game at $11.75.

We had a special one-card game for a beautiful purse Judy Nelson made and donated. Shannon Glimpse was the lucky winner.

On Valentine’s Day, we enjoyed meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, Italian tortellini salad, rolls, and for dessert, chocolate cake with red icing. The site council decorated the tables, and the entree was furnished by the Blue Mountain Eagle, with Angel Carpenter representing them and taking photos. Anne Gochnour led the flag salute. Gayle Ryder and Bonnie Kocis were at the desk.

Don Caldwell did the announcing. He reminded us of the dance from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Mt. Vernon Grange, with music by Up River Band. And on Saturday, Feb. 23, there will be a pancake feed from 5-7 p.m., also at the Mt. Vernon Grange. The card players, some people from Golden Heritage, and Marva Walker and Betty Shrope from Monument all joined us.

Our servers were the Rev. Levi Manitsas, Zola Pike, Sheri Nance, Carla Anderson, and Doug and Anne Gouchnour from Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. Rev. Manitsas asked the blessing.

Weddle and the Colbeths delivered 22 meals, and about 70 people ate in.

Marva Coombs won the Chester’s certificate; Ruby Oliver, the two free lunches from Valley View; and Deda Porter and Janice Dowell won two balloon bouquets.

The grand finale was the scooter raffle drawing. Billy Drinkwater won, but alas, the wonderful man donated it to me! I couldn't believe it – I'm still in shock. I can use it as I sold my car and gave up driving about six months ago. I live right behind Chester’s so it’ll be great for shopping. When I get brave enough I can even drive it to church. Thanks again, Billy, and may God bless you.

For lunch Thursday, Feb. 21, we’ll have fish, and Monday, Feb. 25, chicken fajitas.

“Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.” 1 John 2:10 NIV


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