Prairie City Seniors: 1.5.11

Rose Coombs

PRAIRIE CITY – Did you miss me? I left a message for the back-up reporter last week, but apparently she was unavailable, too.

 So, what happened? We got a phone call from Portland, “The baby is coming tomorrow!” So we got ready and left at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Sylvia Zofia was born at 8:30 p.m. that night. So we spent Christmas in Troutdale and Beaverton.

 The Senior Center here did have a meal last week with 48 in attendance and eight take-outs. Iva and Helen served ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli salad and a host of donated pies. I took my pie to Portland.

 Our usual set-up crew of Jim, Bruce, Buzz and Marvin did their usual job today. Our servers were volunteers, Lou Thoemke, Lana Abarr, Louise LaBaugh and Vivian Rookstool.

 Ruth and Jim delivered nine meals. And our super-duper cooks tried to warm the rest of us (38) up with a steaming bowl of chili, accompanied by apple juice, pickled beets, fried potatoes, corn bread muffins and a “very berry” dessert. It was delicious.

 Those who admitted to having a December birthday were Dave Abarr, Dorothy Blasing and Derrol Coombs. Now, notice that the last names are in alphabetical order and the first names all begin with the letter “D.”

 Dave Abarr was selected as the winner of the $10 gift certificate donated by Huffman’s Select Market. Jerry Sheets won the $5 in trade from Prairie Drug and Hardware. He said it was the first time he’d ever won anything! Well, Merry Christmas, Jerry!

 Marvin Casebeer led the flag salute and Marvin Hatfield asked the blessing.

 Blue Mountain Nursing Home came last week with Stacey McKinney, Daphne Andrews, Ruth Garrison and LaVerne Matteson. This week, Lorna and Kellyn could only manage to bring Elmer Terryberry and Laverne Matteson. After all, it was cold out there!

 I’d like to pay tribute to our intrepid attendees from John Day. These five people hardly ever miss a meal in Prairie City: Bob McCauley, Betty Quiroz, Carryl Magee, Helen Bogart and Lou Thoemke. Also, a very welcome first-timer today, Darrell Johnson, the Grant County roving pulpit-filler.

 When I went to do the required “bookkeeping” for last week, there were a few questions, to wit: one unreadable signature. One first name only, and five who were so excited to be here that they plumb forgot to sign – unreadable, or not! So they got marked down as question marks.

 So, if you don’t want to go on the “permanent record” as a question mark, be sure to sign in so we can decipher it. “Permanent record,” you ask? Yes, these signature books go to the DeWitt Museum in Prairie City to be archived for posterity.

 Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

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