If you're like me, you spent as much time outdoors last week as possible. I guess we try to crowd in as much fall as possible before the nasty stuff gets here. The fall colors have been spectacular! The extended warm spell is bound to help cut down the heat bills too. If you heat with wood, be sure to spend a few minutes making sure your stove and flue are clean and in good repair. It seems like we have tragedies every fall from improper or damaged heating equipment. If you are unable to do a safety inspection on your equipment, call me and I'll help find someone to do it for you.
We were at Seneca House on Tuesday to help celebrate a 101st. birthday for Blanche Jones. Just imagine, she was born in 1911. That was before World War 1. In her lifetime she has seen the phasing out of horses as the favorite means of transportation, the discontinued use of coal oil lanterns for the primary source of artificial light, the advent of indoor plumbing, machines to wash our clothes, airplanes, everything electronic, and paved roads, just to name a few things. Wow, the stories she can tell!
On Wednesday we went by Anderson's Ice Cream and presented them with a Proclamation from the Missouri House for bringing back a Joplin favorite. Most of us older folks remember what a treat it was to go into Joplin and get a home made ice cream cone at Anderson's on South Main. After they closed down several years ago I pretty well forgot about it. Billy Garrigan found the old equipment, refurbished it and opened in the Candy House South of Joplin. He even has the original recipes! (I got most of my information from Jane seeing as how I don't like ice cream) Ha!
Saturday we were at Stella for their "Stellabration". Boy, what a treat that was. They had a wonderful ceremony at their Veteran's Park. The new "Kneeling Soldier" statue was unveiled. The statue was made by FFA students at East Newton and is a wonderful addition to the park. We were also privileged to watch the Jr. ROTC perform the "Missing in Action" ceremony and it is about as moving a presentation as I've ever seen. I talked Representative Charlie Davis from Webb City into going with me as he is the vice chairman of the veteran's Committee. He and I agree that we need to get those kids to Jeff City to do that ceremony there! The Patriot Riders were there also with their wonderful bikes. Some of the paint jobs on those things cost more than my old Chevy!
We finished our week at the Neosho Middle School for the annual Republican Party Newton County Bean Feed. We heard from all the candidates and heard explanations for all the ballot proposals. Sometimes those things can get confusing. We really need to work on making sure the ballot language is clearer in the future. Next week we will have our elections for leadership in the House. I'm in a six-way race for Majority Whip. Why that race drew so much attention, I'll never know but I'll give you the results next time. Until then I am, and remain, in your service.