Crowder's Annual Festival of Wreathes was Tuesday evening. They had a wonderful meal and there were many beautiful Christmas decorations and about everything else one could imagine in the silent auction room. A lot of people were doing their Christmas shopping right there! The live auction was conducted by Bob Laswell and, as always, he did a great job. There was everything in the live auction from a John Deere Gator to Vacation Trips. The purpose of the event is to raise money for scholarships and boy did they ever accomplish that! A new record of $121,000 dollars was set. There will now be an opportunity for a college education for a lot of kids that might not have been able to afford one. It sure makes me proud to live in Southwest Missouri!
Golden Living Center in Anderson had their Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. I was happy to join them for a great meal in a festive setting. They go all out to provide a fun time for the residents and their families. I was seated next to a gentleman whose wife was a resident there for several years. Sadly, she passed on a couple of years ago but he volunteers his time three days a week to visit with residents. He was telling me that many of the folks there don't have any visitors. They either don't have any family left or there is just no one who cares enough to take the time to come. For many of them, the high point of their month is when they receive a visit from the Anderson second graders. That is a great idea! If you are retired and have some free time on your hands, drop by a nursing home close to you and spend some quality time with some people that will really appreciate having you visit. Oh, did I mention that Susan Wood the Administrator was awarded the Missouri Administrator of the Year! She's really shy about bragging about it so if you see her, congratulate her for a great job.
We held a Town Hall Meeting at Seneca on Thursday evening. Seneca has some great ideas for growth and I shared some ideas for funding infrastructure improvements. With the growth projections, there may be a need for a future well addition and it's never too early to start planning. The intersection of Highways 43 and 60 will soon be outfitted with a roundabout. The crossing has been hazardous for years and now with the additional traffic to the casino, it has become really dangerous. Seneca's City Council, Police Department, and Chamber of Commerce are all working together to make it a better place in the future.
Sunday afternoon we went to a surprise retirement party for Jr. Landers of Pineville. Jr. has owned and operated the same business at Pineville for the last 61 years. He started working for his dad in a filling station and garage when he was 16 and they moved it to the present location on old 71 at Pineville shortly after. He has been in the filling station and tire business ever since. There were at least a dozen men in the group that had worked for Jr. when they were in high school. One of them, Gary Sherman, bought the place and is converting it to a BBQ Restaurant. He plans to give Jr a key to the place so he and his buddies can drink coffee in the mornings! Over 100 people attended the party and a lot of stories were told!