July 22, 2014

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Observations of classmates at reunion

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
After watching Dr. Wayne Dyer on PBS, I got to thinking about the classmates who come back for Alumni and the Friday night parties. Dr. Dyer was talking about our ego and that in order to get rid of it, we need to become compassionate.

 
Wandering Wanda and ‘Grandma’s Commandos’

By Freida Marie Crump
Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
Wanda McBride is somewhat of a nut. No, she’s delightfully loony. While other extroverts march to a different drummer, Wanda’s spent her life listening to an entirely different band. In short, she’s a bodacious delight, always doing the unexpected, bringing joy into the room each time she enters.
That’s why her vacation plans are never a surprise. Last summer she packed up her two small granddaughters and took off. Wanda uses no roadmap when she travels nor do her vacations have any particular destination. When I asked her where she was headed she simply pointed a heavily-ringed finger and said, “That-a way.”

 
Wow! Electric interurbans in Cass County

By Leigh Morris
Our place in history
Our story begins in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 2, 1888 – the day Frank Sprague’s electrified city streetcar system went into operation.
An immediate success, Sprague’s creation spawned a public transportation revolution from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In just seven years, a total of 900 electric street railways were operating on nearly 11,000 miles of track.

 
‘One flag, one land, one nation evermore’

By Leigh Morris
Our place in history
Perhaps Beardstown’s most significant Memorial Day observance took place in 1891.
A monument “in memory of our deceased soldiers and sailors of the War of the Rebellion” had been erected in Oak Grove Cemetery the previous September. This fine monolith was crowned by the statue of a Civil War soldier and stood surrounded by the graves of those who died in that grim war.

 
Beginning a season of barbeques, picnics, lazy days and celebrations

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
Memorial Day signifies the start of summer even though the official date of summer is June 21. It kicks off the season of BBQs, picnics, lazy days at the pool for so many, but the true meaning of the holiday is more than a three-day weekend for those who work so hard each week.
Just three years after the Civil War ended in 1868, Decoration Day was established to honor those soldiers who had died and the first celebration was held at Arlington National Cemetery. The date of May 30 was selected since flowers should be in bloom across the country.

 
A weekend to remember...

By Kay Brown
Behind the Garden Gate
What a great Memorial Day weekend turned out to be. The weather was great and the people were greater. We had a really good party Friday at the Café, along with the class of ‘59. We weren’t too late getting home, but were tired, so slept in.
Saturday we went to breakfast at the Methodist church where we saw more friends, and then back home to rest for the Saturday night banquet at the high school to see more friends. Other classmates went downtown to party some more.

 
No exact date of Princess Theater closing

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
Tell me more. When did the Princess Theater close? That was the question I received in a letter from Tom Lloyd, BHS class of 1963, who lives in a suburb of Washington D. C. He was referring to a recent column I had written about the history of the theater in Beardstown, and wondering if and when there will be another.
First, I will tell you about when I first met Tommy. It was the spring of 1954; he was about ten years old, and it was sign up day for Little League. My job was to register each of the boys.

 
Has life got you down? Go sit in a tree

By Freida Marie Crump
Coonridge Digeset
Greetings from the Ridge.
Alfie Rodhaver climbed up into a tree yesterday and he says he has no intention of coming down. I looked out my window this morning and he’s still there. Alfie’s wife Lora said that yesterday morning he filled a thermos with coffee, put the newspaper under his arm and climbed up into the soft maple in front of their house. His last words, “I’ll come down when I decide to come down.”

 
Touring band performs at Dr. Ugs

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
Another national touring band performed at Dr. Ugs on Sunday afternoon and the crowd was incredible. Rosie Flores brought her "rockabilly filly" style to Virginia all the way from Austin, Texas. While the music is fantastic and the performers really give it their all, it is always interesting to hear outsider's impression of Virginia. Rosie's bass player, Joseph and her guitarist, Victor, thought that Virginia has a great historical vibe to it and reminded them of some of the older towns in Texas. They were impressed with the building renovations and many photos were snapped while walking around the square. They were taken with the amount of preservation that is occurring around the square to maintain the historic façade of the community and the "aha moment" when Joseph said he would love to live here and be a part of the historic transformation. How gratifying it is to hear those words!

 
Farmer’s Market and a play keeps one busy

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
This week is one of those very busy ones that happen about once a month. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be the play at the Opera House, entitled, “Maid To Order.”
Friday night will also be a dinner, so get your reservations in by Thursday at 4 p.m. please, if at all possible.
Friday here at home, we’re opening Rushville Farmers Market at 7 a.m. till 12:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, same time.

 
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