By Mischaele Bearce
• The East Lynne Fire Department started out the year with three calls Jan. 1 and then a chimney fire Jan. 2. So far, it has slowed down for us and Jan. 7, the radio man was down to set up all the radios to narrow ban. Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Also, there was a shooting just outside of East Lynne with the Sheriffs Office still investigating.
• Donna and Cliff Woolery were blessed with a gift to go and hangout at Big Cedar Resort for two days. They really needed it after the holidays last month and then Melissa Johnson and Brian Woolery got married at the church Dec. 31. Even though the weather turned off nasty and cold, there was still a packed church for the wedding. For their honeymoon, they spent several days at Chateau Avalon by the speedway.
• Donna Guggisberg sent me a beautiful card this week and inside it I had typed this article Jan. 17, 1982. Jan. 17, 1982: East Lynne Community Church opened its doors in the old Baptist building known today as the East Lynne Assembly of God Church. The church is getting ready to celebrate 25 (now 31 years) of service. This was the coldest day of the year with the wind chill index of -30 below 0. They had borrowed metal chairs from the VFW Hall and Cliff had stated in his sermon that Sunday the mens hats had blown off their heads in the back part of the church. There were approximately 20 people for that service. Ed Hardy (deceased now) was the first minister, along with Rocky Scofield, Ted and Fran Furry, Mark and Linda Cunningham and several others who followed. Cliff and Donna Woolery came in 1982 and have been a big blessing to all and continues to make the church grow. Opal Burton was the secretary for the church for many years. In 1990, the Community Church changed its name to the East Lynne Assembly of God church. We still continue to grow, seeing the younger generation in town now come and some have children of their own. Cliff is still ministering and Donna is in charge of the beautiful music that is played every week. Thanks Donna G. for keeping a copy of this record for me to share once again.
• Sympathy goes out to Elaine and her sons, Troy and Ty, on the passing of Roger Helphrey on Jan. 6. Roger lost his battle with lung cancer and dementia at his home in Adrian. There will be a celebration of life from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at First Baptist Church in Adrian.
• Happy anniversary to Misty and Jim Terrell.
• Happy birthday to Robert Dark, Kay Schrock, Lucas Hayes, David Carnes, Jr., Blaze Weaver, John Bearce, Angie Evans, Will Price, Hunter Jones, Bryan Gorblebe, Maggie Shea, Cody Call, Heyden Denner, Donn Miller, Ian Stansberry, Garrett Heaper, Christian Switzer, and Dillard Meins.
By Nina Kemper
• The Freeman Cemetery Association will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan 12, at Freeman Community Club. This is for anyone interested in Freeman Cemetery.
• From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, there will be a fund-raiser for the family of Debbie McVay at the Freeman Community Club building. They will serve spaghetti and/or chicken noodle soup. Debbie has a descending aortic aneurysm that has only a 25-percent survival rate. She is now in a Houston hospital where the necessary surgery gives her a better chance. Her husband, Glen, is with her and, of course, not working. They need money for expenses. Her daughter, Tara Richardson, is hoping to get down there. A friend has loaned Tara a car to go but she also needs expense money. Chris and Taras children, Payton, Hope and Izzy, are Debbies grandchildren and are students at Cass Midway.
• Donna Hobick is in ICU at St. Joseph Medical Center and not doing well. Coach Hobick, Mike and Steve and family would really appreciate your prayers.
• The Walmart Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Diamond Rays for their regular monthly luncheon. If you retired from Walmart or were a long-time associate, please join this group.
• Rev. Ilona Buzick has started a Wednesday morning (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Womens Bible study: Law of Love, a Beth Moore study. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a member of the Freeman Presbyterian Church to attend. This will be in Ilonas study at the church.
• Also at 7 p.m. on Friday nights, beginning Jan. 18, Ilona will be continuing the Bible Study on Acts at the home of Carole and George Gurnett, 24818 S. Groh Road, Cleveland.
• Norvell Kemper had quite a birthday week last week. It started off Jan. 2 with lunch with Kay and Gabby Buck. On Jan. 3, his actual birthday, he ate at Golden Corral in Independence and then that evening the Kempers went to Warrensburg to attend the wrestling match of Jared Allnutt and celebrate his birthday with the Allnutts. He got to see Jared win both of his matches that night.
• Some birthdays for next week include: Jan. 12 - Shelby Linder; Jan. 13 - Linda Weiss and Mary Sue Smither; Jan. 14 - Jessica Vento-Streeter and Jill and Kate Fields; Jan. 15 - Laurie Oakes and Heather Smith; Jan. 16 - Loretta Wiseman, Merrilee Mickelson and Bob Farr; Jan. 17 - Michael Davis Jr.; Jan. 18 - Jodie Whitcraft, Steve Shipley and Gwen Eason; Jan. 19 - Derek Davis.
• Anniversary wishes go to Doris and Gene Goddard on Jan. 12 and to Beverly and John Mabary on Jan. 13.