By Mischaele Bearce
• East Lynne Fire Department had three medicals for the week. Nov. 26, Dr. Gustason was there to go over reports and then did a medical class. Maintenance was done after the program.
• Congratulations to Roy and Marge Sparks on their 20th wedding anniversary.
• Congratulations to our son, Brian Bearce, who passed his Law Academy test Nov. 25 in Jefferson City. There were several students that went down Nov. 24 to get ready for this big test. Brians message to us was, There is a new Law Dog in town! Best of luck, son.
• City of East Lynne can now take your water payments over the phone using the NTS payment program. The usage charges will still apply.
• East Lynne Assembly of God had a wonderful fellowship time at the Sunday morning breakfast Nov. 24. We had around 40 people who attended. The children are starting to practice with bells for the Christmas program and they need to be there on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.
• Happy birthday to Lauren Richter, Patrick Dickey, Rena Heavin, Eavey Bevan, Walter Nemecheck, Brian Woolery, Kolten Groblebe, Collin Fagley, Paul Hernandez, Kelsey Roth, Jackie Groblebe, Jacob Bruton, Nick Kreimeyer, Hunter Fackrell, and Hollie Abernathy.
• Happy anniversary to TJ and Chrissy Poole.
By Nina Kemper
• The inaugural softball game at the Jacob Carver Memorial Park in Freeman will be Saturday, Nov. 30. Sign-ups are at 10 a.m. and the games begin at 11 a.m. The ball field is now completed. The tournament is a co-ed softball tournament for all ages and achievement levels. Teams will be assigned at random. You need to bring your own glove; There will be a few bats and balls on hand, but if you have extras, please bring them. There also will be a weenie roast with weenies provided. Feel free to bring a simple side. Spectators are needed and should bring lawnchairs. This is weather permitting ... if it is raining, it wont happen. Not above freezing? It wont happen. Might go on if some white flakes have arrived. If it has to be canceled, it will happen Friday night. For more information, call Julie Linder at 816-590-1965.
• Sunday, Dec. 1, is the Freeman Community Clubs annual Christmas lighting. The evening starts off with a bonfire on Main Street to keep warm and roast hot dogs. Hot dogs and buns are provided. There is music and at 6 p.m. Santa arrives on a fire truck and the lights are turned on. All merchants in Freeman are encouraged to decorate and turn their lights on at 6 p.m. Residents are also encouraged to turn their decorations on because there will be hay rides after Santa arrives for everyone to see the decorations around town. In the club building, the kids will have a chance to visit with Santa and have their picture taken with him. Also in the building will be cookies, hot chocolate, and hot coffee. This is open to the entire community. Come join the fun. Members are reminded to bring three dozen cookies.
• Shop with a Cop A big thank you to Club 111 who donated $1,000 to this project. However, more donations are needed to meet the needs of the community. Donations may be dropped off at Freeman City Hall or Citizens Bank where the account is. If you make it at the bank, please tell them it is for Shop with a cop. Donations need to be made before Saturday, Dec. 14, because that is when they are going shopping. Thanks again to Club 111 and also thank you to all who donate. You are appreciated.
• Senior Citizen Bingo will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Freeman Community Club. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bingo will be a little different for a while but will go on. Please bring your favorite snack to this meeting along with a white elephant gift to be used as bingo prizes. For more information, call Melva Baldwin.
• The Freeman Community Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Bring your favorite snack for a fun evening.
• The Walmart Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Diamond Rays for the regular monthly meeting. It would be great to have a very good turnout for this meeting.
• During the Christmas Season the Freeman Presbyterian Church is planning some very special services. On Sunday, Dec. 1 - Hanging of the Green, Sunday, Dec. 8 - The Plan Revisited, Dec. 15 - Prayers of Christmas, and Dec. 22 - The Christmas Pageant. All of the services are at 11 a.m. Then at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, the church has a very special Candlelight Communion Service. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these services. Sunday, Dec. 1, the men of the church will prepare a delicious breakfast at 9 a.,m.
• Ty Eckhoff and her friend, Brooklyn, were the candle lighters at Freeman Presbyterian Church on Nov. 24. Elaine Sturm had the Childrens Moment on her recent trip to Australia. She had pictures to share with the children. Keith Cook read the scriptures and Keith also had Childrens Church.
• Nov. 24, Freeman Baptist Church had the annual Community Thanksgiving Service. Freeman Presbyterian Church and West Line Christian Church, as well as the Baptist church, all contributed to the service. Following the service, refreshments were served in the church hall. These churches also get together for an Easter Sunrise Service.
• Dick and LaVeta Sanders, of Cleveland, were happy to have their daughter-in-law, Reem Sanders, from Zurich, Switzerland, grandsons, Keane from Colgate University, New York, and Merrik, from Mercersburg Academy, Pennsylvania, with them during their Thanksgiving break from school. Paige Wolny, from Bethany College in Kansas, a friend of the boys, came the 22nd to be with the family for the Thanksgiving holiday also. Kent, Karen and Kolin Sanders spent Nov. 24 at the farm to celebrate Kents birthday. Reems nephew, Michu Giovani, from University of New York, arrived Nov. 27 to spend a few days. The Sanders and guests all attended the Harper Family Thanksgiving festivities Nov. 28 at Don and Louise Bollers in Platte City. Everyone was thankful for their many blessings. Reem plans to go to Minnesota after everyone leaves Monday, Dec. 2, to be with her sister, Najwa, and family while Najwa has chemo at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She, Keith and boys will return for Christmas.
• Some birthdays for next week include: Nov. 30 - Thomas Needham, Michael Oakes and Leslie Schilb; Dec. 2 - Donny Williams; Dec. 4 - Kayla Ring and Mike Oyster; Dec. 6 - Jeremy Farr, Austin Oakes, Cherry Mickelson, Jennifer Dean and Debbie Francy; Dec. 7 - Donice Parker and Tammy Vincent.
• Some anniversaries for next week include: Dec. 4 - Caren and Brian Renner; Dec. 5 - Melva and Homer Baldwin.
By Gail Lyon
• Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.
• I think Donna said the last count for the shoe boxes was 91.
• Nov. 23, I went to Emmas birthday party at her dads house. Nathan, Abby, Tim Lyon, Sara, Josh, Shannon, Charlie, Jordan and Logan Barrett were her guests. Tim cooked hotdogs and sausages on the grill and there was nacho cheese dip, guacamole dip,cake and frozen yogurt. Everyone watched Emma open her gifts and then the kids went home with me. We didnt make it to church Nov. 24. I decided to stay inside where it was warm. After church, Donna and Logan stopped by to see the kids and Logan stayed to play for a while. They made pictures with stencils and then they played house with the dolls. They had a very good time. Donna came and got Logan and I took the girls home. Tim and Josh were working on mounting a deer that Josh had killed earlier this year. It is very interesting watching how they do that. Well them Chiefs went and lost another game. The boys and girls at Midway have already started playing basketball. They had Nov. 27-29 off for their Thanksgiving break.
• Happy Birthday: Steve Bailey 29th.
• Sorry about Decembers birthdays for next week. I have lost my list.
• Happy Anniversary: Rob and Angie Irvin, Tom and Carol Didier 29th