By Mischaele Bearce
• East Lynne Fire Department had a Search and Rescue call, and a mutual aid call with Garden City on a structural fire and we also had a structural fire. Those who attended the Board meeting were Jackie Groblebe, Connie Kudron, Max Schmoll, John and Mischaele Bearce, Cyndi Ramage, and Mike Davis. There will training Thursday, July 24, doing pump operations. A big thanks goes out to Henry Scott, Bryan Groblebe and Nicole Straton, who responded to the the search for the little 5-year-old boy. There were many agencies looking for several hours that day. Thanks for all everyone did and the family appreciates all the efforts. Engine 61 in in service now and some of the trucks are getting lettering put on, along with the new radios installed. We have had eight calls this month with 66 to date.
• Silver Manor Board meeting was at the East Lynne fire station with Mark Parker, Mischaele Bearce, Linda Cox, Lisa Christiansen and Lisa Akins present. Parker is working on getting bids to paint the outside of Silver Manor, along with some minor maintenance inside the complexes.
By David Ullery
• This is my first week of reporting the news for the Freeman area and, as a fifth-generation native of this community, I hope that I can make this column both interesting and informative. Our community owes a big thanks to Nina Kemper for her many years of writing this weekly column. What I do may be different from what she did, but she really did a great job over those years.
• Our community extends our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Rob Briggs, who passed away July 10. His funeral was July 13.
• We also extend our sympathy to the family of Kathy Wise, of Freeman, who passed away July 8.
• The Freeman Community Club met July 10. Jake Lambertz and Jackson Eberle presented a program on their recent trip to Missouri Boys State, which was at Central Missouri State University-Warrensburg.
• The Freeman Community Club continues to plan for Freeman Homecoming, which will be Saturday, Sept. 13. If you can help in any way, contact Kelly Bray or Melinda Eads. Also, start making plans to participate in the homecoming parade. If you wish to participate in that, contact Vickie Francy of the Dolan-West Dolan Fire Department, who is in charge of the parade lineup.
• The Dolan-West Dolan Fire Department responded to approximately 120 calls so far in 2014. Right now, department members are preparing for the firefighter contests at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Cass County Fair in Pleasant Hill. These contests are a time of fun for all of the area fire departments that participate, but they also demonstrate firefighter skills and promote teamwork. Spectators are always invited to come and observe the various events.
• In late May, at a ceremony in Kansas City, members of Dolan-West Dolan were presented a life-saving award by Research Medical Center for saving the life of the victim of a motor vehicle accident east of Freeman on 2 Highway.
• Freeman Baptist Church concluded a week of Vacation Bible School.
• If you have anything to report in this column, contact me by either phone or email.
By Gail Lyon
• WLCC had its VBS program July 13. The kids had learned new songs, answered questions and recited memory verses. Sherri Brown, the director, was really happy with the teachers and helpers. Everyone had a wonderful week and program.
• Etta May Young Robinette passed away July 7 at a Colorado Springs hospital with her three surviving children by her side. May, the daughter of Herschel C. and Geneva May Prettyman Young, grew up in West Line. Mays two surviving brothers Robert Young, West Line, and Charles Young, Pleasant Hill, along with 19 other family members from the Cass County area attended a beautiful memorial service in honor of May on July 12 in Colorado Springs. May was laid to rest by her husband, Donald W. Robinette, at Fort Logan Denver, Colo.
• The Young family would like to thank everyone for their love and support at this time of loss of our special mother, sisters, aunts, cousin and friends. May God Bless
• West Line sends our deepest sympathy to the May Young Robinette family, Rob Briggs family and Junior Gilbert families that passed away recently. These people will be dearly missed.
• July 13, my granddaughters Abby and Emma and their two cousins Logan Barrett and Grace Kirby got together at my house and had a tea party. The girls and I made little cupcakes and we had dark chocolate and white chocolate covered pretzels. For their tea, they had cold sweet tea. They designed and decorated their own hats. Afterward, they went swimming. They had a very good time.
• Happy Birthday: Kaye Seabaugh 21st, Dee Starks 22nd, Ron Brown, 23rd.
• Happy Anniversary: John and Barbara Goddard