By Mischaele Bearce
• The City of East Lynne had a major water break early Aug. 2 causing the town to be without water most of the day. The town was under a boil order once the water line got fixed.
• Dan Doerhoff, East Lynnes old principal, had his teeth cleaned last week by our daughter Crystal. During that cleaning session, Crystal mentioned that Brecken wanted to do classes on flying an airplane. So when everything was said and done, Doerhoff, along with Brecken and his two main friends Isaiah Patrick and Hunter Carpenter, went on an hour flight around the area. They flew over my house and Brecken snapped several pictures of our house, Raymore, Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville.
• Gracia Burnham, author of the New York Times bestselling book, In the Presence of My Enemies, was at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church. Her new book, To Fly Again, is her current popular new book. Burnham knows what it is like to have life spin out of control. While missionaries in the Philippines, Burnham and her husband Martin were kidnapped by terrorists and spent the next 13 months as hostages in the Philippine jungle. On June 7, 2002, captivity ended for the two missionaries in a violent rescue that left Martin dead and Burnham wounded. Their story of faith in the midst of terror and tragedy is known to millions.
• East Lynne School starts Tuesday, Aug. 12, so please drive safely and watch out for the children walking to school. Meet the teacher night was Aug. 5.
• East Lynne Board meeting Monday, Aug. 11.
• Happy birthday to Layne Hayden, Bradley Davis, Machenzie Eisel, Zachary Hammond, Kelly Shea, Nathan Kreimeyer, Tommy Verstraete, Avery Butler, Zachary Zieman, P.D. Kircher, Kathy Minshall, Kyle Davis, Hennery Watson, Riley Whiting, Bethany Rushly, Teri Riggs, Bonnie Brown, Mason Hyatt, Raigen Mickelberry, Lydia Kern, Richard Burton, Chase Williams, Joe Hernandez, Ean Jarvis, Brandon Slevey and Kai Weseman.
• Happy Anniversary to Donna and Cliff Woolery, Tim and Rachel Hockett, and Jack and Marie Groblebe. (These birthdays and anniversaries covered the two past weeks.)
By David Ullery
• We express our condolences to Connie Ketchum, Carri Wilson and Carli Flanary, of Freeman, and their families on the death of their mother, Wilma Flanary, who passed away Aug. 1.
• There is a new face at Freeman City Hall. Clorisa Bridgers is the new city clerk. She and husband, David, are both Midway graduates.
• Beth Davis has been back in the community visiting family and friends, but left Aug. 6. She is in the Air Force and has been stationed at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, but is being reassigned to South Korea for a one-year tour of duty.
• The Dolan-West Dolan Fire Department responded to a barn fire northwest of Freeman on July 29. They also responded to some medical calls during the week.
• Help start AWANA off on the right foot. A tri-community cookout will be 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. Local churches are donating food, so dont worry about bringing anything but yourself. To help raise funds for the AWANA group, freewill donations will be accepted from those who would like to help. The money raised will help pay for supplies, awards and badges, and books and uniforms for children who want to participate but cant afford them.
• The Freeman Presbyterian Church will have a cleanup day from 8 a.m. until early afternoon Saturday, Aug. 9. Lunch will be provided. Bring dust rags, window cleaner, pruning shears, etc. They will be busy bees cleaning up the buildings inside and out. Even if you can only come part of the day, come join the fun.
• Free senior bingo will be Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Freeman at the FCC building. Doors open at 11 a.m. with a free lunch served at 12 p.m. Free door prize. There will be white elephant prizes so please bring a prize and win a prize everyone wins. If you have any questions, please call 816-779-4210.
• Next week marks the end of summer vacation, as school starts at Midway on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
• The Freeman Community Club will have the monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Most of the meeting will probably be spent on planning for the Freeman Homecoming, which will be Saturday, Sept. 13. If you would like to help with the clubs homecoming activities, contact any member of the Freeman Community Club and they will put you in touch with the various committees.
• Football season opens at Midway on Friday, Aug. 15, when the Vikings have a pre-season Jamboree between Midway, Lone Jack and Lincoln. The event starts at 7 p.m. There are no winners or losers at this event. Each team gets 18 offensive and 18 defensive plays, and this format gives the teams a better opportunity for play than a single team scrimmage format. Come on out and see what the Vikings have in store for the season.
• Also, 30 minutes before all of the home games, Jamboree included, you are invited to meet at the flag pole for a short prayer for the safety and sportsmanship of all players and spectators.
• The Freeman Presbyterian Church will have a fellowship dinner following morning worship service Sunday, Aug. 17. The movie God is Not Dead will be shown following the dinner.
• The Tri-Community Church Alliance will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at West Line Christian Church.
• Happy Birthday: Melanie, 10th.
• Happy Birthday: Louis, 10th.
By Gail Lyon
• West Line Christian Church had the first Sunday of the month basket dinner. Sunday, Aug. 24, is the annual ice cream social.
• Saturday, Aug. 9, there will be a fundraiser for AWANA at Freeman Park. This is a new elementary youth program. Please come and find out more about this program and support it.
• Friday, Aug. 15, see you at the flag pole 30 minutes prior to every Midway home game.
• Linda Richardson, grandmother, and Judy Menge, mother-in-law, had a baby shower for Mandy Menge. Lots of family and friends gathered at Harrisonville Community Center to shower Mandy with gifts and well wishes of her delivery.
• Happy Birthday: Kadence Pitman 9th, Rodger Lavelock 12.
• Happy Anniversary Josh and Mary Ann Srader 10th.