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Day-to-Day with Doris


By Doris Lessenden

April 5, 2023

"Jesus said, 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'" — Matthew 11:28

This is Holy Week which began last Sabbath on Palm Sunday being remembered by most church families distributing palm branches to worshippers as we hear the scriptures about Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey amidst many joyful people. During this Passion Week some churches have had Maundy Thursday Services recounting Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples and then that night in an olive tree grove at Gethsemane where they went to pray, Jesus was betrayed by his disciple Judas Iscariot. After illegal trials that night that led to His Crucifixion and burial in a tomb, we celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from the tomb and appeared to hundreds of people before returning to Heaven again. Jesus assured His people that He would come again and take the believers with Him to Heaven.

Good Friday Services are on April 7th in Eads and will be led by the Ministerial Alliance at the Praise Community Church at 7:00 p.m. The community choir is being organized by Jimmy Brown.

The Eads Senior Citizens enjoyed their monthly Brunch on Thursday this week. More seniors are attending the “chair exercise” sessions on Monday afternoon and Wednesday and Thursday mornings. There is no cost, just come, enjoy a beverage, and follow the exercises by the leader on the screen for 30 minutes or whatever is best for one’s own body. It is very good for all our bodies.

A bridal shower was hosted in the Eads Senior Center for Brooklynn Jones of Eads-Chivington and her fiancé, Sy Spitz. Brooklynn’s mother, Missy, is one of those ten beautiful Barlow women. The cousins hosted a fabulously elegant room and buffet of meats, cheeses, condiments, and desserts for the dazzled guests. It was such a joy to me to see all those pretty and sweet “Barlow girls” again. Plus, I was privileged to sit with their aunt, Joyce Barlow Reedy, who how serves as Board Chairwoman of the Hospice organization that greatly serves Prowers and Kiowa Counties.    

A huge Congratulations from the families and friends of two Eads High seniors goes out to Magdalen (Maggie) Haase and Antonio (AJ) Vasquez who have received the Daniels Scholarship. The students filled out extensive applications then went through an interview process. It is so remarkable to have two students from the same school to receive these scholarships. Congratulations to their parents and teachers for their fine guidance and support of Maggie and AJ.

Last week I was disappointed to not get to watch high school baseball from my van. But when I called the school this week, Mrs. Britten said some Eads boys did join the team at Wiley. So baseball fans can drive to Wiley on April 4th and 7th at 4:00 p.m. to watch those games. Several young men from Kit Carson are traveling to practice and play with the Cheyenne Wells Tiger team.

Stephanie Framel, a 2022 Kit Carson graduate, is a nursing major and on the Adams State University Softball team in Alamosa this year. The University’s poster of Stephanie’s statements of her career and educational goals is so admirable.

According to Jan Richards, the Eads Chamber of Commerce will be clarifying the amounts of the Chamber’s scholarships at the Chamber’s monthly meeting on April 5th. Chamber members are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings on the first Wednesday at noon in JJ’s Restaurant meeting room.

The third Community Conversation meeting at the Cobblestone Inn on three consecutive Monday nights was attended by people who discussed and shared about what they thought the community needs and wants in our new hospital they are planning to build in the next three years to be located on 10 acres on Lowell Street in Eads. This was a prime time for citizens to tell the leaders what services they want to have in the new hospital and extended care facility—what some of us still call a nursing home. Actually, it was disappointing that not as many people responded to the surveys or attended even one meeting to listen to facts and to speak about their hopes and desires for a new medical facility for our region.

Patients who have been cared for at the Eads Clinic by Physician’s Assistant, Abby Huff, received a letter last week that Ms. Huff has been accepted into a Women’s Health Fellowship. We do wish Abby a bright future and thank her for her kind service in Eads. The CEO, Beth Bell, stated that people could request the services of one of the following: Morgan King PA-C, Rachel Bletzacker FNP, Caitlin Philpy FNP, or one of the doctors who serve here every week.

Remember to mark your calendar to visit the HEALTH FAIR that is April 14 and 15 between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Eads Elementary School.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Kent, Kit Carson sixth grader, who was the Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest. She is the daughter of Chandler and Brianna Kent and the granddaughter of Craig and Theresia Kerfoot of Eads and Bill Kent of Kit Carson. She’s also the great-granddaughter of my classmate, Ann Kerfoot of Colorado Springs.

If Readers are nearby the Courthouse in Eads at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday the 8th, you are sure to see entertaining sights that will happen quickly as the children scramble to hunt and collect as many Easter eggs as they can.

Boys and girls and teenagers across the state are running and participating in all sorts of weather at track & field meets.

Let’s be thankful and kind.

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