Archive for Thursday, October 21, 2004

Bits and Pieces

Season for Eudora to turn over a new leaf

October 21, 2004

Another beautiful fall weekend has passed. Homecoming was particularly remarkable, with both the weather and the football team cooperating to make it one of the best. The queen and king candidates were respectively lovely and handsome and looking younger every year.
Jacqueline Pyle and Chris Durkin won the honor of queen and king with all three of the queen candidates looking so grown up and beautiful in long gowns that it was reassuring to see them giggling happily amongst themselves after the crowning -- relieved of the pressure to see who would be chosen queen and back to being just friends.
The king candidates as always looked a bit out of their element, seemingly embarrassed about the whole thing and anxious to return to the game. It was a bittersweet moment to watch candidate Kayla Moyer walk onto the field knowing that her father, Rod, who has been deployed, is not here to be a part of this special event in her life.
And what about that game? I found myself feeling sorry for Santa Fe Trail as we continued to romp down the field for yet another touchdown. What a pleasant change from our game against De Soto when our team worked so hard for even the slightest opportunity to score.
I was also glad to see Coach Gregg Webb give the younger boys a chance at a little glory as the score became one-sided. It's so much fun to come out and support our hometown team and visit with people that you may not see much once the cold weather is upon us.
Baldwin City also had a great weekend for the annual Maple Leaf Festival, although many of the trees there have not yet begun to change color. We wandered around the streets for several hours viewing the wares of what seemed to be even more vendors than usual.
Maple Leaf is an age-old tradition in our family that began when my kids were playing in the Eudora High band and continues to this day, even though they are grown and have families of their own. We continued to attend in the years that followed their band days, eventually bringing the grandchildren in their strollers and my mother in her wheelchair.
During that time, the parade was a great attraction, but one that has now been replaced by soccer games at home. With much of our conversation beginning with "remember when," my daughters and I enjoyed a yearly tradition that carries with it many pleasant and fond memories.
The article in last week's The Eudora News about starting a farmers' market in Eudora was certainly interesting. I'm hoping that the instigators find a way to make this happen. What a fun thing for downtown as well as our community.
This idea coupled with the fact that we may have a chance at a grant to refurbish downtown makes for exciting news. I understand that anyone in the community can write a letter of support for the grant, according to last week's paper. Letters should be sent to City Administrator Mike Yanez, who will forward it onto the state.
For more information call the city administrator at 542-4111, and he will send you a format about what to include in your letter. The deadline is Nov. 1.
Community support is important in the outcome of who receives the grant, so with that in mind hopefully there are a lot of us who will want to lend our voices and support to this venture. It is so much better to be a part of the process to enhance our community than to look back and wish we had been when it might be too late to make a difference.
I visited with Lauren Smith the owner of Madame Hatter's last week and was saddened to hear that she will be closing the tearoom as of Oct. 30. Lauren stated that business had been good, in fact overwhelming, creating staffing problems that are forcing the closure.
What a shame to lose such a viable business just when we may be in the forefront of a revitalization of downtown. We are sorry to see you go, Lauren, and wish you well in whatever you choose to do in the future.
Closure of another kind came this past week to my friends Kay and Stan Byrne and their family with the death of Kay's father, who died just five weeks after Kay's mother was buried. This seems to happen so often when one partner in a marriage dies.
Kay's father was here at the Eudora Nursing Center for only a brief time before he slipped away to join his wife of many years. It helps to believe that they have been united again on a different level without the infirmities of age and illness that was so much a part of their later life.
To Kay, I extend my sympathy with a wish of a good rest and eventually only pleasant remembrances of her parents who have both been taken so quickly.

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