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Those are the breaks

As they say…some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you. Only in my case, it was the mole. Warm, sunny Sunday afternoon, great time to do a little weeding. Pulled two weeds, stepped back, and…wham! Stepped in a mole hole and went down for the count with the terrible realization my wrist was broken. At least it looked very different than it had before the fall. Originally it looked like this … “I”. Now it looks like this … “Z”. Did I mention it’s my right wrist, that is attached to my right hand, that is my dominate hand? Long, pain-filled story short is I have a cast and won’t be doing much of anything for the next six weeks. But the column must get done, so the left hand is sent in as an unwilling substitute, and, despite typos and words that don’t appear in any dictionary… this is it. 

Recovering nicely, thank you. Sandy Miller, who broke her knee cap a few weeks ago while skiing in Squaw Valley, (isn’t that far more exciting than stepping in a mole hole?), is back in action and spent last week in Winston-Salem, N.C. visiting family. Some people make the most of their breaks!

Need a break?… Jackie Berry will host Girls’ Night Out/Spring Fling Thursday, April 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Twin Oaks Vineyard & Winery. Your $20 contribution will benefit the United Way of St. Francois Co., and donations of toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss will benefit the Children’s Dental Health Clinic. Donations of disposable diapers (size 2 or 3) will go to the Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center. First-time guests are eligible to win a $50 gift card, and other door prizes will be given. Donations will be accepted in advance at www.unitedwayofsfc.org. For more information, call 573-760-8929. 

Riding the rails … Keith and Jeanette Bishop are back from another of their great trips. This time they enjoyed seeing the west by rail as they took AmTrack’s tour through the Rockies and then along the scenic California coast. At the end of the line the Bishops caught their flight back to Missouri with lots of pleasant memories.

A re-do … The earlier scheduled appearance of Kyle Cox at the Women’s Connection had to be cancelled due to a hissie-fit by Maw Nature, so the ladies are looking forward to Kyle’s being there as the special feature at the May 11th Brunch from 9:15-11:00 a.m. at Rosener’s Restaurant. Kyle will be entertaining with his Halo handpan, a twenty-first century descendant of the steel pan instrument that he produces. Kyle formed his own company, Pantheon Steel in Farmington and launched the steel pan program at Mineral Area College. He creates instruments for people such as Kenny Chesney and performs on stage with many well known musicians such as Ray Charles. Linda Childress from New Albany, Ind., a retreat and training specialist for The Potter’s Wheel and a Precept Bible Study Leader, is the guest speaker. Reservations for the $9 Brunch are suggested, but not required and can be made by calling Tillie @ 756-4839 or Lucy @ 562-7492.

On the run … Four members of the G3FAR Running Club competed in the GO St. Louis Marathon Relay Sunday April 11… The 26.2 mile relay run was completed in 3 hrs and 42 mins by the four man team of Dr. Tom LaMartina, Danny Combs, Donnie Trokey, and Ted Cassimatis. The time was good enough for 45th out of 451 teams and 17th in their division. Other Farmingtonians that completed the challenging 26.2 marathon were Rikki Boyd (1st marathon), Liz Brockland, John Carter, Brandon Good, Cindy Isabel (6th in her division), Missy Manch (1st marathon), and Gabe Runyon. The more popular half marathon of 13.1 miles was completed by Heather Aceves (1st half marathon), Maureen Borrego, Mary Crecelius, Bill Gammon, Jamie Gammon, Don Hager (4th in his division), Rusty Ramos, Elizabeth Stevenson, and Mandy Whitener… Congrats to all!

Sad news… Word was received here of the deaths of two former residents this past week: Jane Eberhart Bradley, of Pekin, Ill. who passed away Sunday, April 25, and Jean Morris Martin of Malden, Mo. who passed away April 21. Both were graduates of Farmington High School: Jane in 1951 and Jean in 1949. Jean is survived by two daughters and one son, all of Malden. Jane is survived by her husband, Robert Bradley of Pekin, Ill., one son, one daughter, one step-son and two step-daughters. Also by her sister Carole (Mrs. Charles) Cozean of Cape Girardeau. Our sympathy to their families and friends.

Growing up….Farmington continues to experience new growth as evidenced by the newly completed building on East Karsch to be occupied by O’Rileys Auro Supply, as well as the new Hampton Inn nearing completion in Maple Valley. Dr. Scott Vanness is also enlarging the offices of the Midwest Orthopedic Group at 606 Maple Valley Dr, with an extension to accommodate more treatment rooms for visiting his staff and visiting physicians. 

Readying for Relay … Relay for Life and USA Drug will host Family Trivia Night Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at Usa Drug at the corner of Washington and Karsch Blvd. For registration and information, call 631-1628 or 747-2140.

Get a warm fuzzy feeling … Sign up for the 2nd Annual Golf tournament to benefit the Farmington Pet Adoption Center to be held on May 8 at Crown Pointe Golf Club. Lunch will be at noon, with a 1 p.m. shot gun start. The $350/team admission includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch and snacks, hole contests, hole in one car provided by Sam Scism Ford Lincoln Mercury, skins game, mulligans and door prizes. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100. For more information, contact Jayne Widdle at 756-8658 or Dylan Zaricor at 747-0102. 

Go Green … A giant garden plant sale will be staged in downtown Farmington on Saturday, May 15. Individuals, businesses and clubs are invited to “share the green” and take part in the event. For times, registration and information contact Jeanie Roberts at Botaniques, or Maridee Lawson at the Farmington Press.

And don’t forget that the Farmer’s Market is now open each Saturday morning from 7 to 11 on the VFW parking lot on East Karsch Blvd. The local vendors will have early greens, plants and other locally produced goodies. Enjoy the fruits of the garden without worrying about mole holes!

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