Dick and Ann Royer are working hard as volunteers for the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon to be run on Sunday, October 22nd that will support funding for research to find a cure for Juvenile Myositis (JM). Entry fee for the marathon is $90. The rare disease affects the audio-immune system of children and teens. It causes muscle weakness and pain, fatigue, and many other debilitating symptoms. There is no known cure, but there are medications to help alleviate the symptoms and, in some cases, bring a temporary remission. JM is a life-threatening condition.
The Royer's granddaughter, Lyndsie Smith, was diagnosed last August with Juvenile Dermatomyostis at the age of 17, just as she was entering her senior year of high school at St. Charles. Lyndsie is the daughter of Jo Ellen and Mike Smith. She did finish high school, but had to quit the softball team when she could no longer hold a bat. She continues to take treatments for JM at Children's Hospital and hopes to be in remission by the end of the year. Her dream has always been to be a nurse, and with that as her goal, she will enroll at Mineral Area College this fall. For more particulars on the marathon or to make a donation to the cause, you can contact the Royers at 760-0618 or go to www.chicagomarathon.com.
Mother's Day gift … Marc and Melanie (Vieth) Braun of Webster Groves, are the parents of their third son, Gabriel, born appropriately on Mother's Day, May 14. He has two older brothers, Nicolaus and Noah, and grandparents are David Braun and Don and Nina Vieth all of Farmington.
Kyle and Lori (Robbins) Cox welcomed their first child, Eva Isabelle on May 24. Proud grandparents are Dennis and Rhonda Cox and Harry and Daloris Robbins all of Farmington and great-grandparents are Imogene Dunlap and Robert and Patsy Cox.
Everybody in the pool! The St. Francois Country Club Pool is closed this week through Friday, June 16th to repair a leak, but they hope to have it reopened by Saturday. The regular pool hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12 pm to 7 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm.
Birthday cards needed. The following are celebrating recent birthdays: Jean Allen, June 1; Jim Plummer, June 2; Charles Giessing, June 3; Frank Voertmann, June 5; Rose Pinkston, June 6; Veve Riche, June 9; Mark Douglas, Nadine McCalister, Ginny Smith, and Priscilla Kropp, June 10; Don Asher, June 12; Mark Toti, Dr. G. Richard Reney and Leora Giessing, June 13; Pam Ross, June 15; Opal Wright and Kevin Gray, June 16; Irma Tetley, June 17; Wayne Sheets, June 19; and Charla Barnes, and Pastor James King, June 20.
Scrappy … Debbie Detring has opened her Scrapbooking Supply shop on the corner of Henry and First Streets in the building formerly occupied by Cary Flannagan-Peel. Debbie, who is the wife of Danny Detring, invites all scrapbookers to come in and see her large supply of papers and scrapbooking accessories.
A different drummer at a different address … Kyle Cox, owner of Pantheon Steel Drums, has moved his business from its former location on Harrison Street to larger accommodations on H Highway. Kyle creates steel drums, a highly specialized skill, and also plays with his steel band, the “Pantheon Pros” at various events.
Changes … Several of the familiar faces are gone from local businesses. Scott Huff has resigned as manager of the local Pepsi distributorship; Steve Crain has stepped down as CEO of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center; Dr. Steven J. Kurtz will serve as interim president of Mineral Area College beginning July 1 to replace Dr. Terry Barnes; and a new manager if still to be named at Ryans to replace former manager Bruce Williams (no, the other Bruce Williams.)
Back from ‘the Continent' … Joe and Joyce Ruebel are home from an exceptionally exciting trip that took them to Vienna, Prague and Paris. For the first week they were the guests of Joe's cousins Betty and Reinhard Ortner-Chopin and stayed at their country home in Weisenkirchen, Austria. They were also their guests in Vienna and Prague where they attended performances of the Czechoslovakian National Republic Symphony and the Vienna Symphony orchestras. The Ruebels then traveled to Paris where they spent a week before returning home.
The Ruebels were visited last week by Joe's son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Kim Ruebel and their two children from Fort Worth, Texas.
Golf tournaments … Local golfers can get in the swing to enjoy a day of golf while providing funds for two local organizations. The Mark Griggs Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, is set to tee off at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 23 at Eagle Lake. Call Amanda Griggs-Farrell, Sheila Allen and Cary Flanagan-Peel for information or to sign up.
On Friday, July 7, the Chamber of Commerce will hold their first golf tourney also at Eagle Lake. Call the chamber office for registration information.
A Day's Journey … Jim Kellogg is making his own day's journey to St. Louis next Monday, June 19, to appear on the radio program “The Wire” to tout his recently published book “A Day's Journey.” The book is a collection of original columns written about St. Louis in the 1920's and then Jim's accounts of the same places today. You can hear Jim as he joins hosts Amanda Doyle and Thomas Crone on KDHX (88.1 FM) at 7:30 p.m. that evening. Jim had a successful book signing last week at The Factory and copies of his book are still available there.
Former Farmingtonian, E. M. Bosie Boswell sent his eighth book to his publisher last week. This book is a Civil War historical novel titled, “Quantrill's Raiders in Texas”. The book is based on the life of Jabez Snow Boswell, Bosie's great-grandfather, who married a girl from Mine La Motte. Bosie and his wife, Jackie (McDaniel) Boswell, both former residents of Farmington, now live in Greenville, Texas where Bosie stays busy writing and bird-watching. An article contributed by Bosie about his memories of growing up in Farmington will appear in the summer issue of the Farmington Alumni newsletter. Not a member? Then call David Cramp at the Farmington Educational Foundation, (701-9880) and sign up.
Cards and well wishes needed. Dr. G. Richard Reney, who quietly observed his birthday this past Tuesday, continues taking his weekly radiation treatments at Barnes Hospital, but is home between times; Marge Schramm of Kirkwood and Farmington underwent back surgery this past Monday at St. Luke's Hospital. According to her husband, Wally Schramm, she is already home. AhŠthe wonderful healing-rate as allotted by insurance! And Bill Hall had heart surgery last week to replace his aortic valve. Bill has faithfully helped care for the beautiful flower baskets downtown for several years now, and especially those around the Court House Square.
Positive Aging … Parkland Health Center is currently hosting a series of programs for seniors on communication and interpersonal relationship skills. Two sessions have already been held and two more are scheduled for June 19 and June 26. The sessions cover “Unblocking Communication” and “Affirming Yourself.” Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. For information contact Donna Wiggins at 760-8423.
First Woman … Marilyn Turner was the first female maintenance worker hired by the Missouri Department of Transportation, District 5, and on May 25 was the first to retire. Marilyn worked for MoDOT for 24 years. She, is a Farmington native, the daughter of Helen Turner and the late Raymond S. Turner, and now makes her home in Fulton, Mo.
I'll never catch up … If you think I've been writing this column for a long time, then meet Roxie McClendon of Rockwood, Tenn. and Mary Peyton Meyer of Vandalia, Ill. Roxie's been writing her regular society column for the weekly Rockwood Times since she was 75 - not a bad run, since she turned 103 last year. Many columnists, me included, have deep roots in their towns and have been writing for many years - but probably not as long as Mary Peyton Meyer, who celebrated her 100th birthday Dec. 31, 2005. This is her 85th consecutive year covering Frogtown for The Leader-Union in Vandalia, Ill., about 65 miles east of St. Louis. Mary was once a teacher in a one-room school, and started writing for the paper when she was in high school. Although at one time meeny, meeny, years ago, I wrote a column for the Press when Jesse Stewart was owner/editor, I'll never match those two for writing longevity.