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First of all I want to tell you what a good time I had at the "Senior Center Jam" last night. We have got a great band and lots of singers, who gather every Thursday evening to eat, visit, sing and play, or just to listen and soak up the atmosphere. We do Gospel, Country and some Bluegrass.

The music starts at six, but there will be a variety of food and drinks ready at five, so most of us like to come about five to have plenty of time to eat and visit. Attendance is free and the food is cheap.

All are welcome to participate, so bring your songbook and your instrument and be ready to have a good time. Denver Lunsford calls the singers, to make sure that all who want to sing will get a turn. So you tell him what you want to do and get on his list. How many turns you get is pretty well determined by the number of people, but nothing is written in stone. The setting is relaxed and things mostly just flow; all for the good, of course. The music stops at eight.

Well, now you have a special invitation to come and be with us: Every Thursday evening from five to eight. We'd like to see you there.

Another blessing I want to mention is the SMTS system. Everyone talks about how kind and patient those people are, and have everything good to say about this much-needed service.

While I'm at it, I have to mention our school system. I don't think it can be beat. Joey is a sophomore now and he still loves go go to school. He is my "thermometer" for telling me how our school is operating, and I think it's a Grade A Wonderful.

Everyone connected with the school, that we have met and had dealings with over the years, has been wonderful. They are dedicated people. There is no way to name everyone, which would have to be done, for they are all special, and everyone is to be appreciated. How grateful we should be for our good schools and our town.

Yes, I love Fredericktown too, and all the people and things that make it our home-town. I have lived here basically all my life and I can tell you this was a good place to grow up and it is a good place to grow old. I love the "Cheers" aspect of knowing lots of people by name, and the fact that they know my name too. And the best part is that are all friends, and making new ones everyday. I don't have the room to mention all the good things we have here, including the many churches, but good things are evident everywhere we look. Good things and good people.

I will just close by saying this: Goodbye for now friends, but not for long. We will look forward to seeing each other around town, won't we?

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