Friends and family of Hunter Davidson gathered to celebrate her birthday this weekend.  Dustin Ferguson and family fixed Gary Shaffstall a special smoked steak dinner for his birthday. Gary and Alice Bates visited Carl and Kim Vessey and the grandkids over the weekend.

Immanuel Lutheran Church had almost 60 people for the hayride on Sunday afternoon.  Although it was chilly, it did not rain.  Thank you to Bob Doing for getting the hay wagon and for driving that bunch of chattering  kids, young and old, all in warm coats and wrapped in fuzzy blankets. While Bob had them out in the neighborhood, Jim Whitwer and Dale Caffey had hot dogs roasting over a warm fire. Angle Rader, John Kennemer, Mary Rader and Kathryn McGovern set up tables with hot chili, ‘tater salad,’ cookies and lots of other goodies. Others decorated their cars for Trunk or Treat. Everyone was ready to eat as soon as the wagon came back. After filling their tummies with lots of delicious food, the kids showed off their costumes and headed off to collect their goodies. It was a fun evening and we are so thankful the weather cooperated.

On Saturday morning, it was with great sorrow that friends of Mary Stillwell said farewell at Eureka Cemetery. Mary had been a member of the Helping Hand Club for over 30 years.  Her smile and cheerful banter will be missed.

The Helping Hand Club held their monthly business meeting on October 21 with 14 members present. Their nimble fingers quilted one large quilt and two twin sizes since the last meeting. Cassandra Nelson was the hostess, serving a delicious tater tot casserole.  Leona Medlock won the door prize. Diane Whitwer will be hostess for the November meeting. It will be on Nov. 11, starting at noon at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rader.  Ladies, if your secret pal has a December birthday, please bring her birthday gift to the November meeting.

Those celebrating birthdays this last week of October are Chris Harris, Cooper DeWeese, Amanda Edwards, Gary Shaffstall, Michele Strickland,  Chancie Seehorn, Aaron Day and Dixie Leonard.

Gun season for deer hunting will be here soon. Plan to attend the Deer Hunters Breakfast at Eureka Methodist church on Saturday morning and the Soup/chili dinner at Immanuel Saturday evening Nov. 14. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Happy Halloween!

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