We have always been pleased with the excellent care we have received in the emergency room at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital. With the help of Tom and Margaret Gough Kenny ended up there on Sunday afternoon. He got immediate head to toe care from Loree Tyler and Amanda Schierek. When Dr. Casey came in a little while later and made a strong recommendation to stay at least over night in the hospital, we took him up on the offer. The blood poisoning Kenny got has him taking a few extra days in the hospital to recover and he might get out on Wednesday.

In the meantime, us folks here at the newspaper have six weeks experience of operating without Kenny. We feel pretty confident especially with all the help we’ve gotten from our friends.

This past weekend was pretty busy. It began on Thursday with the Murder at the Opera House interactive comedy dinner theatre. The event, held at the Opera House Arts Council Building, was packed. Everyone had a chance to figure out who killed the actress Natasha Chernobyl on the Disoriented Express  – but you had to pay attention to the clues which were all part of the narrative as the story unfolded. As a server I didn’t pay attention and was   therefore literally clueless.

Saturday was jam packed (ever wonder where that expression came from?) with the American Legion breakfast starting at 7 a.m.. The ribbon cutting at the Hwy 54 Sidewalk to the Future was at nine followed by the Heoros Against Hunger run right down the sidewalk. The 48th Arts and Crafts 48th Show started at 8  in the Old Community Building and Chili Cookers started at 9 a.m A new group the F.U. N. Committee (Friends Uniting Neighbors) had kids’ activities in the Park. And while the School Choirs were singing in the Park, the El Dorado Springs Marching Bulldog Band was in Carthage bring home a First Place Trophy.

After a couple of hours to rest up, the Chamber of Commerce shindig began at 6 p.m. and quite a shindig it was show casing their most recent award of being named the small market Chamber of the Year for the State of Missouri by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Dr. Bob Magee was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. The event reminded me of a chamber award Dr. Magee got shortly after we moved to town. The event was held in the school’s multi purpose room. Dr. Magee received his award and the whole time his back was to the camera. That was the picture we had. We were criticized for running it. I remembered that when Dr. Magee approached the stage this year and sure enough, his back was to the camera as he accepted the recognition trophy. But, Jackson got him moved around and this time we see his face. JKSL

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