The Relay for Life was really good Friday night with perfect weather. The survivors dinner was good as usual by the Farm Bureau crew. Several teams took part at the Ogle Park and had a good time. Leona Adams sang the National Anthem for the opening ceremony and survivors walk. MainSource Bank took care of the auction that seemed to go real well. The Luminary program was at dark and again very emotional. I don't know how much was collected but we are still getting donations in the mail and from people that missed it. We can take donations until the end of August to count on this year total. If you want to donate you can contact your favorite team or send it to me at P.O. Box 53, Florence, IN 47020 and I will get it to whatever team you want to support. The Florence and Friends team collected a big amount and is still getting mailings. We want to thank Pat Lanman for the wonderful write up about the Florence team. I am captain of that team and also want to thank them for a job well done. We have a great team that worked hard and I'll try to have all of their names next week. All the other teams worked hard and our leaders from Columbus all deserve a pat on the back.
Congratulations to Pat Lanman for being elected president of the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation. Good for you, Pat.
Last week Judy Lozier had a graduation party for LoriAnn. Gary, Karen and David Wentworth, Roy and Bonnie Duckworth, Charles and Alberta Pickett, Casey, Sheila, Tiffany, Lilly and Lacy Rininger, Ken and Sylvia Byars, Mike Johnson, LeAnn Lozier, Kathie Spoores, Jonathan More, Courtney Roland, Aunt Nancy Johnson, Frank, Kim, and Jeff Grzebyk, Willie Leach, Remington Leach and Cash (doggie), Maddie Jordan, Kyla Spence and former band students, Chris Beach, Eric Castle, Adam Armstrong, Donovan Blasdell, Tim and Kay McElhaney and Kay's sister all enjoyed the evening. Congratulations to LoriAnn.
Josh and Mindy Queen and family gave a party for Tyler Queen at the beautiful home of Heather Hayes and Shon Stewart. Jack and Mary Niehaus and Elmer and Trish Parnell from Ohio, Larry and Diane Parnell, Lester and Tonya Moore, Charles and Alberta Pickett, Casey, Sheila and Tiffany Rininger, Patty Chase and probably some we missed all enjoyed the party. Tyler took Patty back to her car on his Razor ATV. That was exciting. Everyone had a good time. Congratulations to Tyler.
Glenda Sullivan, Patty Chase and Faye Lewis had their hair "done" at Twisted Ends Thursday and then went to Madison to pick up Sharon Ballard at the oncology office. They went on to Frisch's for lunch. Ken Byars took Sharon for her appointment. It lasted a few hours so the ladies went after her. Ken took her back the next day for an appointment at the hospital and they kept her due to a blood clot. Thanks Ken for taking her and keep Sharon in your prayers.
Faye Lewis' company last week was Cathy DeBaun, Evelyn Smith, Nora Gross, Jean Sandidge and Glenda Sullivan.
Margaret Lee Weidmann's company was Kay O'Neal and Gail Ann Clements. Lorraine Brown visited Denny and Diana Brown Thursday. Lorraine and Margaret Lee visited Denny and Diana Friday afternoon. Randy Brown and Margaret Lee visited Millie Coy and stopped to see Dutchie Scholl and her daughter Sherry Friday. Lorraine Brown fixed a delicious Father's Day dinner for Randy, Ryan and Mom Sunday.
Dale and Danilee Thompson of North Vernon visited Patty Chase and others in Florence Saturday.
Michelle, Kiersten and Kaden McClure of Madison, Marc, Tehya, Dorothy and John Duckworth of Kentucky, Roy and Bonnie Duckworth met at Greendale's LaRosa's for a nice reunion with Roy's brother Frank and Linda Duckworth of Ohio and their family from Florida Thursday,. A good time was had by all. Kiersten and Kaden spent the night with Marc and Tehya in Kentucky to celebrate Dorothy's birthday. Michelle spent the night with Bonnie and Roy to help Bonnie with the Florence and Friends set up for the homemade ice cream at the Ogle Park Friday. The ice cream was a big hit again. She went after Kiersten and Kaden and all came back to the Relay and spent the rest of the night with Bonnie and Roy.
Amy Madden of Madison, Roger and Clayton Truitt and Barb Findley of Rising Sun, Marc Duckworth of Kentucky and Bonnie and Roy Duckworth had a good Father's Day with Verle and Genevieve Truitt in Rising Sun.
We had a good visit with Jeff and Brenda Peelman and many others at the Relay.
Get well prayers for Mary Lou Chase, Millie Coy, Charles Pickett, Jim Chase, Sharon Ballard, Kenny Clements, Ronnie O'Banion, Verle Truitt, Patty Chase and many others.
Janan Backman, a second generation missionary from Japan, stayed at the Fairway Inn and met Ken and Sylvia Byars and Harold Sims at Mo's for a good dinner Friday. They then went to Swiss Villa to visit with Harold, Ken and Sylvia for the evening.
The Florence Church Bunch went to KFC to celebrate Alberta Pickett's birthday Sunday. Happy birthday to Alberta and Traci Holmes, Earl Holmes, Karen Wentworth and many more.
Denny and Diana Brown's company was Judy Bailey, Annelisa Auxier, Charlie Harmon, Judy Ballenger, Harman Wattenbauger, Eddie James, Steve Bladen, Pat Collier. Thanks to Pat for the ice cream, Audrey Marsh, Margaret Lee Weidmann, thanks for the baked beans, Lorraine Brown, thanks for helping with Denny. Thanks to Sharon and Dave Wilson, Angie and Kyle Handlon, Michael, Kim and Addison Roark and Jack and Judy Bailey for the cake and ice cream for Diana's birthday.