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Hillsboro’s Memorial Day worship service will be held in the Hillsboro City Park at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 26.

All are welcome to attend. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs and a dish to share for the potluck meal following the service.

The Summer hours for the Hillsboro Library will be Monday and Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m., and Friday 2 to 4 p.m. These hours start Wednesday, May 22. The library will be closed Monday, May 27. Come in and check out a movie from the library. Recently purchased movies include: Game Night, The Mule and A Star Is Born. New books include: A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, Becoming by Michele Obama and Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury.

News from Cheryl and Richard Bell: Mother’s Day has always been special for Richard and Cheryl as Cheryl’s Mother, Hazel Heise Van Winkle’s birthday was May 10 and Richard’s Mother, Pauline Long Bell Wheelen’s birthday was May 12. Pauline was from the Mt. Ayr area. Many times through the years, Mother’s Day has fallen on one or the other Mother’s birthdays. Cheryl’s Dad’s birthday had been June 20, so growing up, Cheryl thought Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were on the Sunday closest to the parents’ birthdays.

Cheryl attended the Bonaparte Baptist Church for the morning service. Redd Watson spoke in the absence of Pastor Mark Caston. Ahead of time, Redd had asked three individuals to give memories of their mothers. That part was very touching. Then Redd followed up with a message based on Proverbs 31 stressing how we should really appreciate our mothers.

Sunday evening, Cheryl went to the Farmington Baptist Church. After the service, she was offered a planted marigold, which was wrapped in red tulle and tied with a bow. The young girls of the church had cleverly fixed little name signs and stuck them into each flower pot. They had named the flowers. Some of the names were Kathy, and Wilma. Cheryl saw one named “Jean Louise” and chose it, but then saw one named “Quinn,” and asked if she could have it also, for a friend.

Monday, on the way home from Quincy, Cheryl delivered “Quinn” to Nancy Pence of Dallas City. Every week, Cheryl clips Mike Shea’s Column 118 from the Van Buren County Register, and when she has accumulated several, she would send them to Quinn and Nancy. Mike is a mutual friend of Cheryl and the Pences’. It was a sad day when Nancy called to let Cheryl know Quinn had passed back in December.

On Thursday, Cheryl attended the “Prime Time” program for seniors, at the West Burlington Christian Church at the invitation of her friend, Marti. The Silver Singers, about 20 singers under the leadership of Bill Luckenbill, provided the program. Cheryl noticed right away, Marlene Nichting, Burlington, formerly of rural Hillsboro, was among the singers. During the program, Marlene sang the lead of the song, “Standin’ in the Need of Prayer.” It is a wonderful, meaningful song from the past. Lunch was served after the program, so Cheryl invited Marlene to sit at their table. They had a fun time reminiscing, as Cheryl had baby-sat for the Nichtings many years ago. When Cheryl remarked that the song was one of her favorites, Marlene said the lady who usually sings it was absent, and Marlene had been asked to take her place. She did a great job on short notice.

Friday evening, Richard and Cheryl were present for the K-4 Promotion program for their granddaughter, Clara Jo Rylee Bell. Clara Jo is the daughter of son Mark and his wife, Courtney. Clara Jo and her classmates recited the Pledges to the Flag of America and the Christian Flag. Among the songs and recitations were Jesus Loves Me and John 3:16; for both they also did sign language. Each child also came to the microphone and spoke and spelled his or her name in sign language. At the end of the K-4 portion, the children sang a song about “kindergarten, here we come” which ended with them jumping into the air. Clara Jo and her brother, Samuel, who is just completing first grade both attend Great River Christian School. Their mother teaches 2nd grade there. Also present for the event were Grammy Nancy Tarbell, Burlington, and the children’s aunt, Jessyca Tarbell Cooney of Mt. Pleasant.

The Kindergarten “graduating” class impressed the audience by quoting several Bible verses, one of which is a favorite of Cheryl’s, Proverbs 3:5 and 6, which starts out “Trust in the LORD with all your heart.” They also recited and signed an entire Psalm. Cheryl spent the night at the Bells’ home. There, she presented “Jean Louise” tucked into a clear mug with Southeastern Community College etched in the glass to Clara Jo as a gift to commemorate the occasion. The red tulle shows through the glass mug, and it looks very pretty on the ledge by the kitchen sink. It will be a few years before Clara Jo is ready for college, but perhaps she will go to SCC.

A point of interest regarding the first few years of school. Cheryl recently came across a yellowed newspaper clipping from around 1930. (It had probably been cut from a forerunner of the Van Buren County Register.) It told how her mother, Hazel Heise, had completed both first and second grades in one year and had had perfect attendance that year at the country school. Hazel had to walk a mile each way. Cheryl recalls that her mom told her of walking right over the tops of fence rows when the snow would be so deep and have a crust on top of it. Did they ever have “snow days”?

Richard and Cheryl continue to use the therapeutic pool at Great River Medical Center and Richard is continuing his physical therapy there.

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