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Helping Our Community 2020

downtown Medicine LodgeAs we come to the end of 2020, everything looks different! We are living life behind masks as we go about our day-to-day activities. Instead of meeting the gaze of those passing by, eyes seem to be cast downward as we hurry through what we need to do. Instead of relaxing into conversations with others, many avoid the luxury of that connection in fear of being the target of a sharp tongue, fueled by hate.

Doubt and uncertainly casts a shadow on the upcoming holidays. Should you or shouldn’t you travel, invite, or gather together like you do every other year? What is the best for those you love? We all individually have to ascertain the answers to these questions.

Things are different; maybe we need to roll with it the best way we can and make some unique memories. If you can’t be with the ones you love on Thanksgiving, write them a note and tell them just how thankful you are to have them in your life. Maybe take advantage of social media and modern technology and let it be a part of your holidays. Turn your imagination loose and let it gallop around the pasture that is fenced in by Covid-19 restrictions. Although the grass may be greener on the other side, it is definitely safer inside the pasture.

There is a group that has gathered together to recreate the Medicine Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce and they are amazing. All of them are extremely busy in their personal life with jobs and families. They still meet and plan activities and events to enrich the lives of those who live in this community. They have a couple of things on their calendar for this month. There will be a Community Work Day on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Everyone is meeting behind the old middle school building and working on setting up the light displays.

They are also sponsoring a Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Your support and participation in these community activities will nourish your sense of community spirit while helping and encouraging the sponsors and vendors. Lincoln Library will be doing a Story Time that day from 3:00 to 3:30 PM.

Activate your common sense and take the suggested precautions! If you are sick, stay at home! If you know of someone sick, make a porch drop of food and other necessities, books, magazines, or other luxuries. Call those who are sick and offer to run errands or assist them in other ways. Check on people who are alone a lot. Mental health is as important during this stressful time as physical health.

If we all do what we can to make our corner of the world better and take care of those around us, we can make it through this! Yes, things are different, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t squeeze a whole lot of positive out of the negative and make life better for others and ourselves! One thing I think we can all agree on is that we can be extremely thankful that there are only a few weeks left in 2020.

Word of the Week: The word of the week is “excogitate”! The word is a verb and is pronounced /eksˈkäjəˌtāt/. The word means to plan, to think out, to devise. Some problems are harder to solve and thus takes longer to excogitate a solution.

Halloween Parade Plans 2020

boy in superman costumeSaturday is Halloween and Saturday is the Halloween parade that starts at 4:00 PM. We can do this safely and have a splendiferous time while doing so! So, the plans are that we gather on First Street on the sidewalk that runs from the door of the library west towards the City Office. Each family will walk together with six feet in between families. We will do the parade single file instead of the usual conglomeration. Not only will this be safer, this will make it so much easier to view all of the costumes and be such an advantage for the spectators.

This is an ideal way that we can do something for the children in our community. We will be outside in the fresh air with room to social distance. Most all children love to dress up and play make-believe and many times that include masks. If your health is compromised in any way, please do not participate. Watching the parade while sitting in your vehicle may be the perfect solution for you. Please dress appropriately for the irrationally acting weather we experience here in Kansas. If your Halloween mask is not as substantial as the masks worn to school, the Barber County Health Department suggests wearing a mask under a costume mask.

Between the cloudy skies that have been hanging over Medicine Lodge and the dark cloud that COVID-19 brings to the scene, everyone could use a few laughs and a good time. Come on out and walk with us!

We not only still accept candy, but we get extremely excited to see it walk through the door! The parade is on a Saturday, which means more children and their families will attend. Children are tired of all the COVID-19 restrictions and are looking for fun things to do, which means more children and their families will attend. The weather is supposed to be pretty accommodating, which means more children and their families will attend. With all this in mind, we are planning on 250 children. We are so grateful to those who have given; we have enough for 10 pieces of candy for each bag. I would love to be able to double that number. We are thankful to those at Arrowhead West who bag the collected treats for us.

There will be further activities after the parade at 5:00 PM at the Assembly of God Church at 701 North Iliff Street (Highway 281).

Word of the Week: The word of the week is “splendiferous”! The word is an adjective and is pronounced splen-dif-er-uhs. The word means splendid, magnificent, and wonderful. Driving down Highway 160 offers a splendiferous view of the Gyp Hills.

Brenda McLain Memorial

blue stick personLincoln Library has recently been the recipient of memorials from friends and family of Kathryn Roberta McSpadden McLain, but she was known to most everyone as Brenda. Her obituary, although less than a page in length, tells of a woman who lived just a little over 98 years. I read her obituary with interest; I didn’t know her, but I did have numerous conversations with her.

After moving here, I noticed two women out walking together a lot. Although they were always moving quickly and were in deep conversation, they seemed happy to stop and chat with others who were out walking. They were the duo of Brenda McLain and Imogene Carr, and both were amazing women. They smiled and laughed and encouraged, but what I noticed most were how their faces would just shine while they talked to you. It was always good to talk to them and they made an impact on my life as a newbie to Medicine Lodge.

Brenda may not have had an easy life, but she made it a good life. Included in her obituary was her interest in most everything that life has to offer. She set a good example for all of us in dealing with all of the details in life!

We have the money set aside until we can settle on a project that we can do in memory of a very special lady! We appreciate everyone who gave!

We also appreciate all those who have brought candy to the library for the Halloween parade! We are planning for 250 and we are about a third of the way there. The parade needs to be a little different this Halloween! Instead of conglomerating at the door of the library, we ask that everyone line up down the sidewalk on First Street towards the City Office. We also ask that you line up with family members, with six feet between families, so the parade will be single file. It will make the parade longer, safer, and more enjoyable to watch! The Barber County Health Department is also encouraging everyone to wear masks, even if participant’s costumes have masks. Things will be a little different, but there will still be costumes and candy. It’ll be a good time!

Word of the Week: The word of the week is “deleterious”! The word is an adjective and is pronounced del-i-teer-ee-uhs. The word means harmful, often in a subtle or unexpected way. Divorce is assumed to have deleterious effects on children.