Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Russell Veterans Memorial Service

Written by Marilyn Yoakum

    A group of Veterans from the American Legion Post 108 and loyal citizens gathered on Friday, May 27, in a beautifully decorated cemetery to memorialize the efforts of many Veterans and to establish the Circle of Honor to all Veterans who served the wars.

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     The Circle of Honor includes a plaque for each of five wars: Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam Conflict. They are meant to honor all veterans who served the wars as memorials of their service.
     Bob McCurdy, the Legion Post Commander led the service, along with Veterans Don Sellers, Jim Werts, Ervin Burton and Roy Mathias in remembering all military personnel and loved ones.  The group was urged to pray for the safety of troops, our nation, its people and peace.  "Prayers are the most powerful assets we have."

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     The American Legion and the Auxiliary put up the Avenue of Flags three times a year. They also put small flags on all burial sites of Veterans.
     It takes a mindful America to help its citizenry remember the price some of our citizen's pay for freedom at this time of year.

    Please take time to check out the cemetery while the flags are still flying.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial to Private Lyle Shelton

A Veterans Day Memorial appears in the  "Russell People Blog Page 5 Selection to the far right on this blog.  Or click on the following link:  Veterans Remembered .  It is dedicated to Private Lyle Shelton and was submitted by Wanda Kells Calderon.


Get-Well wishes go out to Pastor Harris of the Baptist Church who is recovering from heart surgery. 

Horizons Tour

By Karen Werts

On May 10, 2011, Joann and Russ Harris and Karen Werts met a bus load of other Horizon members from Iowa at the Chariton Carpenter's Hall for a day long trip to several towns in Southern Iowa.  The purpose of the trip was to learn what other communities had done in the Horizon's Program.

When everyone gathered at Carpenter's Hall, we had refreshments.  We then learned about Chariton's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and Russ Harris spoke about the Russell Horizon's group.  We then all boarded the bus for Corydon and there found out about the Housing Trust Fund and visited the Welcome We Help and Iowa Career Access Point.

We boarded the bus once again and left for Leon where we had lunch at From The Ground.  Then we visited the Leon Clothing Consignment Store that was established as a result of Horizons.  Leaving Leon we headed to Humeston.  Our tour began at the Public Library to learn about Humeston's projects and their community owned grocery store, and the Front Street market and other specialty shops.  We enjoyed dessert at the Grassroots CafĂ© and then started for home.  While we were on the bus we viewed videos from several Horizon's Groups.  It was a fun filled day and we thought it was very interesting learning about other communities and what Horizons doing. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Horseshoe Tournament at Russell Community Center

May 21, Saturday at 9:30am there will be a Horseshoe Tournament at the Russell Community Center.  Everyone is welcome.  There is an entry fee.  If anyone is interested in pitching horsehoes on Tuesday nights at 6pm, contact Harold Garner at 641-203-2719.

Open House for Joann Harris

Joann will be celebrating her graduation from Faith Baptist Bible College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies with an open house being held at the Russell Community Center.  Please join her on Saturday, May 7th from 2-4pm, for this special occasion.