Ooops! We've fallen behind in keeping you in touch with how the Russell history book is progressing. It is coming together slowly. We have received many wonderful stories from all of you. Now we're coordinating what you have sent us with what we have here in the museum that needs to be included to make the book as complete as possible. It will have to be proofread and indexed, of course, but we hope to have all that done in time for sale at Fall Festival. What will the price be? That has yet to be determined and will depend largely on how large the book ends up being. We will try to keep you better informed in the future. Thanks for your patience.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 11:30-1 pm, the Russell Historical Society is putting on a Fried Chicken Dinner with all the trimmings to help them raise funds for completing the new addition on their building. If you remember these dinners in the past, they are delicious with generous proportions. This is a good way to spend your afternoon after church, so we will see you there.
Todd McCombs had gone outside his Russell home around 1a.m. Monday, June 18, to move one of his two cars because it was near a 100-year-old oak tree and he feared branches of the tree might come down on the car. He had just moved it when he heard what he thought was a train and then heard the massive tree tumble onto the northwest corner of his house and smash the back window of another car. "The sound I heard had to have been a tornado overhead," he said. Friends and neighbors were out Monday cutting the tree off his house. Dozens of trees in Russell were damaged and several cars had trees and branches fall on them. Tree damage was also visible along Highway 34 in both directions from the Russell turn-off.
Does the community wish to have a Fall Festival this year? If you are interested in making this possible, join us at the Russell Community Building for a meeting and a meal at 5:30pm on Thursday July 21.
Did you enjoy Fall Festival in Russell last September? Was there something missing? Now is your chance to let the Community Club know what you would like to have at Fall Festival and to get involved.
To be involved in Community Club or Fall Festival you do not need to have any special talents. The only thing that we ask is that you are willing to share your ideas and time to help better the community. We would like to make Fall Festival bigger and better, but we need more help.
The Community Club is also working on making a camping area down by the football field. The Club has invited the Russell Firemen to park their campers at the new campground the weekend beginning on July 22nd at no charge. The Club wishes to determine how well the old athletic field can handle the water and power needs for a group of campers.
Two 30 gallon bags of garbage fills one 60 gallon brown container. This is what each resident is allowed per week to be picked up. Baird has reported that Russell residents are setting out more than the allotted amount of garbage each week. If you are going to have more than the allowable 60 gallons of garbage, you need to call Baird Sanitation (862-3734) to make arrangements to pay an additional fee.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Joe and Kelly Gookin have a beautiful yard in Russell and consequently they won the Russell Yard of the Month for July. The grass and the flowers look like a professional gardener has designed and manicured them. Beautiful colors are arranged around the base of the house, with purple Clematis Plants climbing up the wooden porch on the east side. You can see this display at 201 W. Ames St. in Russell, next door to last month's winners, Ron and Robin Thompson.
We had a terrible storm come through our area a couple of weeks ago and it is good to see so many of our neighbors and friends out cleaning up the broken tree branches and the damage done by this storm. Russell residents are proud of their little town and have shown it by working hard on their yards.
Friday, July 1, 2011
The month of July SHARE sign-up will be July 5 from 1-4pm at the Russell Historical Society Museum/Library building and pickup will be July 23rd. Save 50% on your groceries. There are many different packages to choose from; Meat, lunch meat, fruits and vegetables, frozen strawberries and much more. Stop by the museum and look at the list or check the newspaper on Tuesday the 5th.
Russell welcomes a new business in town where the Pub used to be on Prairie Street near the railroad track. Check it out.