Community digest 06/03/02

Monday, June 3, 2002

Local woman named to state TPA office

Margret Dickerson of Cape Girardeau Post M of the Missouri Division Travelers Protective Association (TPA), has been elected vice president of the Missouri Division.

Other state officers include Jerry Goerger of Post SL in St. Louis, president; and Bob Rozinsky, Post SL, secretary.

The state MTA convention was held recently at Branson.

Attending from Cape Post M were Jerry Henley, Juanita Henley, Leon Dickerson and Margret Dickerson.

Henley was nominated for the National Merit Award. The recipient of the merit award will be selected at the National Convention in Louisville, Ky., this month.

Crader family reunion scheduled for June 10

The 25th Crader family reunion will be held June 10 at Shelter 5 in Jackson City Park in Jackson, Mo., beginning with a basket dinner at 12:30 p.m.

Meat will be provided and prepared at the site, and extra tables, chairs and awnings will be provided. Guests should bring a covered dish, table service and lawn chairs. Guests are also urged to bring a recipe or two, which will be put into a booklet for next year.

Pictures of past family reunions will be on display and photos will be taken of family groups. An auction of hand-crafted items to benefit the Crader Cemetery will be held during the afternoon.

For more information, call Joyce Crader Partain at (615) 672-9604.

AARP chapter meeting planned for today

The Cape Girardeau County Chapter of AARP will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church at Broadway and Caruthers.

Tammy Gwaltney will present the program on the Southeast Missouri Network Against Violence.

Lions Club hosts 10th anniversary celebration

The Cape Evening Lions Club held its 10th anniversary celebration April 12 at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau.

Guest speaker at the event was Dr. Dwayne Garrett of Wentzville, past Lions International director.

Seventeen past district governors were present at the meeting, and 19 Missouri Lions Clubs were represented.

Following the banquet, a short club history was presented by Calvin Wells. A club slide presentation was presented by Sandy Hastings and Brenda Unger.

Mississippi Queen will dock in Cape Saturday

The Mississippi Queen riverboat will make its first appearance here this year when it docks at Riverfront Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Queen will make eight stops at Cape Girardeau this year -- four visits each by the Mississippi Queen and Delta Queen. The River Explorer, the largest floating hotel on the river, will stop here a dozen times.

Overbeck family reunion scheduled for June 9

The Overbeck family reunion will be held June 9 at Cape County Park North, Shelter 6. A basket dinner will be at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call Marie Walker at 243-1289.

Krispy Kremes to pay for convention trip

The Jackson Junior Optimist Club will sell Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Friday, starting at 8 a.m. at the Bank of America Main Street location in Jackson. Funds will go toward a trip to the National Optimist Club Convention, to be held in Indianapolis, Ind.

Doughnuts may be pre-ordered, and will be delivered to businesses in Jackson and Cape Girardeau. Personal orders may be picked up at the bank. Cost of the doughnuts is $5 a dozen.

Pre-order forms are available at SEMO Specialties and Sports in Jackson, or by calling Caroline Leimer at 243-5211 or Jennifer Rhodes at 204-1947.

'Independently Speaking' program to air June 11

Vickie Pingel, of the SEMO MS Society Self Help Group of Southeast Missouri, will be guest speaker on "Independently Speaking," which will air on cable access Channel 5.

Pingel will discuss services that the MS group offers.

The program will air at 7:30 p.m. June 11 and 25 on channel 5.

"Independently Speaking" focuses on services for the handicapped and seeks to educate the public.

Masonic dinner, meeting to be held Thursday

The Millersville Masonic Lodge West View 103 will hold a dinner and meeting Thursday, with the dinner at 6:45 p.m. All Masons are invited.

More information is available by calling Billy Joe Keele at (573) 866-3282.

Booster safety seat campaign under way

The Area Wide United Way and Ford Groves Motor Company are partnering with Safe Kids Coalition and Cape Girardeau Safe Communities to encourage families to utilize lifesaving booster seats through a national educational program -- Boost America!

The purpose of the campaign is to educate, change attitudes, increase proper child safety seat use and increase booster seat use. The booster seat is a simple device for safeguarding children weighing between 40 and 80 pounds when they graduate out of the car seat. The goal is to get every child between 40 and 80 pounds riding in a properly fitted booster seat.

United Way, Safe Kids Coalition and Safe Communities will work with local agencies to identify income-eligible clients who may qualify to receive a voucher for a booster seat.

For information regarding Boost America! or booster seat safety, call Jim Watkins, Area Wide United Way Success By 6 coordinator, at 334-9634.

City of Roses beauty pageant to held Sunday

The Miss City of Roses Pageant will be held June 9 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.

The respective pageants are Wee Miss, birth to 1 year; Tiny Miss, 2 to 3; Little Miss, 4 to 6; Young Miss, 7 to 9; Pre-Teen Miss, 10 to 12; Junior Miss, 13 to 15; and Miss City of Roses, 16 and older.

Early entry fee for contestants through age 9 is $20, and early entry fee for contestants 10 and older is $30. Entries will be taken the day of the pageant with an additional $5 fee.

Attire for all age divisions is pageant wear. A queen and two alternates will be selected in each age division. Each queen will receive a crown, trophy, sash, roses and cash award.

The Wee Miss Pageant will begin at 2 p.m. with each age division following immediately after.

For more information and entry forms, call Amy McBride at (573) 472-0237.

Proffer family reunion scheduled at park

The Proffer family reunion will be held Saturday, June 22, at Cape County Park Pavilion 7.

The event will start at 3 p.m., with a covered dish meal at 5 p.m. More information is available by calling Wilma Huffman at 243-0981.

'Free Fishing Days' in Missouri and Illinois

Fishing will be on the house for a few days in Missouri and Illinois this month.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has designated Saturday and Sunday as "Free Fishing Days," giving people who don't regularly fish a chance to try out the sport.

Anglers can also wet their lines in Illinois state waters without having to buy fishing permits over a four-day period, Thursday through Monday.

A free "Kid's Fishing Derby" will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Glendale Recreational Area, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service-Vienna Ranger District, Illinois State Police District 22, Pope County Sportsman Club and Johnson County Bass Club. More information is available by calling (618) 658-2111.

-- From staff reports

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