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Friday, November 11, 2011


Angel Garcia and Kevin Sorensen have made a request for 4 LARGE signs
to put on the Reading Fire Department entry in the Emporia Christmas parade.
Contact them with questions.


Flip Flop Hip Hop party is tonight, Friday, 11/11/11.
The doors will open at 5pm with dinner being served
shortly after.  

Games & Fun for the Kiddos.
Live local entertainment and a DJ the rest of the evening.

This is a family affair, so come one--Come all.
(Readingites are not expected to donate as this is a
benefit for the Reading Recovery.

Merry Lu has done a LOT of work to put this all
together for your benefit and enjoyment!  See you there.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Tickets may be sold until Noon on Tuesday, November 15.
Drawing will be held at 1pm on Friday, November 18,
at McCarthy Auto Center in Olathe.

Tickets may still be purchased at Longbine Chevrolet, Lyon County
State Bank, Modern Air or from Barbara Schlobohm.
Tickets are $40 and the check is made out to Emporia Area Habitat for Humanity
and the memo line should read "Reading".

A New Christmas (from Paula Hanlon)

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
  As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.  This year will be different.  This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans.  There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.  Yes there is!
    It's time to think outside the box, people.  Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.  How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
    Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
    Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
    Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
    There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
    How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
    Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
    My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
    OK, you were looking for something more personal.  Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves.  They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
    Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.  And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater.
    Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
    Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community.  If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
    You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city.  Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.  And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.  THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. 


The Public Square Steering Committee will meet Wednesday, November 23,
7pm at the Baptist Church.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


You're the main guest at the party Friday night!
11-11-11         5pm  to  Midnight
Belle's Barn  on West Broadway in Lebo

Food and drinks will be provided with local musicians providing
entertainment.  Fun & Games for the kids.  A DJ will providing
beach, rock & roll and country music for listening and dancing!

Silent Auction

This is a FAMILY affair!  Donations will be accepted at the 
door to benefit the Reading Tornado Rebuild.

Questions?  or 620-256-6272


The Public Square Steering Committee (minus the women, of course) will meet
at 7pm tonight in the Baptist Church.


Girls night out TONIGHT....Wed, November 9
6:30pm -- homemade soup and sandwich supper
7pm -- relaxing program
UMethodist Church basement

Come in your comfy, relaxing clothes....this is 
not a dress-up affair!

Questions?  Marion Jones  699-3471

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Public Square Conference

There will be a state wide Public Square Conference next week in Great Bend.
The Reading Community Development has agreed to pay the $130 registration
fee for Readingites to attend.  You will be responsible for your own transportation,
food and lodging.  Contact Reta Jackson for more information.

Jr High and High School Students

The K-State students working on designs for the park would like to have your input!
Are there specific areas/facilities that you would like to see put into the new park design?
Walking/running/biking trail, skateboard park, basketball or tennis court, etc.

Think about what you would like to do in your spare time but do not have facilities
to do here in Reading.  Let Mrs. Briggs, Mr. Crawford or myself know your interests.



If you filed a temporary Change of Address, you will need to submit a NEW Change of Address card
after 6 months -- EVEN IF YOU FILED IT FOR ONE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

Temporary changes are only good for 6 month periods.  You can resubmit to extend your temporary forward for 6 more months.  After one year you should make a decision as to filing a permanent change.

Remember a temporary address can be cancelled at any time upon your request and a permanent one made
whenever you are moved to what you feel will be your permanent address.

You can go online to   to file your change of address OR go to your post office and ask at the window for a hardcopy Change of Address card OR you can call the post office where you are receiving mail and have the carrier deliver a Change of Address card to your mailbox.

They apologize for any inconvience.
Please feel free to call the Lebo Post Office if you have questions.  620-256-6544


I have 3 appointment times available with the doctor that will be in town on Saturday.
Let me know if you will take one of the them.

Reading Community Development

Tonight -- Tues, November 8
UMethodist Church basement

Decisions about money items.

Monday, November 7, 2011


The City of Reading received a variety of iris' to be used in the park from Becky Smyth of Derby.
She drove up Saturday morning to deliver them and take a little look around town.

Thank you so much, Becky.

Hand-embroidered Quilt

You can win a quilt that SURVIVED the Reading tornado!
The blue and white quilt was on display in the sanctuary the night of the tornado
when 38 people took refuge in the church basement.  (Even has a couple marks to
prove it!)

Tickets are 6 for $5 or $1 each.
The money goes to the Reading United Methodist Women for their service projects
in and around the Reading community.

Tickets are available from UMW women, City Hall, Reading Grain and Lumber
and The Miracle Cafe.


Girls Just Want to Have Fun this Wednesday, Nov. 9.
You will have your choice of homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts at 6:30pm.
At 7ish, there will be a program designed to relieve stress and make life more fun!

Wear your jeans, wear what is comfortable.  Come and have some fun!


This Saturday, November 12, counseling will be available for FREE here in Reading.
We are all dealing with depression, anger, sadness, nightmares, hostility, to a
professional and let them help lead you through this.

I have one appointment left at 3:15pm, but if we need to bring in a second counselor, we will.
Email the word NANCY or just tell me.   None of us are immune!

DONATION RECEIVED Courtesy of KC Musicians......

Sunday afternoon the William Baker Festival Singers presented a fabulous concert in Prairie Village.
Barbara Schlobohm spoke about the tornado and the continuing needs of the people of Reading.
A Free-Will Offering was taken to help get homes repaired with $1,350.00 being sent home with

I was taken aside at the close of the afternoon and informed that a major donor for the Singers was
going to match, yes I said MATCH, the total offering.  I'm pretty sure I know who this is and you
will recognize his name!

$2,700 will be available to help with recovery thanks to the generosity of these musicians!
Marion Jones and Pat Gundy accompanied Barbara to the concert.


The Osage City Eagles attended worship services at Reading United Methodist Church on Sunday morning
and presented a check for $2,300 to be used to help the people of Reading rehabilitate their homes.  They held two steak nights and a fish fry to raise this money for the people of Reading.  What a blessing to have such unselfish neighbors!