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Pictured atADOU’s holiday dinner at the Fayette County Historical Museumare, from left, Stephanie Hoffman, Janine Hurd, Lora Wheeler, Pat Tribble, Brenn Kunkel, Kathy Sturgeon, Billie Bertch, Joanne Guttman, Ruth Routzahn, Betty Seasongood, Joyce Peak and Sarah Plough.
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Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority presented checks to several local charities during the annual Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 29. Pictured, from left, are Jennifer Young from Hope Center and Sharon McHenryand Saundra Lykins, from the sorority.


A Dozen of Us literary group had its Christmas party at the Fayette County Historical Museum Dec. 8. With Joanne Guttman and Billie Bertch as hostesses, a luncheon of chicken salad, fruit cup and pumpkin cake or chocolate delight was catered by Brian’s Bistro.  

Each member received a holiday-themed mug with a crocheted warmer made by Peggy Locke, president. Poinsettia door prizes were won by Brenn Kunkel, Sarah Plough, Pat Tribble and Joyce Peak. Other members attending included Stephanie Hoffman, Janine Hurd, Lora Wheeler, Kathy Sturgeon, Ruth Routzahn and Betty Seasongood.

The program was a tour of the museum led by Richard Stanley and Bob Martin. The first stop was the classic transportation room with Stanley narrating the history from the 19th century, starting with a replica of the first canal boat captained by Gayle Ford and made by his great-grandson Dale Ford.  

Stanley also informed the members, “If we were back in 1840, you all would be standing in water, as this was where the canal was before being filled in.” 

The next stop was in the room wit a McFarlan carriage, a horse-high unicycle and an early bicycle. Entering finally into the 20th century was a 1910 Rex buggy and then the 1913 Empire auto.

Highlights in the auto room included memorabilia from Stant Manufacturing, license plates from 1914 up to present time donated by Plough’s relative, Pike’s Peak Trophy, and Connersville-made automobiles including the Empire, 1922 Lexington, 1924 McFarlan (which sold for $9,000 at that time) and finally a 1937 Cord.

Martin regaled the ladies in the next room by playing the Connersville-made player piano made by the Kregg Co., which was recently restored. 

The next meeting will be Jan. 12 at the First United Methodist Church for business with Hoffman and Sturgeon as hostesses.

Kappa Kappa Sigma

Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority, Inc., Zeta Chapter, met Dec. 5 at East Side United Methodist Church with 26 sisters present. The meeting opened with the singing of the Loyalty Song. Jena Gilbert, president, and chapter officers led the opening ceremony.

Gilbert then conducted the business meeting. Sharon McHenry, treasurer, gave her report, and Laura Shoemaker, secretary, read her report from the Nov. 19 business meeting. Peggy Mapes, vice president, read correspondence.

Committee reports: Rada orders were picked up. Jena and Karen thanked everyone for the great help at the 50th Annual Bazaar. Without everyone working together, it could not happen. We had a very successful bazaar. Thanks, too, to those who visited or ordered lunches.

Karen reported that she has extras nuts available for sale: pecans, walnuts, mixed nuts, cashews and chocolate peanuts. They make really nice gifts for the mailman, teacher or school bus driver. To order, contact her, 765-265-0774.

Officers for 2019 were installed: Laura Shoemaker, president; Tina O’Neal, vice president; Jenny Friend, secretary; and Sharon McHenry, treasurer.

Praises were heard from Jena Gilbert, Cathy Goodhew, Peggy Mapes and Laura Shoemaker.

The Christmas party will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Beaver Barn. Officers and the newest sister are in charge. Cost is $15. It was decided not to do a gift exchange but a cash donation will be taken for a worthy cause.

Nancy McClain won the 50-50. The attendance prize provided by Sharron Schlichte was won by Nancy McClain. Laura Shoemaker will provide it for the next business meeting.

The meeting ended with officers leading the closing ceremony. Hostesses Gloria Doub and Peggy Lykins, assisted by Saundra Lykins, served delicious refreshments. A fellowship time followed.

– Karen Clark


The Connersville Kiwanis Club met at The Pizza Place on Dec. 12.

President-elect Frank Oakman called the board meeting to order.

The Dec. 19 meeting will feature Frank Oakman. An important board meeting will be on Jan. 9. The club will be serving at the Lord’s Table on Jan. 22 and April 16.

The club will not meet on Dec. 26.