Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Joan’s diamond-in-a square quilt made from her favorite fabrics brought tears of joy and gratitude to her eyes.

It took a village of dedicated quilters to fulfill the wish of Joan to have her final quilts finished before she passes.

After publishing “A quilter’s wish before dying” in The Waynedale News, slowly but surely quilters started to respond. Some of them read about Joan’s dilemma in The Waynedale News while other quilters who lived further away had the article read to them over the phone by friends or family who read about her in the WDN.

Earlier today I stopped by Joan’s apartment. I had been...

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May has gathered her full green skirts about her and left our hills, allowing June to enter with her roses, brides and graduates. Each year brings a new crop of high school graduates; proud and tearful parents and relieved teachers. June is a delightful month, a tantalizing prelude to summer. The fields and meadows are filled with masses of daisies that march down the sloping road banks and line the highway with their golden-eyed blossoms.

The air bears the scent of summer; the sweet smell of...

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Fourth-grade Waynedale Elementary student DelaneyJensen, holds the traditional pioneer cornhusk doll created by Mary Lyons. The map the students made of the various western routes hangs behind her.

This year the 4th grade team at Waynedale Elementary devised an interactive, cross-curricular (writing, social studies and math) unit to study the Westward Expansion in such a manner to make it relevant to the students.

According to teacher Lauri Phillips, “The students were given a list of supplies to pick from to take on their travels. They were told how much each item weighed and the total weight that could be packed into their wagon. Without much guidance they picked their supplies. Along...

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It has been 63 years ago, since I graduated from high school. The viney honeysuckle is climbing over the banks below the old school building again, just as it always does at graduation time. There is no scent that brings back the memories of high school days like the perfume of this flower. I can close my eyes, and I am back in that old building that is now the Clay Middle School. The main part of the building burned long ago, but it is still there in my mind.

I found an old article that I...

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Steve reached up and put his cup of coffee on the floor of the turret in his cabin, then climbed the ladder until both he and the coffee were comfortable, looking out at the world.

The only people who didn’t understand why he built a turret on his little cabin up here high on the mountain were folks who hadn’t seen it. Once you actually sat in the chair, looked out the window at the weather and the world, there was no doubt.

You instantly thought, “I have to get one of these.”

Steve, our...

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Joan’s bandana quilt top is in need of machine quilting so she can give it to her grandson before dying.

My Dear Readers,

A few weeks ago I received an email from Waynedale News reader Joan. Below is an excerpt:

I follow your articles in The Waynedale paper that we get for Senior Citizens. My aide is writing this for me as I am fast coming to the point of not being able to do much due to my severe health issues (end stage COPD and Cancer).

It has always been my hope to be able to finish my last two quilts, but due to my health I find myself unable do it. I have all the material and I am willing...

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