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It was with sadness that news came very early on Monday morning, February 11, that neighbor Bob Hutton had been notified of his father’s death in Moberly, Missouri. Bob’s wife, Linda, Secretary to the CCENA Board, notified Board members of this news, and what arrangements were being made for his funeral. We extend our sympathy and condolensces to The Hutton Family during this time.
Has everyone noticed the “missing tree” from the entrance to our neighborhood along Country Club Drive?
Finally, that poor, old, bedraggled tree was cut down. I worried for weeks that its limbs would finally topple to the ground and land unexpectedly on someone’s passing automobile. Thankfully, it was cut down before that happened.
As for me and my household of tree huggers, we rejoice that this poor old tree was “called home to a better place”!
As so may know, I’ve been a longtime “fan”-atic of the Miss America Scholarship Organization for Women…considering my Southern roots to the pageant system, and having been acquainted with a few Miss A’s. (Note: I have programs from pageants; memorabilia from pageants; books on the subject; and, yes, a clippings file for Miss America.
So, it stands to reason that this past week my attention was drawn to the “USA Channel” where I would find Dr. Debbye Turn, Miss America-1990, as one of the hosts and commentators at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Gardens in New York. (Debbye is one my all-time favorite Miss A’s!)
But, it was a little 15 inch Beagle hound named “Uno” that stole the hearts of America. As my sister, Connie, and I watched the “Best in Show” portion of this great annual event (often dubbed as the Miss America of Dog Shows), we found ourselves cheering, laughing, crying, and being silly adults over this little guy strutting his stuff in that massive arena with the crowd going wild. Never has a “pageant” been anymore exciting than this canine treat.
Two of my passions were satisfied that night, seeing a favorite former Miss America…from Columbia, and a great little dog with ties also to Columbia, Missouri take top honors at this premiere “Mother of Dog Shows”. It was an inspirational evening of pure entertainment; refreshingly clean, civilized, and full of character. An evening of escape from the tragedies of war, the politics of office seekers, and the news of genocide in far-away places like the Congo was what it was all about. Certainly, some would argue, there was plenty of “behind the scenes politics” at Westminter, but a few rare moments, a little 15 inch Beagle hound “Ahhh-roo’ed” his way into our imaginations and melted our hearts, and piqued our curiosity of what if we lived in a world of such beauty, grace, and personality all the time. Almost immediately the press lighted the internet with news of “Uno” capturing the “Best in Show” title, and the interview, talk-show, circuit began to unfold the very next morning.
It occurred to me, maybe our CCENA should have a “Dog Show”…a pageant parade of our own pets! Think about it…and the possibilities of bringing delight and smiles to our friends and neighbors. We might even find a former Miss Columbia, or Miss Missouri or yes…even a Miss America to host it for us.
Bravo Debbye Turner, DVM, and little “Uno” for bringing such pleasure on a cold, winter night.
Our neighbor, Mary Still, has this week announced her plans for seeking election to the Missouri House of Representatives seat to be vacated by incumbent Rep. Judy Baker for the 25th District. An article appeared in the “Columbia Daily Tribune” and other statewide news sources. You may wish to read more public comment on the Tribune “Politics” blog-site. For more information, contact Mary directly at her home on South Country Club Drive. Go Mary go!
It was with sadness that we learned of the death of Mrs. Hurst John, (Martha B.) last Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at her home on N. Country Club Drive. Mrs. John, a long-time resident of the “2008 Most Notable Property”, will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. The CCENA posted condolences at the Memorial Funeral Home website.
The CCENA is proud of the recent naming of two properties in the neighborhood to “Most Notable Property” by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission. This is truly an outstanding accomplishment, and one we should all be very proud of in celebrating with our neighbors whose homes have been so designated.
The Hurst John Family’s home at 2011 N. Country Club Drive was named, as was Robert and Gladys Allen’s home at 2007 S. Country Club Drive. Both of these homes have historic ties to Dr. A.W. McAlester and his son Barry McAlester.
Congratulations! This now brings the total number of properties in our neighborhood to three as “Most Notable Properties”. The Columbia Country Club was named at another time by the Commission.
I am very pleased that the turn-out for the general meeting of the CCENA this past Sunday evening at the Columbia Country Club was so good. The discussion and dialogue among “Proponents” and “Opponents” of the Landmark Hospital application for rezoning was excellent. The results of our balloting demonstrated to me that we have consensus among a majority of our homeowners. The outcome of the vote was overwhelmingly against supporting the application for rezoning the property in question from R-1 (Residential) to O-P (Planned Office). Stay-tuned there is more to come. The official vote will be recorded here soon. Keep coming back!