Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 4, 2013

Woman gets $500 grant

By Michele Carlsten
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Hi folks! I know it's been a while since the last article but I think we're back on track now. It's fall and I get so confused about the weather everyday. You would think I would realize that It doesn't come with specific dates by now. Fall is actually my favorite time of the year with trees that are bursting in color, leaves crunching under my feet and really everything that is fall. Get out and enjoy it while you can.

Well my son got married on the Sept. 21 to my beautiful new daughter-in-law, Kayla. The months and days before made me glad to have only one child. The whole thing turned out amazing and beautiful. I want to thank everyone who came to the Exline reception and for all the kind words, support and gifts for the happy couple, who are now on a cruise and soon back to the real world of life.

I also want to reach out to friends and family in Boulder, Colo. who thankfully survived and had only a little damage during the devastation of the floods and aftermath. I grew up there and have even been through some floods such as the earlier flood of the Big Thompson and have spent many a days in Jamestown, Estes Park and Lyon's. My life was always in the beautiful mountains and the rivers all around there and it breaks my heart to see the devastation to my towns.

Another Pancake Day has come and gone and this year the weather didn't cooperate but the festivities still went on. You just can't keep us down with just a little rain. Ethan Hurley was third place in the kiddie parade. A good time was still had. Morgan Cline was back for the celebration and also for the grand opening of Morgan's Ice cream Parlor and Candy Confectionery. It took a lot of hard work by all to get this wonderful store on the Centerville square open. We definitely needed to have another business open there with all of the recent closings of long standing businesses. I look forward to more new and exciting businesses in the future.

Rural Neighbors held a wonderful harvest dinner of pork roast, a wide variety of yummy sides and desserts Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Exline Community Center. Roughly 40 people attended the dinner and played trivia games to get prizes at the dinner and annual visit from Vickie Selun of Royal Neighbors she gave out several awards to recognize our extremely hard working women that are vital to our rural town. Jean Leach received Royal Neighbors Fraternal Organizations for 2012 she was the second runner up. A Neighbor to Neighbor grant was given to Margret Kirby. She received a $500 gift from the organization to help her with her quilting. We are so proud of you all.

There will be a Smorgasbord on Oct. 13 at the Exline community center starting at 11:30 a.m. Don't miss out on all the fantastic food.

Birthdays and anniversaries for this month were celebrated on Wednesday at the Exline Store. The people celebrating are Wayne and Rosalee Exline, 64th anniversary; Doug and Michele Carlsten, 20th anniversary; John and Joy Golden, 66th anniversary; Kelsey and Heather Huebner, birthday; Marg Conger, birthday; and Dorothy Perkins 100th birthday.