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A quick February and a peak into March
Mar 13, 2018

The Hillsboro Fire and Rescue Annual Pancake and Sausage Supper is Saturday, March 17, at the Hillsboro Community Center.

Pancakes and sausage will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. with Bingo and prizes from 7 to 9 p.m. A free will offering will be accepted.

As February rolls into March, and Hillsboro looks toward celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with possibly green pancakes during the Pancake and Sausage Supper Saturday, Hillsboro residents Richard and Cheryl Bell reflect on how quickly the month passed.

One of Richard’s favorite riddles is “Why is life like a roll of toilet paper?”

The answer: “The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes!” That is what seemed to happen to February, as the Bells each celebrated their February birthdays along with their young friend, Will Yeager, at a pizza party held in Yeager’s honor, who left for the National Guard the next day.

The birthday and send off party was held at the Salem Congregational Church, and even though a blizzard brewed outside, about fifty of William’s church friends, area friends and relatives drove from near and far.

On Groundhog Day, Cheryl experienced what happens immediately after a haughty spirit when she fell at home, painfully injuring her right knee. Her brother and sister-in-law took her to the ER, and thankfully, nothing was broken.

Cheryl stayed at their house that night, and spent the week resting and recouping in Burlington at the home of her son Mark and Courtney Bell and their children, Samuel and Clara Jo. The children not only prayed for their grandmother, but were eager to wait on her, even serving breakfast in bed one morning.

The Bell’s wanted to vote in the Harmony School Election, and a call to the Van Buren County Courthouse confirmed they could come on the Monday before, and since mobility was an issue with both of them, a representative from the Auditor’s office would come out to the car.

The vote stirred memories for Cheryl of when Harmony was organized more than 50 years ago. The day started out pretty nice, but snow had been predicted. Richard picked up Cheryl and her crutches at Mark’s, and after making several stops, they arrived at the courthouse.

Just as the woman from the Auditor’s Office came to the car, it began to snow. By the time the voting was complete, there was a half inch of snow covering everything. They considered getting their driver’s licenses renewed in Keosauqua the same day, but decided to head back to Burlington.

The treacherous trip required prayer and driving skill on Richard’s part. He managed to keep the car between the fence posts, even though visibility was limited, and they could not see the road most of the time.

The Bell’s made two different trips to Iowa City for appointments at the VA Hospital for Richard. They are appreciative for all the good care Richard received there, and all the medical and other staff never miss an opportunity to thank Richard for his service to his country.

Other activities in February included swimming at the therapeutic pool at Great River Medical Center in Burlington for both the Bells. Richard and Cheryl have each attended services at Parkside Baptist in Burlington, where Mark and Courtney have very active roles. Mark even had the honor of baptizing a friend at one service.

March is moving as quickly as February. Cheryl attended the Sunday evening service at Farmington Baptist Church, where the lessons are on the book of Revelation. Cheryl went to the Wednesday evening prayer meeting and study at Bonaparte Baptist. Then on Friday, she went to Burlington for an appointment, and spent the night at the “Bell Hotel.”

When she arrived, they were showing the movie, “A Mermaid Tale,” and serving popcorn. Before going to sleep, Samuel tested his Grandma Cheryl’s math skills using multiplication flash cards.

Saturday morning, after Cheryl’s pool time, she returned to her children’s house. Clara Jo and Samuel entertained with a fine program, titled “Dance and Shout.” Clara Jo performed while Samuel kept time tapping a baton on a music stand.

The children had set up a stage decorated with plastic Easter eggs. They will be singing and doing actions for the song “Jesus is Alive!” at their church on Palm Sunday.

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