Thanks To Bohannon’s: Support Local Businesses
Many children I work with, and even adults I know, say they can’t wait to “get out” of our little town. They say this town has gone downhill, that there are better places to raise their families or places with more opportunities, but please let me give you just one reason I love living in Pana.
This past weekend, I did something stupid that many of you might be able to identify with – got a ring stuck on my finger so badly that it turned purple and swollen. I tried for two days on my own, but by Sunday noon, I had no more options. Where else but here could I call a jewelry store owner’s home, have someone offer to meet me ten minutes later, open up just for me, and cut the ring off, saving finger and ring both?
That’s the kind of hometown goodness you can’t find in Springfield or St. Louis! If I had lived there, I would have ended up with a $1,000 bill from the emergency room and a ruined wedding ring. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate Margaret and Karin of Bohannon’s Jewelry. They both went out of their way to help me, taking up their own weekend family time.
We all want a “good deal” or the best sale price on whatever we are buying. Money is tight, that’s sure. But when we save $2 or $3 (or even $20 on a “big-ticket” item, such as jewelry or an appliance or a car) by buying out of town, we are putting our hometown businesses out of business. If we want the kind of people, like Bohannon’s, who will help us out and treat us like neighbors and friends they know, we need to support them by buying local. If we want our businesses downtown to look nice again, we have to make it possible for the owners to make a profit.
I owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret and Karin this week, but as I look back on my life in this town, I should have written this letter many times for kind things people have done to help me out of a pinch. Loan officers at First National have met me after hours or early in the morning so I wouldn’t have to miss work. Holthaus’ has dropped everything and come right away to fix a washer or freezer. Tom Morrell got out in a snow storm to help my friend who had locked her keys in a running car. Pizza Man gives school groups I sponsor huge discounts, and practically every Pana business advertises in our yearbook, buys booster club memberships, etc. What Pana lacks in material wealth, we more than make up for in the kindness, friendliness, and helpfulness of our people.
Thanks again, Margaret and Karin, for reminding me of that this weekend!
Lions Club Sweet Corn Fundraiser Successful
We have so many people to thank for a very successful sweet corn fundraiser held in July.
To those that donated sweet corn seed and plots to plant on: Kevin and Jon Mickey of Mickey Seed Company; David Dorn and Son, Dorn Farms; Lynn Henschen; John and Jeff Scott; and Owaneco FS and Effingham Equity (Pana facility). Tri-County Feed also donated seed.
Special thanks to Pana Boy Scout Troop 99, Jim LaMarche leader and several other scout leaders for their help picking the sweet corn. Others helping pick were Wade McMillen, Nick McMillen, Blake Kircher, Robert Deere, Gabe Henschen and Lincoln McGrath.
Many Lions Club members helped organize and pick corn, then spent hours selling it.
And finally, thank you to the Pana community for supporting our fundraiser and purchasing the many dozens of sweet corn, allowing the Lions Club to support the many charities in our community.
Thanks to everyone.
Pana Lions Club
Loaves & Fishes To Collect Food During Labor Day Parade
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry plans to have a trailer in this year’s Labor Day Parade to collect non-perishable food for the food pantry.
The people of Pana have been very generous in the past. Last year we received nearly one ton of food and large monetary donations.
The Pana News-Palladium has always been very supportive of our efforts and the “Don’t come to the parade empty-handed” phrase is greatly appreciated.
The food pantry will be open before and during the parade to receive donations.
We offer our sincere thanks to everyone who helps us in our efforts to help do God’s work.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry