Spring Creek: Former bean soup queen celebrates birthday


Special to The Banner

Jim Stivers was the bingo caller last week and we had another full house. Imy Benko, Evelyn Wright and Marion Erstad split the letter X special. There was no doubt about the winner of the small picture frame when Jim Thompson shouted bingo. Bobbi Adams and Brian Stephenson shared the first half of the 15th game, and Dick Ellingwood won the coverall. Helen Miller kept the three sisters in the running by winning the big basket at the end of the evening.

Evelyn Wright, Jim Hartsough and Dee Peet won the euchre honors on Wednesday. Edith Davidson won the door prize and Sharon Wright won the booby prize. Bridge honors went to Faye Ellingwood, Jane Griffiths and Sandra Crockett.

A small but happy group of bowlers put forth their best efforts and came up with some great scores the past two weeks. On February 18, John Giesey bowled a fantastic 221/600 for the men’s high. Julie Vaccaro almost caught him with her high game of 183 and 405 series to do the ladies proud. Vince Spinello and Eileen Eagan shared the mystery game and also won the most over average with Vince’s +101 and Julie’s +43.

On February 26, John continued his winning ways with 219/528 and Julie followed suit with 145/399. Call Julie if you are interested in joining them and she will give you the details. This is not a season long commitment. There are no teams, just a fun bunch.

I missed an important birthday February 21.Join me in wishing Linda (Michi) Smith a belated Happy Birthday. Yes, Linda. That is her given name and she would like to be called by that. It will take a little getting used to, but give it a try. I am happy to report that her mother, Norma, is again at home. On March 9, two of SCV’s favorite ladies share a birthday, Shirley Grayko and Margaret Schaad, our former bean soup queen. Happy birthday to all of you.

Herb Higgins is recovering from a fall he took in front of the clubhouse. You know the saying “you can’t keep a good man down.” So you can expect to see him out and about very soon. The cans he collects for Dogs for the Deaf are beginning to pile up so he’d better hurry.

Bill Blessing of Mai Kai Lane passed away last week after a stay at Joanna’s House, a hospice facility in east Bonita Springs. He was a familiar sight around SCV on his three wheel bike even during the recent construction. His service was held Wednesday, March 4 at Hope Lutheran Church. We extend our sympathy to his wife, Helen, their children and grandchildren. Two other long time former residents, Jim Best and Mel Pritchard, recently passed away as well. Mel’s wife Eleanor’s address is 737 South Broom Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19805. If I receive more information, I will pass it on. Our prayers and sympathy go out to their families as well.

Saturday was a beautiful day to take a trip out to New Pass. Our daughter, Amy Gardner, and her friend, Joan McGreevy, were visiting from Ohio and enjoyed a day of sun on the boat as we visited the Dog Beach, New Pass and watched the dolphins put on a show flying across the water then diving and jumping all the way back to Spring Creek. It doesn’t matter how many times you see the dolphins, it is a thrill. We noticed that the dolphins weren’t the only ones racing around. Several boaters and jet skiers ignored the no wake zones in Estero Bay at New Pass and as we entered the Spring Creek area. I am happy to say that none of them was SCV residents, as we previously heard. They sped past us and up the canals behind us. Don’t be in such a hurry that you put the lives of other boaters at risk, endanger manatees and other water creatures and destroy our seawalls.

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