It's been a busy couple of weeks at the Hively house. We had three guests from England for several days. For the first three or four days we didn't get to see much of them, as they were competing in an athletic exchange and there were parties and dinners for them somewhere.

Once the competition was over, two guests had to leave since they were staying with friends in Kansas City.

The other (Pat) had an extra three days with us and we tried to show her around a bit. One of her most enjoyable visits was to the Newton County Fair. I took her out on the first morning and the kids were getting their livestock ready for showing. She really loved watching the grooming and preparation the kids put into their animals. Pat had a new IPad and she made very good use of it. She learned to use it with "on the job training."

I'm glad Pat was here for a few extra days. We took her places we had not been in quite a while such as Roaring River State Park. Russell and I got to see everything through her eyes and it was refreshing.

When we dropped her off at the airport in Springfield, it was a sad moment. We hope all our guests will come back soon.

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There has been a flurry of activity at the George Washington Carver National Monument, culminating with the new film that will replace the old one. The film is now showing each day so if you haven't seen it, I recommend you take a drive to Diamond Grove to see it. It is 28 minutes long and shown in the air conditioned theater. It would be a nice outing from Neosho.

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The fate of the old Wanda School is under debate these days. In fact, today it will be discussed at morning service at the Wanda Church. Everyone hates to see some landmark in a community gone, and this school building is no different.
The cost of restoration would be considerable, but if enough people get behind a drive to save the school, it might be done. If you have an opinion about the school, you will be welcome at the church this morning. Services start at 10 a.m.

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Our garden is looking good — especially to the critters who are eating our okra stalks and carrying off our tomatoes. We haven't had a tomato yet because of the squirrels. Between the squirrels and ground hogs, it's becoming an issue about even having a garden. But, I must admit, we are getting some beautiful cucumbers.

Kay Hiveky writes a weekly column for the Daily News.