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By Marcy Klockenkemper
The Batchtown Fall Fest is this Sunday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The traditional parade with the children riding their bikes and pulling their wagons, the horses and riders and other surprises will be in the parade.
Jerry Sievers and his band will entertain the crowd, vendors will be present, and wonderful food stands, and desserts will be available for your eating pleasure.
The traditional games and contests for children and adults play will be a challenge and fun. Come to Batchtown for good food and good times with friends.
The Walk for Life will be this Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Bill Harmon Park in Hardin. It will start at 11 a.m. This is a county wide event. The Thrive Pro-Life Group based in Alton is participating and will provide a speaker. Deacon Michael Hagen and Dick Lieber spearhead the Walk for Life, and brochures and Tee Shirts will be available at the event. The purple ribbons for your mailboxes and a chance to sign up and support Life is available the day of the Walk for Life.
The Health and Safety Fair sponsored by the Brussels and Batchtown Woman’s Clubs was a great success. The Club members thank you for your participation and for supporting the raffle ticket that had 54 wonderful prizes, and services on it. The contributors for this year’s ticket were outstanding. We thank you for your support. Call the members of the Clubs with your ideas and concerns we are sincerely interested in.
The Village of Batchtown is hosting a town cleanup with a 40 yard dumpster and appliance and metal pickup. It started last Friday and will continue through this Friday, the 24th mid-day. For Batchtown residents only. The Batchtown area has a dumpster available until next Friday. This effort is being supported by the Village and the Batchtown Woman’s Club. The pick up area is behind the Town Building on Main Street. If you have questions, call Jean Tepen, or Robin Hillen.
Lindy and Martha had company Sunday. Friends, Charlie and Ruthann Jones and daughters Natalie, and Mary Ellen came to visit.
We are saddened to report that Rick Randazzo, age 65 died Sunday, Sept. 19. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie, and two daughters, Nicole Charpentier and Rachel Morgan. Mary Ann Bailey of Michael is Rosemarie’s mother, and Robin Hillen of Batchtown is her sister. Our thoughts are with the family. More details of the arrangements will be given as they become available.
Nicholas Rose of Batchtown celebrated his 11 birthday Sunday, Sept. 19. His real day is Sept. 30. Nicholas and parents Brad and Anna Rose, and siblings Bradly, William and Emma, Grandparents Marilyn Klockenkemper, and Gary and Dianna Rose, and Great Grandmother Joyce Simon enjoyed the day with Nicholas. Have a wonderful year Nicholas.
The St. Louis Food Bank will be at the Riverdock Restaurant Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. Those getting food and people who are volunteering to help should arrive early.
St. Vincent DePaul can help with rent, GED, utilities, mortgage and in contacting other agencies. Call the volunteer hotline at 618-310-1141.
Congratulations to Brandon Hall and Britney Wallendorf who were married Saturday, Sept. 18. Many family and friends attended the beautiful wedding. Grandmother Irene Wallendorf, and Aunt Kathy Wallendorf were among the guests attending. Best wishes Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Hall.
Happy birthday wishes to Jennifer Suhling on Sept. 11, Matt Kamp on Sept. 17, Helen Sievers, and Malissa Presley both on Sept. 25. We wish you all a great year.
We wish Mary Ann Godar a quick recovery.
We alone, of all God’s creatures
Laugh when things delight.
That’s because our quickened senses
Know the wrong from right.
He’s the source of jubilation
Found in me and you.
Even when we laugh at blunders,
God is smiling too.
Amy C. Ellis