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By Carol Sue Carnes
The Health and Safety Fair presented by the Brussels and Batchtown Woman’s Club was held on Saturday at the Brussels Heritage Park. Weather was beautiful and many attended to visit the various vendor booths, purchase raffle tickets and have refreshments, while the children enjoyed the obstacle course. Many thanks to members of both clubs plus David Pohlman of the Search and Rescue Team and his helpers for all they did. The vendors from the JCH Hospital and Wellness Center did blood sugar tests and chair exercises, others provided lots of information to the attendees. Thanks again to everyone!
My visitor on Tuesday was my daughter Cyndi Axford of Chesterfield, MO. We visited the cemetery and put fall flowers on the graves, then stopped at Red & White for delicious spinach salads prepared by Cindy Jenkins and after lunch she helped me with various indoor cleaning projects. Had a wonderful visit as well before she returned home. Thanks Cyndi for all your help.
On Wednesday morning the Red Hatters of Calhoun enjoyed brunch at the Riverdock in Hardin. Those present were Vera Heffington, Kathy Wallendorf, Marcy Klockenkemper, Irene Wallendorf, Elsie Kirn, Bernadine Hillen, Margie Tepen, Mary Lee Rose, Elaine Titus, Sharon Friedel and myself. Afterward a meeting was held. The next event will be October 22 when we will ride Aerie’s Gondola in Grafton and enjoy lunch at their restaurant. More details on time and where to meet will follow.
On Friday Gary Fortschneider of Brussels hosted a Class Reunion for his Class of 1964. Present for their 57th Reunion were Judy (McKenney) Peer, Paulette (Hoemmen) Sievers, Diane (Held) Baalman, Larry Eberlin, Virginia Wagner, Judy (Held) Zahrli, Paulette (Siemer) Pohlman, Ronnie Pohlman, Tony Moennig, Gary Fortschneider, Frank Baecht, Phillip Droege and guest Colleen Bussen (wife of deceased class member John Bussen) and a few spouses. They enjoyed great food (thanks to Gary), taking photos and sharing lots of old memories and making new ones as well.
Last Saturday, Sept 11 in the evening Larry Imming was pleasantly surprised on his 80th Birthday and recent retirement from Imming Painting. The event was held at the K. C. Hall in Jerseyville and hosted by his wife Angie and children Randy and Kenny Imming and Michelle Dale and their families. Many friends and relatives from Calhoun were present to wish him well and to enjoy the delicious food and evening of visiting. Many more happy birthdays and Congratulations on your recent retirement Larry!
On Saturday, Sept 18 in the afternoon I attended the belated birthday celebration of Shelly Scherer, Madison Axford and Caleb Carnes, along with Trevor Axford’s birthday this week at the Axford home in Chesterfield, MO.
Enjoying the last wonderful day of swimming in their pool, followed by a delicious meal and a great visit were John and Caleb Carnes, Samuel Holdinghausen, Brittney Kirn, Dennis and Shelly Scherer, Madison Axford and David Morrow, Mackenzie Axford, host and hostess Trevor and Cyndi Axford and myself.
Later in the evening we enjoyed decorated cupcakes, apple caramel pie, ice cream and coffee. I also remained overnight and returned home Sunday evening. Before I headed home Cyndi and I did a bit of shopping and also visited the beautiful new apartment of Madison Axford and David Morrow at the new apartment complex on Wildhorse Creek Road. Many thanks to the Axford’s for a great weekend!
When I arrived home on Sunday I found my yard mowed, trim work done, etc. and my son and grandson John and Caleb Carnes packing up to head home. Many thanks to them once again for all their help. Hopefully, the mowing season will end soon and they will get a break!
Congratulations to Brandon Hall and Brittany Wallendorf who were wed on Saturday afternoon in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the bank of the MS. River in Golden Eagle. A reception at the Brussels American Legion Hall followed for family and friends and a dance that evening. Brittany is the daughter of Brad Wallendorf and Florence Rose. Best Wishes to the happy couple!
Congratulations to Henry Kinder and Annie Rose, parents of a baby girl born on August 9 at Alton Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs 8 ounces, 19 inches long and has been given the name Nora Rose Kinder. Elder child Henry, age 4. Grandparents are Henry Jr. and Cynthia Kinder of Golden Eagle and Fred and Gina Rose of Hardin.
Mike and Erna Halemeyer of Golden Eagle attended the funeral on Saturday of their sister-in-law Bobbi Halemeyer at a church in Keokuk, Iowa. Deepest sympathy to her husband Randy Halemeyer of Fort Madison, IA. Please keep Randy and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Ronnie Baalman who passed away on September 1 at his home in Meppen. Please keep his wife Judy and children Craig, Mark and Chad Baalman and Kelly Bick and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Alice Marshall of the St. Louis area. She was a sister of the late George Kuhn. Thoughts and prayers for her nieces and nephews Emil, Fred, Charlie and Paul Kuhn, and Cynthia Jenkins, Gretchen Stoltz and Florence Rose.
Birthday Blessings to Ainsley Fortschneider, Jim Odelehr, Tammy Schulze, Kelly Schulte, Jamison Fortschneider, Amber Ewen, Don Kinder Tom Rose, Mitchell Willman, Bob Banghart and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Anita Kamp on their 62nd anniversary, also my nephew and wife, Steve and Erin Carnes, Larry and Marcia Hattemar, 64 years, Mick and Christi LaMarsh and all other couples celebrating a wedding anniversary this week.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Angeline Siemer of Meppen who passed away on September 15 at Jerseyville Manor. On August 17 she celebrated her 99th birthday with her family. Keep her daughters Paulette Pohlman, (and the late Vincent) Carol (Roger) Roentz and Beverly (Bill) Haug and their families in your prayers. Funeral was Monday morning at St. Joseph Church in Meppen.
Birthday Blessings to my son-in-law Trevor Axford, also Dan Hagen, Wes Held, Bob Held, Joe Snyders, Melissa Zipprich, Jeanne Johnes, Bobby Stepanek, Molly Pohlman, Amber Thompson, Paula Schleeper, Don Funk, Bill Schulte, Pat Reichman and all others celebrating their natal day this week.
Happy Anniversary to Jeff and Debbie Kamp, Roger and Patti Rose, Ralph and Hope Fuller, Dan and Megan Jenkins, Dan and Vivian Klaas, Jeff and Kathy Carey, Charles and Anna Kamp, Terry and Phyllis Vaughn and all other couples celebrating a wedding anniversary this week.
My prayer on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and Patriot Day:
Dear Lord, As we reflect on the solemn anniversary of 9/11 we remember many loved ones lost and first responders who put their lives at risk. This day marks a time of so much sadness and grief for so many. We think of those who daily serve others in our communities and nation. Whether on the battlefield or in our towns and cities, they have specifically chosen to put the lives of others ahead of their own needs, by following the example of our Savior, who gave Himself as a sacrifice for all believers. Bless our nation and bring us together to care for and support one another. In Jesus name, Amen
PRAYER FOR FALL
God of all seasons, we thank You for Autumn, for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy. God, as you transform the earth, transform us by Your Spirit. Thank You for the coloring of trees showing Your creative artistry, for the fall harvest that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land and for this change of seasons, as you transform the earth and us. Amen