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The Batchtown Fall Fest was a great success. It was held Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting with a parade of our most important citizens, the children riding their bikes, pulling their wagons and marching into town, with the Masters of Ceremonies Mr. Bernard Mager, our Mayor.
There were events during the day that focused on the children having fun with frog and turtle races, other games and playing in the Town Park and Franke Ball Park.
The Trampoline House was fun. The kids stood in line with friends to play there. The Vendors in the Town Building were numerous, with practical and beautiful work for sale.
The food stands had delicious chicken and dumplings, corn dogs, fish sandwiches, french fries, pork chop sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, kettle corn, lemonade shake ups, and sodas. The dessert stand had pies, cakes, and brownies, cookies, etc. served by the youth and coordinator Bonnie Snyders.
Jerry Sievers and his band entertained the crowd with music for the day. Everyone enjoyed getting out and having a good time, and visiting with friends.
The proceeds from the Fall Fest goes to improvements to the maintenance of the Town Building, Village Hall, Town Park, and Franke Ball Diamond and Park. New items, such as play equipment, are always items to consider for the children. They continue to improve Batchtown with new ideas.
We look forward to next year’s Fall Fest. Keep the date on your calendar. Plan on coming to the Fall Fest in 2022.
Rachel Johnes visited with Alex and Justine Johnes and family at the Fall Fest.
Lindy and Martha Bick entertained daughter, Amy, and her children, Alice and Ian, at the Fall Fest.
Linda Russell’s visitors, Andrea Lamer and daughters, Sophia and Holly, and Angie Russell and daughters Zoe and Sadie, attended the Fall Fest.
Helen Sievers attended the Fall Fest with a collection of jewelry from Tepen Hollow Designs. Helen recently had a collection of Jewelry at the Wild Pickin Winery. Roy and Helen Sievers recently attended Bo’ Sievers’ Wedding in Springfield, and grandson, Jobe’s, birthday party at Phil and Kelly Sievers’ home in Hardin.
Gary and Dianna Rose visited Brad and Anna Rose and family at the Fall Fest Sunday. Angel Roades and Marietta Bick watched Owen and Scott participate in the activities at the turtle and frog races Sunday at the Fall Fest.
We are happy to report that Robert Forsee is feeling better and is now recovering at home. He wants to thank everyone for their cards, letters, and prayers. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Robert as he recovers at home.
Mary Ann Godar is feeling better. She is getting out now. Roy and Helen and Mary Ann enjoyed breakfast at the Fill Inn Station Sunday. Take care Mary Ann.
The Walk for Life was held at the Bill Harmon Park Sunday, Sept. 26. The group of supporters gathered for a walk and prayers. The Alton based group, “Thrive,” presented handouts of the counseling, and efforts made to inform women and the community on ways to save the lives of the unborn. Cookies, coffee, and bottled water were provided. The 2021 Pro Life Tee shirt was available for purchase. The shirts are one way to financially give support to the pro life cause.
Charlie Matthews celebrated his birthday Sept. 23. with friends Lane and Brody Kress. Happy birthday Charlie. Have a fun year.
The Calhoun Red Hatters had their Sept. 15 meeting at the Illinois Riverdock Restaurant. The members from Batchtown attending were Elaine Titus, Sharon Friedel, Elsie Kirn, Marcy
Klockenkemper, and Irene Wallendorf A delicious breakfast was enjoyed by all.
The St. Vincent DePaul Society helps with utilities, rent, mortgage, GED, and contact with other agencies. The volunteer hotline is 1-618-310-1141.
Kenny and Bette Eilerman had a grilling party at their home over the weekend. Nick grilled pork loin and the family made the rest of the delicious meal. The evening was topped off with a bonfire and s’mores. Mike and Tracy and their family, and Greg and Lauren and their family enjoyed a fun Fall evening together with them.
Bryan and Lisa Lumpkin of Linn, Mo. are happy to announce the birth of their third child, a son, Carter Michael Lumpkin, who was born Sept. 8. Older siblings are Connor, age 3, and Madison, 1. Grandparents are Kenny and Bette Eilerman of Batchtown, and Matt and Debbie Lumpkin of Linn, Mo. Congratulations to the family.
The funeral of Rick Randazzo, age 65, was held Friday, Sept. 25 at the Holy Infant Catholic Church in Ballwin, Mo. He was survived by his wife Rosemarie and two daughters. Rick was a loving husband and father and will be greatly missed.
Today I saw a butterfly,
The grass, the flowers, the trees;
I heard my children’s happy laughs,
And felt the gentle breeze.
Today I held a newborn babe
And watched a bird in flight;
I saw the moon and stars appear
To welcome in the night.
I bowed my head in humble prayer
At the joy of being free,
And gave thanks for another day
God chose to spend time with me.