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By Marcy Klockenkemper
The Christmas Concert presented by Jerry Sievers and the Entertainment Company was wonderful. It was held at the Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. It was a packed house and put us all in the Christmas spirit. Refreshments of Christmas cookies, and punch and cider followed with a good well offering.
Santa Claus is coming to Batchtown. The Town Building will be decorated for Santa who will hear the little ones Christmas requests on Sunday evening Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Come join in the fun.
The Batchtown Woman’s Club met at the Fill Inn Station Saturday morning, Dec. 11 for their Dec. meeting to prepare the Christmas fruit baskets for the shut-ins, and those who have lost loved ones this past year. The ladies enjoyed visiting and a brunch together. Members attending were: Barb Margherio, Marilyn Klockenkemper, Jean Tepen, Karen Friedel, Robin Hillen, and two of her grandchildren, Rory and Marlowe Hillen, Marcy Klockenkemper, and Barb Sperlo. Everyone enjoyed delivering the fruit baskets on their way home.
The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry is in operation on Wed. and Thurs. from 11 a.m. to 3 p. m. Robin Hillen is the Manager, and she has volunteers helping her. Stop by to sign up, or to inquire about the services. The number is 618-576-2500. Tuesday is a work and preparation day for volunteers. A clothing store is also available for those who sign up.
The St. Vincent DePaul Society is available to those who need help with rent, utilities, mortgage, GED, and help with other agencies who also provide services.
The Fill Inn Station will have a breakfast for Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m. I’m sure the little ones will enjoy their time with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Be sure to mark your calendar for this special day.
A Christmas 50/50 Christmas Tree Contest is available in several business places in Calhoun County. Simply vote for your favorite Christmas tree. The Fill Inn Station is participating in the contest. Raffle tickets are available to vote for their tree.
The beautiful sights of the lights in Batchtown, the Town Park, and the houses in town, and Candy Cane Lane to Tony and Jana Sievers’ home on Turner Hollow and Franklin Hill Road, and on Rocky Hill Road near Jerry and Bonnie Sievers home are just a few of the sights and wonders to put you in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas in Calhoun was enjoyed by many of the families on Saturday, Dec. 11. There were games for the children, and food stands for all. It was nice to get out with Christmas music and a beautifully decorated park. It was a brisk but sunny day that was a time to have fun together in the Hardin community.
The Presbyterian Church sponsored a stuff your stocking event on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m. The children enjoyed stuffing the bags full of goodies, and decorating them. This annual tradition is something they all look forward to.
Piper Wittmond daughter of Mike and Bethany Wittmond of Jerseyville celebrated her 10 birthday at her home Sunday. Family attending from Batchtown were: Grandfather Bernie Wallendorf, and Great Grandmother Irene Wallendorf. We wish Piper a happy birthday, and a wonderful year.
Our condolences to the family of Rev. Roy Marlow. Roy was a will known Baptist Minister, and served many parishioners in Calhoun County. He will be missed, and remembered for the good things he did in his ministry.
Brad and Anna Rose, and Bradley, William, Emma, and Nicholas celebrated an early Christmas with grandparents, Gary and Dianna Rose at their home Sunday. All enjoyed the day.
We will have the church schedules for the Batchtown area in next week’s paper.