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It’s been a cold January. The surge in covid cases have kept people in.
Lindy and Martha Bick visited with granddaughter Alice for the past two weeks at their home while parents Ben and Amy Schatzle of Cedar Rapids recovered from the covid. They took her home over the weekend.
The Fill Inn Station Restaurant in Batchtown is closed until Tuesday Jan. 11 due to the Covid virus.
The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry will be available at the entrance door to sign in and pick up food. An attendant will meet you at the door. The pantry is open on Wednesday and Thursday.
Linda Russell and Marcy Klockenkemper met Judy Lamer for lunch to celebrate her birthday on Jan. 4. They met two cousins, Johnny Bill Ringhausen, and Susan Surgeon who joined them for lunch.
Elda Hayn is in Jerseyville Hospital. We wish her a quick recovery.
Vera Droege has been in the hospital, and rehab after having a stroke. Her husband, Pat, said that she was recovering and will be coming home this week.
The Batchtown Methodist Church is hosting a Bible class every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Pastor Phil Grable, parishioners, and others are welcome to attend.
The St. Vincent DePaul Society helps with rent, utilities, mortgage, GED, and contacts with other agencies. Call volunteer hot line at l-618-310-1141.
Congratulations to Tony and Hattie Hillen who celebrated their 8 anniversary on Jan. 5.
The Tree House Wildlife Center in Dow is asking for donations of meat for their animals. Raw or frozen meat, even if freezer burnt, can be brought to their location at 23956 Green Acres Rd, Dow, IL. Their phone number is 1-618-466-2990.
Happy Birthday to Dennis Stumpf who celebrated his 5th birthday Jan. 10. He is the son of Jerry Stumpf and Tonya Brown.
Happy Birthday to Vivian Klaas who celebrated her birthday Jan. 7. We wish you a happy year.
Happy birthday to Nick Eilerman who celebrated his birthday Jan. 5 with Kenny and Bette Eilerman and the family.
Kenny and Bette Eilerman enjoyed having their children home over the weekend. The family is preparing to butcher next weekend.
North winds crisp the morning air.
And sculpture the new fallen snow
Into drifts of glittering diamonds
Jack Frost scattered not long ago.
The landscape is wrapped
In a snowy brilliancy,
Sunlight sparkles this wonderland
Presenting a winter fantasy.
Icicles cling to frosty eaves,
Leafless trees are wintering.
Then March comes a blossoming.
Nora M. Bozzeman