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Cold, rainy, windy all last week with temperatures in the upper 50s and mid 60s. Finally on Saturday we had beautiful sunshine, and on Mother’s Day, a gorgeous day, but still windy. Weatherman says the next four days will be at 90 degrees and it looks like a couple days may break a record when it reaches 93! Guess we go from heat to air conditioning!
Congratulations to Brady Ellis, son of Kelley (Ellis) Heffington (and John) of Golden Eagle. Brady graduated from SIU Edwardsville on Friday with a bachelor’s degree in computer management information systems (CMIS), specializing in cyber security. Also attending the graduation ceremony was grandpa and grandma, George and Jean Lesseg of Brussels. That evening, a party in his honor was held at the Point Pub with many family and friends in attendance.
Congratulations to Paige Devening, daughter of Kenny and Judy (Hagen) Devening of St. Peters, Mo.. Paige graduated on Saturday from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorder. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, and will be returning to Truman State University this fall to get her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Paige’s grandparents are Roy and Barb Hagen of Brussels.
Congratulations to Maureen Tepen of Meppen, who was honored on Wednesday at St. Mary’s School in Brussels. She was pleasantly surprised when she walked into the assembly to see all her family seated in the group. Maureen has been a teacher at St. Mary’s School for 21 years. Also in attendance was Father Don Roberts, Bishop Paprocki, Principal Becky Lorts and many others who testified to her love of teaching and her faith over these years. Bishop Paprocki of Springfield presented her with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. This award is presented each year to an outstanding Catholic teacher who “authentically lives out what it means to be Catholic and instills the faith into their students while embodying St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded religious schools in the United States.” There are 43 Catholic schools in the Springfield Diocese from which Maureen was nominated for this honor. She teaches 3rd and 4th grade at St. Mary’s as well as 5th and 6th grade Language Arts. Many blessings to her as she continues to teach at St. Mary’s School!
The Brussels Girl Scouts, under the leadership of Debbie Kamp, Nancy Robeen and Diane Tepen, held their end of year closing ceremony last Sunday night at St. Matthew’s Church Hall with their parents in attendance. All 23 Scouts were honored for their special projects, badge work and community service. Olivia Brodbeck earned the Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award that a senior Girl Scout can earn, and Brodbeck chose to remodel the Batchtown Park Basketball Court. She has already completed her Bronze and Silver Awards. With the donations from many organizations, Batchtown Town Board, etc. this project is now becoming a reality. Great work Olivia, we are all proud of you!
Congratulations to Ava Tepen and Avery Stahl, students at Brussels Grade School, who were chosen as the students of the month for May.
On Mother’s Day, Dennis and Shelly Scherer of Wright City, Mo. drove over and accompanied me to church at St. Matthew’s. Afterwards we left for Alton to meet John, Julie, Lydia and Caleb Carnes and Cyndi, Madison and MacKenzie Axford for the Mother’s Day buffet at Santino’s Italian Restaurant by the Alton Square. The food was delicious, just way too many selections and the company of family (minus Trevor Axford who was out-of-town for the weekend) was wonderful. Many thanks to all for this lovely day together, wonderful meal and great gifts. Afterwards Dennis and Shelly spent the afternoon with me, and later in the day I was joined by John and Lydia Carnes for a visit.
Keith, Becky, Matthew and Samuel Baecht of Jerseyville prepared a complete Mother’s Day Dinner and brought it to the home of Yvonne and George Baecht on Sunday. The boys also did dishes and Becky planted a tray of flowers for Yvonne. That evening they also provided another meal and did dishes before leaving. What a great day for Yvonne, I know she really enjoyed Mother’s Day.
The Sons of the Brussels American Legion held their annual barbeque sandwiches and plate lunches on Saturday. The food was delicious as usual and they were sold out in record time.
Ladies of the Brussels Woman’s Club, please be reminded that our monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 1:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Church Hall.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Donald Fredrick Nolte of Florence, Alabama who passed away on March 29 at the age of 54. He is survived by his wife Mary (Humphreys) Nolte, mother Suzanna (Planer) Nolte, daughter Melody (Ian) Hall, son Cayden and brother Carl David Nolte. Visitation was on April 3 with Memorial Service following at the funeral home chapel. Donald was preceded in death by his father, Carl George Nolte, brother Tim Nolte and grandparents Carl and Allegra Nolte.
Birthday Blessings this week to my granddaughter MacKenzie Axford, also Chris Titus, Laura Meeker, Lenny Kiel, Jill Pikesley, Patrick Ward, Hank Fortschneider, Natalie Weiner and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary this week to Cliff and Yvonne Nolte, John and Linda Macauley, Bobby and Bonnie Stepanek, Greg and Barb Kinder and all other couples celebrating their wedding anniversary at this time.
Prayer for Farmers
God of all creation, we give you thanks for those who cultivate the earth, and for those who wake before dawn and labor in the fields. Bless the crops that have already been planted and those in progress. Bring them to full growth and a rich harvest. Watch over all farmers and make the seeds of grace that You have given us to grow and produce. God bless all the farmers and their families and may the good Lord bless you with good weather and an abundant harvest. Amen