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The summer weather and thoughts of our gardens, orchards and markets come to mind as the produce is maturing and getting ready to be picked. This is a wonderful time of the year. Hope you are enjoying the fruits and vegetables of the season.
Eldon and Christine Johnes celebrated their daughter, Rachel Johnes’ 50th birthday with her in Alton on Saturday, July 9. Rachel’s birthday was July 5. We wish her a happy and fun year.
Tony and Jana Sievers and their kids, Mari and Tae; and Jessica, Carlie, and Hayley, met up with Jill and Tom Duve of Baton Rouge La., and daughter, Christa; and husband, Ryan; and granddaughter, Alice June. Jana’s daughter, Erica; and husband, W.D. of Baton Rouge were also on the trip.
The family enjoyed a week at Gatlinburg, Tenn. with the historical sites, theme park with rides, good food, swimming and beautiful mountain scenes and countryside.
Elsie Kirn’s Sunday visitors were granddaughter, Bev, and Bev’s husband, Carlos Williams, of Jerseyville.
The George and Anna Friedel Reunion was held at the Meppen Hall Sunday, July 10. They had twelve children and many of their children are friends and neighbors that we know. We are happy to share their special day with the Batchtown folks. Their children and grandchildren enjoyed the day, remembering their memories and family life together.
There were 48 cousins, with 32 of them being first cousins. Everyone enjoyed good food and memories. Also celebrating at the reunion was Sister Mary Gabriel, a Divine Providence Sister who is 90 years old, and has been a Sister for 75 years.
Happy 45th wedding anniversary to Rick and JoAnn Snyders on July 3. Best wishes for many more.
Verann Klockenkemper visited Ted and Elda Hayn last week. Tammy and Tonya stopped by too.
Jeremy and Angie Russell and the girls came by to see Linda Russell Saturday. They visited the farm and enjoyed being outdoors.
The Batchtown Methodist Church will have a Singing Sunday, the fifth Sunday of the month, and July 31 at 10:45 a.m. They also have a Bible class on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.
Wilma Krysl celebrated her 93rd birthday on Sunday with a party at her home. She enjoyed visiting with friends and family. Happy birthday Wilma. Best wishes for many more years to come.
Happy birthday to Mary Ann Bailey, who was 89 on July 5.
Birthday wishes to Hunter Medling who turned 17 on July 8 and Shirley Medling whose birthday was July 9, Brianna Titus on July 14, and Vera Droege on July 15.
Luke and Rachelle Hillen and family visited with Bernie and Robin Hillen on Sunday evening.
The picnic schedule is now being planned with Saturday night being the traditional turtle soup, and the chicken dinner being served buffet style on Sunday. More details will follow next week. The big raffle ticket for all three Blessed Trinity Churches, Batchtown St. Barbara’s, Meppen St. Joseph’s, and Brussels St. Mary’s is now available. Check at the churches, the church office, and with people selling tickets.
Everyone enjoyed the Entertainment Company Jamboree on July 10. The music and singers were wonderful. Looking forward to the next one.
Sioux Indian Prayer
Help me never to judge another
Until I have walked in his moccasins
For two weeks.