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Batchtown News – August 3, 2022

Marcy Klockenkemper

By Marcy Klockenkemper
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The annual 2022 Batchtown Picnic was a great success. The weather was cooler than normal and it was bright and sunny. The July 30 and 31 event, always taking place the last weekend in July, was overwhelmed with visitors ready to enjoy the picnic with good food, fun, games and seeing friends and relatives.
They were not disappointed on Saturday night with turtle soup, bingo, country store, music, quilt stand, and games to play, which set the tone for groups to form near the soda and beer stands, ice cream, and food stands. The music put everyone in a festive mood.
The Sunday dinner with fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, dressing, slaw, and choice of home-made pie, and drink was fantastic. Carryouts, and later the evening lunch, were both good. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, so plan early to attend the Batchtown Picnic.
This weekend, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 6 and 7 is the Meppen Picnic. The weekend starts with the traditional turtle soup at 5 p.m. The beef sandwich, chicken salad sandwich, and desserts follow. The fish stand, funnel cake, ice cream cones, and other treats await you outdoors. Games of bingo, I-did-it, ring toss, and more await you. The beer stand, soda stand, and good music are available both nights of the picnic.
The Sunday dinner of fried chicken, beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, dumplings, slaw, and tomatoes, green beans, and pie with drink await you. A supper is also available. Check out the beautiful quilts that are on the raffle
Hope to see you at the Meppen Picnic. The Brussels Picnic is the following weekend, Aug. 13 and 14. The weekend is one to plan for with that great weekend of food, and a grand raffle drawing. We’ll give you a detailed review next week.
Birthdays were celebrated at the Batchtown Picnic. Marilyn Klockenkemper, and daughter, Rosemary Barczewski, share the same day, July 30, and celebrated together at the picnic with the members of the Klockenkemper family who had a reunion at the Batchtown Picnic. Happy birthday to you both.
They gathered together there and later on Sunday where they had a special celebration at Brad and Anna’s home in memory of Bill Klockenkemper.
Cindy Russell had a birthday get together with her family at the picnic with son, Hayden; mother, Linda Russell; and friends of Cindy’s. Happy Birthday Cindy.
Shirleen McCary visited Delmar and Barb Bick, Lindy and Martha Bick, and Gary and Gertie Snyders while she attended the Batchtown Picnic. She planned a week to visit with them.
Martha Bick and daughter Katie attended the Muny Opera Wednesday night and saw the musical, “The Color Purple.
Therese Kiel Pohlman and her brother Gary Kiel visited Christine and Eldon Johnes after attending St. Barbara’s Church Picnic.
Larry and Marcia Klocke took Caroline, their granddaughter, to Ole Miss, Mississippi to College. She is studying accounting. She is the daughter of Joe and Tara Klocke.
Happy birthday to Randy Coughlin on Aug. 1 and Steve Kress Aug. 2.
Judy Lamer and daughters, Andrea and Sarah; Andreas’s son, Emi, and daughter, Sophial; and Sarah’s daughter, Sabrinia, attended dinner and visited relatives while at the Batchtown Picnic.
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Give Us Daily Awareness
On life’s thoroughfares
We meet with angels unaware –
So Father makes us kind and wise
So we may always
The blessings that are ours to take,
The friendships that are ours to make
If we but open our heart’s door wide
To let the sunshine of love inside.
– Helen Steiner Rice

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