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Oh my gosh, where did September go? Seems I just turned the calendar page to September a week ago and it’s already time to change again. So much is going on in October, so it will pass quickly too.
Farmers are busy in the fields, local markets selling apples, pumpkins, etc. Busy everywhere you look. Just be careful and drive slowly out on the roads with so many farmers out there with corn pickers, wagons of grain, etc.
Happy 30th Birthday to Eric Ballard of Fairview Heights, who celebrated on Sunday with his grandparents Bob and Anita Nolte in Brussels. Also present was his wife Alexandria, his parents Keith and Renee Ballard and his Uncle Wayne and Aunt Audrey Nolte, all of O’Fallon area. Grandma Anita had prepared a wonderful meal for the occasion and the afternoon was spent visiting and helping grandpa Bob with some outdoor chores. Many more “happy ones” Eric.
I spent Saturday in Chesterfield, Mo. as guests of my daughter and son-in-law, Cyndi and Trevor Axford, and their daughters, Madison and MacKenzie. Earlier, I was told it was to celebrate Trevor, and also Mackenzie’s friend, Antonio’s recent birthday. When everyone had arrived, Cyndi served an assortment of appetizers, and Trevor made sure we had a cold drink. Then we were told they had an announcement to make. David Morrow and Madison Axford were now officially engaged. Everyone congratulated them and of course had to see the beautiful ring. So happy for them, the wedding to be in the late spring. Also present for the day were John and Caleb Carnes of Edwardsville, Ashley Kirn, Noah and Addy of Wentzville and her friend, Ben Ketcherside; and daughters, Jamie and Joanie of Warrenton; and myself of Brussels. The kids enjoyed the heated pool all afternoon. That evening, dinner was enjoyed by all those present, along with various desserts. I stayed overnight and returned home Sunday morning in time to attend church. Many more “happy birthdays” to Trevor and Antonio and best wishes to the newly engaged couple, David and Madison.
Congratulations to Patrick Simon on passing the Illinois Bar Exam. He received word, recently, stating he had satisfied all the requirements for admission to the bar and will be certified to the Illinois Supreme Court as eligible to take the oath of admission. He is to appear before the Court and take the attorney’s oath on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. So happy for him, I know he has spent a lot of time preparing for this day. Patrick is the son of Carmen Simon of Brussels and Keith Simon of Hardin.
Congratulations to the Calhoun JFL Warriors WIVC youth league who won the Championship game at Triopia on Saturday by beating Quincy, 20-14. The youth league consists of the fifth and sixth graders, who fought hard to win the trophy. Best wishes to all of them!
The Barefoot Restaurant in Hardin officially opened this past weekend. Congratulations to them, I know they spent a lot of long and hard hours making this opening possible. Sounds like they were very busy both days. Their hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. To make reservations for a group call (618) 576-9002. Can’t wait to eat there!
Clinton Osborne of Golden Eagle, a World War II Veteran, will be celebrating his 99th Birthday on Oct. 19. The family is sponsoring a card shower for him so please consider sending him a card at: 1454 S. Mississippi River Road, Golden Eagle, IL. 62036. It would be great if he received at least 99 cards.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Mathias Telkamp, who passed away on Sept. 27 at the age of 91. Visitation and funeral was on Oct. 4 at Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles. Matt was the son of the late Mathias and Irene Telkamp and was born and raised in Golden Eagle.
Mark your calendar for the Brussels Trunk or Treat Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Heritage Park in Brussels. Food and games will start at 4 p.m. and trunk or treating at dusk.
The weekend of Oct. 8 and 9, you are invited to attend the Old Settlers Days in Kampsville. Demonstrators, crafters and re-enactors recreate the early days in Calhoun. There will be soap making, pottery making, blacksmiths, bow making, flint knapping, wood working, chainsaw carving and other demonstrators. Crafts of jewelry, flowers, herbs, soaps, potpourri, candles, etc. can be purchased. There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and old time peddle cars in the children’s area. Lots of delicious food will be served including pork chops, chicken and dumplings, hot dogs, ham and beans, fried pies, rib eyes, kabobs, along with karmel korn, pork skins and chips cooked in iron kettles.
Mark your calendar for other upcoming events. On Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Heritage Park in Brussels will be the Annual Trunk or Treat Celebration. Various foods will be served and games both start at 4 p.m. and trick or treating at dusk. To reserve a spot, call Angie at 618-401-0983.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, St. Matthew Lutheran Church will be holding their drive-through Turtle Soup event. Also available to purchase will be roast beef sandwiches and slices of pie. More info to follow.
Birthday Blessings this week to my granddaughter, Hannah Carnes, who lives in Philadelphia, Pa.; also, Liz Banghart; Claire Rose; Toni Pohlman; Carole Klunk; Lucas Tepen; Ava Hurley; Susan Meyer; Cheryl Greaves; Patty Friedel; Natalie Wiener; Sandy Harris; my sister-in-law, Margie Carnes; Tom Nolte; Pat Jacobs; Tyler Baalman; and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to Bill and Joan Held, Jerry and Judy Zahrli, Dan and Stacy Eilerman, Dave and Kara Hagen, Willie and Renee Rose, Loren and Julie Kulp, Wayne and Colleen Baalman, Larry and Nancy Kulp, Jim and Mary Kay Hughart, Mark and Glenda Stucker and all other couples celebrating a wedding anniversary this week.
Next Monday, Oct. 10, is Columbus Day so my prayer is for this day.
Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for leading explorers and missionaries to America. Thank you for establishing us in a nation where we now have freedom to worship You in peace. Please help us always to be thankful for these opportunities to attend the church of our choice and let us never take this freedom for granted. In Jesus’ name, Amen