Point News – March 15, 2023
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Starting out this Monday morning with 28 degrees and tiny little snow pellets falling. Spring is supposed to begin a week from today, but it appears it may be a bit late this year according to the weatherman. Tomorrow morning will be a couple degrees colder and my Jonquils and Hyacinths ready to bloom may need to be covered up tonight.
Sunday morning worshippers at St. Matthew’s enjoyed delicious donuts, muffins, coffee cake, juice and coffee before service. Many thanks to the Brussels Girl Scouts and their leaders. This was their way of saying thanks for the wonderful meeting and activity place they have at St. Matthew’s Hall free of charge to them. Many thanks again to all the girls and their leaders for this thoughtful gesture.
Last week plastic bags were delivered by the 23 Girl Scouts, assisted by the Brussels High School Honor Society. Please fill these bags with non-perishable food items, hygiene products and/or cleaning supplies. The Honor Society will be driving the Girl Scouts around this coming Saturday, March 18, to pick up the filled bags. The food items will be sorted at St. Matthew Hall, along with other donations, and then delivered to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Hardin for distribution to families in need. Many thanks in advance for helping with their annual community service project.
Marcia Hattemar of Brussels celebrated her birthday last weekend. On Sunday her visitors were Tyler and Adrianna Friedel of Maryville, Ill. On Monday her daughters Laurie Lehr and Kathy Friedel took her shopping and out to lunch in Edwardsville to celebrate her natal day. She enjoyed the day immensely , especially visiting stores she had not been to for awhile and of course the delicious lunch. Many more “happy and healthy” ones, Marcia.
Pennie K. Pohlman of Brussels was honored on her recent, March 9, birthday with a family dinner planned by her husband Tom. Those partaking of the delicious meal at the Moonlight Restaurant in Alton were her brother and his wife, Ronnie and Donna Kinder; daughter, Heather and her hubby “D.J.” Neese; Rafe, Marek and Tag; and son, Shawn, and his wife, Kenneathia Hagen. Due to the Volleyball Tournament, her daughter, Danielle and hubby, Pat, and girls, Ava, Joy and Lucy, were unable to attend.
Congratulations to Emily Fortschneider who recently began a new job as Senior Project Engineer at Bartlett and West with the Jerseyville Water Department. Happy for you Emily! She is the daughter of Leonard and Joyce Fortschneider of Brussels.
Charlene Haug and her mom, Virginia Murphy, visited with Virginia’s sister, Melba Hendricks, on Saturday. Melba is now a resident of the Cedar Creek Assisted Living Facility in Godfrey in the D’Adrian Professional Park.
Julie Carnes and Caleb of Edwardsville and Jane Mandernach and family of Marthasville spent Saturday with their dad, Francis Toppmeyer.
No fish fry this past weekend in South Calhoun, but many enjoyed dining at the Wittmond Hotel who served buffalo, catfish, swai and shrimp, along with various sides. And I might add that it was delicious. Their hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or until they run out.
The Brussels American Legion Post #685 will be having fish fries on both Friday, March 24 and again on Friday, March 31, at the Brussels Legion Hall. Serving from 4 to 7 p.m. as noted on Facebook. Come out and support the American Legion and also the Brussels Girl Scouts. The younger scouts will be assisting the Legion cleaning off tables and helping with other jobs. The High School Scouts will be holding a bake sale. Please make plans to help support these two wonderful organizations on March 24 and 31.
Also the Brussels American Legion will hold a Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, March 18, at the Legion beginning at 12 Noon.
Reminder for the members of the Brussels Woman’s Club. Their first meeting of the year will be on Thursday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Hall. Hostess for the day is Dana Kirkpatrick and the program on Conservation will be given by Judy Burch.
With mowing to start in the new future please remove flowers off St. Matthew’s Cemetery by April 1. Flowers in vases are okay and can remain, but those stuck in the ground in front of tombstones must be removed or mowers will have to remove and discard them. Thank you for your help with this.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Jessica (Droege) Giberson, age 38, who passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 20 at her home in Carrollton. A Memorial Visitation was held on March 7 at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. Survivors include her husband, Adam; father, William (Pam) Droege of Quincy; her mom, Joanette (Anthony) Wader of Medora; daughter, Alexis Bailey of Eldred; four brothers and one sister; and grandparents, Pat and Vera Droege of Meppen.
Birthday Blessings to my sister-in-law, Anita Kamp; also Yvonne Macauley, Jennie Nagel, Dennis Wieneke, Gary Devine, Gilbert Kinder, Jax Caselton, Lexie Katzenberger, Kim Winchell, Pat Droege, Collin Weigel, Tara Thompson and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to Ronnie and Joyce Maag, James and Lindsey Tapp, Larry and Chris Klunk and all other couples celebrating their anniversary this week.
Prayer for St. Patrick’s Day
Lord, thank you that you are our firm foundation. We continue to walk in your strength and victory as you pave out our paths and lead our way. We praise you that you bless us and keep us, that you make Your face to shine upon us. We love you Lord and hold on to your truth and rely on your presence in and around us. Amen