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The beautiful May weather was a perfect setting for graduations last weekend.
A graduation party was held Sunday afternoon, May 21, for William Rose, son of Brad and Anna Rose of Batchtown. William graduated from Calhoun High School on May 19. His guests were: grandparents, Marilyn Klockenkemper, and Gary and Dianne Rose; great-grandmother Joyce Simon; and siblings, Bradley, Anna and Nicholas. Also there were Greg and Rosemary Barczewski and Jackie; Henry, John and Eula Mae Klockenkemper; Paul and Joan Klockenkemper; Sharon Baptist and family; and cousins, friends, and neighbors who came to wish William well. An appetizing array of foods and desserts were served. Everyone enjoyed the conversation and the children enjoyed playing together. William will be studying radiology this Fall. We wish him success in his studies and career goals.
Linda Russell had her daughter, Bonnie; and her son, Michael, over to visit Sunday, and to cut the grass.
St. Mary’s School students enjoyed their last day of school on Thursday which was their annual Field Day. The day was spent enjoying outdoor games including water balloons, a bounce house, and a special noon lunch.
This year’s eighth grade graduates are: Peyton Baalman, daughter of Wayne and Coleen Baalman; Camryn Klaas, daughter of Brett and Jennifer Klaas; and Alexandra Friedel, daughter of Neal and Charlene Friedel. The Graduation Mass was held May 11 at St. Mary’s Church.
The Annual Golf Tournament to benefit St. Mary’s School will be held June 4 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Godfrey. Registration begins at noon with a 1 p.m. start time. For more information or to register, contact Greg Pohlman at 314-306-4229.
Larry and Stacey Boist visited Nick Siemer Saturday night and enjoyed the pork chop supper at the Fill Inn Station in Batchtown. They helped Nick with his mowing.
The Memorial Day Mass Schedule for Monday, May 29, is 8 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Meppen and 9:30 a.m. at St. Norbert’s Cemetery in Hardin. In case of inclement weather, Masses will be in St. Joseph’s Church, Meppen and St. Norbert’s in Hardin.
Zion Lutheran Church in Batchtown will have a service Sunday morning at 10 a.m. led by David Franke which will include a Memorial Day tribute with a couple patriotic songs before the church service for Pentecost begins. The reading of the scriptures, the message and the hymns will clarify the significance of the day of Pentecost in the Christian faith. All are welcome.
St. Barbara’s Picnic is cooking hens on Saturday, June 3, and Saturday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to finish. You are encouraged to stop in if you have an hour or two to assist. All help is greatly appreciated. St. Barbara’s is also collecting game prizes and donations for the Country Store. Please bring all items to the church basement appropriately labeled. Monetary donations are also welcome. Coordinate this with a member of the picnic committee.
St. Joseph’s Picnic is cooking chickens at the Church Hall on Saturday, June 10. Help is needed. Any amount of time is appreciated.
Robin Hillen, her sister Rosemarie Randazzo, and their mother, Mary Ann Bailey enjoyed eating lunch together Sunday at the Fill Inn Station in Batchtown.
Megan Heffington finished ninth in the IESA State Track meet in the discus throw. Megan goes to Pittsfield Pikeland School.
Andrew Hedfington and the Pittsfield High School Band will be travelling to Nashville, Tenn. to play at the Grand Ole Opry next week.
St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry and Clothing Store is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
St. Vincent DePaul helps with rent, utilities, mortgage, GED, and other agencies. The volunteer hotline number is 618-310-1141.
Not so much talent I have, But how much will to use the talent that I have, is the main question.
– W. C. Gannett
On this Memorial day, and every day, may you truly enjoy the blessings of freedom secured for us by heroic veterans!
This is a Memorial Day tribute
In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.