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What a gorgeous weekend! It was 74 degrees on Saturday and 78 on Sunday. Great weather for working in the garden or the flower beds. Lots of bicyclists and motorcyclists out as well to enjoy the day. Weatherman says a gradual warming through Wednesday and then in low to mid-80’s for Memorial Day weekend. Sounds great to me.
Congratulations to Cameron McLeod, son of Kraig and Lisa McLeod of Belfry, Mont, who graduated from Notre Dame University in Indiana on Sunday, May 21. His grandmother, Sharon (Held) McLeod of Billings, Mont.; and his aunt, Barb (Held) Ward of Decatur, drove to Indiana and attended the event, along with Cameron’s family. Marie Held of Brussels is Cameron’s great-grandmother. Sharon had recently spent 10 days with her mother and then after the graduation returned back to Montana with her son and wife.
A Bridal Shower honoring Leann Young was held last weekend at the Wittmond Hotel. The event was hosted by Nancy, Julie and Sandy Kulp. Many family and friends were in attendance for the delicious lunch and afternoon together. Leann will become the bride of Ryan Kulp, son of Larry and Nancy Kulp of Brussels, on July 8, 2023. Leann is the daughter of Jerry and Frances Young of Chautauqua.
Keith and Becky Baecht, Matthew and Samuel of Jerseyville attended church on Mother’s Day with Yvonne Baecht. Afterwards Keith grilled and Becky had prepared the side dishes and dessert and they celebrated Mother’s Day, also present was George Baecht.
The Brussels Woman’s Club met on Thursday afternoon with Mary Kirn as hostess. A brief meeting was held and then the ladies filled ten large laundry baskets with lots of cleaning items, kitchenware, paper products and personal items for the Oasis Center for Abused Women. This project was led for many years by our now deceased member, Jane Herter. Jean Barton, a close friend of Jane’s, has now taken over the project in memory of Jane. Present were Elaine Eberlin, Judy Burch, Jean Barton, Mary Kirn, Dana Kirkpatrick, Linda Wrigley and myself. Many thanks to Mary for the delicious Strawberry Shortcake dessert she served. Robert and Anita Nolte of Brussels, Keith and Renee Ballard, Wayne and Audrey Nolte, and Eric and Alex Ballard of the O’Fallon, IL area, enjoyed a belated Mother’s Day together on Sunday, May 21. They dined at the Pere Marquette Lodge and later spent the afternoon visiting at the Nolte home.
On Sunday the Girl Scout Recognition of Excellence Ceremony was held in Mount Vernon, Ill. Olivia Brodbeck was honored for earning her Gold Award by renovating the Batchtown Basketball Court. Also Cheyenne Brundies was honored for her project of the weathered flag drop boxes. Both of these girls made history by being the first to earn their bronze, silver and now gold and trifecta awards in their troop and in the county. These are the highest awards a girl scout can earn. Emma Rew also received her Silver Award at the ceremony. Also in attendance were the leaders, Debbie Kamp, Nancy Robeen and Amanda Brodbeck. Congratulations to the girls for taking on these projects which have certainly benefited our county.
Jim and Carol Jones of Peoria, Ariz. were in Brussels last week visiting family. They were guests of Carol’s sister and hubby, Pennie Kay and Tom Pohlman. One day they visited with Jim’s sister Virginia Murphy in Golden Eagle and other family members in the area.
John, Julie and Caleb Carnes of Edwardsville were in South Calhoun on Saturday. Julie and Caleb spent time with Francis Toppmeyer and other family members and John once again spent the day with me. Besides the mowing and trim work, he planted more garden, helped clean a couple of flower beds, changed oil in the truck, you name it! Many thanks to him as usual for all his hard work. Later Julie and Caleb visited my house before they returned home.
REMINDER: The Hardin Legion members and Auxiliary will be out on Saturday, May 27, selling poppies. These red poppies symbolize the blood shed during battle in Northern France and Belgium. On Sept. 27, 1920 the poppy became the official flower of the American Legion to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during WWI. The red poppy campaign led by the Auxiliary each year is to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars.
Don’t forget on Saturday, June 3, the South County Library in Brussels will once again host “Art in the Park” at the Heritage Park. Many vendors will be present to display their art and many will have items for sale. The Quilting ladies of St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s and St. Matthew’s will all have tables set up with quilts to display and also to sell.
Vacation Bible School at St. Matthew’s for the young adults in 6th grade through college will begin May 30-June 2. They will then help the following week June 5-10 when classes are held for 2-year olds up through 5th grade. Any questions or concerns please contact co-directors Debbie Kamp or Lea Miller.
Birthday Blessings this week to Jace Bonner, Trevor Rose, Dan Jenkins, Wm Jon Schleeper, and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to Mel and Joan Ott, Josh and Heather Sievers, Gary and Tammy Kronable, Charles and Judy Burch, Gary and Kim Devine, and all other couples celebrating their wedding anniversary this week.
PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY
Dear Lord, on this day when we remember those who have served our country, give us thankful hearts, Lord, for their service and their sacrifice. Father, we ask for Your blessing upon the souls of those good men and women who gave their last breath in defense of our nation, our freedom and our children’s future. We can never be grateful enough for the sacrifices they made. On this Memorial Day we pray for peace and protection for this land we hold so dear. Amen