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The Batchtown community enjoyed the nice weather. The long days are great. The farmers are planting their crops and would welcome more rainfall for their crops.
The Sunday mass will be at Batchtown, St. Barbara’s Catholic Church at 8 a.m. for the next six months. The Saturday mass will be at Michael, St. Michael’s at 4 p.m. on Saturday for the next three months. Everyone is welcome.
The Art in the Park at Brussels on June 3 was very successful. There was a nice crowd and creative, talented vendors. All the vendors were very talented and had wonderful art products. I’m only mentioning a few of them simply because I don’t have the whole list. Hopefully they will be listed in the paper. One of the local painters is a high school student, Paige Pohlman who had a nice display of pictures she painted. Paige is on her way towards a career in art. John Webster is well known for his art representations of historical paintings of Lincoln and many more. All had beautiful artwork, things such as jewelry, designer pillows, embroidery, wreaths, paintings, and honey for sale. Plan on going next year if you can. Support the talent we have in the county.
The annual Jamboree is quickly approaching. It is Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at St. Anselm’s Church Hall. The Entertainment Company under the direction of Jerry Sievers kick off the afternoon with a pleasant mix of songs, comedy, musical solos, and the Crypt Kickers Band. There are always a few surprises that add fun to the mix. The entertainment will have refreshments available. Be sure to treat yourself to the Jamboree. Tickets are being sold by reservation only for $15 each. Call Sarah Kinder at 618-883-2089 to purchase your ticket.
A Fourth of July Celebration in Brussels will be held Monday, July 3, at the Brussels Park. A lot will be available to entertain you, and to honor our country’s birthday. Food stands, bounce house, kids races, frog races, three legged races, and water balloons are planned for the kids, followed by a silly clown at 5:45 p.m. The band, Back In The Saddle, will play from 6 to 9 p.m. A card draw and a 50/50 draw will be held. The evening sky will be lit up by fireworks at dusk. It sounds like the place to be for the holiday.
The World Wide Technology Race was held Sunday at Madison. There were many from the area attending. Tony and Traci Caselton and boys from Batchtown were there to enjoy the day.
Linda Russel’s kids were home during the week. Bonny Stepanek came Thursday to visit and to mow the grass, and Steve and Cindy and Hayden came Sunday to visit and to take a ride and enjoy walking on the farm.
Bernie and Robin Hillen enjoyed visiting with grandchildren Leland, and Reign on Thursday. Over the weekend Robin visited with her mother, Mary Ann Bailey.
There were several eating at the Fill Inn Station Friday, and Saturday evening. Delmer and Barb Bick, Gary and Gertie Snyders, Jim and Theresa Johnes, Bernie and Robin Hillen, Linda Russell, and Marcy Klockenkemper.
Barney Titus, and his friend, Glenna Sebring visited Friday afternoon with Eldon and Christine Johnes and they all enjoyed eating together at the Fill Inn Station for supper.
Players from Batchtown that played in the Calhoun Lady Warriors Game that helped win the game at the Regional were: Gracie Klaas, Anabell Eilerman, and Delanie Klaas. Their coach was Anna Gilman.
The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry and Clothing Store is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Those who need help with rent, utilities, mortgage, GED, or with other agencies may call the volunteer hotline at 618-310 -1141.
The St. Barbara’s Altar Society, Picnic Committee and parishioners cooked chickens, and got them ready for the upcoming picnic on July 29 and 30. The second chicken cooking day is Saturday, June 24 beginning at 8 a.m until finished. All help is appreciated.
St. Joseph’s is cooking chickens June 10 for their picnic on Aug. 5 and 6 is Saturday. All help is appreciated.
Build for yourself a strong box,
Fashion each part with care.
When it’s strong as your hand can make it,
Put all your troubles there;
Hide there all thoughts of your failures,
And each bitter cup that you quaff,
Lock all your heartaches within it,
Then sit on the lid and laugh
Tell no one else its contents.
Never it’s secrets share;
When you dropped in your care and worry
Hide them from sight so completely.
That the world will never dream half;
Fasten the strong box securely
Then sit on the lid and laugh.
– Bertha Adams Backus