News From Germania


Did you get to view the lunar eclipse and multiple moons over the weekend? I have seen several amazing photographs of the moon changing colors and eclipsing but my camera wouldn't capture it. Eugene Kidd of Germania came in to the Longbranch saloon Sunday night and told us the eclipse was starting to take place and was view able just through his large Maple tree from the front porch. Jill Cain and I took a peek to see the progress, so cool. Many thanks to all that shared their more successful photos of the wondrous event.

Charlotte Porter wants to welcome all to attend Wednesday morning bible study at the Budsin parsonage on the corner of county E and 15th drive. The old green house is alive once again with blessings of a new pastor for the tri-parish of Newton, Budsin and Little Mecan churches. Pastor Mickelson will hold a fascinating and lively bible study each Wednesday at 9 am with 15 minutes or so of fellowship prior accompanied by treats and coffee. Last Wednesday, Vonda Rae Zuelke of Newton brought delightful molasses cookies that she made using my late Grandma Wilma Goldsmith's recipe. This warms my heart to know that Grandma shared her recipes with kindness and they can forevermore be enjoyed. On the Sept 16th meeting, Pastor Mickelson provided a lovely Amish coffee cake as a treat. The group is currently studying the book of Jonah. The meetings typically last about an hour and a half. The Budsin, Newton, Little Mecan parish welcomes all to attend. Even if you haven't attended church with them before or it may have been some time, please come worship and enjoy God's blessings of a quiet country church. Worship is at 9:30 am on Sunday and if you have any questions for pastor Mickelson please call him at 920-293-4477.Thank you.

Congratulations to Jim Johnson of Westfield who was recently inducted in to the International Groomer Hall of Fame in eagle River, WI. Jim has given countless hours to his snowmobiling club and county, state activities and more and the honor was well bestowed. A ceremony was held to announce Jim as operator of the year. Congratulations!

Cortney and Scrappy Drew of Montello and some anonymous guy named Mark hit the links on Sunday. Then they enjoyed watching the Bears lose and Matt Kenseth win, it’s all good.
The lights were on in Germania as the Boys from Illinois (well at least one of them!) made a weekend visit to their property. Good to see you and your wonderful Mrs. Take care and keep reading to stay in touch with the Germania population.

Miss Shirley Mae Bethke of Germania says hello to all of her friends and neighbors. She was resting on Monday when I called her, still feeling ill with a stomach bug of some type. She says she is just trying to figure out what day it is. Phil and Velta Gohlke of Neshkoro dropped in for a visit during the week, as did Don Bethke of Germania and their daughter Roxanne Delfosse of Oshkosh. Daughter Lisa brought in a mini fridge and Don stocked it with many goodies for his wife. Shirley also made a trip back to her Germania home last week with the help of family and friends. Good neighbor Buddy Boeker came up to help with Shirley's wheel chair and getting her on to the deck to enjoy her blooming flowers. Shirley was looking forward to a whirlpool tub on Tuesday. Don Bethke has finished canning his plums for the season, a good crop.

JJ Wheaton and Mick of Neshkoro still have some really good eating tomatoes available at their veggie stand on Highway 73 near the Neshkoro BP store. JJ had a good visit with Roger Goldsmith of newton on Sunday, comparing crop reports?

Julie Snyder of Sherwood, AR and our Mom Kathleen Smith of Cabot, AR attended the Lonoke County Fair on Friday and enjoyed viewing the animals, talking with a friendly goat and horse, eating deep fried Oreos and much more. Jule said she had lots of fun with Mom.
While Pope Francis toured the USA, the local Pope of Westfield stopped in to see Goldy and his garden stand in Westfield. Mark Larsen of Westfield was there next door selling garden mums and such. I beeped and waved as I drove by on a mission after work.

Roger and Dawn Marcelain joined Stephanie Marcelain and Autumn Kemnitz of Westfield for a fun trip to warren's Cranberry festival. The group was celebrating Roger's birthday and making sure he ate properly that day. He covered 3 major food groups, beef sticks, beef jerky and french fries. Stef may need a refresher course on nutrition. Dawn offered to paint Roger's cane white to confuse folks as to why a blind man would browse at a flea market but she had mercy on him instead. Stef got the bunch lost by taking a new, faster route to warrens. A good time was had by all.

Good to see Kathi McLaughlin of Westfield enjoying ice cream at It's Poppin’ on Sunday. Mike and i dropped in for some yummy popcorn, ice cream and truffles after a trip to Adams for the tractor pulls. Kathi was turning blue from her raspberry cone but she still had a twinkle in her eye and a sweet smile on her face. Love ya lady!

Sharon and Larry Schaff of Harrisville enjoyed time in Door County to celebrate the month of Larry's birthday. According to him, it starts on Sept. 23rd and does not end until Oct. 23rd. I too have tried this trick. The couple did some shopping, some eating, and repeated the process many times. They enjoyed great weather and watched mallard ducks waddle across the river shore while eating ice cream. All in all it was a great time. Carry on birthday boy.

My thoughts are with the family of Kean Fravel, age 38 of Westfield who passed away last week after a fall. Kean was a talented person, able to fix and create just about anything. He had a twinkle in his eye and a smirk to share with all. You will be missed my friend.
Life passes by too quickly; grab the day and make the most of it.