Once again, I am leaving on a jet plane and by the time you read this I will be back again. I am taking the opportunity to visit with my southern family members once again. Our time in June was so busy and full of Mom and Darrell's wedding activities that we forgot to have a vacation!  This trip there shall be no alarm clocks, no plans set in stone and no sinks full of dishes to wash. My sisters dawn smith and Julie Snyder and I will make the most of an awesome week together. Of course I will sneak in time with my Mom and step dad, Jule's shiny black lab, my brother in laws Gary Snyder and Michael Smith. When we are in Branson, MO we will be looking for Westfield friends who are going to be there at the same time. Small world, huh? A few busloads of area folk are returning from Branson, MO as well. Pete and Pauline Petersdorff of Harrisville took a trip with 40 some friends. Safe travels to us all.

Dick and Judy Pape of Budsin had dinner Tuesday at the Longbranch Saloon in Germania with west Budsin neighbors Chris and Marshall Johnson. Dick and Marshall have discovered that they share a Nov 3 birthday!! Best belated birthday wishes to you both. 

Mayor Bob Weiss of Lawrence ran in the 2014 November election unopposed and won another year in his prestigious position. Dave Quinn is said to rallying his efforts to be re-elected in the next election to once again reign over Lawrence.

Both men are very capable of keeping the town of Lawrence in line and flowing smoothly. Bob's home brew and David's moonshine would supply an awesome victory bash. If I support both candidates, maybe I can be campaign manager?

Happy birthday wishes are being sent to Happy birthday to Tim Powell celebrating on Nov. 13th, along with Carol Clendenning of Harrisville and Jerome Zuelke of Newton. Happy anniversary to Jerry and Donna Goldsmith of Wautoma on Nov. 14th. Happy birthday to Dave Woolbright of Wautoma and Rick Thalacker, rocking the years away in Westfield on Nov. 14th. My cousin Dave Goldsmith of Edgerton, Ryan Marquardt of Westfield and Danielle Hinze of Harrisville enjoy a Nov. 15th birthday. Happy anniversary to my sister dawn and brother in law Michael smith of Ozark, AR and to Bret and Amy Meissner of Mineral Point. Happy Nov. 16th birthday to Sassie Polakoski of Neshkoro on Nov. 16th. Adam Smith of Richford enjoys a Nov. 17th birthday. My brother-in-law Gary Snyder of Sherwood, AR has a Nov. 18th birthday Happy birthday on Nov. 19th to Clinton Marotz of Newton and Mat Wenzel of Wautoma. Best wishes to you all.

A friendly hello is sent to Don and Shirley Bethke of Germania from Tom Friedrichs of Sheboygan Falls, WI. Tom spent time in Germania as a youngster and holds fond memories of that time. Tom is a cousin to the Bethkes through Shirley's side. Tom’s dad and Don were also good friends. How cool it is to be "Googled" and help connect a family tree.

Pastor Brenda Pulver held church services at Harris Villa on Wednesday. Teri Lyon played the organ for the service. We appreciate all visits to our facility and thank you for taking time to make our day special.

Roxanne and John Delfosse spent time up north at the family cottage and watched 3 inches of snowfall last weekend. Shirley Bethke of Germania was looking for sunshine on Saturday but decided it was not to be. Shirley enjoyed a visit from pastor Busse of Princeton on Monday. His visits to the home are so appreciated. Shirley's friend sherry of Berlin is doing well and the two spoke by phone during the week. Bill Tagatz in AZ is still tending his garden and enjoying feeding the hummingbirds. He and family are doing well. Don Bethke had to visit the dentist in Princeton after breaking a tooth. He was amazed at how pain free and easy the fix was. Bill recently had his house painted so Shirley is looking forward to seeing recent pictures from his AZ home. Doug Bethke and Lisa stopped in to visit a few times in between trapping and such. Scotty Delfosse the great white hunter made a few trips to the Germania woods. Don and Mary Lange of newton spoke with the Bethkes during the week. I was recently digging through Grandma Goldsmith's photo collection and came across a few pictures of Mary Ann Semrow and my auntie Linda, such beautiful blond hair on that young girl. Lisa Schild of Colgate, WI drove to Germania to spend a few days with her parents. Lisa scrubbed floors and cleaned the housetop to bottom. Shirley spoke with Glen Tagatz of FL during the week and found out he was back in the hospital again. We wish him a speedy recovery.

To my knowledge the lost dog in Budsin is still lost. Be on the look out for Buddy the young black Lab. He belongs to Judi and Dale Becker of Budsin and has been missing since Oct. 28th. Thank you. Have a wonderful week, stay warm if you can and get that shovel ready. Ick.