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TheEavesDropper 10/10/12

By on October 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

SHOUT OUT: Mark Juelfs and Ray Bense, both members of the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus, will celebrate birthdays on Oct. 16. Both are busy practicing for the barbershoppers’ annual show on Nov. 10 at Turner Hall. The show is titled “The Barbershop Music Man.”
Other birthdays this week include the R-T’s own Tammy Taylor (Oct. 9) and Humane Society of Monroe County President Paula Hutchinson (Oct. 12).

A special “Prost” to the group of 22 German visitors who spent a few days here in Waterloo as part of the ongoing sister cities exchange. Porta Westfalica Bürgermeister (Mayor) Stephan Böhme told the Republic-Times on Tuesday that it was a marvelous trip. “We had a very warm welcome,” he said. “There were a lot of good things to discover.” The German group last visited Waterloo in 2008, and this time focused its stay on early historical settlements. In addition to stops at Peterstown House, Bellefontaine House and the History Museum of Monroe County, the group visited St. Charles, Mo. and Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

GET OUT:  Waterloo’s hugely popular PumpkinFest is this Saturday on the Monroe County Courthouse grounds. The day is full of fun fall activities from pumpkin carving, cooking and eating contests, to a washer tourney sponsored by the Republic-Times and lots of shopping and tasty treats. See you there?

Then, this Sunday, is the 32nd annual Maeystown Oktoberfest. More than 70 vendors of arts, crafts, antiques, food and more are all centered around the 1859 rock mill and in the village’s specialty shops. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to enjoy the beautiful, but waning, days of autumn. Oktoberfest officials have released a notice that parking will not be allowed on the east side of Mill Street from Maeystown Road; on both sides of Hanover Street from Franklin to Main; and on the west side of Bushy Prairie to Franklin. Also, the Altar Sodality of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Valmeyer will be working their basket stand during the Maeystown Oktoberfest this Sunday. Be sure to stop on by.

The Monroe County YMCA Illinois Ozarks 10K Bluff Run is Oct. 27, starting at 9:30 a.m., at Borsch Park in Valmeyer. The route will take runners through the Salt Lick Point Land and Water Preserve. Cost to participate is $35; sign up at the YMCA or on the day of the race by 8:45 a.m.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Renault will host its Wurstmarkt on Sunday, Oct. 28, from noon to 5 p.m.

Also on Oct. 28, St. Mary’s Altar Sodality in Valmeyer will host a Pancake Breakfast in the parish hall from 8 a.m. to noon.

Have a spooktacular time at the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club’s 23rd annual Haunted Trail and Hayride. After a Friday rain out, it got under way on the club grounds Saturday and continues for the next two Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 458-9927 or visit

Columbia City Saloon’s fourth annual Halloween Party is Oct. 27. Make sure to get there by 9 p.m., to enter the costume contest, and judging will be at midnight.

Real Life Methodist Church, Waterloo, will welcome Australian singer/songwriter Mike Rayson for a free evangelical concert this Sunday at the church (400 Park Street), at 7 p.m.

A Community Health Fair sponsored by St. Paul United Church of Christ, Waterloo, is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. Flu shots; free health screenings including blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density and pulmonary function tests; and Child Identification Program kits will be available. Call 939-7123 for more info.

The fall festival season continues this Sunday at Hope Christian Church with Worship in the Park. The day will include a potluck picnic and games, all at Bolm-Schuhkraft Park in the Lion’s Pavilion.
A Traditional Country Music Fun Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Oct. 20-21, at Columbia City Saloon. A dozen or more acts from all over the country will perform, including Waterloo native Shanna Fredrick, a former singer in Dixie Express, who will do a Patsy Cline tribute. Visit for more info.

The annual Gibault Oktoberfest Dinner Auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, with this year’s theme being “A Spooktacular Event.” Dinner is served at 6 p.m., with the auction starting at 7:30 p.m.

Bethany United Methodist Church in Columbia is having a Community Fall Festival this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.

The Waterloo Merchants Group has announced that its annual Christmas Walk in downtown Waterloo is expanding from one to three days — the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. They are organizing special Christmas events, including caroling through the streets of Waterloo on Dec. 14.

Morrison-Talbott Library in Waterloo is holding a Book Sale Oct. 18-20. Stop by and pick up some books on the cheap.

No-Jacks Tavern in Smithton is hosting its annual Scavenger Hunt this Friday night. Sign-in is 9:30 p.m., with a 10 p.m. start time. Prizes will be awarded to the first through third place teams. For more info, call 618-235-2356.

HELP OUT: The Millstadt Optimist Club’s 12th Annual BBQ-Chili Cook-off is this Sunday at Liederkranz Park, with proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The event runs from noon till 5 p.m., with music performed by Aftershock. Call 618-971-9411 for more information.

The second annual Tracey Luhr Memorial Benefit Poker Ride is Oct. 27, with check-in from 11 a.m. to noon, starting and ending at Lou & Michelle’s Fireside. There will be a 50/50, silent auction, and barrel of booze. All vehicles are welcome, and the $20 registration includes dinner, the first hand of poker and a t-shirt. Call 939-8112 for information.

Looking for a chance to brighten someone’s day? Become a Senior Companion! Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons sponsors the Senior Companion Program, which is designed to pair healthy, active people ages 55 and older with other seniors who otherwise would not be able to live independently. They visit one or more days per week for four hours per day and can assist with daily tasks, provide transportation, and give support and a much-needed break to full-time caregivers. Companions earn a nontaxable stipend and other fringe benefits. For more information, call Sharon McMath at 618-826-2634.

Helping Hand Thrift Store in Waterloo is celebrating its second anniversary with a two-day event this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will have all new clothing, lots of books for 10 to 25 cents, and attendance prizes. Proceeds from the thrift store help local organizations including the Humane Society of Monroe County, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Human Support Services, Life Network, Happy Trails, and local churches and schools. Call 939-5485 for more information.
Mouse races will be held this Saturday at the Prairie du Rocher American Legion Hall, 509 Henry Street, to benefit local veterans programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with races at 7 p.m. Call 618-973-0153 for more information.

ROCK THE VOTE: Meet local Democratic officeholders and candidates at a Free Chicken Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Walsh’s Inn, Burksville. Organizers promise a great dinner in a relaxed atmosphere, and “no boring speeches.” RSVPs are appreciated to 281-8944.

A Republican Club Rally is planned for Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Republican headquarters (113 W. Mill St., Waterloo). Meet the candidates, pick up yard signs, and discuss strategies. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

BIZZ BUZZ: The Schneider’s Quality Meats brat of the week is cheddar. Try some, or any of the other 30-plus varieties in their freezer section. Schneider’s also has deer processing and butchering supplies, and 24-hour deer drop off.

SCHOOL DAZE: The Columbia Agriscience Club and FFA is having another Pork Chop and Pork Burger BBQ fundraiser at the high school by popular demand. They were asked to host another BBQ this Friday night in Columbia. They will start serving at 4:30 p.m.
The Waterloo High School Drama Department hosts its fall play “The Jolly Ranger and the Pirate Queen” with performances set for Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20, in the school auditorium. Thursday and Friday show times are at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Call 939-3455 for tickets.

This Friday night, the Waterloo High School Band Parents host their annual All-You-Can-Eat Chili Supper in the school cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m., prior to the home football game. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under.

Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School in Evansville will host its third annual Benefit Dinner on Friday, Oct. 19, at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta. Rev. Todd Wilken will headline the event.

Monroe County HCE will host a free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Night at the Annex (901 Illinois St., Waterloo), this coming Monday at 7 p.m., featuring Sam Ready I Am. The entire community is encouraged to attend.

CHURCH CHAT: St. Paul United Church of Christ (200 N. Main St., Waterloo) will have a Blessing of the Animals in their parking lot this Sunday at 1 p.m. If your pet can’t make it, bring a photo.

Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: