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TheEavesDropper 9/15/12

By on September 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

Pictured, from left, Justin Schmidt, Rich Weber and Lonny Schmidt of the acoustic musical act Box Street Express entertain outside JV’s Downtown Bar & Grill on Friday night during a “North Main Street Block Party” held as part of Discover Historic Waterloo’s Second Friday event. (Kermit Constantine photo)

SHOUT OUT: Sheryl Metzger (Sept. 19), Sarah (Frank) Heck (Sept. 20), Alex Rohlfing, Mary Koester and Brian Hart (Sept. 21), Jane Yates, Shelly Thornton and Molly Beard (Sept. 22), June Valentine and Tom Esker (Sept. 23), and Alicia Schreder, Joe Krump, Pat Smith and Chuck Pittman (Sept. 24) are all celebrating birthdays.

Waterloo Optimist Club member, and all-around good guy, Quinn Rodenberg received very good, well-earned news. He has been hitting the books hard all summer and it paid off when he was notified he passed all four parts to the Certified Public Accountant exam. He is on his way – congratulations, Quinn!

A shout out as well to Joanne Fricke, who made some delicious pork ‘n bean bread and pineapple bread that was sold at the country store during the Valmeyer Fall Church Picnic on Sunday. Tasty stuff!

GET OUT: The Columbia Heritage and Preservation Commission is proud to host the Monroe County Geneaology Society’s display honoring Columbia men who served in the Civil War. Society members have created posters for each of the 92 men from Columbia known to have served in that bitter war. The posters are on display at the Monroe County Welcome Center (Shoemaker School) off Route 3 in Columbia. The center will be open on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. on Sept. 22, 29, and Oct. 6; and on Thursday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Stop by and view the displays. Read next week’s Republic-Times for more on this important project.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia will hold its “Praise in the Park” service this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. under the large pavilion near the tennis courts at Bolm-Schuhkraft Park. Christian songs will be part of the service. A potluck luncheon will follow. All are welcome to attend.

Art on the Bluffs will host its annual Art Walk along Main Street in Columbia from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday. In addition to the many artists displaying their work, there will be a Kid’s Walk that includes a community circle art project using recycled lids and caps to create a work of art, and a communal weaving project. Scheduled entertainment at the Kid’s Walk includes the Ryan Hoffman Trio Band at 10:30 a.m.; Gibault Jazz Band at noon; Karen Lundy and Friends at 1 p.m., balloon shapes for kids from 1 to 4 p.m., Marybeth Babcock from the Actor’s Attic at 2 p.m., and Matt Hake on the vibraphone at 3 p.m. Also back by popular demand is the bounce house and face painting by Jolene Sasser. For more information, visit

On Saturday night, visit the Waterloo VFW for a special benefit mouse races event to raise money for local veterans programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with races starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes your first betting chip. Call 618-973-0153 or email for more information.

The Friends of Maeystown will peel apples and stir apple butter at the 1859 Maeystown Preservation Society Rock Mill next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, in preparation for the 32nd annual Oktoberfest to be held in the village on Sunday, Oct. 14. Apple peeling will take place at the mill from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. Apple stirring will begin at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Those willing to help peel apples or donate two hours of stirring time are asked to call David Braswell at 458-6660 or email I helped out last year and it really is a good time, with just as much giggling and storytelling as working.

Apple butter will be cooking Saturday morning at St. John United Church of Christ, Valmeyer. This tradition is an all-day process, and everyone is welcome to come help out. And don’t forget to place your orders for some of the finished product, because it goes quickly, by calling Pat at 935-2413 or 618-792-6850.

The eighth annual Melvin J. Fisher Hills and Hollows Half Marathon, 5K Run, Fun Walk and Wheelchair Event is this Saturday starting at 8 a.m. in Valmeyer. For more information, call 402-598-9178 or email

Columbia FestiFall at Metter Park is a go for Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1 to 6 p.m.

The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony for the Julie Gummersheimer Memorial Bench, which is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse.

Get out to the Millstadt VFW Hall this Saturday night and take the “Smarty Pants Challenge.” Sponsored by Oak Hill Care Center in Waterloo, Garden Place Senior Living and Provider Plus, Inc., a trivia night to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association begins at 6:30 p.m. Call Rachel at 314-448-2080 for reservations.

Zoar United Church of Christ in New Hanover, 9103 D Road, is hosting a yard sale this Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by and see what’s available. Call 939-4313 for more information.

This Sunday, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Renault is hosting its Autumn Festival, with an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., bingo from noon to 6 p.m., raffles, prizes and more.

A reception and fundraiser for Monroe County Circuit Clerk Sandy Sauget takes place Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Columbia. Cost to attend is $20 per person. Call 281-6045 for tickets.

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Maeystown Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its annual Fall Meat Shoot and Raffle starting at noon on the club grounds, 4309 Baum Road. Food and drinks will be available.

There are a number of activities Saturday, Oct. 6. The Valmeyer American Legion is hosting a barbecue fundraiser on the Rural King parking lot from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will support hospitalized veterans.

A “Fair Trade Market” featuring the sale of crafts from skilled artisans around the world takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. There will be a kids activity area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo hosts its Wurstmarkt and Country Store from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to a pork sausage dinner, there will be country fresh meat for sale. For advance meat sales, call 939-6480.

HELP OUT: The addresses of service personnel are sought to send packages to those serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program will be bringing items to their October dinner at Turner Hall. Anyone with an address is asked to forward it to Joan Mueller, 328 S. Columbia Ave., Columbia, IL, 62236. Call Joyce Rose at 281-4280 with any questions.

The fourth annual Lei Into Cancer for Linda Luau is this Saturday at BoBeck’s in Waterloo. Proceeds are donated to Susan G. Komen Foundation For the Cure. The day will feature volleyball and bags tourneys, along with great raffle prizes. Find them on Facebook at Lei-into-Cancer-for-Linda_Luau.

TRIVIA TIME: A Trivia Night at Ss. Peter and Paul School to benefit the Holy Name Society will be Oct. 6, starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 per person for tables of six to eight. Gold Rush raffle tickets will be given away as attendance prizes, and can also be purchased with the $15,000 grand prize drawing immediately following the trivia. For questions or to make reservations, call 939-8467 or 939-6793.

SCHOOL DAZE: Power Haus is starting up a Day-Off School Program for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade beginning Sept. 21. For $25 for the day, kids who have days off school can spend them participating in activities like Minute to Win It, Weird Science Day and Pumpkins Galore, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For dates and details, visit Facebook/MetroEastPowerHaus or call 939-9783.

BIZ BUZZ: Monroe County Electric Co-operative is hosting its annual Member Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 outside the MCEC office. The event will feature tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), refreshments, prizes and more.

As was previously reported, Clark’s Country Oaks, located in the former Schmidt IGA grocery store at 110 S. Church Street in Waterloo, has moved out of that building to a new location on South Main to make way for a neighborhood discount grocery store. The owners of this new discount grocery store plan to offer more details on this new business in the very near future. The Republic-Times will be sure to keep you informed.

Midland States Bank’s Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday will include activities for the kids, a gift card drawing, pulled pork sandwiches, and free document shredding. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at their Waterloo location (812 N. Market St.).

Have I mentioned Schneider’s Quality Meats has more than 30 different flavors of brats available every day in their freezer? We are working our way through the Schneider’s Brat Challenge, and the most recent flavor we tried was chipotle. In a word – fabulous. Go buy some. Tonight. And this week’s fresh selection is mozzarella. Don’t forget they always have a great selection of starters, sides, and lots of weekly meat specials.


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: