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WHS Cheerleaders | 2012

Pictured in front, Jordan Kemling and recovering crash victim Rachel Magouirk form the shape of a heart with their hands as fellow Waterloo High School cheerleaders spell the word “LOVE” during a recent practice. It’s safe to say the WHS cheerleaders would love nothing more than a victory for their football Bulldogs over Columbia on Friday night. (Teryn Schaefer photo)

SHOUT OUT: A huge shout out goes out this week to Don Shaffer, a full-time firefighter for Central County Fire & Rescue in St. Charles County, Mo., and volunteer fireman in Columbia, who came to the aid of a man who was in cardiac arrest during a Columbia Blue Jay youth football league practice last Tuesday night in the city park. Shaffer, who just happened to be watching his son practice on another field, noticed a man laying unconscious on the ground and quickly performed CPR to get him breathing again. The man was rushed to St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Justin Robinson, a 2007 graduate of Gibault and a member of their golf team that finished third in state, has been anointed captain of the golf team and Lindenwood University in Belleville. Robinson reports that last October, his team won the USCAA national championship, and he finished fifth individually, earning all-American honors. He and his team will be headed back to nationals this October to defend their title. Let’s all wish Justin the best of luck, and, Justin, keep us posted.

We have another big birthday week coming up. On Aug. 27 and Aug. 29, Laurie Brown, owner of Mike’s in Valmeyer, and Renee Busch, Rogers Elementary teacher, will celebrate another year. Sept. 1 will be a fun day for Brenda Seboldt, my good friend from high school Sarah Glessner-Ulrich, Lois Gyore, Bill Reed, Ross Stumpf and Candace Hejna. Sept. 2 is the day Mark Vogt will be celebrating, while Sept. 3 is the big day for Krista Wheatley, Jane Gaitsch, Ryan Reams and Mechelle Childers. Mark Cranage will celebrate a birthday Sept. 4, and Sept. 5 is the big day for Adam Unterseh.

IN MEMORIUM: Please keep the family of Republic-Times Editor Corey Saathoff in your thoughts and prayers this week. Corey’s grandfather passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning at the age of 79.

BIZ BUZZ: Clark’s Country Oaks, located in the former Schmidt IGA grocery store at 110 S. Church Street in Waterloo, is moving out of that building to make way for a neighborhood discount grocery store. Check back in upcoming editions for more on this change.

The next meeting for GLOW (Great Ladies of Waterloo), a networking group for local women, is Sept. 6, at noon, at BoBeck’s Last month the groups welcomed 10 new members, reports Donna Langsdorf, one of the organizations.

You’re invited to a Business After Hours Sept. 14 at the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce office (118 East Third Street). Stop by to meet new executive director Jenny Bullock.

GET OUT: Before Friday’s Columbia/Waterloo Football game, the Columbia Athletic Booster Club will host a fish fry from 4:30 p.m. until kick-off at CHS. Fish will be prepared by the Columbia Fire Dept. Bulldog fans are invited to stop by for some fish as well, before the cross-county rival game begins.

This Monday is the annual Immaculate Conception Church Labor Day Picnic in Columbia. It’s a great way to usher out the summer with great food, bingo, plenty of fun and entertainment for the whole family. ICS principal Mike Kish said the parish is preparing to move into its newly built church on Jan. 27. Exciting times, for sure.

Millstadt will say goodbye to summer with a homecoming this weekend in the village park. The Millstadt Homecoming takes place Saturday and Sunday, featuring parades at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, you are invited to the Fort de Chartres Jardin Potager to explore their heirloom produce. Heirloom herbs, vegetables and fruits currently in season include cucumber, melon, summer squash and herbs. Visit for details.

Get out and get fit! The YMCA of Southwest Illinois is celebrating summer by offering a deal on joining fees. Throughout the month of September, join the Y and the date on which you join is the amount you pay. So if you join Sept. 1, you pay only $1! For more information, visit, or call 281-9622.

The Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School 20th annual Golf Tournament takes place Sept. 1 at Waterloo Country Club with a fourperson scramble. For reservations, call Vernon Tepen at 939-8018 or 939-7217. Proceeds benefit the SPPCS Athletic Fund.

The Columbia Kiwanis Car Show is Sept. 1 at Bolm-Schuhkraft City Park. There will be refreshments for sale, and activities for kids. All proceeds benefit local children’s programs. Call 618-974-9416 or 618-660-6216 for information.

The Highland Historical Society’s 25th anniversary Homestead Harvest Days will be Sept. 7-9, and includes tours of the Latzer Home, Miniature Working Pet Milk tours, silent auction, steam engines, gas engines, old farming equipment, plowing by horses and tractors, stone crushing, a working saw mill, crafters and a flea market, as well as DAR Camp, War of 1812 Encampment, threshing, live music, and lots of homemade food for breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. Kids’ activities include a pedal tractor pull, tub train rides and a petting zoo. Admission is $5 for a one-day pass, and $8 for a three day pass. For more info, call 618-654-6781 or email

The Waterloo Country Club is planning an open house event Sept. 8, with a day of food, wine, music, shopping and more. Visit or call 939-9810 for information.

There will be a 5K Life Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 9 a.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse. There will also be festivities before and after the run offering fun for all ages, including a butterfly release. Call 939-4224 for more information.

Hey, y’all, grab your hat and enjoy some of Minnie Pearl’s legendary moments. See Minnie and hear the tales about Uncle Nabob, Aunt Ambrose, Mammy, Mrs. Tugwell and the whole gang from Grinders Switch when local impersonator Laurene Taylor performs at the Columbia Woman’s Club on Sept. 20, at 12:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Please join in for a fun afternoon. Ladies from all communities are welcome.

For more information, call 281-3189. The Waterloo Bulldogs 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will be Sept. 22, at 5 p.m., at the high school cafeteria. To order tickets, mail your RSVP that includes name, number of adults ($15) and children ($10 ages 4-12), and payment to Waterloo Athletic HOF, 505 E. Bulldog Ave., Waterloo, 62298. Checks should be made payable to Waterloo Athletic HOF. For additional information contact Randy Halleran: or Daniel Classen:

The third annual Humane Society of Monroe County Mutt and Me 5K and 1 mile Fun Walk is scheduled for Sept. 15, starting and ending at Bolm-Schuhkraft City Park in Columbia. Register in advance by visiting, or on race day starting at 8 a.m.

The Hoyleton Ministries Homecoming takes place Sept. 15, at 350 N. Main Street in Hoyleton, offering the chance for people to share stories, visit their old room or see where they once worked. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Jamie at 618-493-7575, ext. 1343.

The eighth annual Melvin J. Fisher Hills and Hollows Half Marathon, 5K Run, Fun Walk and Wheelchair Event is Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 a.m. in Valmeyer. For more information, call 402-598-9178 or email

Art on the Bluffs will present its fourth annual Art Walk on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Columbia. Shoppers can expect to see works ranging from watercolor, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass, drawings, mixed media, oil/acrylic, ceramics and print-making. Added attractions include local musicians, food booths, light refreshments, a kids activity area and student art gallery. For more information, visit

Calling all past and present Dupo-ites! It’s time for the second annual No Class Dupo Reunion! This is a class reunion for all classes. Participants report having a great time last year and expect an even bigger showing this year. Come by to catch up with old friends and make new. It will take place in Dupo Community Park from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 22.

SAFETY FIRST: Just a reminder that both the Waterloo and Columbia Police Department lobbies have a 24-hour drop-box available for the community to properly dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription medications. This is a safe way of preventing these drugs from ending up in the hands of children, and is a much more environmentally friendly way than the old method of flushing them down the drain. Please do your part to keep Monroe County a safe place to live.

SAVE THE DATE: The Republican Fall Victory Dinner will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Columbia. Doors open at 6 p.m. with an open bar at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Nancy Heinle at 618-473- 2975, or on the web at

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: