Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

Joannie Summers, daughter of Ann and Jerry Summers of Celestine and representing Tennessee, was crowned 2018 Elite North America at a beauty pageant held June 25-28 in Orlando, Florida.

Summers resides in middle Tennessee near Nashville with her husband, Carey Amorine, a retired veteran who served 20 years in the U.S. Army as a medic in Special Forces. Together, they have six children ages 29, 27, 26, 23, 13 and 11. She has a 3-year-old grandchild and one on the way. She graduated from Spalding University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia with a Masters of Science degree in nursing anesthesia. She is working with an anesthesia group at a hospital in Columbia and she also works in two office surgery centers as the sole anesthesia provider in Dickson and Franklin, Tennessee.

Her volunteer work includes 13 years with the Mid-Cumberland Head Start program, including two years on the policy council. This past year she was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency, which is a nonprofit organization providing resources that promote self-sufficiency for low income families in Middle, Tennessee. Her passions include community service, traveling and hiking. This past year, she had the opportunity to combine all three by traveling to Tanzania Africa, providing shoes and school supplies to students at the Stella Maris School and spending eight days climbing over 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Delegates spent four days participating in events, parties and rehearsals around the local area. The competition consisted of four segments: stage presence, evening gown and fitness wear on stage. Delegates also participated in a one-on-one interview segment the day prior to the live stage show. The North America Beauty Pageant is an international competition. Additional information is available at www.NorthAmericaBeautyPageant.com.

Summers competed in a few pageants in high school as she tried to earn scholarships for college. Winning the Dubois County Junior Miss Scholarship in 1984 helped pay for most of her first two years of college. She competed for fun in her early 20s, but did not compete again until she was 39 as Mrs. Tennessee International. At that pageant, she was trying to bring awareness to and promote the Head Start Program. Last year, her daughter wanted to start competing in pageants and asked if there were any they could do together. They competed in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and her daughter, Summer, was crowned Princess Tennessee North America and Summers was crowned Elite Tennessee North America.

Summers said, “It has been a great bonding experience for them to do events together with our titles and she (Summer) has become so much more confident.”

Summer’s age division does not compete at the national level, but she plans to compete in the Jr. Miss  division next year when she is 12.

Summers will be making appearances over the next year until she crowns the 2019 winner.

She offers this advice, “There is so much to gain and nothing to lose. Pageants, regardless if you win or not, are an excellent way to earn scholarships, promote a platform that you are passionate about, build self-confidence and interview skills, stay physically fit and gain friendships that last a lifetime. It is not about being the prettiest or thinnest or about being perfect ... it is about being confident in your skin and shining through your flaws. It takes hard work. I trained and prepared for this title longer than I trained to climb a 19,340-foot mountain. A former winner said, ‘Pageants teach the exact same skills as sports do: goal setting, positive attitude and performing under pressure.  But in pageants you wear much better shoes.’”

Summers also advises not to go out and spend a fortune on a wardrobe. It is about you not the clothes. She received the most complements on her outfits when she was wearing clothes that cost her less than $30.

Celestine 175th/Streetfest

The next Celestine 175th/Celestine Streetfest meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill basement. Food will be provided in celebration of our excellent fest.

Chairpersons will be giving reports and notes on their portion of the 175th and a small portion of the meeting will be used to begin the planning of Celestine Streetfest 2019 to be held Saturday, June 29, on the grounds of St. Celestine Catholic Church.

St. Isidore Parish calendar

July 28-29: Parish council and religious education commission voting.

Aug. 4-5: Backpack blessing and treats at all Masses.

Aug. 6: St. Isidore quilt show at St. Celestine.

Aug. 11-12: Youth appeal collection.

Aug. 14: Holy Day Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Celestine.

Aug. 15: Holy Day Masses at 6:45 a.m. at St. Raphael and 7 p.m. at St. Celestine.

Sept. 29: Confirmation Mass at St. Celestine.

Oct. 3: Legacy Night “Our Faith Journey” at St. Celestine.

Oct. 7: St. Isidore social at St. Raphael Campus.

Oct. 12: Harvest Festival at St. Celestine Campus.

Oct. 28: St. Isidore shoot at Celestine Community. Club.

Parish bus trip update

Plans have been made for the Pigeon Forge bus trip. The trip on Dec. 4-6 includes spending two hotel nights with breakfast, seeing three Christmas shows (two of them with dinner), touring Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, having lunch at a local venue, and enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas along the way.

The cost of the trip will be $325 per person, based on double occupancy. Anyone wishing to have a single room should plan to add a $75 supplement. The number of interested travelers exceeds the capacity of the coach, so a process has been made to determine how to proceed. Anyone who has already contacted Dorothy Rasche or Clara Fromme to express interest is asked to pay a deposit of $150 per person by Tuesday, July 24, to secure their reservation. Checks should be made payable to Clara Fromme and mailed to her at 2977 E. Jasper-Dubois Road, Jasper IN 47546. Payment also may be brought to the parish office.

These deposits will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. After July 24, if some seats remain, reservations will be opened to others. Of the $150 deposit, $100 will be non-refundable because a set amount for the coach has to be paid, regardless of how many go on the trip. The payment can be transferrable but is not refundable if someone pays then is not able to take the trip.

School registration

Registration will be held at all Northeast Dubois schools between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. The first day of school will be Thursday, Aug. 9.

Celestine 175th results

Hot cycle races (first and second) — girls: ages 0-4 , Elsie Beckman and Kylie Lindauer; ages 5-6, Amelia Bieker and Lexi Reckelhoff; and ages 7-8, Kinley Schnell and Camilla Betz. Boys: ages 0-4, Josin Betz and Jake Beyke; ages 5-6, Jerome Betz and Eli Dalton; and ages 7-8, Landon Lindauer and Parker Mehling.

Sheephead tourney (first through 11th): Jim Sander, Mark Kundek, Brian Riecker, Charlotte Schepers, Ralph Werner, Nancy Prechtel, Vince Schroering, Terry Persohn, Randy Schroering,  Rich Stenftanagel, and Bernie Schroeder.

Grandpa Jones performance

The Dubois Branch Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present a free performance of “Grandpa Jones: Country Musician and Comic” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the library.

Louis Marshall Jones, better known as Grandpa, was the son of Henderson County sharecroppers. Jones, who had a repertoire of songs learned from his parents and the radio, won a talent contest that led to regular work on an Akron radio station. That launched a career that lasted more than 60 years. It was during tours with country music star Bradley Kincaid in the 1930s that Jones developed the Grandpa persona he used the rest of his life.

Jones wrote many of his most popular songs. Like many old-time musicians, he struggled during the rock-and-roll craze of the 1950s — he toured Canada and tried his hand at early television. Beginning in 1969, television brought Jones fame as a member of the original cast of “Hee Haw,” which showcased his skills as a vaudeville comic. Grandpa Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978. He never retired, suffering a fatal stroke after a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1998.

David Hurt portrays Grandpa Jones for Kentucky Chautauqua. He is a retired farmer and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois. He has picked the guitar and banjo on front porches from Reelfoot to Red River and has acted on Stage One in Louisville, as well as in Lexington theaters. He received a grant from the Kentucky Historical Society to learn old Kentucky banjo styles in their master apprentice program.

For more information about this presentation, contact the Dubois Branch Library at 812-678-2548.

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