Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

The Celestine Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual tractor pull on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Celestine Community Club.

The main gates will open at 10 a.m. with a $5 general admission. Mock turtle soup will be for sale by the gallon, beginning at 10 a.m. Chicken dinners will be served at 11 a.m. and thereafter.

Sign-up is at 11:30 a.m. with the start beginning at noon.

The kiddie pedal tractor pull has five weight classes, from 30 pounds and up.

Scales for the tractor and truck pull open at noon with starting time at 1 p.m.

Shooting matches

The Celestine Community Club will hold its annual 14-week Wednesday night shooting matches. The matches will run until Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 21. The closed shoot starts at 8 p.m. Fried chicken meals and various sandwiches will be served at 6 p.m. from the club kitchen.


There will be a rosary at St. Raphael Catholic Church at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 26 during adoration. This rosary will be said for college students and all young adults to ask our Mother Mary’s guidance in their decisions and protection as they venture out on their own so they can truly discover and fulfill God’s plan for their lives.

St. Isidore Parish calendar

Sept. 23: Flu shots and blood pressure checks.

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.

Nov. 16: Kirby Stailey concert at St. Celestine.

Catechists needed

Catechists are needed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Celestine Campus.

Third-grade training and compensation will be provided. The new curriculum has the weekly lesson plans in an easy layout that students will love.

Religious education

Wednesday evening religious education classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Grades five through 10 will be held at each campus. All juniors will meet at Celestine Park. All senior students will meet in the Celestine Rectory basement.

Library news

End-of-the-Month Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.

Adult craft: 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Preregistration required.

Book sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.

Library closed: Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day.

My Big Person and Me (infants through age 6): 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Preregistration required.

Keurig’s Korner (middle and high schoolers): after school-5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Young Adulting 101 (middle and high schoolers):after school-5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Family creativity time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, and 2:45-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Preregistration required.

School dismissal changes

From 2:45 to 3:15 daily, the two entrances at Northeast Dubois High School will become one way. The first entrance (when coming from downtown Dubois) will be an exit only. All of the student driver traffic and buses will be exiting the property from this drive.

If anyone is coming onto the school property during this time, they are asked to enter through the second drive and merge into the one-way traffic. The school corporation thanks everyone in their help keeping the dismissal process safe. They will be posting signage concerning this change soon.

Grandparents’ Day

Dubois Elementary: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12.

Celestine Elementary: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14.

Community yard sales

The Celestine community fall yard sales will be held Sept. 21 and 22. Anyone interested in having a yard sale can contact Kristy Buechler at 812-481-2251 no later than Monday, Sept. 17, in order to get the location on the map.

175th calendar

Thanks to Kathy Messmer and Girl Scout Teen Troop 60, the community is blessed to have “Beyond the Calendar: Celestine 175,” which captures present-day life in Celestine. Elaina Epple, Courtney Vittitow and Emilee Clark spent hours creating this book by organizing photos and recipes. Their months-long efforts signify their vision of the year 2018. The spiral-bound paperback book is comprised of three elements: photos, a monthly perpetual calendar and recipes.

Photos: Nearly 20 photographers, most of them amateurs, submitted photos for the book. The photos were all taken in and around Celestine, and they typify each month of the year. For example, lots of snow pictures, dormant fields and the bareness of winter dominate the months of January and February. March and April bring flowers, waterfalls and rainbows. May and June feature First Communion, Memorial Day, and green trees and blue skies. Back-to-school days, the firemen’s tractor pull and colorful sunsets over farms enlighten July and August days. September, October and November feature fields being harvested and the colorful leaves of autumn. Christmas in Celestine is featured in December.

Monthly perpetual calendar: A double page spread holds dates for each month of the year. These lines provide spaces for recording birthdays and anniversaries of family members and friends. Since this calendar is “perpetual,” there is no need to rewrite dates onto a new calendar each year. Once the month’s special days are filled in, you can plan to leave the calendar open on your desk, kitchen counter or coffee table and never forget a birthday again.

Recipes: Celestine residents have submitted their favorites. Comfort foods and special family treats are highlighted. Among the contributors are Judy Betz, Holly Epple, Ann Hassfurther, Loretta Humbert, Mary Lampert, Aileen Lueken, Betty Merkley, Dorothy Rasche, Glenda Reckelhoff, Shirley Schmitt, Kay Schroeder, Therese Wessel and Ernie Wehr. This is a book you’ll want to display at your fingertips. Thanks to Girl Scouts Elaina, Courtney and Emilee, their mothers and their leader, Kathy, for a job well done.

The $15 books may be purchased at the parish office. These books also are available for purchase at Chocolate Bliss, Illusions, Hoosier Office Supply and the Dubois County Museum in Jasper. The 2018 history books also are available at these locations.

Submitted items

Items for this column may be mailed to Kathy Bachman at 808 Eisenhower Ave., Jasper IN 47546; called to 812-482-2074; or emailed to kabachman@twc.com. Items need to be received by Wednesday night to be included in Friday’s column.

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