Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

The public is invited to the Celestine Community Club’s annual First Friday Night Sheephead tourneys. The tourneys will take place Fridays, Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and March 1. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and play will begin at 7 p.m.  Food and refreshments will be served. Another tourney is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the tourney beginning at noon.

K of C meeting

The next regular meeting of the Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the basement of Happy Hour. Any Catholic gentleman interested in learning more about the benefits of being a K of C member is welcome to come to Happy Hour at 7 p.m. prior to the meeting.

Trivia Night

Come support St. Isidore Parish Youth by participating in Trivia Night on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Celestine Community Club. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will start at 7 p.m.

Call the parish office at 812-634-1875 to preregister teams of six or eight. Cost is $15 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Youth Appeal. Cash Bar and snacks will be available.

Fellowship breakfast

All are invited to the fellowship breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the St. Celestine Dining Hall, following the 8 a.m. Mass.

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring the breakfast and promises good food and fellowship. Foods being served are pancakes, sausage, eggs, German potatoes, biscuits, gravy and fruit salad.

A freewill offering will be taken to help purchase sonogram machines to deter abortions.

Distinguished Service Award

The Celestine Park Inc. will host the 27th annual Distinguished Service Award at a brunch on Sunday, Feb. 3, in the St. Celestine Dining Hall at 9 a.m., following Mass.

The Celestine Park Inc. would like to recognize individuals nominated by the community who have shown great commitment, pride and dedication. To nominate a Celestine resident, fill out a form and mail to: Celestine Park, Inc., Attention: DSA Chairman, P.O. Box 211, Celestine IN 47521. Forms are available at St. Celestine Church entrances.

All nomination forms must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 14.

Daughters of Isabella

Jasper Circle 140 Daughters of Isabella will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in Room 301 of the St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Jasper. Membership dues for 2019 are now payable. Members A-K are asked to send their $15 check, with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Betty Mehringer, 1744 W. Ackerman Road, Jasper IN 47546, and members L-Z are asked to send their check and envelope to Chris Schuetter, 2452 N. Mill St., Jasper IN 47546. All Catholic women are invited to join the Daughters of Isabella. Please contact Regent Marge Beckman, Vice Regent Kathy Schneider, Scribe Kathy Bachman or any member for information.

Free-throw competition

The Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus council is hosting a free-throw competition on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Dubois Middle School gymnasium. Doors open for registration at 12:30 p.m., with the competition set to start at 1 p.m.

There is no cost to participate and the competition is open to any boy or girl in the local area between the ages of 9 and 14 as of Jan. 1. A random drawing will be held for attendance prizes.

There will be divisions for each age group, with separate groups for boys and girls. The winner will be presented with a trophy and advance to district K of C competition in February. We have had past winners advance and win the state competition!

Any questions can be directed to Jarrod Beck at 812-481-1999.

School registration

Preschool: Registration will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. This is an informational meeting for parents only.

Northeast Dubois Kindergarten Round-up: An informational meeting for parents only will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Celestine Elementary and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Dubois Elementary.

School news

Northeast Dubois High School

Attention senior parents: The deadline for the senior ads for the yearbook will be extended to Thursday, Jan. 31.

For further information, contact Cynthia Jacobs by emailing Cynthia Jacobs at  cjacobs@nedubois.k12.in.us.

Kindness Students of the Month named were Montana McIntosh, Emily Merkley, Mason Harder, Sarah Thomas, Parker Ferguson, Madison McIntosh, Mary Grace Wagner, Darrin Grigsby, Luke Lockard, Noah Love, Brooklyn Dodd, Ayane Mundy, Nakaiya Wininger, Braiden Beckman, Jayden Matheis and Atalie Atkins.

Homecoming will be held Friday, Jan. 4, between the junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games.

Dubois Middle School

Parents of students in grades six and seven who did not attend the Washington, D.C., meeting can pick up an information packet at the middle school.

Congratulations to Leah Klawitter, champion of the spelling bee, and to runner-up, Meridith Spooner.

Corporation news

Corporation calendar

Jan. 21: Staff in-service, no school.

Nativity scene displays

Nativity scene displays were exhibited in the St. Celestine Parish Center’s Dining Hall on Sunday, Dec. 30.

Connie Matheis coordinated and oversaw the arrangement of the displays. Several tables were laid out with the displays and people could pass by to view them.

A life-sized Holy Family outdoor set, owned by Kristie and Kent Buechler, was positioned by the door. Martha Rasche had a special set she had received from a fellow volunteer in 1986 when she was a Peace Corp volunteer in Paraguay, South America. Her sister, Dorothy Rasche, had a wooden set displayed that she had acquired in Israel.

The family of Ann Kempf had Ann’s first Nativity set. The set had on the bottom that it was sold at J.J. Newberry, a store that operated in Jasper. Several other sets similar to Ann’s also were loaned by Aileen Lueken (also her first set) and Janice Betz (in memory of her mother). Each set had their own special designed stables. Mary Lampert had a collection of sets displayed, each one very different from the other.

Tara Beyke’s large, ornate display was a set she had won at a St. Celestine Church Shoot. A large set guarding the door (with a large manger) was found by Connie in a closet in the St. Celestine Parish Center.

A Willow Tree complete set was loaned by Kerry and Abby Lueken. Glenda Reckelhoff had several pieces displayed that were given to her by catechists throughout the years. Breya James showed her first Nativity set that was collected over the years given to her by her godfather, Kevin Kleinhelter. A set of Precious Moment figurines was loaned by Denise Buechler. A Charlie Brown Nativity set was shown, but the owner not identified.

Kathy Bachman loaned her porcelain set that she and her mother had collected when they sold Avon. A new piece would be introduced each year, for several years, and Marie Brosmer would purchase it to show to her Avon customers.

Connie Matheis had several of her personal sets in the display. One set was a ceramic set that she had painted herself at Brenda Merkel’s Ceramic Shop in Celestine.

Connie hopes to do the display again next year following the favorable response by the attendees.

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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