Our Town: Celestine

Herald Correspondent

The Celestine Park Inc. hosted the 27th annual Distinguished Service Award at a brunch on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in the St. Celestine Dining Hall. The Distinguished Service Award, begun as a Celestine Jaycee project and continued with the Celestine Park Inc., recognized individuals in the community who have shown great commitment, pride and dedication.

Congratulations to Tom Heeke, who was the 2019 recipient of the Celestine Park Distinguished Service award. Tom and 13 other nominees were recognized.

Heeke was noted for his leadership and service roles with the St. Isidore Parish, St. Celestine Parish Center Building Committee, Celestine Community Club, Celestine 175th and Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus.

Heeke has a special distinction of being the first 2nd generation recipient, as his father, Leonard Heeke, was the first recipient of the award.

All of the nominees were individually recognized for their outstanding service to the community of Celestine.

The 2019 nominee group was the largest in the 29-year history of the award. The complete list of 2019 nominees were Jeremy Betz, Kelly Bieker, Tony Buechler, Holly Epple, Rich and Momma Fromme, Mike and Ann Hassfurther, Tom Heeke (recipient), Joyce Hulsman, Sharon Johnson, Charlie Kerstiens, Allen Luebbehusen, Doug Merkel, Jason and Kaddy Merkel and Larry Schepers.

Past winners were Leonard Heeke, Loretta Humbert, Don Sander, Ottie Betz, Ron Sander, Barney Heldman, Ed Senninger, Mike Klem, Margaret Buechler, Art Kempf, Glenda Reckelhoff, Melvin Betz, Edwin Betz, Martha Goepfrich, Pat Hasenour, Clarence Buechler, Jim Sander, Jim Steffe, Joel Johnson, Emil Schroering, Jim Hohler Family, Kenneth Schnell, Bob Schepers, Mary Ann Rasche, Allen Thewes, Clarence Reckelhoff and Joan Steffe.

Streetfest meetings

The public is invited to attend planning meetings for Celestine Streetfest 2019. It is planned for Saturday June 29.

A meeting was held on Feb. 7 and they hope to finalize a schedule of activities at the March meeting. They welcome anyone to attend to contribute ideas.

They are looking for people to help in the following ways:

Gaming Committee: They will have a gaming license and can run all types of fundraising games, such as pull tabs, half pot, wheel, and so forth. People are needed to contribute ideas on what makes the most sense and hopefully help pull it off.

Logistics Committee: This committee already exists informally. They would like to officially create a committee of hands-on people to take the lead on organizing and tackling things like setup of specific areas, tear down, rental items, and so forth.

Fun and Games Committee: They have teams coming together for both a town scavenger hunt and also a series of on-stage games and competitions between young and old in the community. They are looking for more ideas and people who want to be involved.

If you are interested in joining these committees or have other ideas, contact Tony Buechler at 812-827-8430 or Dawn Schaefer at 812-639-1048. The next meeting is March 7.

St. Isidore Parish events

Friday, Feb. 22: Game Night, 6:30-10 p.m., St. Celestine Catholic Church.

Wednesday, March 6: Ash Wednesday.

Sunday through Tuesday, March 10-12: Parish mission with Father Tyler Tenbarge.

Friday, March 15: Fish fry at Celestine Dining Hall.

Northeast Dubois School Corp.

Northeast Dubois High School students are collecting plastic bottle caps. Caps may be dropped off at school or sent with a student.

Current eighth-grade students and parents please note: On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, there will be a very important freshman orientation meeting for all eighth-grade students and their parent(s). During the school day, on Feb. 22, eighth-grade students will be visiting the high school.

There is a cook position open in the Northeast Dubois High School cafeteria. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. daily. If interested in more information, contact Joyce Hulsman at 812-678-2251, ext. 285, or 812-639-9441.

Post-prom meetings will be held in the high school library at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 4, March 18 and April 1. Meetings will also be held April 8-12; the time will be announced later.

Daughters of Isabella

Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle 140 will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in Room 301 at St. Joseph Parish Center.

Membership dues for 2018 are now payable. Members with last names A through K are asked to send their $15 check with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Betty Mehringer, 1744 W. Ackerman Road, Jasper, while those with last names L through Z are asked to send their check and envelope to Chris Schuetter, 2452 N. Mill St., Jasper. All Catholic women are invited to join the D of I. Contact Regent Marge Beckman, Vice Regent Kathy Schneider or any member for information.

The D of I will hold a card party on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Moose Family Center in Jasper. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per ticket. People may bring their own cards and games. Coffee and dessert will be served. Food and drinks will be available.

Blood drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 10, at St. Raphael Campus. The Red Cross asks you to consider donating blood and saving up to three lives.

K of C meeting notice

There will be a Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council meeting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Happy Hour Sports Bar and Grill basement. Any Catholic gentleman interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming a K of C member is welcome to come to Happy Hour at 7 p.m. prior to the meeting or contact Ted Schnackertz at 812-389-2529 or council13623@indianakofc.org.

1984 boys basketball

Northeast Dubois High School will honor the 1984 boys basketball team after the 6 p.m.  junior varsity game on Friday, Feb. 15. The 1984 Jeeps won the Southridge sectional and the Washington regional. Can you believe it has been 35 years ago when the Jeeps made that run?

Senior graduate dinner

The Class of 2019 will be honored Wednesday, Feb. 20, at St. Joseph Parish Center, Jasper. The doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. All area high school seniors and their parents are invited. A program will follow until 9 p.m. with breakout panel discussions for senior students and their parents.

Return reservations to Glenda Reckelhoff at St. Isidore Parish Center by Wednesday, Feb. 13 .

Game Night

Everyone is invited to Game Night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at St. Celestine Dining Hall. Bring your own board games to play with others. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Snacks and drinks will be available.

Ash Wednesday schedule 

It is not too early to think about Lent.

Mass Times will be Wednesday, March 6 at 6:45 a.m. at St. Raphael Church, noon at St. Celestine Church and 6 p.m. at St. Celestine Church. There will be Wednesday evening Religion Education classes from 7 to 8 p.m. on that day.

Friday Mass change

During Lent Father will say Mass at 6 a.m. on Fridays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 and  April 12. The First Friday Mass on April 5 will be held at 8 a.m. due to other First Friday activities.

After Lent, the Friday Mass will return to 8 a.m.

Little League baseball

Registration forms for Little League baseball are available at the elementary and middle schools. Those born between September 2006 and August 2015 are eligible to play.

Dubois Branch Library

Friends of the Dubois Library: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, community room.

Free blood pressure checks: 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

The Land Beneath the Lake presentation: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

Mad Batter cupcake decorating: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Preregistration required.

End-of-the-Month Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. Stop by the front desk to pick up a copy.

Squishy Circuits: 3:15-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Ages 5-17; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required.

To register for programs online, go to www.jdcpl.us and click on the Event Keeper Calendar. Find the program and click on register.  Keep up to date by “liking” the library on Facebook at Dubois Branch Library.

Recognition of service

On Thursday, Jan. 31, Margaret Buechler was recognized for her service to the Dubois County Museum Inc. Board at the membership dinner. She will be stepping down. Victor Betz was introduced to the membership as the newest member of the board and voted in to fill Margaret’s term on the board representing the Celestine and Schnellville areas.

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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