Resurgent Spring

By Kathy Magoto

April 10, 2014

It’s official in my book, spring is upon us. I know this not because the hyacinths, tulips and daffodils are shooting up from their earthly tombs but because the ice cream restaurants are again open waiting to serve, or should I say “soft serve” which is my favorite. Although my husband prefers the hard dip ice cream it’s never been a deal breaker. Compromise for the sake of ice cream is easy.

As the weather improves a renewal or increased vigor seems to emerge from within my being. I can only describe it as an innate stirring of hope; the hope of what is promised by spring time, moreover the Easter season.

Presently I see the colorful bulb plants emerging in gardens and flower beds, but before long (in just one week) I will be decorating churches and homes with beautiful and veritably fragrant white Easter lilies. White which symbolizes purity.

The lily has been said to have blossomed in the Garden of Gethsemane and to have bloomed triumphantly on Easter Day in every place that Jesus had walked prayed, sat and wept the night before his crucifixion. Everywhere a drop of Jesus’ sweat touched the ground in his agony, a fragrant white lily came to stand tall on Easter Sunday, as if rejoicing in his victory. Although I cannot vouch for this old tale the lilies give a good portrayal of how I feel inside on Easter morn.

Spring is truly a renewal of the earth as plants begin to bloom again and animals come out of hibernation. But for man besides ice cream, gardening and golf it is our opportunity to start anew, and that makes me joyful inside. Wishing everyone a joyous Easter!

Upcoming Events:

The Vets Club/American Legion will have a frog leg dinner on Good Friday, April 18. This is a presale event, therefore you need to reserve your dinners by calling Bucky at 526-5915 or the Club (Thursday - Sunday) at 526-5959.

Next Saturday, April 19 is the Annual Easter Egg Hunt held 2 p.m. at Heritage Park (unless its too wet than it will be moved to St. Denis Catholic Church parking lot.) This event has and continues to be sponsored by the Versailles VFW/American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary.

Also April 19 Scooterz Bar, will hold a Bake Sale and Dinner Benefit. All proceeds towards the burial expenses of the late Charles Curtis. Dinner includes a meatball sub, potato salad, baked beans and chips for $5 staring at 4:30 p.m. There will be a 50/50 drawing, an auction starting at 7 p.m. and music by DJ Dan beginning at 8 p.m.

Mark your calendars for Sat., April 26 “Joan’s Kids” are holding a family picnic style fundraiser at the Amvets Post #66 to benefit the Relay for Life. Chinese Auction begins at 3 p.m., Chicken Noodle Dinner from 5 - 8 p.m., Chicken Poop Bingo at 7:30 p.m., and Texas Hold’em at 8 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a Drawing for a Kindle Fire at 7 p.m. Although you need not be present to win, you must purchase a ticket. $1 each or 6 for $5. For tickets contact Sheila Christian at (937) 827-0019. (I attended this last year, absolutely loved the chicken noodle dinner and even won a pie for dessert. I recommend attending—you’ll be surprised to know many of the people there.)

St. Denis and Holy Family are celebrating their 175 year anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion they have attractive logo blankets for sale in either cream or burgundy for $15. House of Flowers has these blankets on display in their East window. The blankets can be purchased at House of Flowers, Herb Pantry, Nancy O’s or the church rectory. They make nice gifts or nice blankets for your cars.

This June during Poultry Days the Vietnam Era Veterans are going to be honored in a memorial service. I would love it if the family members of these Vets would email me with their military head shot. Please include their name, branch of service and a contact phone number in case I would have any questions. Most of these vets are too humble to submit their information themselves so it’s up to their families to do it for them. (I know this is true because I’m married to one.) Let’s show our appreciation, pride and respect for these vets by volunteering their names to: magmon1@embarqmail.com.

Happy birthday wishes to Ronda and Tom Hull, Boots Groff, Brian Voisard, Marie Daugherty, Chase Monnin, Donna DeMange, Fred Bruns, Jeremy Riley, Greg Zechar, Joelle York, Kay Holfinger, Todd Dammeyer, Lucy Hole, Deb Kauffman, Dan Bentley, Rob York, Holly Hill, Kelly Luthman, Paige Collins, Lisa Schemmel, Julie Deeter, Alli Eiting, Shiela Coffield, Rick Voisard, Renee Barga, Marlene Puthoff, Matthew Knapke, Roxie Earick, Rose Baker, Janel Tumbush, Tom Fletcher, Betty Norris, Connie Miller, Angie Ruhenkamp, Von Spitzer, Jeanne Osterfeld, Barb Brandewie, Michael Schmitmeyer, and Eileen Dapore. Happy Anniversary to Traci and Chad Monnin (14), Nikki and Dusty Nealeigh (24), Floyd and Rosemary Monnin (50), and Joan and Bob Ruschau (50).

Healing prayers and get well wishes to Georgie Kemper, Carl Barlage, Steve York, Denny Winner, Peg Bundy, Martha Borchers, Lynn Gerling, Alfred Henry, Paul Bailey, Pat DeMange, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Brain Voisard, Dick Francis, Samantha Smith, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.

My sympathy to the families and friends of Carl Teeter, also remembering the lives of Tony Monnin, Jim Copeland, Cecilia Subler, Bec Arling, Kenny Eiting, Brian Delk, Terry Nieport, Ruth Francis, Naomi Hemmerich, Walter Stephan, and Virginia Thomas as the anniversary of their passing nears.

Hello to Jackie Voisard, Lisa Rush, Margie Mayhew, Cyndi Bey, Krista and Charlie Krueger and Jean Grieshop.

“Spring resurrects the hope that is written on our hearts by our creator.” ~C. Edwards

“Spring a time of growth and renewal.” ~Unknown

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at magmon1@embarqmail.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.