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GERALD
BY MARY S. SOMMER, News Correspondent, Phone 719-8423 – Our sympathy to the family of Hilda Rahman, who passed away April 6, 2014. May she rest in peace. Her visitation was Wednesday, April 9, at the Becher Funeral home in Ferdinand.

As you may know, our son Urban Leigh Sommer lost his battle with cancer and made his transition to his eternal home April 4, 2014. His obituary was in this past week’s News. He was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery April 8 with Father Brian Esarey officiating at the funeral. It was the hardest thing we ever had to do, but we thank God that he didn’t suffer very long. Thank you, everyone, for your prayers during this difficult time. Sorry if you had to stand in line to get in.

Also, thanks to everyone who helped or contributed in any way to the benefit, which was held Saturday. It was a beautiful, sunny day and a celebration of Urban’s life, along with a fundraiser for expenses incurred during his illness. There were many who helped with this event and it makes us thankful to be living in an area where we have so many good people. A special thanks to JoAnna Sommer for all her late-night coordination of everything and Kim Esarey and Barry Lagrange for their many hours of work and for providing the building and auction service for this. Thanks to many people who donated items for the auctions and bake sales and to Paul Moon for the chainsaw carving of a bench with Urban playing the guitar on one side and a large music note on the other.

Thanks also to all the musicians for their talent: Stan Lagrange, Kelly Clark, Danny Bolin, Bob Thomas Jr., T.J. Xander, Barry Lagrange, Lori Stowe, Carl Sr. and Carl Jr. and Carol Aaron Sommer. This was a very nice tribute to Urban and I could feel his presence in the midst of them. This was something he loved to do. God blessed everyone. If I failed to mention anyone, please forgive me, for my mind is not working very good right now.

Our family treated us to dinner at the Patio restaurant Sunday in honor of our 57th anniversary April 13. Thanks to all of them for the money and card. We are truly blessed.

Happy Birthday to Marcus Thomas, April 17; Pam Sommer, our daughter in-law, April 19, and our granddaughter, Tammy Harrington, April 23. Have a great day everyone.

I was asked to remind everybody about the 60s, 70s and 80s dance at the William Tell Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 25 at 1301, 11th St. in Tell City.

DOOLITTLE MILLS
By SHEILA E. BORDEN, News Correspondent, Phone 843-5341 –  Congratulations to The Schwartz Family Restaurant at nearby Eckerty on their fifth anniversary. The restaurant celebrated five successful years at the beginning of April by showing appreciation to their customers. Best wishes to this local business as they continue to grow in the future.

Several area people traveled to Delphi last week for the funeral service of Walter “Peanut” Hoagland, formerly of Doolittle Mills.

Those who made the trip north were Steve, Barb and Sara Wright; Mike, Tina, Bo and Cayden Lamon; Amanda Allen; Stevie, Sara and Ava Wright; T. J. Lamon and Sheila Borden, all of Doolittle Mills; Samantha Lamon and Susan Wright of Evansville; Denny and Shonna Wright of Birdseye and Ross and Ruth East of Shelbyville, Ky. Thoughts and prayers remain with his family.

Revival services are in progress at the Anderson Valley Christian Church near Birdseye. Services began April 16 and will continue through Friday, April 18, at 6 p.m. each evening. Brother Webby Oglesby of Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon is the guest speaker. Brother Chuck Crews of French Lick is the church minister. Everyone is invited to attend.

Easter worship services have been planned at the Bethel Christian Church in Doolittle Mills. A Good Friday Service will be held this Friday evening, April 18, at 6 p.m. and a sunrise service will be held on Resurrection Sunday, April 20, at 6 a.m.

Coffee and doughnuts will be offered in the church basement following worship service with an Easter-egg hunt for the children.

No regular Sunday morning services will be held Easter Sunday. Brother Tom Nixon of Mifflin is the church minister. Everyone is welcome.

Nicholson Valley Christian Church near Dubois will celebrate 50 years Sunday, April 27. Sunday school begins at 8 a.m. followed by worship service at 9 a.m.

Special music will be provided by Judith Montgomery during worship service. There will be a fellowship meal at 10:30 a.m. followed by a special program at noon called “Remembering the History of the Church.” Brother Al Madden of near Birdseye is the church pastor.

Some of those in the area celebrating recent birthdays are: my brother, Charles Lynch and my nephew, J. D. Lynch, April 19; Nicole Ball, April 20; Alicia Burlington and Donna Ball, April 21; Kelly Riley, April 22; Chelsie Johnson, April 23; Carol Schapker, April 24, and Mary Ann Nixon, Josh Kilner and David Underhill, April 25.

Birthday blessings to all.

ST. CROIX
BY MARY HILL, News Correspondent, Phone 842-5779 – The Bethel Christian Church in Doolittle Mills will have special services this weekend for Easter.

Good Friday services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday with sunrise services held Easter morning at 6 a.m. There will be no Sunday school this Sunday. Refreshments will be held in the church basement following church services. An Easter-egg hunt will be held for the children. Everyone is invited to attend. Brother Tom Nixon of Mifflin is the church pastor.

Congratulations to Mike and Adrienne Wolf Of Omaha, Neb. on the birth of their baby. They became the proud parents of a daughter born April 2 at University Medical of Omaha. She was given the name Olivia Grace and weighted 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Grandparents are Donna and Maurice Harpenau of Tell City and Joe and Gywn Wolf of Leonardtown, Md. Great-grandparents are Regina Lasher of Bandon and the late James Lasher. Olivia has two siblings, Parker, 4 and Melanie, 2.

Congratulations to Mackenzie Etienne on her accomplishment and success on being selected as the Perry County 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Mackenzie is the daughter of John and Ruthie Etienne.

Beverly Healthcare held their volunteer-appreciation dinner Thursday last week. Bob and Rosanna Gibson, Jerry and Pat Brown and Tom Hammack were among the many who attended the event.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to a friend and former coworker of mine. Rosetta and Roger “Dusty” May will celebrate their wedding anniversary April 20. Congratulations to Rosie and Dusty.

Also celebrating a wedding anniversary April 20 are Eddie and Shirley Floyd. Best wishes to Eddie and Shirley.

Visitors to the home of Edna Dupont of St. Croix during the past week were her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Herb Huff of Kyana, who visited one day, and her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Lester Kauffman of Eckerty, who visited Sunday. Also visiting recently was Connie Clutinger of West Fork.
Some of those celebrating birthdays are Charlie Lynch April 19 and  Birdie Underhill and Mary Ann Nixon April 25. Happy birthday to all.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Easter.