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Germantown Spassfest Parade is Saturday, Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Spassfest0917Sherri Diesen, chairperson of the Germantown Spassfest Parade, congratulates Jerry Schroeder on being named the grand marshal of the 2015 parade. A trustee of the Germantown Village Board and a former member of the town’s Park Board, Schroeder has handled maintenance at the Germantown village parks since 1990.    The theme of this year’s Germantown Spassfest Parade, which steps off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, is “A German Day in the Park.”
    Therefore, it’s only fitting that Germantown native Jerry Schroeder be named the parade grand marshal.
    Schroeder, who turns 65 this year, was fresh out of the service in 1971 when some of the older members serving on the Germantown Park Board felt it was time for  some “new blood.”
    He continued serving on the board until 1990 when he took over the maintenance of Germantown’s parks. 
    When contacted by Germantown Spassfest Parade chairperson Sherri Diesen about serving as the 2015 grand marshal, Schroeder’s response was simple, “Me? What for? I’m just doing what they hired me to do.”
    He feels there are a lot more deserving people in town, yet, he said, “It’s a pretty nice honor.” 
    “I like to fly under the radar, but if people are happy with the job that I’m doing, then that’s good,” Schroeder said.
    Diesen said the Spassfest Committee is gearing up for the festival’s 50th anniversary in two years. When reviewing the history of the event, she said, it’s clear that the Spassfest was started to sustain the parks.
    “Jerry has always been a big part of keeping our parks in the beautiful shape that they’re in,” Diesen said. “The fact that this year is his 25th anniversary with park maintenance makes him a perfect choice for grand marshal.”

BrianSchulteBrian Schulte    On Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Schulte family of Breese will kick off the 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to support the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
    The Schulte family is joining with people living with ALS all over the country who are serving as ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Champions in their communities, activating their friends and family in support of finding treatments and a cure for the disease.
    Justine Schulte of Breese had no idea that when she participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last summer that she would be doing it again — in honor of her father, Brian, who was diagnosed with ALS in January.  
    “My dad was the one who poured the water over my head,” Justine said. “I didn’t really think about ALS last year, but now it’s on my mind every second of every day.”  
    The Schulte’s Ice Bucket Challenge will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Breese Municipal Pool. Justine and her family will have participants (the public is invited) line up to spell “Every August until a cure.”
    On July 31, the co-founders of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pat Quinn and Pete Frates, who are both fighting the disease, will reignite the momentum created last summer by directly challenging people who participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year and donated to The ALS Association.
    Donations from last year’s challenge helped the ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter, which serves eastern Missouri and southern and central Illinois, to deliver additional support to the individuals and families they serve, helping them to live comfortably and with an enhanced quality of life.  
   The organization increased the amount of medical equipment, nutritional supplements, home modification and adaptive devices for ALS patients, doubled the amount of respite care provided to much-deserving caregivers and tripled the number of dollars for research.

Theising    Rose Voss Theising of Carlyle recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Carlyle Healthcare Center. Theising was born in Little York, Carlyle on July 25, 1915.  Her parents were Henry Voss and Catherine Budde Voss.  She married Raymond Theising of Bartleso in 1937.  They had two daughters, Arlene and Judy, whom are pictured with her.  They lived and farmed in Bartelso.  Rose has five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.  She has survived three brothers and four sisters, two of whom also lived to be over 100 years old. 

The Dusty 45s — with Carlyle native Billy Joe Huels and his flaming trumpet — called ‘infectious’ in Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater production of ‘Grease.’ 

BillyJoeHuelsCarlyle native Billy Joe Huels (on trumpet) and his band “The Dusty 45s” are tearing up the stage at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers in “Grease.”    It was eight years ago that Carlyle native Billy Joe Huels made his acting debut in Seattle, Washington as the star of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”
    Now Huels and his popular Seattle band “The Dusty 45s” are taking center stage again in Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater production of “Grease.”
    The show, which opened July 9 and runs through Aug. 2, focuses on a 1959 group of misfit outsiders and their Rydell High School Prom along with their musical quest to find true love and their place in the world. 
    Based on Seattle-area reviews, Huels and his band are stealing the show. 
    From the Huffington Post (critic L. Steven Sieden): “The rockabilly band starts performing 10 minutes before the show and continues rockin’ for the next couple of hours. This is a special treat for those of us who can remember when Bill Haley and Elvis ruled the airways and dance floors, and it’s even more amazing when Huels plays his flaming trumpet. It really is on fire.”

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