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Vinnie&TJFather and son combo shave: Vinnie Tebbe (left) and his son TJ Tebbe (right) pose for a photo after entering the St. Rose 150th Beard Shaving contest. Pictured with them are stylist Amanda Detmer (far left) of All the Buzz Salon and Amanda Benhoff (far right) of Studio A.RaffleSt. Rose pastor Fr. Ed Schaefer presents a check to the $300 Big Ticket Raffle winner Pete Jansen of St. Rose.    Brrrrr! It was cold all day on on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, when  New Year’s Day events were celebrated all over Clinton County, but warm spirits were plentiful in the village of St. Rose. You couldn’t have found a prouder community and parish ready to start the new year as 2018 marks the 150th year of St. Rose parish and community. 
    To get 2018 rolling, the town hosted its third annual “Party at the Park” to support its Sesquicentennial Celebration. 
    Event activities began at noon with beard shaving sign-up and big-ticket raffle entries put in place for the year-long drawings. 
    St. Rose 150th event chairman Eric Benhoff announced the start of the beard contest. 
    “All contestants are to be ‘clean-shaven’ from this point forward to be eligible to win in various categories,” Benhoff said.
    More than 50 men are expected to enter the beard shaving contest. 
    On the frigid start of the new year, Amanda Benhoff of Studio A in Aviston and Amanda Detmer from All the Buzz Salon & Boutique in Germantown shaved beards for 25 men.  The 150th committee thanked these two women for their efforts. 
    Several men were heard to have not had a “clean shave” since as far back as 1975.  Benhoff said many contestants have inquired about rules and categories.  Men are eligible to enter the contest after they prove they’ve received a “clean shave” at any given point since Jan. 1.
    Jan. 1 also marked the beginning of the Big Ticket Raffle-Early Bird Drawing. 
    The January winners were  Pete Jansen of St. Rose, Aaron Venhaus of Breese and Lee/Lucy Wellen of Highland. 
    The Big Ticket Raffle offers multiple cash prizes totaling $25,000 for the year.  January, February, March, April, June, July and September will be for three prizes — $300, $200 and $100.  May and August each include $1,000, $500 and $150 prizes.  The final drawing will be held at the St. Rose Sesquicentennial closing ceremonies on Oct. 7. Prizes are: first -  $10,000, second - $4,000, third -  $2,000, fourth - $1,000 and fifth - $500. 
    Tickets can be purchased up to the drawing on Oct. 7 from any committee member or on-line via credit card at
    The New Year’s Day event was just the beginning of an exciting year for St. Rose. 
    Currently, St. Rose Catholic Church is going through an extensive remodel that is expected to be completed by April.  During the remodel, Aviston (St. Francis) and Beaver Prairie (St. Felicitas) parishes have been gracious to host Masses for the parishioners of St. Rose. 
    In March, the second annual Heroes & Legends basketball tournament will take place at St. Rose gymnasium.  Event coordinators are receiving inquiries for women to be a part of the 2018 edition.  Committee members are reaching out via Facebook for interest from female participants.

    Event co-chair Jeff Kampwerth stated the event is gaining good momentum as the 2017 inaugural edition was a huge hit among fans and players. 
    “This year’s event will likely feature a few women’s games peppered within the weekend depending on interest and the number of teams,” Kampwerth said. “The exhibition games drew the largest attendance of fans, so we are working diligently to assure we give the fans what they wish for.” 
    The 2017 tournament featured pool play and several exhibition games were played Saturday afternoon. 
    “We feel the three-day weekend format will remain the same with the addition of some women’s games scheduled sometime on Saturday and Sunday depending on all entries received,” Kampwerth stated.  The Heroes & Legends tournament will take place March 16-18.  Mark your calendars to witness local towns across Clinton County compete as players will represent as graduates from their respective grade school.
    As the year turns warmer, event committees are planning a special Memorial Day weekend in late May.  Saturday is scheduled as a Historical Day at the St. Rose Parish grounds. 
    A Cemetery Walk is in the works as individuals can share biographical details and anecdotes about individuals buried at the cemetery.  In a sense, this will bring the cemetery to life as visitors can walk through the grounds and listen to remembrances of the lives and contributions of past St. Rosians. 
    A parish Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the cemetery at 4 p.m. along with an All School Reunion on the school grounds, and discussions are taking place for a Soldiers of St. Rose Wall. 
    At the Mid-Summer Classic in July, the second-year edition of Farm Follies is in its planning stages. The annual St. Rose Parish Festival will be Saturday, Aug. 11.  In the discussion phase is a Labor Day St. Rose Combine Demo-Derby Invitational.
    The town has been preparing for the past two years to enhance the village in preparation for the historic Sesquicentennial celebration.  In October 2016, a new St. Rose Development Club building was dedicated, and the town became an incorporated village in the November election. 
    In closing, a lot of chatter is taking place with the 150th celebration schedule of events, culminating the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 with a parade and closing ceremonies.  Be sure to visit for continuous updates and information.

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