South County summer updates

Richard and Lori Barnes (and their five grandchildren) celebrate Madge Hollander’s 99th birthday.

What richness summer in Michigan brings! The recent rains have boosted crops, gardens, and yards. Fireflies conduct their evening dance in our yards. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer local produce. Lakes and streams await swimmers and boaters. Southwest Michigan is a great place to live!

3rd Annual Walk for the Poor

The 3rd Annual Walk for the Poor sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Vicksburg and St. Edwards Catholic Church in Mendon will be held Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. Look for more information next month about registration, ways to contribute, and the meeting spot at the Vicksburg Recreation Area and Trail off 12538 S. Sprinkle Rd. between East V and East UV Avenues.  This event offers the perfect opportunity for fellowship with others, an opportunity to lighten the burden of someone else, and the exhilaration of an unspecified distance walk outdoors. Other options include a virtual walk, the sponsorship of another walker, or a donation.  The need for financial assistance continues to grow with utility shut-offs, eviction threats and other basic needs.  A donation or sponsorship will help South County Community Services and other religious groups and agencies in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties. Call St. Martin of Tours Church at 269-649-1629, ext. 3 and leave a message, for donation or assistance questions. And watch for more information next month!

Happy 99th birthday, Madge Hollander

Madge Hollander celebrates her 99th birthday, August 2nd. Her daughter, Lori Barnes, says that the family has been celebrating Madge over the summer with various gatherings. Madge continues to stay active, golfing and bowling and enjoying her family. Her recipe for zucchini bread is also featured this month. Happy Birthday, Madge! You continue to inspire us!

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