Nothing says “family is everything” like attending the annual family reunion. We piled in the car at an early hour, and drove to Elgin to attend the 20th gathering of the Smagacz branch of the family tree hosted by my cousins Tom and Terri, and John Martens.

Even though I wasn’t able to do much walking around, there was plenty of opportunity to talk to most of the family. There were more than 20 of us “first cousins” in attendance, including cousins Ger and MaryAnn whom I haven’t seen in forever. Jason even drove over from Chilton for the event. I met some new additions to the family, heard about upcoming new additions and enjoyed quite a bit of visiting with the younger generations.

And the food! This was the year for ribs like the very first gathering of the clan, and I made sure not to be polite in asking for cousin Sue’s famous kolaches. It always kills me to have to leave earlier than I would like, but wanted to get home before it was too late and we left with a care package from cousin Greg of his famous pulled pork and homemade Italian sausage, which softened the blow a bit.

My cousin Teresa summed up the feeling by saying, “My battery for life has been recharged!” Great seeing everyone, love you all, and thanks to Tom, Terri and John for hosting another great party!

Speaking of recharging—I actually did something I haven’t done in years this past Sunday—took a drive to the Blair Cheese Fest so I could hear a few songs from one of our favorite local bands, SAGE.

Boy, I found out all it takes to turn hubby into a snarling animal is a 34 to 23 Packers loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Packers fan that I am, I still have to combine chuckling and eye rolling while listening to him ranting, raving and stomping around. Hearing about all the injuries, though, the chuckling stopped. The quote, “If every day is a gift, that day was socks“ seemed to fit.

Joining the long line of people who are so glad to hear that there is now a Steve “Petey” Peterson baseball field. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy!

Some of the Johnson family gathered to help Jane Bohac celebrate her birthday. First time celebrating without a cake, but a huge fruit salad, ice cream, cheese and homemade sausage went over well. Guests included Mama Delila Johnson, Julie Hagen, Butch and Christie Bohac, Hubby and me. The most popular member of the group, (outside of Al, that is) had to be young Brett Bohac.

Tickets are going fast but there are still some available for the Dinner Show on Oct. 1 featuring the Clauson Family from the Coloma Dinner Theater with a variety of musical selections to be held at the Taylor Lutheran Church. Tickets will be available for sale at $35 per person and $20 for children under 12 years. Mail checks to the church at PO Box 67, Taylor, WI 54659 and they will hold your tickets for you at the church. We have a different contact person for questions, phone Sharon Linsmeyer at 715-963-2103. The church is handicap accessible with an elevator.

The Hixton Lucky Clovers held their monthly meeting on Sept. 11 at the Legion Hall. Every year you need to re-enroll your child in 4-H and it’s that time again. Please go to 4Honline.com and re-enroll your kids by Oct. 15. Make sure to sign them up for anything you think your child might be interested in...because you can’t sign them up for a new project later.

Enjoyed hearing about the wedding of Dana Stein and Kyle Johnson on Sept. 9. The wedding ceremony was held at Dana’s father’s farm land that has been passed down through generations by the river that runs along Hwy. 95 in between Taylor and Hixton. It was a rustic farm style wedding mixed with my Kyle’s race car and checkered flags. Her father drove her in to the wedding in his 1977 Chevy pickup that he pulls at the pulling tracks and Kyle drove the couple away in his father’s 1956 Ford Sunliner to the reception which was held at Castle Hill.

A rejuvenated and relaxed Susan Grotjahn just spent four days at Camp Luther with 113 ladies for the annual LWML Retreat. They tied 30 blankets, made 15 memory books, had wonderful speakers/Bible study, did a craft and walked on the beautiful grounds. Sue says she always enjoys the fellowship with her LWML sisters and her hubby enjoys some “bachelor” time.

Happy 25th anniversary to Doug and Dawn Parker, celebrated with a gathering this past weekend.

Things are going full speed ahead towards the opening of Sharon’s Hixton Café. Plans are to be open Thursday, Sept. 28, and jumping right in to Friday Fish Fry on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Plow Day at Lien’s Implement is going to be held on Sept. 30 this year.

Debbie Pyka participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk at Carson Park in Eau Claire. There were over 1,000 participants and close to $40,000 raised towards suicide prevention.

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