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It was interesting having Easter on April 1.

Someone told me that hasn’t happened since 1956.

A couple of people came up with the notion of taking the foil wrapping from bite-sized Easter chocolate eggs and replacing the chocolate with grapes and putting out Brussels sprouts as cake pops as an April Fool’s prank.

But my favorite prank was seeing a picture of a Krispy Kreme box hiding a vegetable tray. In honor of the day, instead of ham and the fixins’, we had pizza.

For some reason, this Easter was one of bringing up memories.

My mom was talented at a lot of things, but sewing wasn’t one of them. So I didn’t have frilly handcrafted dresses but I remember a lot of Easter bonnets.

Another talent Mom had was picking memorable gifts, and one Easter I remember getting the most beautiful Easter egg made out of sugar with an Easter scene inside of it. I think they call them panoramic eggs and this year, guess who treated herself to another one — for the memories.

And then came the years when my boys were kids and all the fun of hiding Easter baskets and eggs all over the house, dyeing eggs and having the boys leave after only dyeing a couple and leaving the rest to Mom. Those were the days and looking at all the pictures of kids having fun with decorating eggs was the next best thing.

It was a cold, windy day for the annual hide-your-own Easter Egg hunt on March 31, but kids around here are hearty souls and the winter coats everyone was wearing didn’t hamper their efforts at egg finding and I heard it was a great time.

Of course, at least they didn’t have to search through the snow that came earlier this week.

It’s always to hear of Lisa Ripp’s traveling adventures. They recently returned from a trip. First to Charleston, S.C., and a visit with Dan’s aunt and cousins. Then to Myrtle Beach so Lisa could stick her toes in the ocean and walk the beach. Then to Lisa uncle’s house in the mountains of West Virginia and then to Christopher’s in New York to celebrate Ellianna’s 2nd Birthday while they were there. This was Ellianna’s first year of the frosted donut tradition, too. Happy Belated birthday Ellianna and glad you had a wonderful time on your trip, Lisa!

Part of the confirmation class from the United Methodist Church in Black River Falls F traveled to Eagan, Minnesota, to Feed My Starving Children, where they packed food bags for two hours for El Salvador. The group (10 tables of 9 to 14 people) packed 249 cases of food, which will feed 147 kids for one year. FMSC is open six days a week and has five shifts a day. You can sign up at Those participating were Faith Leisgang, Jennifer Leisgang, Lance Leisgang, McKenna Jarrett, Zowie Hunter, Karsten Hunter, Kailee Peterson, Kristian Hoffman, Mason Schultz, Madyson Schultz and Christine Schultz.

Congratulations to Isla Bergerson on making her First Communion.

Happy April birthday to Kenneth McAndrew, Kyle McAndrew, Charlie Severson, Linda Binford, Colin Zillmer, Brenda Hentsch, Karli Hudson, Janessa Sedelbauer, Mackenzie Demers, Toni Nelson, Jason Johnson, Jackie Jarrett, Brian Langan, Evelyn Karls, Chris Simonson Sperle, Caitlyn Sebron, Sharon Linsmeyer, Pete Laufenberg, Matt Karls, Samantha Bahr, Irene Christianson, Kotty Lien, Hunter Simonson, Hailey Simonson, Jennifer Jelinek, Dave Heusi, Linda Binford, Mike Jarrett, Josh Jarrett, Vincent Johnson, Kandi Shramek, Sue Lindberg, Christie Mathews, Adam Demers, Mac Bowen, Caleb Laufenberg, Mike Yeskie, John Roskos, Colin McAndrew, Roger Moe, Sue Ramsden, Lauren Bergerson, Serena Mense, Rachel Simonson, Jennifer Semb and Mac Bowen

Happy April anniversary to Wendi and Dan Everson, John and Elaine Roskos, Chuck and Cheryl Embretson and Tim and Marilyn Diemer, Cory and Jill Bjerke, Terry and Paula Hagen, Michelle and Steve Deml, Amanda and Brady Bleskacek. Richard and Lorie Johnson Lamp, Jessica and Dustin Holman.

Our Smagacz family tree has a new member. Congratulations to Tim Martens and Elise Valdez on their recent marriage.

Sympathy to my sister-in-law Jean on the passing of her mother, Joanne Tibbett.


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