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Fall Festival and Education Foundation this weekend

October 18, 2023 - 00:00
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    Courtesy photo The Sechelski family carries on a Polish tradition every third Saturday in October. The 10 children of the late Sylvester and Laura Sechelski gather each year to make their mom's recipe of Czarnina (duck soup). The brothers pictured left to right: Nathan, Kenneth, Doug, Stanley, Gerald, Marvin and Dennis. The sisters left to right: Deanie Vezurk, Debbie Klawinsky and Evelyn Szymczak.

The Anderson-Shiro Elementary PTO Fall Festival is Friday, Oct. 20, on the elementary school grounds from 5:30-8 p.m. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction at 7 p.m. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted. There will be a free kid’s zone, booths hayride, cake walk, face painting, pie in the face, dunking booth and more. Food options include Double Dave’s and Chick-Fil-A.

It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Anderson-Shiro Education Foundation. Their annual fundraiser steak dinner is Saturday, Oct. 22 at St. Stanislaus Parish Hall in Anderson from 6-11 p.m. There will also be a live and silent auction. Grimes County musician Bill Mock and his band will perform from 9-11 p.m. for your listening or dancing pleasure. For more information, contact Erna Freeman, 936-870-8407.

Knights of Columbus #4054 will hold another blood drive and pancake breakfast/hot dog lunch Oct. 22, at St. Stanislaus Parish Hall from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center faces a critical shortage of blood and blood products. Sign up at www.commitforlife. org and enter group code STKR. A free t-shirt will be given to all donors. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. For more information call Henry Ostermann, 936-873-2291.

October events

Oct. 28 – 15th Annual Trunk or Treat, Main St. in downtown Anderson, 6-8 p.m.

Oct. 29 – Tina Kott Medical Bills fundraiser,American Legion Hall, 11 a.m. until sold out.

Russell and Kristen Gallo of Temple had their third child Thursday, Oct. 12. Connor Joseph Gallo was born at 5:45 p.m. at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 18 inches long. Paternal grandparents are Mike and DeLores Gallo of Navasota and maternal grandparents are Benny and Kelly Hester of Beeville. Connor will be welcomed home by big brother Kaiden, age 5, and big sister Hannah, age 2 and a half.

Will and Flor Kettler of Navasota finally had their first child. Trinity Amalia Kettler was born Friday, Oct. 13, at 3:09 a.m. at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches. Mom and Dad are excited to experience parenthood. Trinity’s grandparents include Trinidad Almanza of Iola, Maria Almanza of Navasota and Pinney and the late Thomas Kettler of Navasota.

Van Snook, a 2008 graduate of Anderson-Shiro, and an Investigator with Grimes County Sheriff’s Office, and Mercedes Alvarado, were united in marriage Friday, Oct. 13 in Plantersville at the Relay Station Event Center by Pastor Mac Vaughn. The couple will reside in College Station. A honeymoon trip to Fredericksburg is planned.

Since 2007, the children of Sylvester and Laura Sechelski have celebrated their Polish heritage every third Saturday of October. As usual this celebration took place in the barn of Marion and Evelyn (Sechelski) Szymczak in Anderson. The highlight of the evening is the serving of Czarnina (duck soup) with homemade noodles. Although I’m German, our Polish friends always invite us to this special event. For those that don’t care for Czarnina like me, they also serve a delicious homemade chicken noodle soup which is my favorite. Along with the soups, delicious “top of the line” fried chicken, vegetable dishes and superb desserts are served. The soups and lots of other things on the menu originate from their mother Laura. I know the parents of these seven brothers and three sisters are proud of their children for carrying on such a tradition.

Happy Birthday to those celebrating this week: Oct. 19 – Kaci Yargo, Brynlee Myers, Rayley Pasket, Dean Aldava; Oct. 20 – Sarah Dietrich, Bernard Dobyanski; Oct. 21 – Randy Foy, Jessica Brooks, Kasi Gayle, Parker Moriarty, Jessica Eastep, Lee Tyler and twins Casey and Cassidy Godfrey; Oct. 22 – Amanda Sechelski, Virginia Pasket, Delores Posinski, Keri Soltow; Oct. 23 – Fr. Ed Kucera, Jr., Michael Molitor, Kim Beene, Stephanie Lewis; Oct. 24 – Gwen Lamascus, Marie Vickery, Pauline Fread, Traci Trant; Oct. 25 – Dustin Cook, Megan Lero, Nathan Harsh and Christina Van-Tassel.

HappyAnniversary this week to: Oct. 19 – Will and Haley Binford, 5 years; Oct. 20 – Cristobal and Alejandra Tejeda, 11 years; Oct. 21 – Ricky and Debby Kimich, 45 years; Oct. 23 – Marion and Evelyn Szymczak, 52 years; Oct. 24 – Ronny and Suzy Bennett, 36 years; Oct. 25 – Ethan and Megan Barcak, 9 years; and Oct. 25 – Kevin and Ashley LaFlash, 9 years.

If you have special news about what goes on in your family or life, let me know by calling 936-870-6842 or email me at I would love to share with others.