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Bonnie Schauper
Bonnie Schauper

Organist celebrates 60 years of service

When Bonnie Schauper was first asked to take the job of organist at United Presbyterian Church of Maxwell in 1954, she agreed — with the stipulation that she would just fill in until the church found someone permanent. Over 3,000 Sundays later, she is still the regular organist and looks forward to each Sunday.

To celebrate her 60th anniversary of playing for Sunday worship at what is now First Presbyterian Church of Maxwell, Bonnie will be honored with a reception at the church on Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. Those wishing to bless Bonnie with congratulatory remarks may send cards to her in care of First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 186, Maxwell, IA 50161.

Maxwell Library

The Maxwell Library has an open seat on the board of trustees. If you are interested, please see the Library Director Meggen Lawrence at the library during regular hours to fill out an application.

Garage Sales

Don’t forget to fill out your garage sale listings at City Hall. Citywide garage sales will be June 7, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Old Settlers

I have been given a VERY important task this year from our famous resident Old Settler, Bonnie Schauper, to report on the upcoming events for the town celebration - Old Settlers. This year the dates will be July 31 thru Aug. 3. Some details have been finalized, and the committee asked that we get some information out. Now I know I won’t be as good as Bonnie, she is the best at town and Old Settlers history, and I won’t have any good stories about past picnics to share like she did. I will try my best to fill her shoes and let you know all the ins and outs.

This year’s theme is Solid as a Rock. Of course this is in reference to the park’s newest addition, placed last year, Story County’s Freedom Rock.

And the biggest news the committee wanted to get out is - YES, they have a carnival BOOKED this year! Advanced ticket sales will be sometime in July.

Friday night, the band will be Neil Hewitt and Saturday they have booked the Sneaky Pete band.

Some of the events lined up will be a bean bag tournament, sand volleyball, kids’ pedal pull, softball and the 5k run.

Truck pull is on Saturday and Jeep Exhibition will be Sunday. Also, the parade start time has been pushed back to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Well I think that is it for now, until I get some more information. I know it’s not like Bonnie’s reporting, and I am sorry, you can’t replace a legend like her with someone like me. Remembering Bonnie always ended her articles with a quote, I did find one I thought was fitting for this,

“It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.”

-Henry James

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