Drive-by parade for Rademacher’s 78th birthday

Family and friends couldn’t let May 2 go by without wishing Jerry Rademacher of Melrose a happy 78th birthday so they held a drive-by birthday parade.


Bertram saluted with parade on 70th

Ronnie Bertram waves to people driving by his and wife Erma’s house in Freeport on April 26 as family and friends salute him on his 70th birthday, as a way to say thank you for everything he does for the church, school and in the community. Yes, he was surprised. For the most part, because of the coronavirus, social distancing was practiced. There was music, cards and gifts, including a bottle of Corona Extra beer.



Caring caravan


Marian Wieling (from left), Liz and Curtis Studeman and Sandie Murray sang a song and danced for client Pam Ritter and her stepmother Rita April 26 in Melrose. The four visited more than a dozen of Lutheran Social Services clients at their homes from Rice to Melrose, singing a song composed by Murray of appropriate wording and sung to the tune of YMCA. Due to the state’s stay-at-home mandate they have not seen each other in a month. “We miss these people so much,” Wieling said. “We are trying to cheer up the people we serve.”

Marian Wieling hands a roll of toilet paper to her Lutheran Social Services client, Pam Ritter, while Pam’s stepmother Rita watches April 26 in Melrose. Wieling, Liz and Curtis Studeman, and Sandie Murray sang and danced, to cheer up people they miss during this COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate.