Charlene Triska with John and Lyle visited her brothers, Danny Triska and family, Ron Triska and family, and friend Donna in Mount Pleasant. They left June 22 and returned home on June 25.
Joel Boatright and Mary Stecker of Fairfield were married June 21 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Those present included his son Cole and wife with their three sons of Fairfield; her children, J.D. Hollingsworth of Packwood with fiancée Becky of Fairfield, and Bridget Hollingsworth of Fairfield; her mother, Winifred Fritz of Brighton; and Mary’s siblings, Greg and Deb Fritz of Fairfield, Charles Fritz of Sigourney, and Virgil and Jane Symmonds of Fairfield with Nolan and Kelly Symmonds of Kalona. After the ceremony, the 18 family members enjoyed dining together.
Enjoying the evening meal of June 22 at the home of Winifred Fritz were J.D. Hollingsworth with Becky, Bridget Hollingsworth, and Joel and Mary Boatright.
Sophia Fritz stayed with her Grandma Winifred for several days, beginning June 25.
Jason Roberts left for Willington, Conn., on June 20. He visited relatives for a cousin’s high school graduation. He returned home on June 24.
The Krony Krew Club met on June 25 at the home of Phyllis Scheeler. Elaine Watson of Richland was a guest. Bridge was played at two tables. Their next meeting will be on July 9 at the home of Sarah Robison.
Early Saturday morning, people gathered for the Whoopee Walk in Brighton. The route was a one- or two-mile leisurely walk, leaving from the community center and ending there. Prizes were given to the winning walkers as they returned. Everyone agreed it was a beautiful morning for a walk.
The Whoopee Pie Contest was held Saturday evening in the park pavilion during the Whoopee Days Celebration. In the Commodity Classic, which pairs off individuals who have farm-related jobs or belong to a farm group, Duane Hammen of Washington, representing the Washington County Corn Growers, placed first; and Kurt Hora, representing the Pork Producers, placed second. In the Fire Department Challenge, which pairs off people who represent volunteer firefighters and EMTs, Michael Pringle of the Brighton Fire Department won and was overall champion as he devoured eight Whoopee Pies! There were three different age groups in the open class. Everyone involved had to agree the Whoopee Pies were deliciously sweet.
The Brighton Chamber thanks all of the sponsors who donated to the Whoopee Days Celebration, and also the businesses that donated prizes.
The Brighton Bear Reunion was held Saturday afternoon, June 21, during the Whoopee Days Celebration. Approximately 70 people were in attendance. Introductions were made, and class members shared stories of their school days and time in Brighton. The Class of 1954 was honored for their 60-year reunion and rode in the parade earlier in the day. Wesley Mullikin (’43) and Russ Whitaker (’44) were the oldest graduates in attendance. Jack and Doris Moore, the Grand Marshals this year, were introduced along with members of their family. Each of them shared fond memories about growing up and going to school in Brighton and Washington. Lee Schafer spoke about the opening dates of Lake Darling, the four-seasons cabins, and the work of the Friends of Lake Darling. He complimented the work and dedication of Wendell Guy (’57), a Friend of Lake Darling member, who recently passed away. Burt Day (’51) of Grinnell and his sister, Belle (Day) Holland (’54) of Des Moines presented a book about the history of the Day family in Brighton. It was given in memory of their brother William “Bill” Day (’35), who recently passed away. Bill was a longtime resident of Brighton and worked for many years in the Washington County ASCS office. This book of the Day family may be seen in the historical display case at the Brighton Community Center. Norlene Gegner (’74) of Des Moines gave a gift of a book of “Ding” Darling’s cartoons, to be shared at the community center. Archie Harris (’74), who was “Bo,” the clown, during the parade, told about belonging to a clown group in the Quad Cities.
Rex Hanson won the door prize, a print painted by Charles Phillip Wickoff (’61). Mr. Wickoff is an accomplished artist in Delaware, where he was chosen New Castle County (Delaware) Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He was also commissioned to do a poster for the LPGA McDonald’s Golf Classic, as well as many other awards.
Jane Whitaker took care of the registration table. Phyllis Scheeler, Wanda Lowe, and Ed Mineart were in charge of the reception table. Rosemary Pacha served as master of ceremonies for the afternoon. Those in attendance were from all over Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, and California. Everyone who attended the different festivities during Whoopee Days enjoyed renewing acquaintances and visiting. The Brighton Bear Reunion will plan to meet again next year during Whoopee Days, the third weekend in June.
The Pleasant Plain Reunion was held on Saturday evening, June 14, 2014, at St. Joseph and Cabrini Catholic Church Hall. There were 55 class members and guests present for the dinner prepared by the Altar and Rosary group. After dinner, president Jim Hanshaw presided over the evening’s program. Class members were introduced, and a short business meeting was held. Jim Hanshaw was re-elected president; Maurice Pacha, vice president; Gerald Pacha, secretary; and Kay Pohren, treasurer. Three meetings of officers were held earlier, in March, April and May, to plan for the reunion, which is held every two years.