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Local student winner of The Catholic Messenger Christmas card contest
By Billie Jo Rose | Jan 15, 2018

Audrey Smith, of Crawfordsville, a fourth grade student at St. James Catholic School and Parish in Washington, was the winner of The Catholic Messenger Christmas card contest. Audrey is the daughter of Sonya Love-Smith and Clyde Smith, of Crawfordsville.

The Messenger received 708 entries from students in kindergarten through sixth grade attending Catholic schools, religious education classes and those who are home schooled.

Audrey said she was shocked, but very excited to win the contest. She had entered before, but never won.

Her artwork features Mary holding the infant Jesus in an open stable with a red frame surrounding the scene. The idea came from a combination of three Christmas cards she had seen.

“I took ideas from the different cards and added color,” she said.

Audrey loves art — drawing, coloring, painting and more. She added that her desk at home is covered with glitter, she said with a laugh.

The Messenger staff thanked all of the students who entered.

The Joann and the late Willard Love family Christmas was held Saturday, Jan. 6, at the United Church of Crawfordsville Fellowship Hall. A meal of soup and sandwiches was served and gifts were exchanged.

Those enjoying the day were Joann Love, of Washington; Larry and Nancy Love, Sonya Love-Smith and Maggie and Audrey Smith, of Crawfordsville; Wesley and Kaitlyn Love, Lawson and Isaac and Betsy and Preston Lasek, of Ainsworth; Sharon and Jeff Ryder, of Bettendorf; Cheryl and Tyler Byrnes and Ryder, of North Liberty; Renee and Don Cue, of Des Moines; and Loren, Riley and Campbell Love, of Johnston.

The Crawfordsville Lions Club met Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crawfordsville Community Room with 17 people in attendance.

Lion President Lance Miller opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Gene Miller offered prayer.

After a delicious dinner prepared and served by Alice Hochstetler, the meeting reconvened. The minutes of the Nov. 27, 2017, meeting were approved as corrected. The treasurer gave his report.

In old business, the December Blood Drive was successful with a collection of 38 units. Larry Fletcher thanked his team Billie Jo Rose, Loree Stogdill, Mindy Wilson and Mike Massey. The Christmas Drawing was a success, with more people than usual attending. There were 155 prizes, along with a $100 Grand Prize. Santa ran out of candy for the children and the 4-H Club had a very successful bake sale. Loree shopped for needy children in the WACO School District.

In new business, Rose mentioned that a representative from the Washington County Hospital is interested in talking to the club about their services. Adam Mitchell reported that the Crawfordsville Fun Day would be July 7, and that all activities would take place at the ballpark. He asked the Lions sponsor the day and serve lunch.

In other business, Nancy Love mentioned the Lion Magazine will be published electronically only, starting with the February edition. The Iowa Lion is currently distributed in hard copy by sending two copies to the club secretaries so that club members without computers can read them. The folder with pictures of the club’s Leader Dog puppy, Crawford, was passed around. A request for funds for a student in Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity was made. It was moved, seconded and approved to support this cause. Luetta Greene reminded the club of the WACO scholarship that they will be awarding in the spring. Christmas lights were taken down Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The Annual Pancake Supper will be Feb. 17, at the WACO Elementary School. This will take the place of the second meeting of the month. The regular dinner meeting will be Monday, Feb. 12. Larry Love will take care of procuring the pigs for the Pancake Supper, Larry Swailes will make the tickets for the event. Proceeds from the supper will be used for local projects.

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