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Augusta Harvest Festival September 16 & 17

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New Melle Country Market Music Festival Sept. 10

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St. Paul’s Free Kidz Carnival – What a Great Day!

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NMSR is One of Four Awarded “Sharing Success” Grants From CREC and CoBank

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Festival in the Ville with Car & Bike Show Sept. 10

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New Melle Chamber of Commerce 2022 Scholarship Winners

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    • NMSR is One of Four Awarded "Sharing Success" Grants From CREC and CoBank

      August 09, 2022

       

      TROY, MO, August 8, 2022 – Four charitable organizations were each awarded a $5,000 “Sharing Success” grant by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) and CoBank. The recipients of the 2022 grants are Anne’s Anchor, New Melle Sports & Recreation (NMSR), The Sparrow’s Nest, and Warren County Literacy.

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    • Festival in the Ville with Car & Bike Show Sept. 10

      August 09, 2022 St. Paul’s UCC in Marthasville is hosting the Festival in the Ville at Marthasville City Park Pavilion, which coincides with a huge car and bike show on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    • New Melle Country Market Music Festival Sept. 10

      August 09, 2022 New Melle Country Market is hosting the 2nd Annual New Melle Music Festival on September 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last year the Festival had over 1000 visitors, and a bigger crowd is expected this year. The music will play in two sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then 2 to 6 p.m. and will feature Chris Lozano and the Coyote Band.

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    • Augusta Harvest Festival September 16 & 17

      August 08, 2022
      Save the date for the 2022 Augusta Harvest Festival, September 16 & 17. The event kicks off Friday night the 16th with “Swinging in the Vines," a gourmet picnic at Honey Bee Vineyards, a private vineyard in Augusta.

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    • St. Paul’s Free Kidz Carnival – What a Great Day!

      July 18, 2022

      By Kathy Miller

      St. Paul’s Lutheran in New Melle held the second annual St. Paul’s Kidz Carnival on July 16, it was a hot day; fortunately, there was shade, a breeze and a misting station to stay cool.
      The Kidz Carnival was free; the only request was for donations to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

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    • New Melle Chamber of Commerce 2022 Scholarship Winners

      July 13, 2022 The New Melle Chamber of Commerce presented $2000 scholarships to four well-deserving recipients on June 2 at The Quarry Wine Garden. This year's winners were Jacquelyn Oetterer, Luke Bequette, Lindsey Molitor and Kyra Blondin.

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Virginia Lee Dowden died on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 at her home in Defiance, Missouri.

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Virginia was born in Gainesville, Florida on December 14th, 1931 to Aurelia Lee Schuton and Parks Mason Carmichael. She graduated from high school in Galveston, Texas in 1950 and then graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1954 with Bachelor of Arts degree in History. In Houston, she met Wayne while he worked as a chemical engineer for Shell Oil Company. They were married on September 18th, 1953 and would be married for 67 years.

She is survived by her daughter Deborah, son John, daughter in law Kimberly and grandson Hunter, as well as her sister Mason, brother-in-law Parkhill, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband Wayne on June 10th, 2020, and her parents Parks Carmichael and Aurelia Hall, stepmother Beulah Carmichael, stepfather Joseph Hall, and brother John Carmichael.

After raising her children to school age, Virginia decided she wanted to become a schoolteacher. She enrolled at and received her teaching credential from Harris Stowe Teacher’s College in St. Louis, Missouri in 1968. For 26 years she worked as both a special education teacher and resource specialist for the Special School District of St. Louis County. She retired in 1994.

Virginia was extremely passionate about her work for Public Water District #2 of St. Charles County and served as President of the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2016. Many improvements occurred during her tenure including building a new water tower in New Melle. When the St Charles County Library terminated their bookmobiles, Virginia started regularly attending library board meetings and strongly advocated for the establishment of the Boone’s Trail Branch in New Melle. A temporary branch opened in 1997, and Virginia continued advocating until the current, permanent facility opened in 2002.Wayne and Virginia moved to Callaway Valley near the town of New Melle in the Summer of 1988. Virginia was very active in the New Melle community. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a past president. She always enjoyed helping with the annual easter egg hunt in the Spring. She participated in the St. Charles County Vision Leadership Program of 1998 and valued the experience.

During her retirement, she and Wayne enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada. One of her favorite trips was an ocean cruise to Alaska. Another was taking a steamboat cruise on the Delta Queen on the Mississippi River. She also enjoyed fishing, gardening, and raising four bulldogs.

Both Virginia and Wayne will be buried at the Sugarcreek Cemetery in Stockland, Illinois in June. A local memorial service is planned for that time. Wayne’s obituary can be found online at:

https://everloved.com/life-of/wayne-dowden/obituary/