Members of the Saint Mary’s class of 2014 and their fathers enjoyed events at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame this weekend during the College’s annual Senior Dads Weekend. Susie Larson, vice president of the 2014 class board, who helped organize the event, said the board worked hard to find an open weekend for this event since last spring, because it had to account for the numerous events on campus and the football schedule. Larson said there was a great deal of interest in all of the scheduled events, which resulted in a large turnout from the senior class and their fathers. “The weekend had 280 students register and our class is 298 strong, so we were extremely excited about the turnout,” Larson said. Student body president Kat Sullivan said the class board did a good job of including the entire senior class community. “Regardless of who the father figure is in a girl’s life, the class board made sure the events were welcoming to all, including some mothers,” Sullivan said. The weekend’s events opened with a beer garden and silent auction Friday evening in the College’s Student Center. Sullivan said the event included an open bar with all types of beer and wine, and the silent auction was filled with donated items from the fathers. “Whatever money that was made from the auction was then given to the class of 2014’s board, so it was a great way to fundraise for future class events,” Sullivan said. “Also, everyone who went got a beer sty with a French cross on it and little koozies with bowties on them to commemorate the weekend.” On Saturday, the College Archives and the Riedinger House were open for morning tours. Sullivan said this helped the girls to share their College’s history with their fathers. Senior Bridget Byrne said the tours of Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday afternoon were one of her favorite parts of the weekend, as well as a watch party for the Notre Dame vs. ASU game at CJ’s Bar later that evening. “I have always loved watching games with my Dad, so this was something special for us to do together before graduation,” Byrne said. “It was also so fun to do push-ups in CJ’s during the game watch, and I know all of my friends were really looking forward to this weekend after all of the fun we had at Junior Mom’s Weekend last spring.” The weekend culminated with Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Le Mans Hall on Saturday night, Sullivan said. At the Mass, Saint Mary’s students and their fathers celebrated their relationships. The celebrant, Fr. John Pearson, stressed the importance of letting their parents know how grateful the students were for their love and support, Sullivan said. “Fr. John talked a lot about making sure us girls recognized that our fathers make sacrifices for us not because they’re expecting a thank you, but because they love us,” Sullivan said. “I think that that really resonated with a lot of girls and their fathers that were present.” The parent weekends at Saint Mary’s are among many students’ favorite traditions on campus, Larson said. “I am a strong supporter in how Saint Mary’s organizes their parent weekends throughout our four years on campus because I think it reflects our experience growing as young women,” she said. Contact Caroline Stickell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert “Bob” Grote passed away peacefully Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the age of 71. Formerly of Cincinnati, Bob and his wife, Kathy, moved to Hidden Valley to provide a quieter life for their two daughters, Lisa & Sheri. Upon first meeting Kathy at work, Bob had to beat out several other guys for a chance to ask her out. 49 ½ years later, Kathy was still the love of his life. Prior to getting married, Bob joined the United States Army and fought in the Vietnam War from November 1969 – June 1970. Bob was a patriot and loved his country, but his first love was his family. He was a laid back, calm & quiet man until his favorite day, April Fool’s Day, rolled around. He loved to laugh and tell jokes and was quite the prankster with his family and friends. One of Bob’s favorite hobbies was fishing and was something that he loved to do with his dad and his best friend. Although he enjoyed fishing at Hidden Valley Lake, Bob loved to travel Lake Michigan, the Maumee River and Lake Erie for salmon, walleye, trout and bass. He could always count on his mom to fix any fish they brought home. Bob also took martial arts and earned several belts in Taekwondo. He was a member of the NRA, the Disabled American Veterans, Reiki Masters and led Junior Achievement classes. After retiring, Bob found his greatest work was to be done with Hospice of Cincinnati. It was here that he felt he could truly help people, including so many veterans in the hospitals. Bob was also a very spiritual man and was proud to become a Reiki Master which became a big part of his life. Again, Bob focused his life on helping others. Through Reiki, he was able to channel positive energy and peace not only to those near him, but people all over the world.Bob will be greatly missed by his wife Kathy, his daughters Lisa (Brian) White of Yorkville and Sheri Grote of Bright, his five grandchildren Katelyn, Emily, Andrew, Cole & Caylee, his mother Anna Grote and his sister Mary Ann Klein. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Grote and brother, John A. Grote.Visitation will be held on Monday, May 4 at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home from 10:00am – 11:30am with a funeral service at 11:30. A graveside service with military honors will immediately follow at St. Martin’s Campus of All Saints Parish. Memorials can be made to Margaret Mary Hospice at 108 N Elm St, Batesville, IN 47006 . Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home is honored to care for Bob and his family. Please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com to offer online condolences.To keep everyone safe & healthy, and in order to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, a maximum of ten people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time. Funeral home staff will be assisting with this so that everyone has a chance to pay their respects in a safe and reverent manner. We ask those that wish to attend the graveside service to please maintain a 6 feet distance or by remaining in their car.•
ELEVEN of the 12 athletes who participated at the Flow CARIFTA Games arrived home yesterday afternoon and were greeted in what has been dubbed a ‘heroes’ welcome’, by an enthusiastic party that included Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) president Aubrey Hutson, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, some parents, supporters and several other excited well-wishers.Hooper was the only overseas-based athlete on the team and she returned to the U.S.The athletes were toasted in the VIP Lounge at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. It was a grand celebration for the team. Police escort was then provided for their journey to Georgetown and a motorcade around the city.Guyana’s first-ever Boys’ Junior 100m gold medallistThe successful Guyana team returned with eight medals from the esteemed meet, including a historic win of the Boys’ Junior 100m gold medal.Overall they collected four gold, one silver and two bronze medals. As a result Guyana finished fifth of 28 countries that participated in the event.The Boys’ Junior 100m gold went to Linden’s Compton Caesar, who also won bronze in the 200m. Of the other medal winners Linden’s Chantoba Bright finished with one gold and a bronze, Anfernee Headecker had one silver, Claudrice McKoy won one gold and a bronze, and Natricia Hooper finished with a gold as well..“What you were able to achieve over the weekend is what we could call the resurrection of Guyana’s place as it relates to athletics,” Jones told the gathering just before he toasted to their success at the airport.However, missing from the greeting delegation was Minister of Sport Nicolette Henry, who was also not present when the team came down to Georgetown.In Georgetown, President Granger hosted the athletes at State House, giving them encouraging words of gratitude for what they have done for Guyana.But it was not just all words. As a thank-you, the President gave each member of the team, officials included, a commemorative 2017 Independence gold coin, which has not yet been released.They’re back! The Guyana team to the 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games at the CJIA yesterdayThe athletes ended the evening as guests at the National Sports Award ceremony at the Savannah Suite of the Pegasus Hotel. The Linden athletes on the team then spent the evening as guests of the Pegasus Hotel.There are expected to return to Linden today, again under Police escort, where other festivities, including a motorcade, await them.
“We have decided… to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup final tournaments from 32 to 48,” Infantino told the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress in Kuala Lumpur.“It will happen in 2026. Will it happen in 2022? You know me. It is possible. It is possible. Why not?” he added.Infantino said an expanded tournament would see Asia’s allocation rise from 4.5 places to 8.5, raising cheers from the delegates assembled at a luxury hotel in the Malaysian capital.“You will have (a bigger) chance. It is possible. It is feasible. We are discussing with our Qatari friends. We are discussing with many other friends in the region. We hope we have it happen. We always have to try,” he said.Accommodating another 16 teams would vastly complicate Qatar’s task in preparing for the World Cup, which was awarded to the tiny desert state in 2010.Qatar has also been involved in a stand-off with neighbours Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, who have cut off diplomatic relations and imposed a blockade on the resource-rich country, accusing it of endorsing terror activities.Hassan al-Thawadi, head of the 2022 organising body, told AFP that Qatar was studying the 48 teams proposal and would make a decision before qualifying gets under way.“We are still looking at the feasibility studies and we will be in a better position to provide a feedback in the future,” he said.“But it will be decided before the qualifications… sometime in the first quarter of next year.”He added that preparations remained on track despite the blockade, and that the budget of $200 billion for the entire infrastructure, including metro and expressway, has not been affected.“We are very happy and excited with the progress. It is on track. By 2020-2021 all our (eight) stadiums will be ready,” al-Thawadi said.“This is the first World Cup in the Middle East and is a perfect opportunity to bring people together and contribute to the process of healing,” he added.Ahead of FIFA’s presidential election next year, Infantino said 180 out of the 211 federations had given him their support.“You know there is an election coming. I have announced I will be a (presidential) candidate. I have received over 180 letters of support,” he said.“And when it comes to Asia, only a couple are missing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to expand the World Cup to 48 teams at the next edition in Qatar in 2022. © AFP / Mohd RASFANKUALAR LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 31 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams was “feasible” on Wednesday, as hosts Qatar pledged to come to a decision in the early part of next year.Infantino said “Why not?” bring forward the expansion from 32 teams to 48, which is currently due at the 2026 tournament in the United States, Canada and Mexico.