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Group earns money for Rome Pilgrimage

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Those getting firewood to help pay for their Rome pilgrimage include (L-R) Shane Stubbers, Dean Stubbers, Rachel Frei, Sarah Chmelik, Megan Rehder, Megan Seubert, Thomas Schwartz, Austin Sonnen, Andy Gehring, Michael Waters, Matthew Schwartz and Nathan Beckman. Not pictured are Joshua Lustig, Rachel Waters, Tyler Krogh and Chris Osborne.


Contributed photo Those getting firewood to help pay for their Rome pilgrimage include (L-R) Shane Stubbers, Dean Stubbers, Rachel Frei, Sarah Chmelik, Megan Rehder, Megan Seubert, Thomas Schwartz, Austin Sonnen, Andy Gehring, Michael Waters, Matthew Schwartz and Nathan Beckman. Not pictured are Joshua Lustig, Rachel Waters, Tyler Krogh and Chris Osborne.



COTTONWOOD — When in Rome, do as … Cottonwood residents do. Actually, that would make Sue Sonnen proud.

“We have had several compliments on our kids from locals who the kids have worked for – I’m very proud of them,” Sonnen said.

Sonnen and her teenage son are among the nearly 30 people who are part of the Verso L’Alto group who will make a pilgrimage to Rome March 21-April 4. Those involved – about 20 kids and the rest adults – have been fund-raising for the trip for two years.

“We have members who have done everything from rake leaves and sell baked goods to fix fence and split firewood,” she said.

The group consists of students and parents from Prairie High and Summit schools, junior high age and on through college and adult age. In addition, Father Ben Uhlenkott will make the trip, too. Trip organizers for several years have been Nick and Sherri Seubert-McDonough.

“This is definitely more than a tour and a vacation,” Sonnen said. “It’s also about the history of the Catholic Church and being able to perhaps walk where Jesus walked.”

The Verso L’Alto troupe will host a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras fund-raiser Tuesday, March 4, at Cottonwood Community Hall with a social hour from 4:30 to 5 p.m. where three types of beer will be provided by Cottonwood’s Wolf Track Brewery as well as wine. Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. for a spaghetti dinner with delivery also available. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults, $5 for students grades one through eight, with preschoolers and kindergarten students free. A family of five can eat for $30.

Desserts by the piece or whole will be for sale and both a silent and live auction will take place. Auction items include a scenic airplane ride, a porch rocker, a stay at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, a princess party, antique mirrored windows and handmade items.

“There’s really something for everyone and we hope people will show up and support the kids and have a good time,” Sonnen said.

Red fir firewood is also for sale for $150 a cord or $200 split and stacked in both dry and green. Call Megan Rehder at 962-3380. For dinner deliveries for the Mardi Gras night call Nathan at 507-1579 or Dean at 451-5884.



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