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Send Athens news to: phone: 715-223-2342 fax: 715-223-3505 P.O. Box 677 103 West Spruce Street Abbotsford, WI 54405 Fundraiser canceled

The Friends of Christian Education committee has decided to cancel the fundraising banquet this fall, due to the every-changing circumstances and gathering restrictions surrounding the coronavirus.

The annual banquet raises money for St. Anthony Catholic and Trinity Lutheran schools in Athens. The Friends of Christian Education committee looks forward to having the banquet again in October of 2021.

Grab & Go crafts

Children can make a colorful, festive fall decoration for a door or window by picking up a Grab & Go kit from the Marathon County Public Library’s Athens Branch, located at 221 Caroline St., from Monday, Oct. 5, thru Friday, Oct. 9.

The free kit, which is limited to one per child, will contain everything needed to make a collage fall wreath.

Parents can make an appointment for a visit to the Athens library or for curbside pickup to retrieve a kit. For more information, parents can call the Athens library at 715-257-7292.

College graduates

Five students from Athens earned their college degrees from UW-Stevens Point in spring of 2020.

Students from Athens who graduated from UW-Stevens Point are Kenton Anderson, associate of arts and sciences degree; Rachel Bloechl, bach- elor of science degree in elementary education, summa cum laude; Tanner Dehnke, bachelor of science degree in teaching math; Adam Detert, associate of arts and sciences degree, cum laude and Alec Literski, bachelor of science degree in teaching math.

Free school lunches

Trinity Lutheran School in Athens is participating in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seamless Summer Option for serving school lunches. This means all Trinity Lutheran students are eligible to receive school lunches.

The USDA recently extended this program and Trinity Lutheran School is still working on the details. The school will also offer free meals to any siblings of students who are 18 years and younger as carryouts available for pickup at 12:15 p.m. on scheduled school days.

This program is scheduled to last until Dec. 31 of this year, or until the funding runs out.

Parents of children who attend Trinity Lutheran School are being asked to not submit any meal money at this time; meal money already submitted will remain on the student’s tickets to be used at the beginning of January 2021. Parents will need to pay for their children’s milk for breaks, milks with cold lunches and extra milks at this time.

Sewers needed

The Athens band program is seeking people to sew closeweave cotton sheet coverings for students to place on the bell of their instruments to prevent aerosol particles from escaping, to allow full band rehearsals to occur in school this fall.

People interesting in sewing the band instrument coverings should contact Samuel Puffer, Athens middle and high school band director, at

Senior Citizens

The Senior Citizens card group met on Sept. 17 for weekly card playing at the Athens Area Fire and Ambulance Hall. Two games of Sheepshead were played. David Perrodin won the first game and Butch Boris took second place. Aaron Totzke won the second game and Steve Klockziem placed second. Bernice Passehl received low score.

The Senior Citizens card group will play cards again at 1 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Athens Area Fire and Ambulance Hall.