Flag Day

Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation.....one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.

As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride! 

Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see. The AMVET's know the proper ceremony and will be performing it today, Wednesday, June 14th at 5:00 p.m. at Doug Hartle's beach near the point. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony. 

Father Herbert Graf 1931 - 2006

Father Herbert Graf entered into eternal life on Tuesday, June 13, 2006.  At the time of his death he was a resident of Saint Francis Home, Tiffin, Ohio, under the care of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Tiffin. 

Born to William John Graf and Mary Kurz Graf on October 14, 1931 in Owensboro, Kentucky.  Father Herbert entered the Conventual Francisican Novitiate in Angola, Indiana on July 5, 1955.  He made Solemn Profession of Religious Vows on July 11, 1955.  He was ordained to the priesthood on February 22, 1959. 

He is survived by all of the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Our Lady of Consolation Province.  He is also survived by his birth siblings: brother, Joe Graf, Norfolk, VA;  sisters:  Jean Danhauer, Owensboro, KY; Louise (Skippy) Hayden, Owensboro, KY and Pat Houston, Marietta, GA. 

Father Herbert spent his entire priestly life as a parish priest in various parishes throughout the Franciscan Province.  Father served as Pastor/Administrator of the former parish of Saint Nicholas, Frenchtown, Ohio.  In recent years he assisted with the parish and the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.  Within the past several years Father Herbert has been in declining health.  He has been a resident of Saint Francis Home in Tiffin for the past five months. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 15, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Church, Carey, Ohio.  A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2006 with Rev. J.R. Hadnagy OFM Conv. officiating.  The body will be transported to the motherhouse of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation at Mt. St. Francis, Indiana.  A vigil service will be held there Friday, June 16, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Peter Damian Massengill OFM Conv. officiating.  Burial will follow at the Province of Our Lady of Consoaltion cemetery at Mount St. Francis, Indiana. 

Father Herbert served Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island for many years. In the island way he was given his own moniker and was called "Father Y'all" because of his thick southern accent. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Memorials may be made to the Father Herbert Graf Memorial Fund c/o Mount St. Francis , 101 Anthony  Drive, Mt. Saint Francis, Indiana 47146.  Local arrangements are being handled by Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home.

Kahlenberg Update

Karl Bartles took a break from working on refurbishing the Kahlenberg engine from the Bob S to roof his house but now he's back at it and with vigor. Here are photos of what he's accomplished.


Strang Reenactment

Reenactment of the shooting of James Jesse Strang 7:00 p.m. by the Strang Writers Group at Pinky Harmon's beach