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  1. Anonymous on April 19, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Thank you to whomever bought my breakfast in the drive thru at McDonalds today. It was such a nice way to start my Monday.

  2. Anonymous on April 19, 2021 at 11:05 am

    This is to thank the wonderful women who prepared and delivered those delicious meals to our house for the past month. Tip of the hat to Mascoutah Senior Center also. – John Klapetzky

  3. Anonymous on April 13, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Thank you to all the candidates for your devotion to Mascoutah. We appreciate the giving of your time.

  4. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you to all the candidates in this year’s election. Whether you won or lost isn’t the real issue. You put yourself out there and that is what really matters. That takes a lot of courage. Congratulations!

  5. Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Got a couple of cheeseburgers last week at Skootr’s. They must have changed something about the way they cook them or changed an ingredient or a different beef. They were some of the best burgers I have ever had. They remind me of the burgers Skootr’s was making when I moved here in the 1990’s.

  6. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Thank you to our local newspaper for the questions & answers yesterday at the high school. It was nice to be able to ask questions in person. To the people who are courageous enough to run, thank you. It says a lot about your character and your spirit.

  7. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 9:21 am

    I want to applaud the members of the Mascoutah Sportsmen’s Club who hosted the delicious, drive thru fish dinner last Friday. There were plenty pieces of cod cut ups, ample sides of mac and cheese, slaw and hush puppies. Service was prompt. All for $10. Great job!!

  8. Anonymous on March 19, 2021 at 9:29 am

    This morning I came out of Dollar General and discovered I had a flat tire. I opened my trunk to get everything out when two gentlemen stopped and asked if I needed help. They were getting ready to go into the store. As quick as a flash, they had my old tire off and my spare tire on. I want to thank Mike and Daniel for being so kind to an old man.

  9. Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 11:52 am

    I want to thank those that are running for the school board for the opportunity to hear your views on the forum on Sunday. I’m looking forward to hearing additional view points on Sunday at the high school auditorium.

  10. Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Just wanted to say thanks again for all those involved with the sand volleyball court. It is so nice to see so many using the courts and looks like lights may be installed soon. What a great project

  11. Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Early Morning, Wednesday, a water line burst. I called 911 and the St. Clair dispatcher professionally and courteously handled my call. Shortly afterwards, Mascoutah Fire Department arrived and with assistance of the City Water Department shut off water to prevent further flooding. I want to thank these dedicated individuals for there assistance in extreme weather conditions. – John Klapetzky

    • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Why would the fire department be needed to assist the water department in shutting off the water? Even if someone doesn’t know how to remove the lid and shutoff the water at the city connection in their yard, it doesn’t seem the fire department would be needed to be dispatched. Takes less than 5 minutes for one person to open the cover and close the valve.

      • Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 8:09 am

        Could be to help with shutting down roads if needed. Or extra manpower if needed to locate/dig up valve if got buried

  12. Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 5:42 am

    Thumbs up to all the people that took the time and energy to clean their sidewalks off after the snow. Thanks for thinking of others.

  13. Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 6:34 am

    A Thumbs Up to whomever is restoring/fixing up the house and outbuildings at the farmstead on the curve just a little west of town. What a nice job!

  14. Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 9:53 am

    I was at Tom’s yesterday to pick up a few items. My wife fell and broke hip, and is currently in rehab. I was on the riding cart in the store. I picked up some items, and then drove up to the check out counter. The cashier rang it out. I reached for my wallet, but realized I left it in my truck. I told the cashier, “I’m so sorry. I left my wallet in my truck. I’ll get it and be back to pay.” He started to set the items to the side until I could return.
    I started to move the cart forward. Behind me, there was a younger woman and man, maybe in their early 30s, who said “wait a minute.”
    I stopped and she told the cashier to just continue to check out and “put his bill with mine.”
    I was so taken back. I couldn’t even talk. She picked up the big bag and set it in my cart.
    I called my wife in Waterloo and said I could not believe that happened. I talked to Mike Klein at Tom’s to see who it was but we couldn’t find out.
    To that young couple, thank you so very much. You don’t know how much I appreciate your kindness.
    -Dave Jung, a 77-year-old retired State Police officer

  15. Anonymous on December 21, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    A Thumb’s Up to the mayor, city manager, asst. city manager, and councilmen for all the stuff that is slung at them each and every day of the year. It is their job to put up with it? No. Do they? Yes. They are much stronger than anyone gives them credit for.

    • Anonymous on January 5, 2021 at 10:09 am

      Thank you!

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 2:35 pm

      Your right we don’t give our city manager or elected officials enough credit and we should. I’m glad there are those who what to serve our community. I don’t know why anyone would want to subject themselves to the ridicule the get for doing there jobs. I( couldn’t do it. So Thank you .

  16. Anonymous on December 19, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Thumbs up to Mr. Stein for tearing down the old mill property and recycling all of the original materials used to build it. We always knew he was capable of doing anything; but, tearing down that huge property is quite an amazing accomplishment. Job well done Mr. Stein!

  17. Anonymous on December 19, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Thumbs up to McDonald’s and their staff for promoting Ronald McDonald House Charities during the last several months by rounding up sales receipts. Thumbs up to the customers who are participating as well. I am always anxious to see the total contributions each month. I am proud to live in such a generous/charitable community.

  18. Anonymous on December 16, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Thumbs up to the teachers at MMS. The have been great with all of the changes that have been made during the pandemic. They schedule time with the with the kids after school is done for the day. You also have to change lesson plans on the spur of the moment and log in the grades. All of you deserve a two week vacation starting Saturday morning. You all have relaxing and safe Christmas and New Year.

    • Anonymous on December 18, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      I definately agree. You guys and gals are the best. Keep up the great work.

  19. Anonymous on December 13, 2020 at 10:57 am

    I just drove through the park this morning. I just noticed the new sand volleyball court. Great job city of Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on December 23, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      The main credit for the sand volleyball project goes to the MAC and the SMJC, great job to those wonderful volunteer groups!

  20. Anonymous on December 5, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Just a “note” to say thanks to Parade Chairman Dean Wombacher for his efforts in putting together his tenth Lighted Christmas Parade. With the pandemic threatening us all, he averted any problems by lengthening the route and still providing a wonderful array of participants. Well done, Dean!
    -Bob Cearnal

  21. Anonymous on December 4, 2020 at 11:03 am

    God bles the kind gentleman who paid for my groceries at Tom’s on Wednesday. We have nice, caring people in Mascoutah.

  22. Editor on November 30, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for Making Thanksgiving Meal-in-a-Bag a Success
    This year will go down in history as a RECORD YEAR OF CHALLENGES. We delivered 225 dinners within one hours. This is very good time considering the new safety/healthy control check points we had to put in motion. Every meal was delivered, without personal contact. Our drivers were required to wear masks and gloves. I understand that the least number of delivery one driver had was three, however some did as much as eight. Well done to all the 13 drivers that participated. Among the drivers, Scouts represented were Troop 44 and Cub Pack 43. Our team of two ladies, gave wellness slips out, check temperature, checked names of drivers, assigned delivery routes did an EXCELLENT JOB. These volunteers were Sharon Hosler and Cindy Layman. We had Troop 44 represented by Logan and Jackson Keithley, our Parking and Direction Directors. Our Direction Experts were Mascoutah Firemen-Kirk Graul and Ryan Haas. In the inside we had runners, the Jeremy Bearth Family. Oh yes, Josh Layman was a God send, he helped with Parking and then filled in as a runner, (person bringing out the orders to the waiting drivers in the parking area). This is the hardest part, I feel, because you go up and down stairs. This year will definitely go down as a remembered year because of all the challenges we had to overcome. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I got calls from people that were unable to help, 3-family, positive, 2-waiting for tests results, and 2-exposed to a positive person. Therefore, we were short of help. Yes, it did get a little frantic, however, we did survive. The Serving Others Committee of St. John United Church of Christ wishes to thank all of the people that have made a monetary donation to our cause. We wish to thank the Mascoutah Herald for all the help on the publicity of our event. Also, we definitely owe a lot of help from Tom’s Market. REMEMBER SHOP LOCAL.
    God bless all these people and the town of Mascoutah.
    -St. John United Church of Christ
    Serving Others Committee

  23. Anonymous on November 29, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    A heartfelt thank you to Pam at the Mascoutah Herald for helping me place my mom’s obituary in the paper. I was a mess and she took the time (and the patience) to walk me through everything. This is why small town businesses are so important.

  24. Anonymous on November 23, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I am so pleased that the Mascoutah Senior Center has started using recyclable containers for the Meals on Wheels program instead of the styrofoam containers previously used. The new containers are recyclable and biodegradable. Styrofoam, on the other hand, takes 500 years to decompose. Our landfills and future generations thank you!! The Meals on Wheels program, which provides delicious, homemade, nutritious meals is a wonderful asset for our community.

  25. Anonymous on November 23, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Kudos to 12 year old Julian Anderson for collecting 330 pairs of socks for the homeless. Way to go, Julian–I love your kind heart and giving spirit.

  26. Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    This is late, but thanks to the lady at the Admin Building Polling Place for spending probably at least 30 minutes trying to reach several courthouse offices to resolve an issue I had (repeatedly getting busy signals)! She stayed positive the whole time in what had to be frustrating! Kudos!

  27. Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Thank you to all the poll workers and election officials for their professionalism and great attitude!

  28. Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you to the couple in front of me at McDonald’s this morning that bought my coffee. It made my day!!

  29. Anonymous on October 21, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Big thumbs up to Drs. Fiegel, Williams, as well as the dedicated faculty, staff and members at MES, MMS, WES, MHS, school board and the admin building. Everyone is trying to do their best under these circumstances and their leadership and guidance is sincerely appreciated by my family and friends!

  30. Anonymous on October 21, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. So refreshing to see a construction project in town that turns out on time and well done. Hats off to Lake Contracting!

  31. Anonymous on October 14, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Sending hugs and luv to Bernie at Consign and Design. She showed such a kindness to me this morning when I was in her shop. I wanted to tell everyone the sweet thing she did, but Bernie didn’t want the praise, so I’m just leaving this here. Thank you for what you did for me, for the service you give, and what you bring to this community.

    • Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 10:08 am

      I love that store!

      • Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 10:10 am

        My daughter and I love adore Bee Hollow. I don’t locals appreciate the gifts they have available. I plan on doing Christmas shopping there.

  32. Anonymous on September 25, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    A Thumb’s Up to a group of gals who weren’t hesitant to help water mums when the regular crew was busy filling orders: Beth Twenhafel, Kay Connelly, Lita Timmerman, Suzy Friederich and Linda Hoskins watered tens of thousands of mums without complaining. You are appreciated! Thanks!

  33. Anonymous on September 23, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Kiddos to my property managers, Bailco. They keep the properties well maintained and are quick to respond to needs.

  34. Anonymous on September 22, 2020 at 11:37 am

    TREE OF HOPE under the sponsorship of the Mascoutah Tuesday Woman’s Club has donated 100 shoe certificates to the Mascoutah Townships Back-To-School Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of the Masoutah businesses, residents, churches and organizations children of need will have shoes . Thank you all so much!

    • Anonymous on September 24, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      This is awesome!!! 👏 👏👏

  35. Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    I want to give a big shout-out to…
    …all the businesses in town who are enforcing the wearing of masks
    …City Hall for taking things seriously enough to close after their covid scare
    …the librarians who are running their legs off for curbside service
    …the teachers for trying their best to educate our kids and moving forward even after the outbreak there
    …the Senior Center for delivering meals even though they can’t gather together
    …the Leu Civic Center for their program to help with remote learning
    …the city workers for keeping the town running smoothly
    …and of course all of our Heroes–police, EMTs, firefighters, etc. for keeping Mascoutah safe.

  36. Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    I would like to take the time to thank Robert Hund (God Bless His Sole), Larry Menchau, and the rest of the gentlemen who work for the Mascoutah Township. The GREAT JOB you folks have done over the years has been tremendous from cleaning up the cemetery, mowing the ditches, oiling and rocking the roads, replacing culverts, etc. It is greatly appreciated and I would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for making my life and my family’s life easier each day. Your kind deeds in the past month in helping our family is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

  37. Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Big thanks to Harry and Suzy Friederich for the special surprise at my nephews wedding. Huge thanks to the Mascoutah Police and Fire Dept and all the well wishers for the drive by wedding reception. The drive by events that have all taken place over the last many months bring such great joy to the families in these troubling times. It’s great when communities can work together for a greater good.

  38. Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Mascoutah, Illinois is the warmest and most welcoming small town in Illinois. Mascoutah is spelled VOLUNTEER in that the residents volunteer willingly for civic opportunities and to help their neighbors even with the Covid-19 pandemic. Be grateful you live in a community where we care about one another and respect each others religious and personal beliefs. I believe a lot of the positives are due to the fact many military families have chosen to live here and stay here upon their retirement. Thumbs up to the Editor for putting a positive spin available to us!

    • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      You can find the same positives in any small town. Mascoutah is not unique in that respect.

  39. Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 9:57 am

    glad they finaly fixing part of main street just hope they are going to put a round about at 4 way stop to fix that and not have to come back and redo that area later

  40. Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 10:25 am

    I went thru the McDonald’s drive-thru about 9:10 this morning. To the lady in the black SUV with Missouri license plates in front of me, thank you very much for paying for my order. I appreciate it so much. I would have got out of the car to come up and thank you, but I was too close to the building to open my door. So thank you, thank you, thank you. 😊

  41. Anonymous on September 1, 2020 at 9:34 am

    I would like to thank Chief Waldrup and the entire Mascoutah Police Department for all their hard work in keeping us safe.

  42. Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I just want to shout out to everyone who is wearing their mask and doing their part to keep our community safe!

  43. Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    I would like to say thank you to the Kilian Corporation for the great work they did on Illinois 177. It is refreshing to be driving on smooth pavement which does not pond when it rains. Local businesses are the BEST!!! Please support them.

  44. Anonymous on August 14, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I want to thank the City Administration and City Workers for all their hard work during the recent floods. They did everything possible and never get enough correct. Thank you all very much!

  45. Anonymous on August 10, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    A big YUM to the Mascoutah Moose Lodge! We picked up their “Homecoming” meals for a birthday dinner, and everyone loved it. There was so much food that I just ate the leftovers for lunch. Would love to know who made those potato pancakes–delish!

  46. Anonymous on August 5, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Anonymous art work at the local Dr. Office made the employees week.

  47. Anonymous on August 1, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Thumbs up to the MIA for selling the buckets and raffle tickets. Sorry we didn’t have homecoming, but thanks for all the good they do. I’d like to encourage everyone to send in there raffle tickets they got in the herald last week. It’s a great cause folks, let’s please support it.

  48. Anonymous on August 1, 2020 at 6:38 am

    A huge thank you to MHS Athletic Director Scott Battas who is doing his best for players during this horrible time. He must be heart broken right now.

  49. Anonymous on July 28, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    He did the plumbing work on our remodeled bathroom . He plumbed the new sink, toilet and walk-in shower. Very detail-oriented and hard worker and customer oriented!!!

    • Anonymous on September 3, 2020 at 6:17 pm


  50. Anonymous on July 27, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I want to give a Thumbs Up to my second grade teacher in Chicago who I had many years ago. He would use Disney characters for math lessons. He would give examples like if the seven dwarfs each had two apples, how many apples could they give Snow White. I’m sure it wasn’t exactly like that but pretty close. He made math fun.

  51. Anonymous on July 25, 2020 at 3:42 am

    I want to give a Thumbs Up to the members of our City Council, Mayor, City Manager and the members of the District 19 School Board, including the Superintendent. All of them are charged with the responsibility of making decisions in unprecedented times and I appreciate their dedication.

  52. Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    A big “thumbs up” to Trinity and the Abundant Living For All (ALFA) volunteers at 973 North 6th Street in Mascoutah, and to Stephen Bash for delivering us fresh produce from the Trinity Farmstead on Zimmermann Road every Thursday. The produce is from signing up with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). We don’t know what vegetables will be dropped off for us, but we google recipes on the internet and try them out. We greatly appreciate this service and that we are helping the people at Trinity.

  53. Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Love Thumbs Up! Thank you to the City for getting my power back on after last storm, my wonderful neighbors for letting me know when I leave my garage door open after dark, watch my house and text me when I have packages at my door. The anonymous person that hauled away all the branches at the back of my lot. I mind my own business and treat my neighbors how I want to be treated. Thumbs Up!

    • Anonymous on September 20, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      I like the new creative rock whatever and black rocks. At the torn down grain bins. A nice gesture.

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