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  1. 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.

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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. 😊

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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


  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 11:12 am

    A huge thumbs up to all the teachers at Jodie’s Daycare in Damiansville. These teachers go above and beyond for these children not only during this pandemic but before this world went crazy. These teacher reassure the students and parents everything’s going to be ok as well as work together to help show them we can be strong and learn together.

  21. Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 9:50 am

    I want to thank Coach Sam Graf. He is no longer with us, but I hope he is smiling at us from heaven. He knew the true meaning of good sportsmanship and I will never forget that. Bless you, Mr. Graf.

    • Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Mr. Graf was the best! Also miss Coach Love.

      • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm

        I amsooo impressed with bailco property management . They respond to needs within 1 hour or less. They maintain all properties to high standards.if only all property management be as good.

  22. Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 9:49 am

    I want to give a shout out to Mr. John Harris. He was stern but a good teacher.

  23. Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 9:13 am

    A big Thumbs Up to the Waste Management driver who came by and picked up a giant pile of trash left by a neighbor who moved out. It should have been put in a couple of “Bagster’s” to get rid of it but it was just left in the street. The
    driver came by and said “I’m really am not supposed to take all of this but I don’t want you and your neighbor’s to look at this all weekend”. Thanks again to Waste Management and it’s driver for going above and beyond their normal pickup services!

    • Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 9:18 am

      That is so sweet!!

  24. Anonymous on July 23, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Mrs. Riley made every student feel special.

  25. Anonymous on July 23, 2020 at 10:55 am

    I went to Boise High School. I dreaded taking history because it was so boring. I had Mr. Greenley my sophomore year and he made it so interesting and fun. He would come to class in period costumes and teach like that all day. It was great! I may not remember all my teachers’ names but I will always remember him.

  26. Anonymous on July 23, 2020 at 9:11 am

    When I was in 4th grade, my mom passed away. I was playing during school recess when my aunt arrived to pick me up. I had no idea what was going on at the time. My teacher Mrs. Beis always seemed extremely old to me and my friends. She was stern but not mean. She wore her glasses on a chain around her neck, and a sweater was always draped on her shoulders.
    When Mrs. Beis called me over to her, she kissed me on the cheek and whispered “it will get better. I promise.” I was stunned why she did that. This was the woman who could glare daggers if you talked in class.
    When I returned to school a week later, she was still scary. But I saw her in a different light. I was too young to realize why or what I was seeing, but I knew that she would have been there for me if I asked.
    So now, every time I’m going through something painful that I don’t think I can recover from, I hear her words and still believe her. Thank you, Mrs. Beis!

  27. Anonymous on July 23, 2020 at 6:01 am

    To our teachers: It may not seem like you are making a difference in our kids lives right now, but you are. Don’t give up. We thank you for your hard work.

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