Well its been awhile, sorry about that.  I have had some family stuff that needed my attention.

With that being said, if anyone would like to take over the Luther News I would greatly appreciate it. All the compliments I have gotten do mean a lot to me and I am grateful you enjoy reading my column, but to be honest I really don't have the time and I feel I am shorting the community by not offering this to someone who is more dedicated than I am. If you are interested, please contact me at (231) 388-3337.

To start with, we have a couple of locals that have died, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.  Buck Purchase, a long time family name in our community, and William (Bill) Galloup, a face known by most have both passed on. Bill was born on March 21, 1945. He was 69 when he passed away at his home in Luther on Jan. 13, 2016.  He left behind his mother, Marie Allen, one brother, one sister, three sons, a daughter, and seven grandkids.  Both men will be greatly missed.

Let's get a run down of the remaining meetings for the next two weeks shall we? The library board meeting will be hosted at 5 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the library, and finally, the Newkirk Township meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the village hall.

The library has amazing things happening this month. Seth Hopkins of the Lake County 4-H will being a new program at the library every Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm. It is called 4-H Tech Wizards: Science Nights.  Come and explore the exciting world of hands-on-science. The February program will be "Lego Robotics."  Come build and program lego robots, kids of all ages are welcome.

The library will also be sponsoring a Valentines Day bake sale on Friday, Feb. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Luther branch of Lake Osceola State Bank. This year they are making special cookies, cakes, pies and many more goodies in decorated boxes so they can be given to your special valentine. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the library during regular hours any time before the bake sale.

This year, the Luther Parks Committee has handed over the annual Mardi Gras fundraiser to the Luther Days Association.  Anyone who has attended a North Bar/Loggers Landing Mardi Gras party knows that a good time is had by all. Games, drink specials, and live entertainment at both bars. You can bounce back and forth and dance your little heart out while supporting a good cause that we all enjoy. Loggers Landing will host the band "Smoke and Mirrors," while North Bar has invited "96 West."  Two bands, one donation.

Luther Days Association is also preparing for the annual fireworks fundraiser that is scheduled for Saturday, April 16. Auction items are neeeded. Contact Michelle Goodman at (231) 388-2760 if you would like to donate, and remember that no item is to small.

Edgetts Wesleyan Church is a busy place this month also.  The Handfuls of Purpose Food Pantry has new hours.  They will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. This month it will be open on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The Edgett's Neighborhood Cafe will be open the first Saturday of each month.  We are opening our fellowhip hall to our neighborhood and community.  Bring a friend, sit a spell and enjoy a meal and conversation.  Bring a mug and we'll "brew the beans" and make breakfast.  Coffee is served at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast to be served beginning at 9 a.m.  Donation of money or canned goods for our food pantry is appreciated.

The Edgett's Church will be having "open gym" every Friday evening that school is in session from 4:30 to 7 p.m. With school approval, children can be dropped off by the school bus.  The kids can play basketball, indoor hockey and we also have a gaga pit that is very popular.  Ej and Stacy Bergman will be heading up this fun time.  For more information call Ej at (231) 912-7074, Stacy at (231) 670-1854 or Barb Fitzgerald at (231) 797-5240.

For the entire month of February, Loggers Landing will be having a burger competition. Come in and try the new burgers then vote on your favorite  burger.  The winning burger will be featured on their menu.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, they will be having karaoke by Jose beginning at 9 p.m.  To help celebrate Valentines Day, on Sunday, February 14, they will have a two for $25 special menu from 1 to 9 p.m.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, North Bar will be celebrating all February birthdays.  If you happen to be born in the best month ever, stop in for prizes, games, snacks and live music by "Wild Card."  In case you didn't know, my birthday is Feb. 20 and I will be there, so feel free to drop my present off and have a shot with me.  They will be celebrating Valentines Day on Saturday, Feb. 13 with a two for $25 dinner.  On Sunday, February 14, will be the annual wildgame dinner.  Bring a dish made out of your favorite wild game and try everyone elses.  Karaoke will be provided by Jen. Stop in and try something new.

In case you haven't heard, the Luther United Methodist Church needs a new steeple.  The church was founded in 1883 and is the oldest structure still standing in Luther.  The steeple on the church is the most prominent site when people come to Luther from any direction.  While putting on a new roof, it was discovered the the steeple is leaning and will need to be replaced.  The boards in the steeple are rotten beyond repair and the whole structure must be torn down to the ground and be rebuilt. $20,000 was raised and spent on the new roof before the work on the steeple was to begin.  There is a quote of $44,000 to complete the project.

The United Methodist Church will work on any and all ways to raise money.  The church is also looking for any "original" photos of early days Luther with the Methodist Church in the photo.  Any help from the public would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Dan LaRose at (231) 797-5558 for more information.

Well that's all for now folks. I will do my best to have another article in two weeks.  Stay warm.