ST. PATRICK PRESERVATION UPDATE
I don’t think there was doubt in anyone’s mind that the luck of the Irish
was with us on March 17, 2003 for the annual Town of Erin St. Patrick’s
Day Parade. St. Patrick was thrilled to trade in his long underwear,
earmuffs, gloves and foot warmers for a pair of sunglasses as the
temperatures exceeded 70+ degrees.
A special thanks to Gary and Kay Ebert for the use of their pick-up truck,
flags and many ideas. Without them there would have been no float! Thanks
also to our “younger” version of St. Patrick—Tom Mauer; Laura Surges, our
world renowned bagpiper who made the long trek from LaFarge, Wisconsin and
Jesse Kamsler, who at age 14 is on the road to bagpipe stardom—thanks
Jesse, for kindly missing school and helping Laura entertain us with many
Irish tunes. Much gratitude is also owed to Ev Henke for the beautiful
replica of St. Patrick Church.
We have resubmitted our Washington County Landmark application to the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee and are hopeful, with the much appreciated help
of the Landmarks Commission, that our designation will be approved in the
near future. Recently, we also presented information to Archbishop Dolan
on possible Catholic uses for our historic church and are encouraged that
a positive dialog will ensue.
Nancy Henke has already begun work on the 150th Anniversary Book for St.
Patrick Church, as 2005 will be here before you know it. If you have not
already submitted a family tree—please contact Nancy for details. If you
have pictures or information you would like to share, you can contact
Nancy at 262/673-5219.
For continued updates on our progress, please visit our web site at
www.savestpatrick.com or join us the second Tuesday of each month at 7
p.m. at the Erin Town Hall. The Rosary will be prayed (weather permitting)
from May through October at 6:30 p.m. prior to the meeting on the steps of
St. Patrick’s. If you would like to become a member of the St. Patrick
Preservation Fund, Inc. (reasonably priced at $5/Single and $10/Family),
please contact Nancy Henke. We thank you for your continued support to
preserve an important part of the Town of Erin’s history.