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Local author at St. Boniface Fish Fry

How often can you get a great, all-you-can-eat fish dinner and at the same time the chance to hear first-person stories of driving a tank in WWII?

On April 4 the St. Boniface Fish Fry welcomes Casimir “Ki” Jadwisiak for a book signing of his newly published book, “An Immigrant Family History”.

Ki Jadwisiak, a lifelong area resident, recounts in over 50 emails to his relatives and friends experiences and adventures of his 87 years. 

It all began at the family dinner table, where he told and retold tales of his youth to his children. Following these stories his children would often say, “Gee, Dad, I wish you’d write that down”. Ki started with what he thought would be about half a dozen email letters. He was amazed at how, when writing about a past incident, minute details of his past would come to mind.

The letters began with his parents in Poland. They take the reader through the trials and tribulations of life on a Port Clinton farm during the Great Depression and his experiences as a tank driver with the Marines in North China during WWII. The book recounts conversations with former bootleggers, brushes with big-time gangsters in LA, two personal audiences with Pope John Paul II and many other stories of his travels to 28 countries. The book contains 130 photos that accompany the story.

Ki will be available to talk and sign books from 4 through 7 p.m. at St. Boniface, 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor. A portion of all sales will be donated to St. Boniface Catholic School.

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St. Boniface Catholic School to host open house

St. Boniface School in Oak Harbor will host an open house for all prospective students and their parents on Friday, March 14, 5-7 p.m. St. Boniface is a fully accredited school offering preschool (ages 3 to 5) through seventh grade. With a low student to teacher ratio and multi-educational classroom learning, St. Boniface welcomes any student to join and discover the fun of learning.  Additionally, St. Boniface uses smart board technology in every classroom as well as laptops and iPads for all students.  Busing is provided by Benton Carroll Salem, Genoa and Woodmore school districts daily. 

St. Boniface School is at 215 W. Oak Street in Oak Harbor. For more information, call 419.898.1340.

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Kneeler elves visit St. Boniface Parish

Brian Greggila, Lucas Greggila, John Madison, Ron Powell strip old vinyl and batting from the kneelers.

St. Boniface parishioners are not ones to back off from a challenge. In the last few years alone they renovated their church and helped raise $100,000 to save their school. This Christmas season they were faced with another daunting task, the restoration of church kneelers that needed to be done by hand. 

According to Fr. Timothy Ferris, pastor of St.Boniface, the oak kneelers installed in 1915 had no padding at all. Later parishioners added batting to make kneeling easier. This batting was last replaced 40 years ago. Over decades of use it packed down, deteriorated, and once again resembled bare oak to aching joints. Replacing the padding was often discussed, but the estimated $10,000 price to remove the old material and replace the padding was simply too costly.

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