The Mount Vernon girls varsity basketball team improved to 9-8 last week after dropping their first game and then taking the next three straight. It’s the first time the team has been above .500 since 2020.

Larry and Kathy Pisarik are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Lawrence Pisarik, of Mount Vernon, and Kathreen Rilett, of Poplar Grove, Ill., and Mount Vernon, were married Aug. 18, 1971 at Sts. Peter & Paul’s Church in Solon.

Eric Roy Larsen passed away Jan. 14, 2022. Eric was born Jan. 1, 1951, to Kurt and Virginia (Feyder) Larsen in Sioux City. Memorial services were held Friday, Jan. 21,2022, at the Third Church in Pella. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.