Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Sept. 7


War of 1812 veteran to be remembered

Andrew Keown was a soldier of the War of 1812 and helped “Old Hickory” (Andrew Jackson) behind the cotton bales at the Battle of New Orleans.

Keown is buried in Vincent Cemetery, which is located on Mriscin Road, north of Alhambra.

A marker was recently placed on Keown’s grave of by Robert Ridenour, acting president, and Jim DeGraff, grave-marking coordinator and past president, of the Illinois War of 1812 Society.

A full ceremony will honor Keown at a date to be set later in October. This will be open to the public. Descendents of the Keown family are being sought by the committee. Contact Laverne Bloemker at (618) 633- 2556 if you know you have a link to Andrew Keown.

Health Fair date set

This year’s Health Fair will be held at the Alhambra Township Park Hall on Friday, Nov. 4. The Alhambra-Leef Home Extension will be coordinated the event and booking the vendors. Alhambra Township will pay for the flu shots for all residents living in the village of Alhambra and Alhambra Township. Freddie Riepshoff will do flu shot registration. Further information will be published closer to the event.

Salem Church Rally Day

Salem Church will resume its fall and winter schedules, beginning on Sunday, Sept. 11 during the Rally Day observance at the Alhambra Township Park.

Salem Seekers and Confirmation Sunday school classes will meet at 9 a.m. at the park. Worship service will begin a 10 a.m., followed by a pot-luck meal. The Men’s Fellowship will provide the meat, but the congregation is asked to bring side dishes and desserts to share.

Following the meal, there will be fellowship, games for the little ones and bingo for the older ones. Anyone wishing to supply bingo prizes may place their wrapped prizes on the table by the office door.

Bring lawn chairs if you don’t wish to sit at a picnic table for a long period of time.

First Baptist Family Crusade

First Baptist Church of Alhambra will host a “Family Crusade of Gospel Magic,” featuring Andy and Ed Dunlap. This fun-for-all-ages program will be presented beginning on Sunday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., each evening.

The evenings will be full of Bible games, ventriloquism, blacklight stories, contests and prizes. This is a free event and is open to all faiths and ages. The First Baptist Church is located at 209 W. Main St. in Alhambra. Call the church office (618) 488-3025 for further information.

Alhambra Primary

Students will have fun inviting their grandparents to spend some time at school with them this week. Grade 1 will honor grandparents on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., and grades 2 and 3 on Friday, Sept. 9. from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Parents and grandparents with computers may help the school by going on line to Grandstand for Education Sweepstakes from now until mid Sept. Go to grandstandforschools.com and follow the links, click on Alhambra Primary to enter the school in the contest. You may enter everyday until the end of the contest. The winning school will receive $10,000 and the winning entrant will receive a $175 Visa gift card.

Students took part in the precautionary lockdown drill this past week. This drill will be repeated a few times throughout the year for the safety of the students.

Special Occasions


Happy Anniversary to the following couples: Sept. 7, Edwin and Ruth Klenke, Bob and Joan Kakac, Shawn and Shannon Hogg; Sept. 8, Brady and Katie Quade; Sept. 9, Olin and Betty Zweck; Sept. 10, Derik and Kristin Payne; Sept. 11, Kyle and Molly Thornton; Sept. 12, Vernon and Linda Uhe, Matt and Laura Collmann, Bryan and Kris Rutz; Sept. 13, Jason and Lisa Schutz; Sept. 14, Ed and Jeana Craft, Jim and Dawna Mize and on Sept. 16, Corey and Tanya Carroll.


Happy Birthday everyone: Sept. 5, Noah Pickerill,, Mike Brown and Nicole Mindrup; Sept. 7, Darren Hooks, Casey Western and Destiny Poggemoeller; Sept. 8, Crystal Ash and Bradon Surbeck; Sept. 9, Ken Ramsland, Tom Capstick, Mike Otto and JoBeth Winet; Sept. 10, Donna Suhre, , Sherry Warren, Emily Stille and Kyle Brase Sept. 11, Beverly Engelke, Sandra Snyder, Dana Jarvis, Angela Snyder, Olivia Collmann and Brandt Mansholt; Sept. 12, Fayette Frandsen and Kendall Brink; Sept. 13, Ster Schoen and Alexis Starko; Sept. 14, Jerald Zeller, Hope Washburn and Sherry McKinley.


Highland FFA to host putt-putt fundraiser

The Highland FFA Alumni’s annual “Puttin’ ’Round the Country” miniature golf scramble is set for Saturday, Sept. 10. The event will be held rain or shine. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. at Grantfork Firmen’s Park, which is also where the event will begin and end.

The four-person scramble will have a shotgun start and have nine holes at various locations in the Grantfork area. Cost is $100 per team. Late registration (after Sept. 1) is $150 per team. You must bring your own putter.

There will be cash prizes, free food, a silent auction, as well as gravity ball and spirit award contests.

For more information, call Judi Rode at (618) 791-8204, Rene Barr at (618) 521-8375, Marty Landmann at (618) 593-6225 for Sheryl Hess at (618) 791-3154.

St. Gertrude

PSR class registration

St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Grantfork is currently taking registration for the PSR class that will begin in September. Children from 5 years old to eighth grade are welcome to attend. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. Supplies must be ordered soon to make sure there is enough for all. For further information, contact Brenda Knackstedt at bbknackstedt@plocherco.com or (618) 781-4249 or Kim Lewis at plocherco.com or (618) 781-4075.

If your child was enrolled last year, they are already enrolled for the 2016-2017 year, unless the church is notified that they will not be attending. All registration and payments will be finalized at the first class on Sept. 7.

Center Schools PTO Color Run

The PTO will hold a 5K and a 1-mile run on Oct. 1, 2016 at Grantfork Firemen’s Park. Check in will start at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K run begins at 9 a.m. The 1-mile run will begin at 9:30 a.m. To register for the event, go to www.eventbrite.com or registration may be made at the National Bank of Alhambra. For further information, contact Jamie Dressler (618) 972-5166 or Kim Plocher (618) 781-4075.

New Douglas

Children’s Do-It-Yourself Workshop to be held at park

Edwardsville’s The Home Depot and New Douglas Township have partnered together to get kids interested in building.

The store and township will sponor a Children’s Do-It-Yourself Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at New Douglas Township Park. The Home Depot has fostered creativity by letting children work on a variety of projects, including birdhouses, model fire engineers, and tool boxes. The store will bring the tools, materials and expertise.

Children ages 3 and up are welcome to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

To register, call the New Douglas Township Center at 217-456-6132 or register online at eventbrite.com.

Chili cook-off / car & motorcycle show / craft fair

Saturday, Sept. 10 will a day of family fun at New Douglas Township Park.

The community will host its annual Car & Motorcycle Show, Craft Fair and Chili Cook-Off to support the restoration of the old New Douglas firehouse.

Car show and chili contest registration begins at 9 a.m. Judging will be from noon to 3 p.m., and awards will be given around 4:30 p.m.

There will be dash plaques for the first 70 cars. There will be first- through third-place trophies handed out in 20 classes of vehicles. There will also be special awards for Mayor’s Choice, Fire Chief’s Choice, Kids’ Choice, DJ’s Choice and Best of Show. Entry fee is $15. Display fee is $10.

For the chili contest, there are three classes, Best Original, Hot & Spicy, and Open Class. Registration is $10.

Games, a cake walk and bounce house will be open at 10 a.m. Also for the kids, sack races, tricycle races, a hula-hoop contest, pedal tractor pull and skate board races will begin at 1 p.m. Trophies for the winners of the races will be presented at the time of the car show awards. Registration for all races must be in by noon.

Staunton FFA Alumni will be hosting its 10th annual Tractor Ride on Sept. 10.

Registration for the ride will held at John J. Slifka Memorial Park in Livingston from 7 to 8 a.m. The ride will depart from Livingston around 8:15 for its journey through the countryside.

The ride will be coming through New Douglas about 11:30 a.m. The tractor parade will be coming in on Rockwell Road, from the north, and will end up at the car show. Tractors will then be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ride will return to Livingston around 1 p.m.

This year’s honorees are longtime supporter and member of the Staunton FFA Alumni, Aaron Ahrens. There will also be a purple Oliver tractor in memory of Natalie Ondes.

For more information on the Tractor Ride, or to order shirts, contact Stacy Slifka at (618) 781-7435 and leave a message.

Live music by The Prairie Travelers will be from 2 to 4 p.m. D.J. Brian Taylor will be on hand to entertain the entire day, playing music, except during the live entertainment.

There will also be a 50-50 drawing, gun raffle and iPad raffle. Mums purchased from the New Douglas “Family Garden” will be for sale.

The village of New Douglas will also be accepting sealed bids on 1965-66 Ford Mustang, which be on display at the festival. The car is being sold as a parts car and has no title. Bids will be opened at the end of the day and must be paid for with cash or money order. The new owner will be responsible for taking Mustang from the park.

The refreshment stand will offer pork burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, chili (mild or spicy), white chili, nachos, French fries and onion rings. Desserts of pie, cake and cookies will be available.

Crafters will be in the Community Center and will be outside leading up to the car show. Vendors will be selling Scentsy, Tupperware, quilts, aprons, pillow cases, mitts, knives, wood crafts, rag dolls, cloth dolls, beaded barrettes, lye soap, lanolin lotion, cards, homemade almond bark, monogram purses and shirts, floral arrangements, jewelry and more.

For more information on any of the day’s events in New Douglas, contact Barb Bassett at (618) 593-3510.

To submit items to this column, email riepshoff@yahoo.com or call 488-7603 or (618) 910-9215.