Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Sept. 14

Kenny Pavlotich was one of many who participated in the Staunton FFA Tractor Ride, which made a pit stop at the festival in New Douglas on Saturday.
Kenny Pavlotich was one of many who participated in the Staunton FFA Tractor Ride, which made a pit stop at the festival in New Douglas on Saturday. clibbra@bnd.com

Grantfork UCC

The new worship schedule for the fall and winter has begun. Sunday School and Confirmation will begin at 9 a.m., and worship services will begin at 10:15 a.m.

There will be a UFO (United For Others) Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., with choir practice on Wednesday Sept. 14. There will be worship service at Alhambra Care Center at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The church is accepting coats for the “Coat Drive” for St. Joseph’s Hospital. Coats should be turned in by Sept. 19.

Grantfork Elementary

Students taking part in the IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) will have their first meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14 after school. Students will need to be picked up at 5 p.m. from the school.

On Friday, Sept. 23, Grantfork students will travel to Alhambra for a shared assembly on “Differences.”

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.


Alhambra Primary

Students had a great time showing off their grandparents to their teachers and friends one day this week in honor of Grandparents Day.

Sept. 20 will be “Dress like Paco Day,” It’s a guarantee there will be a red handkerchief in every pocket with lots of bib overhauls and big smiles. There will also be a Domino’s night fund raiser at the Highland Domino’s. Have part of your pizza bill donated to your children’s PTO to help fund field trips, programs, books, assemblies and anything else the students need and the funds are not in the budget to provide.

The first PTO meeting will be held at the Grantfork School on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:30. These meetings are kept to one hour, so that families may get back home and resume their usual after school/work routine.

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.

Eacn night will be an evening 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. Alhambra. Call the church office at (618) 488-3025 for further information.

Alhambra Care Center

Alhambra Care residents had a fun week, beginning with a birthday celebration for Dorothy Nelson in honor of her 99th birthday. Her family brought in a cake and she shared her celebration with Arlene Gusewelle and Edna Peck, as they too were having birthdays that day. Ava Hensler provided some wonderful gospel tunes to complete the party. Later in the week, they enjoyed celebrating Farmers Day and bobbed for apples and tomatoes, then had fun playing with puppies that were there for a visit and later woke everyone up with their very own karaoke party.

Special Occasions


Happy anniversary everyone: Sept. 13, Jason and Lisa Schutz; Sept. 14, Ed and Jeana Craft and Jim and Dawna Mize; Sept. 16, Cory and Tanya Carroll; Sept. 20, Pastor Jerry and Carol Amiri and Sept. 21, Greg and Stacy Levin and Justin and Jessie Stumpf.


Happy birthday everyone: Sept.13,Ster Schoen, Alexis Starko; Sept. 14, Jerald Zeller, Hope Washburn and Sherry McKinley; Sept. 15, June Ramsland, Elizabeth Field and Briana Knackstedt; Sept. 16, Julie Beaver and Gene Hosto; Sept. 17,Richard Hosto , Clinton Conrad and Corbyn Boxell; Sept. 18, Tara Schuster, Jason Beaver and Johnna Ernst; Sept. 19,Wilma Blom and Olin Zweck; Sept. 20, Winnie Schoen, Lee Stille, Eric Price and Addison Korsemeyer ; Sept. 21, Arnold Bizer, Pat Hinton, Klarann Voegele, Dakota Reckman and Lia Braundmeier; Sept. 22, Kade Michelar, Vivian Meyer and Jenna Conrad; Sept. 23, Terry Henschen and Trevor Hosto.

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