Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Sept. 21

Alhambra-Leef Home Extension has been busy: Candy Huckleberry of the Alhambra-Leef Home Extension shows off the posters of some of the projects that have been done by the Homemakers. The past blood drives have been a success, and even with the restrictions on blood donors, the HCE unit got 24 units of blood for the Red Cross. The next Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Alhambra Township Park in the Firemen & Legion Hall in December.
Alhambra-Leef Home Extension has been busy: Candy Huckleberry of the Alhambra-Leef Home Extension shows off the posters of some of the projects that have been done by the Homemakers. The past blood drives have been a success, and even with the restrictions on blood donors, the HCE unit got 24 units of blood for the Red Cross. The next Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Alhambra Township Park in the Firemen & Legion Hall in December. Courtesy image

Alhambra

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.

Petitions for available for Village Board

Petitions for the April 4, 2017 election are available at the Village Hall, 602 W. Main St. in Alhambra. Petitions are for mayor, clerk and four trustee positions.

Township Offers FREE Flu Shots

Alhambra Township is once again offering free flu shots for residents of the village of Alhambra and the township. Call Freddie Riepshoff at (618) 488-7603 to register for the free shot. Shots will be given on Friday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Firemen & Legion Hall, located in the Township Park and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Township Center.

Health Fair

The Alhambra/Leef Home Extension Unit will be in charge of this year’s Health Fair on Friday, Nov. 4. They will be looking for vendors in the health field that would like to attend. Contact Gail Ohren at (618) 488-2612 or (618) 830-1384 to sign up or for further information.

Alhambra Primary

Its fundraiser time for the schools again, and sometimes, organizers have to run their programs back to back. They just got done selling catalog items and now it s time to sell caramel apples. These need to be sold during apple season, so school children will be at your door once again. Each sale helps with school trip, books, assemblies and numerous other items that help the students, but is not in the budget.

New Music Teacher

Mrs. Lohman is the new music teacher for Alhambra and Grantfork students. She is planning many new programs to help the students to acquire an interest in music — from learning a steady beat, to learning to use their best singing voice, listening, learning about pitch and melody, the art of writing music and finally performing using a musical instrument. Third grade will begin with dulcimers; then fourth-graders will use Boomwhackers (plastic pitched tubes). The fifth-graders have already got a start on their musical education, and Mrs. Lohman has a group of 14 band students. The band consists of 1 flute, 2 clarinets, 2 saxophones, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 baritones and 3 percussionists.

Special Occasions

Anniversaries

Happy anniversary to all: Sept. 20, Pastor Jerry and Carol Amiri; Sept. 21, Greg and Stacy Levin; Sept. 24, William and Melissa Glassmaker-Becker; Sept. 26, Alan and Lauren Robbs and Sept. 27, Jeremy and Chelsea Eilers.

Birthdays

Happy birthday everyone: 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, Jenna Conrad,Craig Wright and, Gavin Stewart; Sept. 23, Terry Henschen and Trevor Hosto; Sept. 24, Ed Croft, Terry Hosto, Tina Koch, Chris Uhe, Syler Hogg, Reese Bolen, Averi Henschen; Sept. 25,Sabrina Linenfelser, Mike Whitworth and Stephanie Monroe; Sept. 26, Lila Reckman, LaVerne Bloemker, Janelle Reilson, Todd Eyman and Emily Gibbons; Sept. 27, Charlotte Schneider, Judy Zimmerman and Krystal Conrad and Tiana Rex.

Grantfork

St. Gertrude Catholic Church

St. Gertrudes will have No Mass on Tuesday, Sept. 20, but there will be Mass on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 a.m.

The Alter Society will meet on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

Grantfork UCC

Grantfork UCC has began their fall/winter schedule with Sunday School and Confirmation at 9 a.m. and Worship at 10:15 a.m.

The Confirmation class will participate in the Illinois South conference Confirmation Retreat at DuBois Center on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 24.

Grantfork Elementary

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

The first PTO Meeting of the 2016-2017 school year will be held at Grantfork Elementary on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Fire department will install smoke detectors for free

The New Douglas Fire Department will participate in the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. The department will be installing smoke alarms, provided by the American Red Cross, in the fire district for free.

If you haven’t already signed up at any of the local events, call the fire department at (217)456-6221, leave a message and a firefighter will get in contact with you.

The program allows three alarms per home. The alarms are powered with a sealed, 10-year-life lithium-ion battery that cannot, and does not need to be, changed as traditional alarms have been in the past.

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

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