Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Sept. 28


Fire department to hold open house

The Alhambra Fire Department will be holding its annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be firetruck rides and a chance to see the inside of the big firetrucks, as well as the ambulance, for children. Complimentary drinks, hot dogs and chili will be served at the firehouse. Drawings for prizes for adults and gift cards for children will take place in the afternoon. (You must live in the Alhambra Fire District to sign up for prizes.)

Alhambra Primary

Students from Grantfork visited Alhambra Primary this week to share in an assembly on “differences.” Guest speaker Brest Eastburn spoke on what his life has been like being born without most of his arms and legs. He spoke on the challenges that people with disabilities face every day. Hopefully, this will stick with the students and help them to realize that they can help to make someones life a little easier.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.; Oct. 27 from noon to 8 p.m. and on Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration for the Teachers conferences be Oct. 5-19. Alhambra students will have their conferences in Alhambra, and Grantfork students will have their conferences in Grantfork.

Teachers ask that parents allow for driving time when scheduling appointments, if they have students in both schools.

Box Tops will be collected from Oct. 4-25.

The Center Schools PTO will be selling caramel apples from Bobby’s Frozen Custard in Maryville. Apples should be ordered now, and they may be picked up at the same time items from the Cherrydale Farms Catalog are to be picked up. Date for pick-up is Oct. 13 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Grantfork School.

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.

Special Occasions


Happy anniversary every one: Sept.26, Alan and Lauren Robbs; Sept. 27, Jeremy and Chelsea Eilers; Sept. 28, Dave and Ronna Renken; Scott and Sherry McKinley; Sept. 29, Mike and Barbara Whitworth; Sept. 30, Colin and Devon Reckmann; Oct. 1, Matt and Sandra Reckmann; Oct. 2,Gene and Ethel Hosto; Oct. 3, Don and Ginny; Gehrig; Oct. 5,Damien and Sara Bolen.


Happy birthdays everyone: Sept. 26, Lila Reckman, LaVerne Bloemker, Janelle Reilson, Todd Eyman and Emily Gibbons; Sept. 27, Charlotte Schneider, Judy Zimmerman, Krystal Conrad and Tiana Rex; Sept. 28, Patty Butkovich, Kris Rutz, Megan Pfingsten, Chelsea Eilers and Madelyn Moore, Brenda Knackstedt, Cooper Glassmaker-Becker and Luke Glassmaker-Becker.; Sept. 29, Kayla Seest, Trish Dennison; Sept.30,Kim Moore, Ciarra Huelsmann; Oct. Laura Reckman; Oct. 2, Nicole Knackstedt, Allen Knackstedt, Russell Hiller, Bill Reckman, and Daniel Engelke and Linda Diesen; Oct. 3, Mark Vassier; Oct. 4, Dave Renken, Patrick Stille, Jonathon Prott and Doug Sumner; Oct. 5, Katie Jamnuk, Glenn Riepshoff and Derek Bright.


Grantfork Elementary

Oct. 11-14 will be the school’s Red Ribbon Week. Clothing themes through out the week are: Tuesday, Oct. 11, bright clothes; Wednesday, Oct. 12, miss-matched clothing; Thursday, Oct. 13, Camouflage; and Friday, Oct. 14, everyone wears red.

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

Participants sought for Halloween parade

New Douglas will host its fourth annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Float line-up and judging will begin at 4 p.m., and the parade will begin at 5 p.m. The New Douglas Volunteer Fire Department will be awarding cash prizes to first, second and third place floats for the parade, plus cash prizes for the costume contest.

The parade route will run from the American Legion, 405 N. 4th St., down W. Douglas Street to Main Street and end at New Douglas Township Park.

Following the parade, there will be costume judging at the Community Center. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest and a party at New Douglas Township Park when the parade is over. Activities will include hay rides, story telling, music and an bonfire. There will be free hot dogs and goodies for kids.

To sign up for the parade, or or more information, visit the event’s page on Facebook.

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.

Lutheran church to host polka worship

Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas will have its eighth annual polka worship and sausage/hot German potato salad dinner on Sunday, Oct. 9. The worship service, led by the Ray Slapak Band, will be at 10 a.m. Dinner follows the service. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the church at (217) 456-7611. The Church is located at 203 N. 7th St.

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