Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Oct. 5

Brant Masholt (left) and Oliver Lewis (right) throw paint dust on each other after finishing the color run.
Brant Masholt (left) and Oliver Lewis (right) throw paint dust on each other after finishing the color run. amcdonald@bnd.com


First-ever run has 227 participants

The Center Schools PTO had 227 registrants for their first-ever 5K Color Run, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Grantfork Firemen’s Park. A light rain didn’t slow anyone down or turn them back.

Volunteers from nearby communities helped with the event. The volunteer fire departments of Alhambra, Grantfork, and New Douglas, as well as families and friends of the Center Schools helped to make the event a huge success.


Spaghetti dinner to support mission trip to Ecuador

Salem United Church of Christ, 1117 W North St. in Alhambra, is will be holding a spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings, salad, green beans, applesauce, crusty bread and dessert for $10 on Sunday, Oct. 16, following 10 a.m. worship. This is a carry-out or dine-in meal. For a small fee, the meal may be home delivered. Proceeds will go toward funding another Ecuador mission trip for Salem Church members.

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.)

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.

Salem’s Trunk or Treat

Salem United Church of Christ, 1117 W North St. in Alhambra, will hold its ninth annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the north parking lot of the church. This event will run from 4 to 5 p.m. Children in costume will go from trunk to trunk to play games and receive treats. This is a safe event for the children, and members of the church are needed to participate by opening their trunks and helping to make this a fun time for all.

After the trunk-or-treating, everyone can enjoy the free hot dogs, chili, chips, cookies and drinks provided by the church. Prizes will be awarded to trunk providers. Everyone of all faiths are invited.

Special Occasions


Happy anniversary to the following couples: on Oct. 5, Damien and Sara Bolen; Oct. 10, Gary and Luann Boda; Rick and Patty Allen; October, 11, Dean and Sherri Korsemeyer; Oct. 12, Tom and Sharon Capstick, Timothy and Cami Rakers and Rhet and Krista Mansholt; Oct. 13, Kevin and Heather Luitjohan and Roger and Marianne Long.


Happy birthday everyone: Oct. 4, Dave Renken, Patrick Stille, Jonathon Prott, Koy Ketchum, Alex Faires and Doug Sumner; Oct. 5, Katie Jamnuk, Glenn Riepshoff and Derek Bright; Oct. 6, Bob Brown, Bob Kakac, Daryl Diesen and Zachary Doubet; Oct. 7, Gary Adolph, Jared Frueh,Austin Suhre and Alvena Bishop; 8, Jill Verson, Ryan Driscoll,Elyza Faires and John Hurst; Oct. 9, Katelyn Helf, and Collin Abert; Oct. 10, Dennis Brueggeman, Deny Gehrig, Shaun Lewis and Chuck Sanders; Oct.11 , Tom Seest, Kathy Porter, Laurie Volsholler, Zachary Vasques and Richard Potter and Steve Sanders; Oct. 12, Bob Reckman and Sullivan Wright; Oct. 13,Kayla Green.

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.