Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Oct. 19

Grantfork Elementary student Sophia F. squirts fire-suppressing foam, with some help from Grantfork firefighter C.J. Frank, during the school’s Fire Safety Day on Oct. 14. Behind Sophia are students, Claire R., Jaden D., Erin B., Jack H., Mattie M., Rylee M., Parker F., and Kayleigh W.
Grantfork Elementary student Sophia F. squirts fire-suppressing foam, with some help from Grantfork firefighter C.J. Frank, during the school’s Fire Safety Day on Oct. 14. Behind Sophia are students, Claire R., Jaden D., Erin B., Jack H., Mattie M., Rylee M., Parker F., and Kayleigh W. clibbra@bnd.com


War of 1812 veteran to be remembered

Andrew Keown was a soldier of the War of 1812. His military years were spent fighting along side Gen. Andrew Jackson, and he was with Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815. Keown would receive a pension as a survivor is the War of 1812, which he drew from Feb. 14, 1871, until his death on Feb. 20, 1880.

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

A marker was placed on Keown’s grave on Aug. 16 by Robert Ridenour, acting president, and Jim DeGraff, grave-marking coordinator and past president, of the Illinois War of 1812 Society.

A ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 will honor Keown. The ceremony will be presided over by members of the Illinois Society of War of 1812, which includes a color guard, rifle squad and chaplain. A tribute to Keown and the unveiling of his marker will be performed by his descendants. Local residents will pay tribute by singing God Bless America and playing Taps. The public is invited to attend.

PTO to meet

The next Center Schools PTO meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Alhambra Primary at 6:30 p.m. The agenda will include planning for winter/spring events and fundraisers, including Family Fun Night/Winter Wonderland, a Mazzio’s night, Touch a Truck day, and other ideas.

Village Halloween Hours

The village of Alhambra has set their trick-or-treating hours for Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Turn porch lights on if you welcome trick-or-treaters.

Alhambra Primary News

Parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled, beginning Oct. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m.; Oct. 27 from noon to 8 p.m.; and Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents are asked to call to set up an appointment as soon as possible. The last date to set up an appointment will be Oct. 19. Conferences will be held at the school the students attends.

Halloween Parade: Students wishing to dress in costume are asked to bring their costumes in paper bags marked with their names. Classes will walk to the nursing homes on Monday, Oct. 31 around 2 p.m. They will them go back to their classrooms for their parties about 2:30.

Box Tops are being collected by Oct. 25. These are dated, so they need to be turned in.

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. There is no charge for vendors, although they are invited to bring a donation of food or cash for the Bread of Life Food Pantry. The site is handicap accessible. Tables and chairs are provided. The fair has large area and usually attended by at least 100 people. A light, healthy lunch is provided free of charge by Salem United Church of Christ. 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 everyone: Oct. 20, Jerry and Kim Reckman, Andy and Jennifer Mize, and Ryan and Gena Hodapp; Oct. 21, Delmar and Marlene Korsemeyer and Josh and Ember Price; Oct. 24, Tracy and April Watson Oct. 27, Casey and Cathy Adolph


Happy birthday everyone: Oct. 18, Joe Stevenson, Bud Hefner and Jake Riepshoff; Oct. 19,Gary Mueth, and Janelle Gelly; Oct. 20, Wilma Sander and Jeannie Reckman; Oct. 21, Noah Suhre; Oct. 22,Kris Klenke; Oct. 23, Joe Lotter and Cathy Bright; Oct. 24, Howie Eyman, Susi Miller, Jackie Debatin, Erich Lackey, Caine Kelso and Jordan Lynn; Oct. 25, Sabrina Linenfelser and Brian Klenke.


Grantfork Elementary

Scholastic book fair: Grantfork Elementary’s fall scholastic book fair is scheduled for Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. One or two people to “chair” this event, which means coordinating the volunteers, are being sought. Two volunteers per day are need to work the fair. The fair is usually open first thing in the morning for 45 minutes to an hour. Each class will have the opportunity to visit each day. Volunteer forms will be coming home soon. If you’d like to help, email Susan Lutes at slutes@highlandcusd5.org.

Leef Township Election Petitions

Petitions for Leef Township officials for the April 4, 2017 election are now available from Township Clerk Judy Zimmerman. Officials to be elected are supervisor, clerk, road commissioner and four trustees. Call Clerk Zimmerman at (618) 675-3396 to set up a time to pick up a petition.

Parent-teachers conferences will be held on Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.; Oct. 27 from noon to 8 p.m.; and Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be no school on Oct. 27 and 28. Each school will have conferences for their students at the school they attend. Parents having students in both Alhambra and Grantfork schools will have to make sure they have enough time to get to the next school.

Halloween parties have been canceled, and instead, Grantfork students will have fall festival parties on Nov. 4 . This is a half-day of school for the students.

“Scrip” card (gift cards) order will be going in on Oct. 24. The PTO gets a percentage from every card sold.

St. Gertrude Catholic Church

The Alter Society will meet on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

Beginning on Friday, Nov. 4, Father Scott will be offering Holy Communion to those who are home bound or have difficulty attending church. He will be going to home on the first Friday of each month. Call the church office to set up a time for Father Scott to visit.

St. Gertrude’s Feast Day will be celebrated at Diamond Mineral Springs, with a dinner on on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. The dinner will be provided by the parish. Sign-up sheets are at the back of the church.

Grantfork UCC

On Sunday, Oct. 23, Sunday school and confirmation will be at 9 a.m., followed by worship at 10:15. This service will be led by the Sunday school. A Mission and Membership meeting will follow worship.

New Douglas

Fire department to hold breakfast fundraiser

The New Douglas Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser at the firehouse, 105 E. Allen St. in New Douglas, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The menu will include sausage (Ron Hemann’s recipe), pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits, gravy, homemade donuts, and drinks.

Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10, and children 4 and under eat free.

Advance orders for uncooked sausage are also being taken. Sausage is available in link or bulk 5-pound packages for $15 ($3 per pound). You may call in you order to (217) 456-6221; leave a message (remember to include your name and phone number) and someone will call you back. You can also email an order to newdouglasfire@gmail.com, and you will get a reply. All orders are due by Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Orders can be picked up at the firehouse on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon or Nov. 6 at the breakfast, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.

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