Early dismissals: Nov. 4 will be early dismissal at 11:50 a.m. Grantfork students will have their Fall Festival Party beginning at 10:30 a.m. until time to dismiss.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Gertrude Catholic Church
St. Gertrude congratulates Kelsey Leitschuh and Dustin Richardson on their Oct. 22 wedding.
Beginning on Friday, Nov. 4, Father Scott will be offering Holy Communion to those that are home-bound or have difficulty attending church. He will be going to homes 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 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: Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Election petitions available village, township
The village of Grantfork has election petitions available for village offices up for election on April 4, 2017. The positions include mayor and clerk and three trustee seats with four-year terms will be up for election. You can pick up nominating petitions at Grantfork Village Hall, or call the clerk at 675-3400, prompt 2.
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.
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: Box Tops contest is over, but the next one is coming up in February. These Box Tops are worth 10 cents apiece to the school. It is like throwing away a dime each time they are tossed in the trash. These dimes added up to over $600 last year, and if more people will save them, it can help the school earn more money for the students.
Township to host health fair
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.
Non-residents can get a flu shot for $20.
Donations of food or cash for the Bread of Life Food Pantry will also be collected.
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.
Happy anniversary to the following couples: Oct. 27, Casey and Cathy Adolph; Oct. 28, Mike and PJ Bolk; Oct. 30, Barry and Kelsey Quade; Nov. 2, Jim and Dawn Reagan and on Nov. 4, Darrel and Karen Landolt.
Happy birthday everyone: Oct. 27,Cindy Adolph, Everett Rogier, Mark Henschen, Tammy Burton, Christine Ellis and Rodney Knackstedt; Oct. 28, Marilynn Hooks, Tonia Pickerill, Nicole Cornejo, Brooke Hunsche and Jorya Wernle; Oct. 29, Calia Cornejo; Oct. 30, Bob Riepshoff, Vernon Mindrup, Marie Mindrup, Chad Roberts and Shane Stille;Oct. 31, Karen Knox, Dennis Wernle and Isaac Cruthis; November 1, Aiden Suhre and Chase McGee; Nov. 2, Dustin Phelps, Edith Ruehrup, Randy Olive, Zach Schlechte and Cassidy Cecco; Nov. 3, Shanna Uhe and Madelyn Trauernicht.
Halloween parade & party set for Oct. 29
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 begins on the corner of 4th Street and West Foster and heads east to Main Street, where it turns south to the Community Center parking lot, 123 S. Main St.
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 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 email@example.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.
Rec Plex fall classes ending, winter ones to begin
Fall classes end at the New Douglas Rec Plex with the completion of classes on Nov. 12.
Sign up for winter classes will also begin that week. The first winter classes will be the week of Dec. 5, with two weeks of classes in December. There will then be a break for Christmas and New Year’s, and classes resuming the week of Jan. 9.
Current students should talk with teachers about signing up for winter classes, which will be a total of 10 weeks (December, January, and February) and spring classes, which will begin in March. Fliers will be available with the dates and times with the current teachers’ plans for ballet on Tuesdays and karate on Fridays. Tumbling and gymnastics information will be available the week of Nov. 7.
Contact the Rec Plex at (217) 456-6132 with any questions.
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.
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