Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Nov. 2


Centennial Committee to meet

Volunteers to help plan a celebration for the Grantfork 2017 Centennial are needed. A planning committee will meet at the Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Call Wendy Reinacher Heilig at 675-3472.

Grantfork Elementary

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 slutes@highlandcusd5.org.

St. Gertrude Catholic Church

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.

Congratulations to the second-grade PSR students Morgan Dressler, Oliver Lewis, Christian

Schwartz and Patton Weis, as they received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Grantfork United Church of Christ

The Women’s Guild will meet on Nov. 3 at 1:30 and Churchmen’s Fellowship at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, Sunday school and confirmation will be at 9 a.m., with worship at 10:15 a.m., followed by an Accessibility Committee meeting.

This year, the sausage supper will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 3 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.

Leef Homemakers

Leef Homemakers celebrated International Night on Oct. 10 with the focus on Ecuador. Foods, videos of the making of Panama hats topped the program, as well as musical skits showing the native dances and instruments were performed by various members of the group. International chair Eleanor Gregory also had researched the native flora and fauna and had members dress up as llamas and birds.


Alhambra Primary

Box Top Contest: The Box Top Contest has ended with the final amount be a total of $623 going to the PTO. The classroom winners of the prizes for most box tops turned in were as follows: Pre-K- 517; Duft-K 643; Grigg-K 472; 1st- Snyder 621;1st Kronk 511; 2nd Paul 903; 2nd Lewis 1,065; 3rd Stearns 1,059. Mrs. Lewis second grade class won the contest. The next Box Top contest will be in February.

Early dismissal: Friday, Nov. 4 will be an early dismissal at 11:50 a.m. for a teachers institute.

Veterans Day: Thursday, Nov. 10 the school will honor veterans with a party from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

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.

Numerous health services will be offered during the health fair. Free blood sugar testing, blood pressure, massages and health information will be available.

Special Occasions


Happy anniversary to all the happy couples: Nov. 4, Darrel and Karen Landolt; Nov. 5, Matt and Dondee Rex; Nov. 6, Brad and Teri Allen and Peter and Mary Babic; Nov. 7, Brian and Becky Becker and Jake and Katie Menendez and Kyle and Ronnelle; Nov. Griffith; Nov. 11, Mark and Kris Nagel.


Happy birthday everyone: Nov. 4, Matt Reckmann, Zach Gieseking,Tonis Bowers Buddy Warfield and Darrin Reinhardt; Nov. 5, Michael Sidwell, Lonnie Casper, Kathy Brink, Michael Ernst and Deb Reckmann; Nov. 6, Gene Lienemann, Debra Goestenkor, Jed Schlechte and Gary Boda; Nov. 7, Betty Steiner, John Mindrup, Eric Zobrist and Fred Stumpf; Nov. 8, Denise Grandame; Nov. 9, Dave Frueh; Nov. 10, Sandra Abert; Nov.11, Bud Warfield, Jacob Becker, Danny Whitworth and Madison Frank.

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.

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.

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