Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Nov. 16


St. Gertrude Catholic Church

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 Elementary

The next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Grantfork School

Grantfork United Church of Christ

Good weather and clear roads helped to make this year’s annual sausage supper a success. A total of 1,457 dinners were served. This is down a little from last year, but everyone had a good time and a terrific meal. Thanks to all who came out and joined in the fun and to those that worked so hard to make it a success.


Alhambra Primary

Students enjoyed a special Veterans Day assembly with Mrs. Barbara Kay, the Hitz Home Bell Ringers and a hardy group of veterans.

The Illinois State Board of Education is administering an educational online survey to determine that the school and students are on the right track and that the students are where they should be scholastically at this time. The survey will be open from Nov. 16-Nov. 30. go to Illinois5-essentials.org to do the survey.

Community Club to elect officers

The regular monthly meeting of the Alhambra Community Club will be on Monday, Nov. 28 at Maedge’s Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. There will be a drawing for the winner of this year’s quilt at this meeting. Officers will be elected. Anyone interested in joining the Community Club are welcome to come to the meeting and will be under no obligations. Everyone is welcome.

Alhambra/Leef Homemakers

The Alhambra/Leef Homemakers will meet on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. to make Care Bears and Linus blankets.

Salem UCC Totenfest

On Sunday, Nov. 20 during worship service at 10 a.m., there will be a time of remembrance for those who have passed away this year. Remembering with love the following: Gloria Henschen, Bob Hosto, Carol Dauderman, Carol Ruehrup, Sheryl Cecco, Elmer Frank, Vickie Conrad, Janet Hunsche, Charley Vassier, Tom Glassmaker and Betty Whitworth.

Items needed for the Holiday Food Baskets include: any kind of diabetic food, beef stew, chicken and dumplings, instant potatoes, peanut butter, pasta, rice, cereal, coffee, baking soda, flour, sugar, Kool-Aid with sugar, powdered sugar, cleaning products, paper products, hygiene products. Monetary donations made be given to one of the members of the committee to buy what they do not get through the food drive. Contact Paige Basler or Mary Reinhardt. Items needed as soon as possible.

Madison County HCE hosts “Christmas in November” Event

The Madison County Home and Continuing Education members met at Le Claire Christian Church in Edwardsville on Nov. 3 for its annual Christmas in November-Christmas on the River event.

Following a meal, a silent auction, theme baskets were raffled off and Pot of Gold tickets sold.

Items were gathered from all over the county to send to Hope for Heroes. These are baskets and boxes of hygiene products, games, clothing items anything a soldier could use was donated and sent to make their life easier.

The Court Singers Madrigal Quartet from Highland High School was the entertainment for the evening.

Over 150 guest and members attended the event. The funds raised during this event will support activities and donations for communities in Madison County and other board activities.

If interested in a Home and Community Education Unit in your area, call Priscilla at 618-654-3627

HCE at Partners 4 Pets

Madison County Home and Continuing Education took part in the annual Howl-oween Pet Party and Vendor Fair in St. Jacob. This event was to help raise awareness and funds for homeless animals. A cookbook raffle was held and the winner will be drawn at the November board meeting.

Alhambra Care Honors Veterans

Alhambra Care Center and Sterling Schoen honored the veterans that currently make their home at Alhambra Care Center. Tom Haney, Frank Yoast and Ci Weis were regaled with a medley of patriotic songs played by Sterling Schoen and sung by the residents of Alhambra Care in honor of their service to our country.

Hitz Memorial Home

Twelve veterans are currently making their home at Hitz. Gerald Jenner, Bob Dauderman, Vernon Otto, Ken LeRoy, Leroy Morris, Blackie Emschousan, Clarence Baum, Chessly Blevin , Ramona Schussler and living in the apartments, Bob and Dale Mindrup. They were all honored with a party and a cake.

Special Occasions


Happy Anniversary: on Nov. 19, Ralph and Kandy Buzich, Jim and Melanie Tillerson and Junior and Sandra Abert; Nov. 21, Ken and Bev Showalter; Nov.22, Bob and Ruth Hosto and Trevor and Heather Henkhaus; Nov. 23, Chad and Tammy Burton and Brian and Barbara Dugan; Nov. 24, Patrick and Emily Stille.


Happy birthday everyone: Nov. 16,Matthew Hooks, Annabelle Doubet and Sharon Payne; Nov. 17, Megan Pickerill, Daniel Reckman and Cory Carroll; Nov. 18, Brad Allen, Lori Watson, Rita Zeller, Michael Donohoo and Piper Collmann; Nov. 19, Ken Gehrig, Ross Abert and Brett Bruhn; Nov. 20, Trey Huckleberry; Nov. 21, Kevin Wernle and Lauren Robbs; Nov. 22, Caitlyn Westfall; Nov. 23, Nelson Linenfelser and Aaron Kelso.

Petitions available for Township Board

Petitions for open positions on the Alhambra Township board can be obtained by calling Patty Take, township clerk, at (618) 488-7020. Positions up for re-election this year are supervisor, trustee (four), clerk and highway commissioner. Petitions are due back to the township clerk starting on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Alhambra Township Office,101 E. Main in Alhambra.

New Douglas

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher to give lessons

Pat Perry, who pitched in parts of six years major-league seasons, will hold a meet-and-greet in the gymnasium of the New Douglas Rec Plex, 310 S. Main St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Perry will discuss pitching philosophy and training and will also sign autographs. Perry, who runs a baseball school in St. Louis, is planning on offering pitching lessons in New Douglas, starting in December, and will be signing up potential students. Exact dates and times of lessons will be dependent on the number of kids who sign up.

Perry, a native of Taylorville, Ill., was drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 1978 amateur draft. He made his big-league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 and pitched in the majors until 1990. Perry, a left-handed reliever, had a 12-10 career record with a 3.46 ERA. He also pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a member of the Cardinals’ National League Championship teams in 1985 and 1987 and also pitched in the Cubs’ first night game in 1988.

Youth basketball coach sought

The New Douglas Rec Plex is looking for someone to coach basketball as a class for this winter. There are a number of young people who want to learn to really play basketball. The charge for the class for 10 weeks will be set at $18, and the coach receives a percentage of the class fees for teaching the class.

If you are interested and have good basketball teaching skills, call the Rec Plex at (217) 456-6132. The planned start date is the first week in January.

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.