Highland News Leader

St. Jacob & Marine news for the week of March 12

Marine Lions Club pancake breakfast

The Marine Lions Club will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on at the Marine Lions Club, 406 E. Division St.

Proceed will benefit the Marine Lions Club and the Gravius Memorial Library, a private library in Marine.

Breakfast includes pancakes, homemade whole-hog pork sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, tea and juice. Prices are $8 for adults, $3 for children (ages 4-12), and children 3 and under eat free. All carry-outs $8.

The Marine Lions Club is part of Lions Club International with special interest in aiding the blind and deaf. The local club holds fundraising activities not only for international projects but also local projects. The Lions Club supports the Gravius Memorial Library, a private library which does not receive any tax money, in its efforts to continue offering library services to the residents of the Marine area.

Marine HCE

The Marine HCE unit will meet on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marine Senior Citizens Center. The Lesson for Living will be “Landscaping with Perennials,”presented by Mary Lou Strong. For more information, contact Teresa Abert at (618) 531-2746 or teresaabert@gmail.com or call Lou Strickland at (618) 789-6571.

Community Expo has record number of vendors

More than 85 vendors have already signed up to have a space at the Spring Community Expo, set for Tuesday, March 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Triad High School in Troy.

“We already have a record number of vendors, and we are still three weeks away” said Dawn Mushill, executive director of the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce. “We have a large array of vendors, including local businesses, home businesses, non-profit organizations and more” said Mushill.

The Triad Band will also be on hand selling food and there are several demonstrations and attendance prize drawings planned. Remember, there is no cost to attend this event. It is free and open to the public.

The children will be excited to learn that every vendor has a bag of Easter eggs and the children will get to select ten vendors and receive an egg from each. The Easter Bunny will also be available for free pictures, compliments of Ridgeway Photography Studio, or parents can feel free to bring their own camera.

For more information on this event, you can contact the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce at 667-8769 or visit the website www.troymaryvillecoc.com.

Chamber Auction

The 25th annual Chamber Auction is just around the corner.

“The Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce is very excited about our 25th annual auction” said Dawn Mushill, executive director of the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Marine Chamber of Commerce. “Our theme is luau, and just like in past years, we hope the attendees come casual and dressed in the theme.”

The auction is the Chamber’s only fundraiser and generates 25 percent of its annual income. Profits from the event help pay for community events, free services to chamber members and office expenses.

This year, the Chamber already has some incredible items. One of the largest items so far is an authentic St. Louis Cardinals jersey with the World Series patch and autographed by Yadi Molina.

“We are excited about this item” said Mushill.

Other items include a trip, a personal visit from Santa to your home, baskets and lots of gift certificates.

At the event, there will be a bucket raffle, which will include a barrel of booze, an oral auction and a fun kind-of-silent/oral auction.

“We use boards with volunteers accept bids and it gets crazy in the last five minutes for each board” said Mushill. “It is something you have to see to believe.”

The event will take place on Friday, April 24, and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at Gateway Center. Tickets are not available at the door, but can be purchased on the chamber’s website at www.troymarvillecoc.com or by calling the Chamber office at 667-8769. Tickets are $45 per person, or tables of eight can be purchased for $375.

SJES Trivia night

The seventh annual St. Jacob Elementary Trivia Night & Silent Auction will be held on Friday, March 13 at the school. Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Soda and water will be available for purchase. Bring your own table snacks. No alcohol is permitted.

Admission is $100 per table with a maximum of 10 players per table (adults and teens, no small children). Mulligans are $10 per sheet of 10. Early bird registration $90 and must be received by Feb. 20.

Prizes of $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third place will be awarded. There will also be a 50-50 drawing, heads or tails game, and prizes for the best decorated table.

Send your reservation and payment to: St. Jacob Elementary Trivia Night, 305 Jacob Street, St. Jacob, IL 62281. Cash and checks only. Make checks payable to St. Jacob PTO.

Call Chris McCulley at (618) 301-0470 or email STJ.PTO@triadunit2.org with any questions.

St. Jacob Easter Egg Hunt

The annual St. Jacob East Egg Hunt, sponsored by the village of St. Jacob, will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 at St. Jacob Township Park. The Easter Bunny will arrive by fire truck at approximately 12:45 p.m. The hunt is for children up to fifth grade and will be held rain or shine.

Silver Creek Catholic Parishes

Tri-Parish office will be closed through March 15. If help is needed contact St. Jerome in Troy at 667-6571.

The next in line for the Lenten Speaker Series will be “Jesus Story and Our Story.” This will be at St. Elizabeth Church in Marine, and the speaker is Father Barry Harmon.

St. Jacob UCC


The Sunday School is having a personal hygiene drive for the House of Hope in Nicaragua, which was discussed on Ash Wednesday. There will be boxes in Heritage Hall throughout Lent. Items needed includee shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, tampons, tooth paste, etc.

Marilyn Warren, a volunteer at Highland Animal Shelter, will be the Mission Speaker on Wednesday, March 18. The church is collecting the following items for her to take with her: Purina Dog Chow, Purina Cat Chow, bleach (any brand) and Kitty Litter (regular, low price).


• Saturday, March 14: Brotherhood Day Out, leave at 9 a.m. from church.

• Sunday: OGHS offering collected; Strawberry Festival Committee meetings after worship.

Marine UCC

Widening the Circle

Widening the Circle will meet March 12 at 7 p.m.

Upcoming bell performances

The Handbell Choirs from Marine UCC and St. Paul UCC in Lebanon will join forces again this spring to present two pieces during morning worship. The bell choirs will be playing in Lebanon on Sunday, April 19 at the 10:30 a.m. service. On Sunday, May 3, the bells will participate in the 10:10 a.m. worship service in Marine.

Chancel Choir, Handbells rehearsal

The Chancel Choir will be rehearsing on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. The Handbell Choir will be rehearsing on most Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Nancy Helmich at 887-4485 for more information.

Quilters News

The quilters will meet at 8 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month.

Book Lovers

The next Book Lovers will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 to discuss the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

St. Jacob Events

Every Thursday: Trash collection day

Every other Thursday: Recycling collection day

Every Friday: Yard waste pickup day

First and third Thursdays each month: Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. at Activity Center

Every Saturday: Lions Club bingo at St. Jacob Activity Center. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

March 13: St. Jacob PTO Trivia Night and Silent Auction at St. Jacob Elementary School, starting at 6 p.m.

May 17: St. Jacob UCC Strawberry Festival at St. Jacob Park.

May 7-9: Villagewide yard sales.

June 5-7: Jakey in June BBQ Cook Off, visit www.jakeyinjune.com for more information.

July 16: Special Family Night at St. Jacob Homecoming.

July 17-18: St. Jacob Homecoming.

Sept. 10-12: Villagevide yard sales.