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Highland News Briefs: Separate classes to teach boating safety, personal safety

Around Town

Boating safety class set at McGinley

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will have a boating safety class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both March 10 and 11 at McGinley Inc., 7 Sharock Blvd., off of U.S. 40, in Highland.

This exciting, in-depth course will give participants knowledge to enhance their boating experience. It will cover general boating terms, boating laws and regulations, boating equipment, navigation rules, locks and dams, how to operate a vessel safely, anchoring, personal watercraft and more. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of McGinley.

The class will give participants the knowledge to obtain a boating safety certificate. In Missouri, those born after Jan. 1, 1984, need to have one to pilot a boat. In Illinois, the date is Jan. 1, 1998. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts to those who have successfully completed the course.

Costs for the class is and includes $20 for the book “About Boating Safety,” a 68-page color text book with study guide, as well as the the end-of-course examination, boating safety certificate, and boating safety wall card. There’s a $5 fee for each additional person, after the book has been purchased, and includes the certificate, wallet card and exam.

To guarantee a book and seating, register by contacting Jeff Seymore at 618-654-2277.

Library Events

Police to give lessons on personal safety

Sgt. Scott Athmer from the Highland Police Department will be at the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, 1001 9th St. in Highland, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 to discuss “situational awareness.” The program will be for teens and adults. Athmer will provide tips for staying safe in public places. The program will be 45 minutes to an hour, and there will be time for questions and answers.

Teddy Bear Workshop planned

Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, 1001 9th St. in Highland, will have a “Teddy Bear Workshop,” starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. During the workshop, each guest makes their own stuffed friend. This time, the group will be making a frog. Participants must pre-register, space is limited. Call 654-5066 to reserve a space for your child. The cost is $10.


DAR to learn about “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”

The Silver Creek Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, March 10 at the Latzer Library Auditorium in Highland. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Retired Highland High School teacher Barbara Kay will present the program, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

The chapter is also proud to honor the following DAR Good Citizens: Katelyn E. Duncan of Highland High School, Clarissa Pavao of Mater Dei High School, Madeline Louise Keller of Triad High School, and Courtney Renee Meinhardt of Wesclin High School. Each winner will receive a certificate and a monetary award. The DAR Good Citizen Award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. The students are selected by their teachers and peers, because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. The program is only open to high school seniors.

About 250,000 men served as regulars or as militiamen for the Revolutionary cause in the eight years of the Revolutionary War. Was one of these men related to you? If they were, you may be eligible to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. Other types of service can also be used to prove an ancestor, such as paying certain taxes, providing food or other essentials for the troops, or signing an oath of allegiance. If you think you are eligible and would like to join or visit the Silver Creek DAR chapter, call Lola at 618-667-8660, or visit the website ildar.org/chapters/silvercreek/.

Female students sought “Speak-Off Competition,” winner gets $2K scholarship

The annual IFBW-Highland “Speak-Off Competition” is set for Sunday, March 11 at Latzer Library, beginning at 2 p.m.

Any female high school senior, or any female adult planning on returning to college, is welcome to participate. Subject choices will be provided. A four-minute, prepared speech will be presented to a panel of judges and audience. The participants will be competing for a $2,000 scholarship, and the winner will be invited to speak at the IFBW State Convention.

Contact Donna Plocher if you are interested and to view the list of speech subject topics. Plocher can be reached by messaging to this event post, contact her via email at dplocher@highlandcusd5.org or texting to her at 618-979-7983.

If you are a female, Highland High School senior, speak with Christina McGlasson at HHS.


Hospital Auxiliary to have “Repeat Performance Sale”

The HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary is having a “Repeat Performance Sale” of gently used purses, scarfs, jewelry and women’s accessories to be held in the Ungacta Conference Room on Wednesday March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come find some great bargains. For more information, call 618-651-2592.

Garden Club to have garage sale

The Highland Garden Club will be having its annual garage sale on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 1130 New Trenton Road in Highland. Items include small furniture, household and holiday items, decor, purses, jewelry, and much more. All proceeds will be used to improve and maintain our projects at Glik Park and Lila’s Garden.

Michael’s to have annual St. Patrick’s Day Benefit

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Benefit at Michael’s Restaurant, 415 Broadway in Highland will be held on Friday, March 16.

The doors will open at 11 a.m., with a silent auction open until 12:30. p.m. Lunch will be served at noon, and the oral auction will follow.

“Let our delectable, traditional Irish spread fill you up while you enjoy bidding on auction items. We have alternative menu items available,” said Gaye Michael, event chairman.

This year marks the 48th year that the Michael family has been involved in this huge fundraising event to benefit area organizations. This year, proceeds will benefit the Highland Quarterback club and American Legion Baseball.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be obtained by contacting Susie Michael at 654-8678 or Wayne Wirz at 654-8419. Call Michael’s Restaurant to reserve a table, and make checks payable to the Highland Quarterback Club and mail checks and ticket stubs to P.O. Box 12, Highland, IL 6249.

The success of this event is a collaborative effort among volunteers, community leaders and business owners. Community support is greatly appreciated and necessary to make this event successful as in years past, so all are cordially invited to come out and celebrate with the Michael family for a better community. Consider donating an auction item to this event by contacting Gaye Michael at 654 8678 to make arrangements and coordinate your donation.

The Highland Quarterback Club and American Legion Baseball (53rd year 1965-2018) thank the community for supporting this event and their youth programs.

Fire department to have annual dance

The Highland Fire Department will have its annual dance and auction on Saturday, March 17 at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall, 12454 Illinois 143 in Highland. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The evening includes free fried chicken (bring your own sides), a cash bar, and music by the band Black Top Boulevard. There will also be a $1,000 raffle, 50/50, gun raffles (valid FOID card required), and a silent auction (credit card payments accepted).

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple at the door. Pre-sale tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. There’s a first-responder discount ($15 per person) for police, firefighters and EMS personnel for tickets bought in advance. For tickets, call Chris at 618-304-7574 or Travis at 618-420-0180.

All proceeds benefit the Highland Fire Department. For more information, visit the event’s page on Facebook.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation bringing vintage circus to town

The HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation will host their annual fundraising Gala supporting HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland on Saturday, April 7, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland. This year’s event is bringing the circus to town with a juggler, unicyclist, fortune teller, carnival games and more.

Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening with delicious entrees, cocktails and carnival games, where guests can win prize tickets. A circus themed gourmet menu featuring appetizers, a combination entrée and dessert buffet will be provided by Silver Spoon Catering. Prizes will be awarded for the best top hat and/or bow tie and suspender combination worn by guests. The prestigious “Volunteer of the Year” award will also be presented.

“Our gala has been the cornerstone of the Foundation’s annual fundraising program for 13 years now,” said Amy Liefer, foundation director. “This event raises money that makes it possible for us to purchase much needed equipment and cover program costs that allow St. Joseph’s Hospital to provide the best possible health care for our community.”

Tickets to 13th annual gala are $150 each and can be purchased online at sjhspringgala.com or by calling Lisa Smith, foundation manager, at 618-651-2590 or emailing lisa.smith@hshs.org.


Senior Menu

Faith Countryside Homes invites all seniors 60 and older to join them for their fun, food and companionship community meal program. Meals are served Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, in the Countryside Community Center, 1331 26th St. Reservations for the upcoming week should be made by 1 p.m. this Friday. Call 618-651-3293. The cost is $3.50 per person.

Monday, March 12: Baked pork chops and apples, twice-baked potato, spinach bake, dinner roll, chocolate layer dessert.

Tuesday, March 13: Lasagna, Caesar salad, garlic toast, country green beans with bacon and onion, oatmeal cookie.

Wednesday March 14: Taco salad, Mexican corn, lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream, Texas sheet cake.

Thursday, March 15: Resident’s choice.

Friday, March 16: Fried shrimp, hush puppies, cole slaw, bread, fruit cocktail.