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Alhambra News for the week of May 7

The fourth annual ‘Cruisin’ with Character’ program at Alhambra Primary will culminate today at Alhambra Township Park. Students began this program in January. The object is to run/walk 13.1 miles within 13 weeks, which the students do during recess. Student representatives from each classroom were also selected based upon their attendance, academics, character and leadership. These student representatives’ responsibilities included leading their class to training sessions, leading students in stretches before running, helping teachers with make-up runs, leading classes in the school cheer, and role modeling positive behavior. Student representatives, pictured from left, are Kallie Hubbard and Oliver Lewis, kindergarten; Tianna Roberts and Laila Barr, first grade; and Jack Henschen and Ryan Tolbert, second grade. As for the “character” portion, Alhambra Principal Cindy Tolbert presented 12 weeks of a school-wide media program designed to reduce exposure to media violence. Students’ final laps in the Cruisin’ with Character mini-marathon will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Alhambra Township Park. The public is invited to attend to cheer the kids on.
The fourth annual ‘Cruisin’ with Character’ program at Alhambra Primary will culminate today at Alhambra Township Park. Students began this program in January. The object is to run/walk 13.1 miles within 13 weeks, which the students do during recess. Student representatives from each classroom were also selected based upon their attendance, academics, character and leadership. These student representatives’ responsibilities included leading their class to training sessions, leading students in stretches before running, helping teachers with make-up runs, leading classes in the school cheer, and role modeling positive behavior. Student representatives, pictured from left, are Kallie Hubbard and Oliver Lewis, kindergarten; Tianna Roberts and Laila Barr, first grade; and Jack Henschen and Ryan Tolbert, second grade. As for the “character” portion, Alhambra Principal Cindy Tolbert presented 12 weeks of a school-wide media program designed to reduce exposure to media violence. Students’ final laps in the Cruisin’ with Character mini-marathon will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Alhambra Township Park. The public is invited to attend to cheer the kids on. Courtesy photo

Senior Citizen Tax Freeze

Seniors who are 65 years of age, own and reside in their own home, and have a total combined gross income of $50,000 are eligible for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption. All you need to do is complete a form and the assessed value of your property will be frozen for one year.

Citizens on Disability may also fill out a form to reduce their taxes.

Forms may be obtained from Township Supervisor Jerry Frank.

Alhambra Primary students create ‘living history’

“I believe that’s Johnny Appleseed,” many students at Alhambra Primary said as they entered the gym for The Living Museum.

Both Mrs. Lewis’ and Mrs.Paul’s second-graders spent a week researching a famous person.

At home, students gathered things for their costume and props to look like the person they researched.

Then they wrote an essay in the first person to read to museum visitors on April 15.

Parents and students were invited to come to the museum to push the button of the “statue” they wanted to learn about.

Once the button was pushed, each famous person came alive to read their essay.

Becky Froman receives Jill Frey Award

Becky (Stille) Froman placed second in the Assisted 25-Meter Walk at the Special Olympics Track and Field Event held at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Following the track and field event, Froman received the Jill Frey Plaque for her efforts in Special Olympics.

Homecoming Work Days

Preparations are being made for the 2015 Homecoming. This year’s Alhambra Homecoming will be held Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at the Alhambra Township Park. Volunteers are needed. If you are new to town, this is a great way to meet new people.

The work schedule is:

▪ Sunday, May 31: Meet at the LA Trucking shed at 6 p.m. to load lumber.

▪ Tuesday, June 2: Meet at park at 6 p.m. at park to assemble tables. Bring screw guns, chargers and gloves.

▪ Wednesday, June 3: Meet at park at 6 p.m., if there are tables that still need to be assembled.

▪ Thursday, June 4: At 6 p.m., final preparations will be made to make sure everything is ready to go for Friday and Saturday. Be sure and bring your tools and protective eye wear. Food will be provided for this evening.

Call Patty at (618) 580-4469 or Donnie at (618) 581-3799 for further information.

Large trash pick-up

Large trash pick-up is scheduled for Friday, May 15. This will be a curb-side pick-up. A Dumpster is available at the Alhambra Jaycees Hall, 109 E. Main St. No electronics, tire, yard waste, or concrete or batteries will be picked up at either the large pick-up date or regular trash pick-up.

Alhambra Primary

The Remains Textile Trailer will be parked in the Alhambra Primary parking lot through May 11. Items placed in the bin should be in bags, or boxes. Textiles of any kind, except carpeting, will be accepted —clothes, curtains, belts, purses, blankets, etc. No electronics. The PTO will be paid by the pound for donated items. Items that can still be used will be taken out and used, but rags and poor used items will be recycled.

Students in grade 3 will take their final PARCC exams on May 14.

The Alhambra Primary cafeteria once again received a 100 percent rating from the Madison County Health Department. Compliments to Terri Mettler and Kris Landmann for their continuing good work.

Students may now earn up to two tickets a day for good behavior. These tickets may be used to purchase items at the Character Carnival on May 29.

The next PTO meeting will be on Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at Grantfork School.

The Panera Night fundraiser was a huge success with the PTO receiving $167.70 from the sales.

The last day of school will be May 29 with a 2:40 p.m. dismissal.

Town Yard Sales

The annual Town Yard Sales will be May 7-9. Thursday’s sales will be from 3 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

Dog vaccinations

Dog vaccinations will be available at the Alhambra Fire Department on Saturday, June 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. Dogs need to be on a leash.

Hitz Home to host free program on dementia

Hitz Home, 201 Belle St. in Alhambra, will be the site of an educational program on Tuesday, May 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. This program will alert the public of the 10 signs of early dementia. Learn the differences in normal aging and the warning signs of dementia. Information on how to seek diagnosis will be given. This is a free program. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. An attendance prize will be awarded.

Swimming Pools

Any resident filling a swimming pool more than 1,000 gallons can receive a deduction on their sewer charge by contacting the village hall at 488-3505 prior to filling the pool.

Pool owners are responsible for keeping their pool area safe. Ladders left in pool are an invitation to toddlers. Be sure and remove the ladders anytime there is not an adult in attendance at the pool area.

Grass/Property Ordinance

It is an ordinance within the village of Alhambra that all premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or growth in excess of 10 inches. All noxious weeds are prohibited.

Property must be free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage. Disposal shall be done in a clean and sanitary manner by placing the rubbish in approved containers.

Special Occasions

Anniversaries

Happy anniversary on May 7, Brian and Denise Grandame; May 8, David and Tina Poggemoeller and Dave and Lindsey Duffin; May 9, Vernon and Marie Mindrup; May 14, Mark and April Korsemeyer.

Birthdays

Happy birthday on May 6, Gavin Goodwin and Tyson Rakers; May 7 Presley Reeves; May 8, Kory Brink; May 9, Ashlie Mindrup; May 10, Don Maine II, Connor Carroll and Merilee Mindrup; May 11, Ron Debatin, Larry Henschen, Ronnelle Mindrup, Travis Porter and Carrie Gibbons; May 12, Celia Kirk and Becca Braundmeier; May 13, Judy Henschen and Nellie Garner; May 14, Alan Robbs, and Bonnie Litton.

To submit items to the Alhambra News, email Riepshoff@yahoo.com or call 488-7603 or (618) 910-9215.

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