Highland News Leader

Around the Area: BBQ contest to be held in Marine


Homecoming is Aug. 17 & 18

The 70th annual Grantfork Homecoming, sponsored by the Grantfork Volunteer Fire Department, will be held on Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Grantfork Firemen’s Park, 109 Park Road.

There will be a parade both nights at 6:30 p.m., featuring the area’s largest children’s parade. This year’s theme is “Let’s Watch a Disney Movie.”

There’s also a free dance both nights, starting at 8 p.m. On Friday, “Buffalo Road” will play, and on Saturday, “Blacktop Boulevard” will take the stage.

Food will include chicken, fish, sandwiches, homemade pies and cakes, ice cream, soft drinks and beer.

There will also be bingo and other games and carnival rides by American Banner Amusements.

Fall Festival planned

Grantfork Historical Society The Grantfork Historical Society will host a Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14 on the grounds of St. Gertrude Catholic Church. Further details will be announced at a later date.


AG Day at is this weekend at park

The Alhambra Fire Department is hosting an AG Day at the Township Park in Alhambra on Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4.

The event will begin with tractors and farm equipment on display on Friday, beginning at noon. The display will be all day Saturday. Saturday’s other event include a car show that starts with registration from 8 a.m. to noon. Judging will be from noon to 3:30, and awards will be given at 4 p.m. There will be 11 classes for judging.

Craft vendors, quilters, and pickers will also be on the grounds. There is still time to rent a space to show off your wares.

The fire department will be selling fish, chicken strips, French fries, pork burgers, brats and hot dogs. Soda and water will be available. The Community Club will sell desserts, and the Boy Scouts will have funnel cakes.

Community Club donates to nursing homes

Alhambra Community Club members were busy this past week selling watermelons and cantaloupes as a fundraiser. In the spirit of giving to the community, they donated eight watermelons each to the Alhambra Care Center and Hitz Memorial Home.

Center Schools PTO fundraiser

A Trick-or-Treat Walk/ Run is being planning by the Center Schools PTO. The scheduled date for the event is Oct. 27. Further details will be announced later.

Alhambra Primary news

Parents may log into their Power School accounts on Aug. 9 to find out who their child will have for a teacher. A “Meet the Teacher” is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. Students may also bring in their school supplies on this day. The first day of school will be on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Pre-K parents and student orientation will be on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. First day of school for pre-K is Aug. 17.


BBQ contest, 5K set at village park

The third annual Chillin’ & Grillin’ For the Boys in Blue barbecue festival will be on Aug. 11 and 12 at Marine Village Park in the 300 block of N. Duncan Street in Marine.

A total of $5,500 in prize money will be up for grabs. Professional categories will include ribs, chicken, pork and brisket. Entry fees are $225 for vending teams and $200 for non-vending teams. Teams requiring an RV parking spot will be charged an additional $50. Judging will be done by the St. Louis BBQ Society.

Competition barbecue sales begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12.

There will also be a 5K race at 8 a.m., a bags tournament at 2 p.m., and a Kids Q at 4:30 p.m., all on Saturday.

Entry in the Kids Q is $20.

Entry fee for the race is $30. Online registration can be done at marinepolicedepartmentk95k.itsyourrace.com. Race day registration will from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m. at the start/finish line at 300 N. Duncan St. Online registration will no longer be available after Aug. 8.

Water and snacks will be provided after the race. There will also be presentation of awards after the race.

This year’s race will feature a timed option, so organizers encourage serious runners, as well as fun runners and walkers. However, if running/walking is not your thing but you want to show your support through donation, there is an option through the registration tab to do sonnifer Thompson and the “Harvest Drive Band” will also play from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be a “backyard BBQ” contest featuring ribs and chicken on Sunday. Entry is $75 for the backyard contest.

For more information on any of the barbecue events, contact Pam Voegele at pamvoegele@yahoo.com or 618-781-5337 or go online at stlbbqsociety.com.

All proceeds to go the Marine Police Department.


‘Lunch and Learn’ to focus on preventing falls at home

HSHS Holy Family Hospital is hosting their next monthly “Lunch and Learn” event at the Bond County Senior Center on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bond County Senior Center at 1001 E. Harris Ave. in Greenville.

Everyone is welcome as Candice Timmermann, physical therapist assistant, provides education on fall prevention. Timmermann will discuss simple exercises that can be done to gain balance and strength, as well as quick updates that can be made to your home that improve safety and decrease fall risk.

HSHS Holy Family Hospital conducts Lunch and Learn events at the Bond County Senior Center on a bi-monthly basis, to provide area senior citizens with helpful information to help improve their health and life.

To make a reservation to attend the Aug. 9 Lunch and Learn event at the Bond County Senior Center, call 664-1465, ext.104, no later than 9 a.m. on Aug. 9. For information about HSHS Holy Family Hospital, visit Holy Family’s web site at hshsholyfamily.org.

HSHS Holy Family Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.


‘Sewing Basics’ class to be held at KC Center

The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will be offering a “Sewing Basics” class at the Trenton Education Center on Wednesday, Aug. 22 and 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The registration number for the class is COED 5041 TR01E.

This class is designed to teach basic sewing using a sewing machine. A portable sewing machine is required. Cost for this class is $30. A supply list will be provided to the students prior to class.

For more information or to register, contact the Trenton Education Center at 618-545-3475 or the Department of Industrial and Continuing Education at 618-545-3255. Space is limited, so register early. All students must pre-register for this workshop.


Free movie night set for Aug. 10

The Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce will have a free back-to-school movie night from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 at Tri-Township Park, 410 Wickliffe St. in Troy.

Entertainment is from 6 to 8 p.m. Entertainment includes bounce houses, music, face painting, caricatures, Ardy the Clown, characters, free hot dogs and hamburgers, and free snacks.

The movie, “Wonder,” starts at 8 p.m.

This is the biggest movie night of the year. Vendors will be giving away free school supplies, including backpacks, pencils, erasers and more, to all school-aged children.

Ceremony will honor War of 1812 veteran

The Illinois Society of the War of 1812 is planning a ceremony to honor War of 1812 veteran James Keown, who is buried in the Hagler Cemetery in Troy. The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4.

A memorial marker will be placed on the grave of James Keown. If friends and/or members of the veteran’s family wish to make a donation to the Illinois Society of 1812 to help defray the cost of the marker, such donations would be gladly accepted.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Robert Ridenour at 618-377-9096 or email rwridenour@wildblue.net.