Highland News Leader

Alhambra news for the week of May 25

Alhambra students donate to Leaps of Love: For the “Character” part of the annual Alhambra Primary Cruisin’ with Character Mini-Marathon, students fulfilled service projects for the school and community. In February and March, the first character project was the “Taking the Challenge” program, which was designed to reduce the amount of time students and families spent using media and reduce exposure to media violence. In April, classes took turns visiting the residents at the Hitz Memorial Home. Some classes made door decorations for the residents, sang to the residents, or read to the residents. Students also collected pennies for Leaps of Love, a Highland-based organization dedicated to supporting families and children with childhood brain tumors and late affects of childhood cancer. Each week during the month of April, the bank in Alhambra would total up the pennies. Students had set a goal of raising $300 and ended up raising $331.72. Pictured Traci Riechmann of Leaps of Love accepts the check from students. Studens pictured, from left, are Nathan Aranowski, Brandt Mansholt, Reid Burrows, Isaiah Jump, Traci Reichmann, Kenzie Ingram, Trey Kronk, Tyler Hunsche and Titus Jefferson.
Alhambra students donate to Leaps of Love: For the “Character” part of the annual Alhambra Primary Cruisin’ with Character Mini-Marathon, students fulfilled service projects for the school and community. In February and March, the first character project was the “Taking the Challenge” program, which was designed to reduce the amount of time students and families spent using media and reduce exposure to media violence. In April, classes took turns visiting the residents at the Hitz Memorial Home. Some classes made door decorations for the residents, sang to the residents, or read to the residents. Students also collected pennies for Leaps of Love, a Highland-based organization dedicated to supporting families and children with childhood brain tumors and late affects of childhood cancer. Each week during the month of April, the bank in Alhambra would total up the pennies. Students had set a goal of raising $300 and ended up raising $331.72. Pictured Traci Riechmann of Leaps of Love accepts the check from students. Studens pictured, from left, are Nathan Aranowski, Brandt Mansholt, Reid Burrows, Isaiah Jump, Traci Reichmann, Kenzie Ingram, Trey Kronk, Tyler Hunsche and Titus Jefferson.

Alhambra Homecoming is June 3 & 4

Alhambra’s annual homecoming will be held at the Alhambra Township Park on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4.

This year’s festival marks the 21st homecoming since being resurrected by the Alhambra Firemen-Legion Park Association, Alhambra Volunteer Fire Department and the Alhambra Jaycees in 1996.

Clay County Amusements is returning to provide the carnival rides and games and, as in previous years, you will be able to purchase ride armbands for $20 each both nights. Let your kids ride all night, while you listen to the awesome bands that lined up for this year.

Agent99 returns to take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday night, and Jennifer Thompson and Harvest Drive Band will be rocking the park starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. You won’t want to miss listening and dancing to either of these exciting bands this year while you enjoy some cold beverages and great food.

Some new food items are being introduced this year to an already great food menu. There will still be fresh fried chicken, fish, and fries and savory barbecue pork steaks, plus burgers, bratwurst, and hot dogs. Organizers will be adding fried chicken livers/gizzards and breaded mushrooms to the menu. Quantities of the new food items will be limited, so make sure you get to the food stand early to get your share. Bottled soda, water and beer will also be available for purchase on the park’s handicap-accessible grounds.

The parade will step off at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the parade, contact Greg Nihiser at (618) 946-3432. This year’s theme is “Star Spangled Parade.”

Gaga ball will also be back this year by popular demand. Gaga Ball is a free game offered by the First Baptist Church in Alhambra. Look for this year’s gaga ball pit to be set up inside the hockey rink.

Organizers are also looking for any local businesses and organizations to run vendor stands to aid them in raising money for themselves. For more information on getting a space for a vendor stand, contact Jill Gorenz at 488-6465 or via email at jillgorenz@yahoo.com.

For other general homecoming information, contact Don Maine at 488-7368 or via email at alhjc2@gmail.com.

First Baptist Church Bible School

First Baptist Church of Alhambra will hold its annual Bible school for ages 2 through sixth grade Sunday, June 12 through Thursday, June 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “COW a Bunga Farm — Growin’ with Our Faithful God.” For further information, call 488-3025, Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Memorial Day services

Harris Cemetery

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at the Harris Cemetery of Alhambra. The cemetery is operated by the Harris Cemetery Association, not affiliated with a church, and is located on Alhambra Road approximately 1/2 mile south of Illinois Route 140. The public is invited to attend.

Salem Cemetery

A Memorial Day service will be held at Salem Cemetery on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. Salem Cemetery is located on Alhambra Road north of Illinois Route 140. The public is invited.

School Registration

Online registration will take place July 1-21. An email with your child’s “infosnap code” will be sent the end of June.

The Highland News Leader will publish registration information later in May. Please watch for this information. Updated and full registration information will also be posted on the district webpage: www.highlandcusd5.org under the “registration” tab.

New families and those who do not have access to the internet will have the opportunity to register at their building office on July 12 or 19 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you have a student who will attend at Grantfork, you may register at Alhambra Primary on this dates. Center School registrations will be done at Alhambra Primary.

Salem UCC Vacation Bible School

Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra will have vacation Bible school on June 5-9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day. The VBS is for children 3 years old to fifth grade. Those in sixth grade to high school are invited to join the crew. This year’s theme is “Cave Quest.” It will show kids to follow Jesus through dark times with memorable Bible learning activities. They will be reminded how much Jesus loves them. This will include songs, teamwork games, yummy treats to make and eat, science “stuff.” Parents are asked to send children in play clothes, as some of the projects may get messy.

Register now, forms are available outside the church office, 1117 W North St. in Alhambra. Phone 488-3215. Sign up early, so plenty of supplies can be purchased. Children of every faith are invited to participate.

Dog Vaccinations

Dog vaccinations will be given at the Alhambra Fire Department on June 11 from noon to 1 p.m. Pet owners are asked to have their pets on leashes.

House Numbers

In the event of an emergency, it is imperative that ambulance and fire fighters are able to find the residents in need. Many houses have the numbers displayed on the front of their houses but they are hidden by vehicles in the driveway, or by grown trees or maybe just faded to the point where they can no longer be easily read.

The next time you drive up to your residence, look to see if your house numbers can easily be read from the street without an emergency responder having to drive past and then back up.

Numbers should be large enough to be read from the street. Reflective numbers will show up better at night with a light shining on them. Rural numbers will be more effective if on both sides of the post. Ambulance services may come from one direction and Fire services from the opposite direction so the numbers need to be seen from both directions.

It is important to put porch lights on to help aid emergency vehicles. Every second counts when a life or property are in danger.

Grass And 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.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes need 5 days to hatch in still water. Help eliminate breeding sites by contacting the village at 488-3505 for larvicide or more information.

Street Lights

Residents are asked to report street lights that are out to the village hall at 488-3505. Leave a message on the answering machine if call is not during office hours. Please give the location of the light.

Zoning

Alhambra has a zoning ordinance in effect. Any building or remodeling projects should contact the Zoning Officer, Ralph Buzick at 488-2701 for permits or information.

Swimming Pools

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

Special Occasions

Anniversaries

Happy anniversary to all couples: May 26, Tom and Martha Seest;May 27, Todd and Keri Reilson May 28, Roger and Janelle Reilson; May 29, Cody and Maria Smith; May 30, Gary and Robbie Mueth; May 31, Darren and Betsy Hooks; June 1, Laverne and Marilyn Korsemeyer. Joe and Deanna Dauderman, Marcus and Sarah Doubet, Steve and Jane Roper; June 2, Michael and JoBeth Winet and, Karl and Rita Smith.

Birthdays

Happy birthday everyone: May 24, Emily Take; May, 25, James Schmidt, Leonard Suhre and Connie Duncan; May 26,Anna Abert,Karen Landolt , Leroy Engelke, Marcus Doubet, Joshua Noll,Ryan Hodapp, Molly Thornton; May 27, Wanda Knackstedt, Pastor Jerry Amiri, Tyson Abert, Kelsey Quade; May 28, Jeff Hurst, Vicky Hooks, Ed Noeth; May 29, Dean Reckmann and Emma Otto, Ben Hooks; May 30,Macie Becker, Derek Reckman; May 31, Debra Reckmann and Nancy Heidbrink, Sharyn Gieseking, Claire Robinson; June, 1, Tristan Watson, Gayle Cruthis, Kirby Knackstedt, John Sanders; June 2, Joe Dauderman, Blake Ernst and Sandy Ahlmeyer.

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

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