Highland News Leader

Alhambra, Grantfork & New Douglas news for the week of Aug. 31

A look at Mother Nature: A rainbow appears over Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra on Wednesday after storms passed through the area.
A look at Mother Nature: A rainbow appears over Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra on Wednesday after storms passed through the area. clibbra@bnd.com


War of 1812 veteran to be remembered

Andrew Keown was a soldier of the War of 1812 and helped “Old Hickory” (Andrew Jackson) behind the cotton bales at the Battle of New Orleans.

Keown is buried in Vincent Cemetery, which is located on Mriscin Road, north of Alhambra.

A marker was recently placed on Keown’s grave of by Robert Ridenour, acting president, and Jim DeGraff, grave-marking coordinator and past president, of the Illinois War of 1812 Society.

A full ceremony will honor Keown at a date to be set later in October. This will be open to the public. Descendents of the Keown family are being sought by the committee. Contact Laverne Bloemker at (618) 633- 2556 if you know you have a link to Andrew Keown.

Alhambra Primary School News

Students will have a little school vacation as they start into September with a four-day week-end. Friday, Sept. 2 there will be no school for teachers institute, and Monday, Sept. 5 there is no school in honor of Labor Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Students in grades 1 and 2 will start their MAP testing, (Measure of Academic Progress) beginning this week. These tests will be given three times throughout the year.

The school continues to collect paper in the red bin in the parking lot. Please, no cardboard or plastic in bin. Aluminum cans may be dropped off at the small shed on the south end of the parking lot.

The PTO collects Box Tops for Education, but no longer does the Labels for Education.


Flags will be put up by the Alhambra Township Board in honor of Labor Day. Volunteers are always welcome. If anyone is interested in helping to put up or take down the flags, contact Freddie Riepshoff at 488-7603 or John Mindrup (618) 409- 3941.

Health Fair date set

This year’s Health Fair will be held at the Alhambra Township Park Hall on Friday, Nov. 4. The Alhambra-Leef Home Extension will be coordinated the event and booking the vendors. Alhambra Township will pay for the flu shots for all residents living in the village of Alhambra and Alhambra Township. Freddie Riepshoff will do flu shot registration. Further information will be published closer to the event.

Salem Church Rally Day

Salem Church will resume its fall and winter schedules, beginning on Sunday, Sept. 11 during the Rally Day observance at the Alhambra Township Park.

Salem Seekers and Confirmation Sunday school classes will meet at 9 a.m. at the park. Worship service will begin a 10 a.m., followed by a pot-luck meal. The Men’s Fellowship will provide the meat, but the congregation is asked to bring side dishes and desserts to share.

Following the meal, there will be fellowship, games for the little ones and bingo for the older ones. Anyone wishing to supply bingo prizes may place their wrapped prizes on the table by the office door.

Bring lawn chairs if you don’t wish to sit at a picnic table for a long period of time.

Special Occasions


Happy anniversary everyone: Aug. 29, Caine and Kara Kelso; Sept. 2, Brett and Wanda Bruhn and on Sept. 3, Cale and Crystal Ash and Brett and Jennifer Henschen.


Happy birthday everyone: Aug. 29, Anita Cain, Mary Starr and Kenny Diesselhorst and Doug Dennison; Aug. 30, Crystal Haselhorst; Sept. 1, Irving Gray, Patti Reckmann, James Quade, Amelia Luitjohan, and Alisha Tucker; Sept. 2, Carol Henschen, Rhet Mansholt, Carson Porter, Candy Huckleberry and Tony Carroll; Sept. 3, Luann Boda, Leon Uhe, Nick Henschen, Bradley Daudermann and Megan Porter.


Highland FFA to host putt-putt fundraiser

The Highland FFA Alumni’s annual “Puttin’ ’Round the Country” miniature golf scramble is set for Saturday, Sept. 10. The event will be held rain or shine. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. at Grantfork Firmen’s Park, which is also where the event will begin and end.

The four-person scramble will have a shotgun start and have nine holes at various locations in the Grantfork area. Cost is $100 per team. Late registration (after Sept. 1) is $150 per team. You must bring your own putter.

There will be cash prizes, free food, a silent auction, as well as gravity ball and spirit award contests.

For more information, call Judi Rode at (618) 791-8204, Rene Barr at (618) 521-8375, Marty Landmann at (618) 593-6225 for Sheryl Hess at (618) 791-3154.

Leef Township meeting changed

Leef Township’s Sept. 7 meeting has been changed to Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. at the Leef Township Building meeting room.

St. Gertrude

PSR class registration

St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Grantfork is currently taking registration for the PSR class that will begin in September. Children from 5 years old to eighth grade are welcome to attend. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. Supplies must be ordered soon to make sure there is enough for all. For further information, contact Brenda Knackstedt at bbknackstedt@plocherco.com or (618) 781-4249 or Kim Lewis at plocherco.com or (618) 781-4075.

If your child was enrolled last year, they are already enrolled for the 2016-2017 year, unless the church is notified that they will not be attending. All registration and payments will be finalized at the first class on Sept. 7.

Knights of Columbus

Congratulations to Father Scott for being Knighted into 4th Degree of Knights of Columbus.

Mass schedule

The new Mass schedule at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Grantfork has been changes. Mass will be held at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and Sacraments of Reconciliation will be from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m., before Mass. The new schedule goes in effect Sept. 4.

Center Schools PTO Color Run

The PTO will hold a 5K and a 1-mile run on Oct. 1, 2016 at Grantfork Firemen’s Park. Check in will start at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K run begins at 9 a.m. The 1-mile run will begin at 9:30 a.m. To register for the event, go to www.eventbrite.com or registration may be made at the National Bank of Alhambra. For further information, contact Jamie Dressler (618) 972-5166 or Kim Plocher (618) 781-4075.

New Douglas

Rec Plex fall schedule set

The New Douglas Rec Plex fall schedule is set.

The following activities will be held for children and adults:

Mondays: Pinochle in the afternoon and euchre beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: Two sessions of dance classes, 5:45 and 6 p.m., beginning Sept. 6, and one aerobics class that can be registered and paid on that date.

Wednesday, Sept 7, the toddler gymnastics begins at 6 p.m.

Either Wednesday or Thursday, Valerie Root will be scheduling the “Introduction to Personal Computing” class based on participants needs.

Friday is New Douglas Youth Group and two sessions of Karate.

Saturday mornings are scheduled for youth Wiffle ball for ages 4-12, outside initially, and then in the gym when the weather gets bad.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, community members can register for all fall classes in the gym from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and if you haven’t recently taken a tour of the building, they will be offered that evening.

Homework Haven

All classes, except dance and gymnastics, will not start until the week of Sept. 19. That week, the after-school Homework Haven also opens in the cafeteria on Tuesday and Thursdays with homework support, a snack, and recreation. Volunteers for homework support are still needed, and the volunteer applications will be available on Sept. 15 for 1 1/2 hours per month of volunteer time in any area you wish. Homework Haven participants must be registered in order to attend this activity.

Classes for Moms & Kids

Moms and Tots Playtime, Storytime, and New Moms Support groups will be scheduled based on the community needs.

A free infant and toddler CPR class will be scheduled in September at the Rec Plex by the New Douglas Volunteer Fire Department. There will be no fee for this class, and depending upon the response, additional sessions may be scheduled to make sure all parents have these skills.

Movie Night

Put Oct. 25 at 6p.m. on your calendar for the Rec Plex bonfire. Cook your own hotdogs. (You bring your own and the Rec Plex will have buns and condiments. Then, there will be a movie in the gym, Underdog, sponsored by Kim and Duane Scallenberg. Family movie nights can be scheduled beginning Sept. 15, so bring your movie title and talk to Peggy about getting on the calendar and how a family sponsors a movie at the Rec Plex.

And more...

All-new and exciting activities are planned for this fall and winter and the Rec Plex staff will work with the community to develop new ideas that can meet the needs of the community.

Class fees are available for both members and non-members for this fall schedule at the Rec Plex, and if you have a good idea for an activity, please share it with Rec Plex staff.

For more information, visit newdouglastownship.org or see the Rec Plex’s Facebook page.

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