News from Here & There: August 24, 2021

GOREVILLE — Hearing the number of the current heat index is a reminder to stay in on these dog days of summer.
However, staying in is not a choice for many, those who have to work in the heat.

Our daughter, Nancy, is an attendant on two bus runs in the Marion district. One has no AC and the little guys, wearing masks, are dripping in sweat on arrival. The other bus has AC, but it wasn’t working last week, so windows were lowered, with little success in cooling the kids

Another daughter, Pam, is an aide at a local school and takes the students out on the hot playground to burn off some of their energy, which the heat and humidity quickly do.

Our son, Joel, is constructing a new home for a client near Vienna, which is also a hot job, for he and his crew, with only an occasional breeze and lots of water and Gatorade to cool them off.

I braved the heat on a recent Tuesday to enjoy lunch with Club 60 members at the Marion Senior Center and stayed around for the session of Bingo. My prize? A box of snacking crackers!

Our great-granddaughter, 5-year-old Maelyn, went with me to church on Sunday at the Community of Christ Church. The only youngster present, she enjoyed collecting for the “Blessings In A Backpack,” She wants to return.
We then picked up her mom and dad and met her Granpa Joel, at Cracker Barrel for lunch. Not a good idea, as we waited over an hour for our food to arrive.

As we watch the news on TV, it is worse than a horror movie, hearing of the attack of the vicious variant, the Afghanistan situation, the raging forest fires, the floods in Tennessee, and the effects of hurricane Henri on the east coast. I flipped the channels and decided watching an old rerun of The Golden Girls was a better choice.

Recently returning home from a great trip on the east coast were Jim and Natalie Dougherty and Glenn and Phyllis Webb, who visited all the historical sites that they could pack into each day.

Also on the road have been Barb and Terry Watkins, who drove 2200 miles on historic Route 66, to arrive in Arizona for a wonderful visit with their grandson, Peyton Massey, who is serving our country in the U.S. Army.

Several members of The Potter’s House Christian Center of Marion drove to Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Saturday for an outreach, that included our daughter, Nancy and Steve Rehder, and a great-grand, Aubree Castellano.

The Marion Knights of Columbus continue their fish and chicken dinners, each third Friday through September, at 4;30-7 p.m. with drive-thru or dine-in service.

A multitude of naked ladies arrived right on schedule the last week of August and can be seen in many area yards, although looking a bit bedraggled from the elements. They are also known as “Resurrection Lilies” or “Magic Lilies” with the scientific name of Lycaris squamigera. I spotted several on South Fly Avenue on a recent day.

The DuQuoin State Fair is underway with a variety of entertainment, such as pig races, a petting zoo, lots of contests, free concerts each day, puppet shows, a magician onstage and a comedy cooking show, plus all the headliners each evening, along with corn dogs and fried anything on a stick.

The 140th Union County Fair is also going on this week, with entertainment galore. Go and enjoy!

Prayers and best wishes go out to Cherie Almaroad, who recently underwent surgery in St. Louis and is now home.
Seen on Facebook was our great-grand, Aubree, a freshman at Marion High, wearing her band uniform, ready to perform at upcoming football games. She loves high school and has already joined three clubs.

Congratulations to newlyweds, Monica Reid and Carl Meyer, who were wed on Sunday, August 22.

Mickey Martin Finch of Anna, turned 70 last week and was taken to dine at Top of the Marq in Cape Girardeau by former Goreville classmates, Karen Thornton Ray and Darlene Kelley Roach, for a nice evening of reminiscing.
More birthdays! Aug. 25–Scott Obourn, Kelly Harper, Barry Eastman!

Aug. 26–Matt Webb, Cindy McCree, Art Jacobs! Aug. 27–Michael Retz, Grayson Webb! Aug. 28–Ashleigh Kellums, Kim Capps! Aug. 29–Larry Peass, Chad Bailey! Aug. 30–Jon Wright, Renee Lewis-Timm, Claire Lambert! Aug. 31–Markelle Patterson, Lucas Jones! May you all have many more!

Congratulations to these couples who are celebrating wedding anniversaries! Clyde and Deanie Dillman, August 24. Glenn and Phyllis Webb, August 25. Joyce and Dave Frederick, August 28.

Welcome to the Timms, who have sold their home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and moved to Eagle Point Bay on beautiful Lake of Egypt. Renee is the daughter of the late Tom and Louise Lewis, formerly of Eagle Point Bay.
Did you see the rainbow hanging over Southern Trust Bank on the evening of August 19? Beautiful!

Get well wishes to out to Carol Racey, Vienna, who suffered a fractured left forearm, when she tripped over her doggy, Ricky. Good news! No surgery or cast is needed.

The Little Egypt Arts Association will hold a two-day workshop by noted national artist, Sandie Bacon, on Sept. 13-14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seating is limited, so call for reservations immediately. Contact is

The “Dollar-A-Bag Days” continue at the GMA Thrift Shop in downtown Goreville. Manning the shop this week are volunteers from the Lake of Egypt Christian Church. Next week will find members of the Goreville United Methodist and Busby Chapel Freewill Baptist Churches volunteering.

On Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. a worship service will be held at the Vienna City Park. A fellowship, with snacks, will be held prior to the service, at 6:30 p.m. This is free, with a donation jar. Bring a lawn chair.

On Sept. 15, the “Rekindling the Spirit Youth Rally” will get underway at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vienna, with food served at 6:30 p.m. and the service at 7-8:15 p.m. All area youngsters are urged to attend.

John Conley of Grand Ole Opry fame, will be performing onstage at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

Congratulations to Harley Palmer, who has been employed as a Social Worker at Vienna Grade School. She is the daughter of Heather Sullivan.

On Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. a piano concert of classical music will be presented by Jessica Anderson at the Presbyterian Church in Anna.

On Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. “Looking For Lincoln” and “Constitution Week” will be celebrated at the Lincoln Memorial Park in Jonesboro, with the speaker being Dr. Larry Peterson. A bell ringing ceremony will be held as well.
The Heartland Pet Fest will be held on Sept. 12 at The Pavilion in Marion, for all pet lovers.

The annual Patriot Day Car Show will be going on Sept. 11 at the Memorial Park in Karnak. There will be music by Hot Rod Nights and food by Hoggy’s BBQ. For information, contact the village of Karnak at 618-634-9311.

The annual Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will be on Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 26, 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at John A. Logan College. Activities for the entire family will be available.

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Have a great remainder of the week!

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