News From Here And There: February 9, 2022

By Dixie Terry
It seems that Mother Nature and Old Man Winter got together for bringing us our first Winter mix of the season.

Six more weeks of Winter weather, according to Punxatawney Phil, when he saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.

So, I am heading to Florida after Feb. 22, to spend 5 weeks, and to return to Spring weather, hopefully. My computer will be going along, so the columns will continue from the sunny south.

February has been declared as National Bird Feeding Month, so toss out bread and scraps and whatever, as they scrounge for food these frigid days.

More special February days include: Feb. 11–Make A Friend Day. Mardi Gras season begins on Feb. 16, Valentine Day comes on Monday, Feb. 14 and will be celebrated by most couples this weekend. Feb. 17 is Ash Wednesday. Feb. 16–Do A Grouch A Favor Day. Feb 20–Love Your Pet Day. Feb. 19–Caregiver’s Day.

As the snow came down, following the ice pellets, waking up to a white world was quite nice, knowing that there were no appointments to be met, and knowing that I could snuggle back in bed and doze another couple of hours.

However, for all those folks who had to head out to a day of work, they had my heartfelt sympathy.

Thanks to our daughter, Pam, who brought in a stack of good reads from the Marion Library before the blizzard, and to our daughter, Nancy, who shopped my grocery list ahead of time.

While housebound, and in between reading books, I flipped the dozens of channels on TV and watched the oldies, such as Bewitched, Wagon Train, The Waltons, Andy Griffith, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Beverly Hillbillies and The Golden Girls.

No traffic was seen down our dead end street for a couple of days and my drive way looked like an ice skating rink.

A reminder that the figure skating on a recent cold evening, as the American skaters won the rhythm dance contest, was great entertainment, as the Winter Olympics competition continued in Beijing. The events can be seen daily on NBC-TV.

A reminder. It is time to pick up petitions at the county clerk’s office for the 2022 election, which will be on June 28. Petitions are to be filed on March 7-14. Also, anyone interested in being an election judge can call County Clerk/Recorder Robin Harper-Whitehead at 618-658-3611.

Get well wishes go out to Denny Parrish who was scheduled to have back surgery last week in Cape Girardeau.

Did you know? Valentine’s Day is celebrated, not only in our country, but also in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. The first Valentines were sent in 1400, but it wasn’t until 1900 that cards of love were offered in stores.

Members of the Daniel Chapman Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently met at the Anna Arts Center to write notes in Valentines, which they will deliver to Autumn Ridge, in Vienna; The Voyager and The Il. Veterans Home in Anna; and the V.A. Hospital in Marion, with a total of 217 Valentines.

January was National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross Blood Drive held at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vienna on Jan. 17 resulted in 32 units being donated. A door prize for a $50 gift certificate from Miles Bros. was donated. Hattie Trover and her crew of volunteers provided chili and other treats for the donors. The next blood drive will be on Monday, March 21, noon to 6 p.m., also at Fellowship Baptist Church. Please give!

The volunteers of Grange Hall Freewill Baptist Church worked at the Goreville Ministerial Alliance Thrift Shop this week. The Thrift Shop was closed on the same days as the local school closings, due to the weather. The Lake of Egypt Christian Church will provide volunteers next week.

Happy Birthday to Roger McCoy, Myra Gossett, Laura Hosfeldt, Mason Hancock on Feb. 10! Ron Thomas, Keith Billingsley, Elise Petroski, Levi Alvis, Marilyn Whitnel on Feb. 11! Ruth Stritzel, Lee Rockwell on Feb. 12! Cory Pritchett, Jason Huggins, Jason Billingsley, Matt Darnell, Elaine Rotan on Feb. 13! Katie Bradshaw, Parker Bradshaw, Alex Trujillo, Amy Perry-Duringer, Susie Bell, on Feb. 14! Norma Kluge on Feb. 15! Berit Ruth Calvin, Kyleigh Massey, Matthew Grammer, Brenda McKenzie, Paula Reineking on Feb. 16! May you all have many more!

Congratulations to Karen and Leon Jones on their February 12 wedding anniversary!

Presidents’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February, falling on Feb. 21 in 2022, combining the celebration of our first president, the Father of Our Country, George Washington, born on Feb. 22, and that of Honest Abe, Abraham Lincoln, born on Feb. 12.

Exciting entertainment will get underway at Vienna High School at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, when the VHS Eagles and the GHS Blackcats meet for four quarters of basketball.

Like to make your own maple syrup? Learn the technique at the Sixth Annual Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop. This will be on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10-11:30 a.m. at the Dixon Springs Ag. Center at 354 State Highway North near Simpson. The University of Illinois Extension will also be providing youngsters present with an indoor program. Wear masks indoors. This is free, but pre-registration is required by calling 618-695-3383.

The Potter’s House Church in Marion will host the 180 Concert on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. This is free, with everyone welcome to attend.

A tribute to famous artists will be presented at the West Gallery of the SIU-C Museum, with an exhibit by “Women’s Voices,” that of 24 area women artists, on Feb. 1-May 7. The hours are Tues-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat., 1-4 p.m.

Enjoy “The Ultimate Elvis Experience,” with Shawn Klush impersonating Elvis Presley on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Tickets will range from $32 to $59.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. hear “One Voice” by Mark Sanders, doing the sounds of Barry Manilow, also at the MCCC.

On Feb. 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. the musical, “Jekyll and Hyde,” will be presented at MCCC by Skyline Creek Productions. Tickets will be $15.

Get ready for Spring! Enjoy the 33rd Annual Midwestern Herb and Garden Show on Feb. 11-13 at The Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon. Free workshops and classes, over 40 vendors, garden crafts and wares, food and entertainment are on the agenda.

Check out the Johnson County Home and Community Education (HCE) of the University of Illinois Extension on their Facebook page, for recipes, tips, and local goings-on. The HCE welcomes new members, any woman of Johnson County who would like to enjoy being a part of this active organization. Call HCE Board president, Natalie Dougherty, at 314-803-4881.

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Keller of Marion, who has been practicing family medicine for 46 years and has recently retired, after being with Heartland Family Practice Center the past few years. He and his wife, Sue, have two children, Mindy Lampson and Adam Keller.

“Let the adventure begin!” said Dr. Keller, when asked what he planned for his future. Dr. Keller has several Johnson County folks as his patients.

Congratulations to Zane Schuetz, who will be earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Management and Healthcare Management, from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.

Bring the youngsters to the Marion Carnegie Library, for a drive-In movie on Friday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. with Disney and Pixar’s “Luca.” The kiddies will also build a cardboard car and enjoy popcorn as they watch the PG movie in the McCoskey Room. This is all free for the up-to-12 years old group.

Have a bit of news? Send it along by calling 618-422-2086; emailing or via mail to 907 C Independence Avenue, Marion, Il. 62959.

Have a great remainder of the week!

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