News From Here And There: March 16, 2022

By Dixie Terry
It’s time for the long-awaited arrival of Spring. Not only is Spring soon to officially arrive, but also Daylight Savings Time has arrived, along with the beginning of March Madness.

And, for those who are subject to allergies from Spring’s arrival, it’s that time of year also. Achoo!!

When the crocuses bloom, it’s time to plant radishes, parsnips and spinach say those in the know. If you planted lettuce on Valentine’s Day as advised, you should be enjoying a wilted treat pretty soon.

The Spring Equinox marks the astronomical first day of Spring, set to arrive on Sunday, March 20, here in our Northern Hemisphere. We won’t see a March 21 equinox until 2101.

Seeing pictures from Southern Illinois of the beautiful snow was nice, as we we were experiencing two nights of terrific rain storms here in Florida, or “liquid sunshine” as the natives call it. Then, we awoke to temperatures in the forties and had to turn on the heat. By afternoon that same day, it was in the upper seventies.

Volunteers are needed to place Christmas trees in Crab Orchard and Little Grassy Lakes on March 19. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Prairie Creek Access Ramp at Crab Orchard Lake or the Little Grassy Campground Marina. Bring your own work gloves. A map will be provided.

Good news! I will get to see the Cardinals play the Mets on Wednesday, with tickets already ordered, since the MLB negotiations have been worked out. Play ball!

After ten days in Florida, we finally made it to the ocean, which is only blocks away, at Avalon State Park, where the wind was ferocious and the visit was brief. We shall return!

I hope Spring will be behaving herself when I return home the last week of March.

Everyone is welcome to attend the presentation of sixteen “Quilts of Valor” to area veterans, on March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Center Baptist Church in Crab Orchard. This event will be provided by the “Little Egypt Quilters.” More information can be had by calling 618-694-7484.

Presently, I am writing in the Florida room of our daughter’s home, with the draperies drawn to keep out the hot sun. I hadn’t planned on getting a tan while here, but ended up with pink spots, after an hour out in the car.

“It’s time to be bold and get cold!” according to the “Special Olympics of Illinois.” On March 5, at noon, a Polar Plunge was held at Rend Lake, with a second one set for Saturday, March 19, also at noon, at SIU-C. Check it out on

Through March 19, the Illinois Freedom Project Tour can be seen at the African-American Museum at the University Mall in Carbondale, at 1-5 p.m. over the weekend.

Did you know? The cup-shaped crocus is one of the first flowers to bloom each year, popping up from the cold ground, sometimes through a blanket of snow. The blossoms announce the arrival of Spring with their cheerful colors of purple, yellow and white.

On Monday, March 21, the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vienna, noon to 6 p.m. To make reservations, call 618-342-6861.

The “Restaurant Research” continues, as I enjoy the seafood choices of the Treasure Coast. Tonight, we will be trying the cuisine at “Sweetie’s Diner” where each Wednesday and Saturday, a drive-in movie is shown on the parking lot. Lobster and shrimp are on my mind.

Our great-grands, Annabelle and Addilyn, of Colorado, were to compete in Orlando, with their team, in the “All Star World Championship Tournament of Gymnastics” but we haven’t heard the results. In the meantime, their mother is in Maine, where she has a new position with the U. of Maine and where their dad will be teaching ROTC beginning in May.

Artstarts of Marion will present “The Lion King, Jr.” on April 1-3 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, on Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m. and on Sun. at 2 p.m. Sponsors of this children’s play are Southern Illinois Healthcare, Sesser Animal Hospital, Legence Bank, Swinford Publications, Watermark Auto Group, and Asbery and Associates.

A play, “The Decade That Roared,” written and directed by Dr. Lynn Steveson, will be presented at the Anna Arts Center on Apr. 22-24. All about the roaring twenties, it promises to be a fun event.

Also at the Anna Arts Center will be a “Short Story and Pizza Night,” on Monday, Mar. 21 at 6 p.m. Visitors should bring their own drink and $3 for the pizza and RSVP to Tom Caldwell at 217-994-3449.
On Mar. 31, at 7 p.m., hear fiddles and old-time radio music at the Anna Arts Center, with sounds of Pappy Wade Ray, fiddler and singer. The cost is $10 at the door.

The outstanding show of support is being held across our county for 16-year-old Goreville High student, Reice Mae, the daughter of Brian Albright and Jamie Lynn Albright, who is a patient in Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, with a brain tumor.

A silent auction and pasta dinner will be held for the Albright family on Sat. March 26, 4-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $8 at the door.

Spring merchandise will be available at the Goreville Ministerial Alliance on Tuesday, Mar. 8. Drop in and take home bargains galore.

The “Women’s Voice” art exhibit of twenty-four ladies of the area continues through May 7, with a tribute to famous artists. This will be seen in the West Gallery of the SIU-C Museum, open Tues-Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat., 1-4 p.m.

Happy Birthday! Mar. 15–Cyndi Madden, Michael Dalton, Jr., Carla Newton, Cheryl Newton, Miranda Brookshier! Mar. 16–Kendra Lantrip, Floy Wheeler! Mar. 17–Linda Duhamel, Jeff Helm, Aubree Francis, Nicole Barnaby, Ben Hill! Mar. 19– Jim Hodges, Peggy Anderson! Mar. 20–Dwight Lehr, Andrew Rockwell, Ashlyn Zaranti, Katie Beth Harner, Nathan Webb! Mar. 21–Manul Goins, Bob Manier, Barbara Peterson, Scott Annable, Kevin Thomas! May you all have many more!

We celebrated our daughter, Susanne’s 64th birthday on March 14, with dinner at a waterfront restaurant, with great seafood and a key lime pie at home afterwards.

Congratulations to these couples who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries! Richard and Jeannie McKenzie, Jo and Larry Sanders, Scott and Jean Obourne, all on March 18! Manul and Shirley Goins, on March 19! and Ned and Karen Ray, March 20!

Keep in mind the Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library in Vienna for an interesting program, Everyone is welcome!

On March 23, at 11 a.,m. all units of the Johnson County Home and Community Education (HCE) of the University of Illinois Extension will meet together at the Fellowship Baptist Church. A light lunch will be served, following a program by Georgia George, on gardening. If anyone has a friend in HCE, maybe she will invite you to tag along. RSVP Rosemary Rouse by March 18, if you plan to attend the free gathering. Sorry, I will have to miss this interesting program.

The HCE Annual Meeting will meet on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the U. of I. Extension Building. VHS Superintendent Josh Stafford will be the keynote speaker. Also present will be District V Director Carol Harms. Spouses of members and guests are welcome to attend.

Share your newsy happenings in this, your community column by calling 618-422-2086; emailing; or via mail at 907 C Independence Avenue, Marion, Il. 62959.

Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day

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