News From Here And There: April 20, 2022

By Dixie Terry
Miss April continues to act up, changing her mind on a daily basis, ranging from very warm to very cool, and dry to drenching wet. April is a very fickle month, it seems.

The waterfall at Ferne Clyffe was pouring on a recent day I was told by several who had hiked the trail to enjoy the falls.

Easter Day weather turned out as not-so-bad, with scattered sprinkles interspersed with sunshine. An Easter egg hunt was enjoyed in my yard by only one great-grand, 6-year-old Maelyn, whose cousins all thought they were too old. She found all the eggs, filled with quarters, that she took home to fill her piggy bank.

We had fifteen of the clan show up for Easter dinner and enjoy the smoked ham provided by grandson, Matt, and all the sides and desserts provided by others. Since I had brought home a multitude of souvenirs from Florida, everyone took home their choice, from shells, jewelry, sand dollars, beach signs, alligator heads, key chains and magnets.

Sunday was also our grandson-in-law, Chris Castellano’s 39th birthday so we had a double celebration. His mom gave him a bean bag game, so that was set up on the driveway for an afternoon of showing off tossing skills.

I also received a phone call from our daughter, Susanne, who was going out for dinner at Red Lobster with her housemate, Stacey. Our great-grandson, Dakota, called to wish me a Happy Easter, since he couldn’t make it over. Our grandson, Nathan, called to say he had made it to Maine to meet the moving van with their belongings from Colorado and was back in Colorado with his wife and daughters for Easter.

Nate stopped in Southern Illinois last week en route to Maine. Eleven of our clan gathered at Mackie’s Pizza for a visit with him. He will be driving back to Maine this week, along with their dogs, a pug and a Belgium Malinois. His wife and daughters will join him at their new home after the two girls compete with their cheerleading team in Orlando again. The girls will begin classes next week at their new school.

The Johnson County event of the year will take place on Sunday, May 1, when the 16th annual Heather Treat Memorial Duck Race will be held at the pond at 5140 Tunnel Hill Road, next door to the Tunnel Hill Community of Christ Church. To purchase ducks for the race (you just might win a cash prize!) go to or call Robin at 618-967-9528.

Yard sale season is upon us, so let’s get going! A lake-wide sale at Lake of Egypt will get underway on June 4, with Egypt Shores holding theirs on June 3-4, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several of the subdivisions will be holding community sales.

On Saturday, May 14, Eagle Point Bay will host a vendor fair inside their association building. To be a vendor, go to It will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a raffle opportunity underway as well.

The annual Spring Junque Jamboree will be held on the Vienna Public Square on Saturday, Apr. 23, opening at 7 a.m.

The Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society will be holding an information booth, as well as selling history books at the Junque Jamboree.

The Daniel Chapman Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will also have an information booth open. Stop by!

The community of Ozark will be holding a yard sale on Apr. 30, opening at 7 a.m. Murphy’s Barbecue will be available all day.

A community yard sale will be held on Saturday, Apr. 30, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vienna City Park. Several area churches are raising funds for the Absher Adoption Fund.

Amy Perry-Duringer will speak at the Vienna Senior Center on Friday, Apr. 29 at 11 a.m. The presentation, designed for audiences of older persons, is called “Ten Money Rules to Live By,” with the host organization being “Carbondale Regional Office for Equality, the Protection and Advocacy Agency for People with Disabilities in Illinois. All seniors are urged to attend.

On Sunday, Apr. 21, the Illinois Chapter of Trail of Tears will bring the program at the Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society at 2:30 p.m. in the community room of the Vienna Carnegie Library. The public is urged to attend.

The annual Johnson County Top Flight program will be held at the VHS gym on Tuesday, Apr. 25, at 7 p.m. This program is sponsored and organized by the Johnson County school administrators to honor students who have excelled academically. Students from all six county schools will participate in the awards program. To make a donation of cash, merchandise, or gift cards, contact Jeri Miller, treasurer, at Goreville School.

The next “Rekindling the Spirit” youth rally of Eagle House Ministries will be held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Buncombe. Food will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the worship service at 7 p.m. All youth are welcomed.

Like to take a hike? The River-to-River Trail Society will hold a wildflower hike on Saturday, Apr. 23 at Panther Den Wilderness in Union County, west of Goreville. Meet at 10 a.m. at 840 Wayside Lane, Makanda. Call 217-417-4145 for directions.

There will be another hike on Saturday, Apr. 30. at 10 a.m., starting from the visitor center of Giant City State Park. Call 618-841-4838 for more.

Have you heard? A new Dollar General Store is being constructed near Tunnel Hill!

The River-to-River Relay Race has welcomed a new leader, Kyle Orso, who will replace retiring Brad Dillard. The event began in 1987, with its 80 miles stretching from the Mississippi River to the Ohio River and across northern Johnson County. The next race will be on Saturday, Apr. 23. with some 2000 runners expected.

Congratulations to Gary and Maxine Burdick, Tunnel Hill, on their new great-granddaughter, Allyss Gillian Claire, born to their granddaughter, Sylvia and Vince Laurendi-Galbriati of Milan, Italy. She was born on March 29, her grandmother, Marcia’s birthday. Alyss has two big sisters, Grace, 3, and Evaline, 5.

Members of the Tunnel Hill Community of Christ Church presented a drama, “Jesus, the Unexpected,” on Easter morning at the first service. The cast included:Barb Watkins, Phyllis Webb, Glenn Webb, Mike Whitehead, Terry Watkins, Jim Dougherty, Kanon Webb, Robin Harper-Whitehead and Lisa Webb. With only one rehearsal they did great! A light breakfast followed, with a second service held, with Eric Martin as the speaker. An Easter egg hunt followed for the youngsters.

The Southern Illinois Future Anglers, Galatia Basscats and the Goreville Blackcats teamed up to host the “Reice Mae Albright Benefit Tournament,” held at the Lake of Egypt. Over 40 boats from local high schools and junior high schools and also from Flora and Champaign filled the lake. The event raised $5000 plus a donation of $2000 from the Galatia Basscats.

From Adams School, 8th graders, Jake Williams and Ben Henry won the junior division with the five fish limit of 10.78 pounds.

Happy birthday to you! Apr. 20-Kaylynn Adams! Apr. 21–Aaron Penrod, Kevin Penrod, Emily Miles! Apr. 22–Gale Story, Shelly Crawford! Apr. 23–Jimmy Newton, Dolly Hopkins! Apr. 24–Beau Wright! Apr. 25–Jan Haney! Apr. 26–Katie Tosh, Mindy Hammond, Seth Tripp! May you all have many more!

Congratulations to these couples who will celebrate wedding anniversaries! Ben and Kathy Adams, April 21 and Ronnie and Janis Hancock, also April 21! Harvie and Denette Link on April 26!

Have news to share? Send it to 618-422-2086; email; or mail to 907 C Independence Avenue, Marion, 62959.

Have a great remainder of the week!

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