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Dixie Terry – News From Here & There: Aug 22

Posted August 22, 2012 by Dixie Terry in Community

Goreville’s Mary Vancil recently celebrated her 98th birthday with family and friends as more than 60 people packed her home for a birthday barbecue topped off with Italian ice cream and carrot cake. Vancil, who was born in 1914, said she enjoyed having her family and friends home for the occasion.

The big news is that we all have green lawns once again, after months of brown turf and weeds, that grow in spite of the lack of rain.  Thanks to my son, Jay, for mowing my yard, not once but twice, last week.  Fall weather has arrived early, as did summer, and we hope that winter doesn’t repeat the pattern.
     Football season is upon us, and the Vienna/Goreville team will meet Chester High this very Saturday, at l pm on the Vienna field.  Go Black Eagles or whatever they call the combined team!
     Sharon and Ben Edwards welcomed the Marion Garden Club to their B/S Ranch on August 15, to tour their home and grounds, and take a look at the many decorated gourds that Sharon has created and Ben has grown.  The members got to try their hand at painting gourds, as well.  And, they all enjoyed  brown bag lunches, along with beverages and desserts prepared by the hostesses.  The next garden club meeting will be on Wednesday, September 19, when a beekeeper from Anna will present the program, at the Heartland Christian Church at lpm.  The public is welcome to attend these meetings and to join the active club.
      June Oehler of Eagle Point Bay shared that her family came down from Elgin for her 88th birthday and took her out to Legends at Walker’s Bluff for a delightful dinner.
     Thanks to all who donated slightly used and new shoes to send to Haiti by the Johnson County entourage who will be taking them next month.  Almost 100 pairs were deposited on my front porch in the past few weeks, thanks to the generous people of our community.
     Take an afternoon movie break on Thursday, August 23, when “Kid Galahad” will be on the big screen at the Marion Carnegie Library at 2pm.  This is a 1962 musical drama, featuring Elvis Presley!
      The kids are back in school and suddenly our neighborhood is so quiet during the daytime hours.  I miss the squeals from the trampolines and swimming pools, and the bike and scooter riders up and down Sidney Lane.
      Volunteers are needed for the adult literacy program down at Shawnee Community College.  Training will be provided for those who would like to assist adults in learning to read or to learn the English language.  Call 618-634-3222 or 1-800-481-2242.  Teaching experience is not required, but would be helpful. For those who have 2-3 hours per week for six months, this would be a great contribution to help someone.
     A nice crowd attended the Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society on Sunday afternoon, when president, Ed Annable, presented yet another program of an era in our county’s history.  Shirley Wolfe will present the next society program on the 30s and 40s era of our county.  The date will be Sunday, September 16, at 2:30pm at the Carnegie Library in Vienna.  The public is welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served.
     The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce held their monthly lunch meeting at the U. of I. Extension Building on Friday, August 17.  The luncheon was prepared and served by the Johnson County Home and Community Education (HCE) as a fundraiser.  The HCE board members provided the program on what the HCE organization does for our county.  Heather McIlwain serves as the president of the Chamber and conducted a brief business meeting.  The September meeting will be Friday, the 21st, at noon, at The Old Homeplace in Goreville.
     We heard that Robin Harper-Whitehead won the Saturday Poker Run for the Wounded Warriors, and generously shared the $500 here and there, in the community.
     The Nehrkorns and The Hoppers will be holding a gospel concert on Friday, August 24 at 7pm at the Whiteash Free Will Baptist Church north of Marion.  A free-will offering will be taken.
     Cache River Days will be celebrated on September 7-9 in the Ullin City Park and the wetlands.  Canoe rides can be reserved on the Cache River, by calling 618-634-223l.  Lots of activities will be taking place on both days.
     Shawnee Community College will be providing “Operation JumpStart” for those planning to start their own business.  There will be ten weekly sessions each Tuesday in the Business and Industry Training Center.  For more, call 1-618-634-3254.  The classes will begin September ll and continue through November l3.  The cost is $25 with a registration deadline on September 4.
     Ladies!  The University of Illinois Extension will be holding their annual Home and Community Education Convention on Monday, October 8, at 9am.  There will be door prizes, interesting classes to choose from, a speaker, gourmet luncheon, and much more.  Call 618-745-6310 to make reservations.  The location will be Shawnee Community College.  And, we hope to see lots of ladies out that day.
      For those interested in area politics, there will be a public debate at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center on Thursday, September 20, at 7pm.    This is free to the public.
     Another ladies only event will be the “Little Black Dress” gala on Friday, September 14 at Rent One Park in Marion.  This will be a fundraiser, celebrating women, while helping women and children, who arrive at The Women’s Center for assistance.  Call for tickets at 618-453-6000.  There will be lots of entertainment going on, along with a fashion show and elegant food.
     Keep in mind that Johnson County is celebrating its 200th year in 2012.  All churches and organizations are encouraged to hold a Bicentennial event this year for the public.  Think quilt show, pie supper, square dance, style show, or maybe an old-fashioned singing.
     This Saturday will find “Cold-Blooded Creatures of the Cache” underway down at the Cache River Wetlands Center.  Meet turtles, snakes, and other amphibians up close, and then take advantage of a hike being offered out on the boardwalk at Heron Pond.  It’s free.  Call 618-657-2064 for more.
     Decorate a Bra and help cancer patients.  This fundraiser is being sponsored by the Lake of Egypt Association of Property Owners (LEAPO).  For $10, donate a beautifully or crazily decorated ladies bra for the “Bra Art Show” to be held in September at the Lake Egypt Fire Station.  There will be workshops held on September 6 at the fire station on Lake of Egypt Road, 10am-lpm, and on September 10 at the Eagle Point Bay Association Building , also l0am-lpm.  Lunch will be served for free, but reservations are a must by calling Jody Gallagher at 995-2629.  Bring a bra or purchase one for $1 and decorate it in a theme or your own style, naughty to nice.  All money raised will be donated to “Women With Hope” of Southern Illinois Healthcare.
     Enjoy “Breakfast in the Park” this Saturday, August 25, 7:30-l0:30am, in the big pavilion at the Vienna City Park.  It is $7 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast of sausage gravy and biscuits, plus a beverage.  All proceeds go for the old Grand Theatre renovation project, being sponsored by the Johnson County Revitalization Corporation.  Call 771-6877 for carry-outs.
     Artists and crafts people are invited to show  and sell their creations at the 10th annual Art in the Park on Saturday, September 8, 10am-2pm.  This is being sponsored by the Johnson County Home and Community Education (HCE) as a community event.  There is no charge for showing or attending.  The public is urged to attend and purchase unique creations from area artisans.  The HCE members will be providing hot dogs, chips, drinks, and desserts, at a nominal charge.  This will be a great opportunity to shop for the holidays for one-of-a-kind gifts.  Cara Webb is the chairman of this event and can be reached at 995-2592.
     It’s time to save your “Box Tops for Education” for the Goreville PTA, who use these for purchasing classroom essentials.  Check out each can or package in your pantry and cupboards and take them, in bulk, to the school, or give to a student.  Check it out onhttp://www.boxtops4education/.
      Tune in to SKYPE each Tuesday at 8:30am to hear Cuzn’ Eddie Allen’s Talk Show and a recipe and chat from Goreville.
     The Webb Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 2, at the Community of Christ Church on Tunnel Hill Road, with worship services at llam, followed by a bountiful potluck lunch at noon, and an afternoon of entertainment and visiting.
     Another family reunion will be underway that same day at the AF & AM Masonic Temple on old route 146 west of Vienna.  Doors open at l0am for the Moore clan, with a potluck lunch, a white elephant auction, games, prizes, and much more underway.  Call Lynn Moore McCreery at 618-695-3355 for information.
      The World War II veterans will be spending two days in Washington, D.C. on September 13 and 14, departing from the Williamson County Regional Airport.  This is the Honor Flight, which costs the veteran not a penny.  If anyone knows of a veteran or is a veteran, give a call to Don Niehart in Effingham at 217-254-2986 for this flight, which is almost filled.
     A huge flock of pink flamingoes was seen at a residence on South Broadway on Sunday.  I finally found out that the project is a fundraiser for the Goreville High School cheerleaders.  And, now we know!
      We could sure use some newsy items for this, your community column.  Give a call to 995-249l or email your news to
     From the Vienna Carnegie Library, we just got word of a booksigning by Maureen Hughes for her book, “Sins of the South”, on Tuesday, August 28,  at 7pm.  The book is all about Club Winchester, which we oldtimers remember as being located south of Olmsted.  The big bands all made stops there, in the 40s and 50s, along with gangsters and mafia members.  Hughes will provide lots of information about that era and her investigation into the 1956 mysterious death of Shot Winchester, which was ruled a suicide, but later a reinvestigation brought up new details and information.  The public is urged to attend this interesting program.
      Have a great remainder of the week!