Local News for Sunday, October 7


Published on October 7 2012 6:28 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Today will see the conclusion of the "Serve Now, Serve Together" weekend in Effingham.

Christ's Church, New Hope Church, Centenary United Methodist Church, Effingham Assembly and Cornerstone Christian Church, all of Effingham, joined together in serving others over the course of the weekend.

During the weekend, the members of the participating churches are reaching out in a concerted effort in the community to hold a countywide food drive for Catholic Charities, do a BLITZ build with Habitat for Humanity, and partner with various organizations such as FISH, ARC, Unit 40, Red Cross, Family Life Center, and the Effingham County Humane Society to offer free services and products to be given away in public locations.

Centenary Church is holding its Sunday morning worship times; the other participating churches are canceling their Sunday morning worship and will be working on projects during those hours.

The participating churches have planned to conclude the weekend with a Celebration service tonight at 6:00 at the Effingham Performance Center for a celebration and reflection on the weekend.  The public is welcome to attend tonight's service.

The countywide food drive that is a part of the "Serve Now, Serve Together" effort involves some 500 volunteers that will cover Effingham, Altamont, Beecher City, Dieterich, Mason, Edgewood, Watson, Montrose and Teutopolis.  Some volunteers who are willing to serve but are not available today have gone door-to-door throughout the preceding week to collect donations.

Those not home today who still wish to donate can leave their food donations by their front door in a sack marked "Catholic Charities" and volunteers will pick them up. 

All non-perishable food donations are appreciated.  Suggested donations include cereal, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, saltine crackers, pork n beans, rice, soup, tuna, tuna helper, canned fruit, canned vegetables, mac n cheese, hamburger helper, dry beans and beef a roni.


On this National Respect Life and Life Chain Sunday, more than one million pro-life supporters will build Life Chains on their local sidewalks.

In Effingham, the local 25th Life Chain will be staged along Keller Drive and Fayette Avenue.  The event will be peaceful and participants will follow a self-imposed code of conduct.

Prior to the Life Chain event, a short prayer service will be held at 1:30pm in the Sacred Heart Parish Center.  Signs will be furnished and at 3pm, refreshments will be served.


Effingham Mayor Merv Gillenwater signed a proclamation for the annual Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 and Auxiliary Forget-Me-Not Campaign.

The campaign, held Friday and yesterday, is the main fundraising event for the organization.  The funds are used to help disabled veterans, and the majority of the funds collected benefit local veterans.


Grants for field trips to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield have been awarded to 25 schools in two states as the result of a contribution by the Winnick Family Foundation.  The grant is administered through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, and will allow more than 2,100 students to visit the Museum.

Locally, Neoga Junior-Senior High School received a grant of $1,200.


A Welcome Home parade in honor of Army Sergeant Kevin Berning and Marine Corporal Jeremy Whisler will start at 11:45am today in Patoka.

The parade will start at the Patoka Fire Department and will go in front of all four Patoka churches and community housing, down old Route 51 and then to the American Legion for an Open House scheduled to run until 1pm for a Meet and Greet to welcome the soldiers home.


At this time, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is reporting no Illinois cases of meningitis associated with the use of epidural steroid injection pain medication, but the investigation in ongoing.  To date, a total of 35 cases in six states, including five deaths, have been linked to the meningitis outbreak.


The Effingham Fire Department will hold its annual Open House today from noon to 4pm at the Central Fire Station at 505 West Fayette in Effingham.

This year's events will include station tours, the fire safety house, fire extinguisher demonstrations, the junior combat challenge, the Effingham City Telecommunicators 911 call station, photo opportunities and a kid's raffle.  The Effingham Fire Department will also conduct a live extrication demonstration. 


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White hosted a ceremony in Springfield commemorating the success of Illinois Veterans History Project, an initiative begun by White to provide a permanent database of information on Illinois war veterans and civilians.

White said there are now more than 6,000 names and stories from veterans and citizens who have submitted their stories to the project.

White served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army, as a member of the Illinois National Guard and as a reservist.  His story has been added to the project.

The ceremony also recognized an ongoing partnership between the Veterans History Project, the Department of Illinois Disabled American Veterans and the Illinois Court Reporters Association.  The DAV has arranged for veterans to be interviewed for the project, and volunteer court reporters are recording and transcribing the interviews.

To find out more, log on to www.cyberdriveillinois.com and follow the prompts.  Interviews and written stories are stored in the Illinois Digital Archives at www.idaillinois.org.  


Relay for Life Team Chub Club is teaming up with La Belle Portraits on a fundraiser.  They're doing 30-minute photo shoots at the Edgewood American Legion Lake today.  It'll cost $40.  All proceeds go the American Cancer Society.  For more information, phone 821-0213.


The Harvest Festival and Corn Maze will be open today at St. Paul Lutheran Church, three miles north of Dieterich, from 2 to 6pm.  Activities, games and concessions will be available.  Admission to the Corn Maze is $3. 


A reminder about the salute to veterans today in Beecher City.  The event will take place at the Beecher City Tri-County Firehouse along Illinois Route 33.  The FACE Orchestra will perform at 2pm, followed by a program at 2:45pm including an invocation by Wayne Arnold and an address in honor of veterans by Dr. Roger Perkins.  Following a benediction by Wayne Arnold, the Eva Casstevens American Legion Post #535 will present a rifle salute followed by refreshments at 3pm.


A Harvest Frolic wraps up today at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site near Charleston from 10am to 4pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms including children's games, doll making and hearth cooking.  There will also be a three-legged race, a cast iron skillet toss, two-man saw contest and a "dipping cup race."  A special scavenger hunt will be open to children 12 and younger.  A 19th century church service will take place today at 9am at the Lincoln Farm.

A number of artisans will be featured.  To help raise funds for the interpretive program at Lincoln Log Cabin, the site's volunteers will sell ham and beans, cornbread, iced tea and lemonade at the Harris Education Center from 11am to 3pm, and the site's gift shop will be open.

For more information or for directions, phone 345-1845 or go to www.lincolnlogcabin.org. 


St. Isidore Parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Island Grove is holding its 35th annual Fall Breakfast this morning until 12:30pm.  The breakfast is being served at the Parish Center located across from the EJ Water Tower.  The menu features whole hog sausage or ham, choice of eggs, pancakes made from a special recipe, juice, milk, coffee, homemade breads and sweet rolls.  The cost is $4 and $6.  There will also be a country store and a raffle.

The church is located four miles south of Montrose or three miles north of Dieterich, then east two miles, or one mile east of Wheeler, north to the Island Grove sign, then west two miles.  Look for the tower.


The Teutopolis Monastery Museum will be open for tours today from 12:30 to 4pm.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.  The museum is located on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate building behind St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis.

There is a collection of articles used by the Franciscan Friars, along with Bibles and books in different languages dating back to the 1700s.  One section features items used by early Teutopolis pioneers.  The tour also include the Mausoleum and St. Francis Church with stained glass windows that depict highlights in the life of St. Francis of Assisi.


A Red Cross blood drive will be held today from 12:30 to 5:30pm on the bloodmobile at the Effingham Performance Center at 1325 Outer Belt West.