News from Illinois City

Laura McGinnis/Correspondent

Lila and Ralph Keller were among those who attended a get together of the 1942 Class of Reynolds High School. Nine members and six guests enjoyed lunch at the Garden Family Restaurant in Aledo a week ago Sunday. On the Saturday of that week the 108th meeting of the Reynolds Alumni Association was held at Reynolds American Legion. Those attending from Illinois City were Phyllis and Fred Synder, Pauline Crompton, Al and Kay Winegard, Gordon and Marge Pape and Ralph and Lila Keller.

Gerry Whitney, who lives south of Illinois City, fell at her home while unloading groceries. A neighbor, Richard Bergresfer, was out on his yard working and heard a voice, which sounded like “Help”. He went to investigate and found his neighbor outside with a broken hip - he called 911. Gerry is recuperating at Trinity West and would enjoy cards. Good job Richard, for helping your neighbor.

Kelsey McGreer, daughter of Brett and Paulette McGreer, returned home from a seven-week study at LaVal University in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Kelsey and other students lived with host families and were immersal in the French language. She will be a junior this fall at Illinois State University majoring in English and French. She will be leaving in seven weeks to start her training to be a Resident Advisor at the College.

It was nice of Hilltop Greenhouse to donate flowers for the post office more Illinois near the city sign at east end of the village.

Musco Light Co. has completed installation of new lights at the girls ball diamond in Edgington. Jennifer Thompson and Dustin Kiddoo of Illinois City are both employed by Musco. They volunteered their services to help install the lighting system. Jennifer said it was a great experience to help with this project. Rockridge will benefit from the new lights for years to come.

Illinois City Post Office new hours are 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8 - 10 a.m. on Saturdays. These hours are for the window services. Elda Mier has been filling in for Dave, who has been at Bennett, Iowa, for three weeks working at their post office. Welcome back, Dave!

Curt Canada, local wood worker, was arrested in Muscatine by Muscular Dystrophy Association volunteers. His “bail” is set at $1,600. Every year local community members participate on this MDA fundraiser. The bail money is donated to the local chapter. Bail or Jail for Curt!

Chris and Maria McCalley and girls enjoyed a weekend visit from his parents, Jerald and Joan McCalley of Independence, Iowa. They enjoyed a visit to the Rhubarb Festival in Aledo on Saturday helping  with the Hilltop Greenhouse booth in Central Park.

A reminder to all people who want to participate in Illinois City Days Parade. Please send name, address, phone number and short description of entry to Fireman, Box 178, Illinois City, Ill. 61259.

The Encounter Services at the United Methodist Church will be having college guest speaker. The “mission minutes” are about mission trips the college students have taken. Ethan Gibbons will be speaking on a trip to Haiti. Other speakers are Nike Ross, Amber Freyermuth, and other students at 6 p.m. All are welcome to this contemporary service held on Sunday evening.

Randy and Laura McGinnis spent last weekend in St. Louis. They attended a high school graduation party for Wyndham Gray Ferris and a brunch at the Palm House in Iowa Grovepark. Other relatives from Hamlet area joined the group in St. Louis also.

A reminder to area gardeners to plant an extra row of veggies to donate to local food pantry. If you don't have room for a row, do extra cabbage plants or a tomato plant. Fresh produce is always welcomed at the food pantry.

Please call Laura McGinnis at (309) 791-0054 with your news for the Illinois City Area.