September 1, 2014

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Virginia Library hosts World Book Night 2014

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
Easter is on its way and the Virginia Memorial Library is hosting an Egg Decorating Party. Hop on over to the library on Saturday, April 12 to decorate eggs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Be sure to wear old clothes.
This Saturday, April 12 is Trivia Night at the Virginia United Methodist Church to raise funds for the Virginia Daycare. Dinner is $5 consisting of sloppy joes or hot dogs, chips and drink, and will be served at 5 p.m. with trivia starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and 10 members per team. Contact Paula Hill for more information at 452-3050.

Rural schools must either change or decline

My name is Mark Lounsberry and I have served as a board of education member for 24 years and just left the PORTA board one year ago. I have watched the process of the referendum unfold and I am not surprised by the defeat of this proposition. It is not my intention to make derogatory statements about individuals involved but I do want to express my thoughts on what just occurred and where do we all go from here.

Auto pioneers born in nearby Canton

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
America’s auto industry was launched on Sept. 21, 1893, when the Duryea brothers’ one-cylinder gasoline engine-powered motorcar ran noisily through the streets of Springfield, Mass.
However, this story begins right here in Central Illinois. Charles Duryea was born up in Canton on Dec. 31, 1861. By the time his brother Frank was born on Oct. 8, 1869, the family had moved to Washburn, 55 miles to the northeast.
Then came another move, one that according to Charles proved to be most fortuitous. The family settled in Stark County, four or so miles east of Wyoming.

Games kept children occupied all day

By Kay Brown
The Garden Gate
When I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep, I start thinking about childhood happenings. The other night I thought about going to my aunt and uncle’s. They lived in Pittsfield, and when I was 10 I would go visit for week.
I met a girl that lived in the same block as my relatives, and was my age. She had two brothers, one older, one younger, and in a few years a baby sister. We did go to the city swimming pool once or twice a week, other wise we played boy games.
I was a “tomboy” so that was fine with me. They taught me to play marbles, you know, draw the circle in the dirt-toss your marbles out into the circle then everybody had what you called a shooter. It was a bigger marble and some of them were really pretty. I had a black leather bag that had a drawstring in the top, and a collection of marbles. When you shot the “shooter” you were supposed to knock a persons marble out of the circle and then it was yours. You had to be fairly good or you would end up “losing all your marbles.” Do you suppose that's where that saying comes from?

The Committee Of Ten says, 'thank you'

We wish to express our thanks to everyone in the A-C Central School District for the opportunity to engage with you in a conversation about how we might best improve educational opportunities for our children.
We are especially grateful to the many people who took the time to participate in the Committee of Ten public meetings and hearings. Your questions were excellent and spurred many good discussions. The public comments were helpful and contributed to the process. Also, thanks for your encouragement, which was gratifying.

Shoe drive nets 2,517 pairs of shoes

A huge thank you to everyone who helped spread the word and collected shoes for our 2014 Shoeman Water Projects Community Shoe Drive. Through combined efforts, 2,517 pairs of shoes were donated to SWP this year with 20,777 coming from the Jacksonville area since January 2010.

Park district submits grant request

Residents of Beardstown Park District:
Our park district has just recently (March 10) submitted a $2.5 million IPARC grant request for funding assistance for a new public swimming pool. The letters of support from our community for this project along with financial donations from individuals, businesses, service clubs and children have been very heartwarming and much appreciated.

Grateful to be honored

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the lovely playground dedicated in my honor for the years I worked in the Beardstown School District.

Traveling to presidential libraries

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
When we had our motor home, a used one that I purchased from Art Jones, we sure enjoyed traveling in it. While traveling we were fortunate to have visited a lot of the Presidential Libraries. Roosevelt’s up in Hyde Park, The Kennedy Library in New York, the Truman and Eisenhower Libraries in Kansas, the Carter Library in Georgia, The Nixon and Hoover Libraries in California, the Gerald Ford Library in Michigan and the Johnson and George Bush Sr. Libraries in Texas and the best of all of them, the Abe Lincoln Library in Springfield. At one of the libraries it was stated that the children’s questions were unbelievable. It stated that the children today aren’t taught enough about the past great presidents. In a test administered by the U.S. Department of Education, 52 percent of the students thought either Germany, Italy or Japan was an ALLY of the United States during WWII.

The many trials of a long, rough winter

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
It has been a rough winter in so many ways. The weather has been the main topic with the freezing and below freezing temperatures, along with ridiculous amounts of snow and ice but several of our friends and neighbors have had a rough time as well. Bob Virgin, after having truck problems, became trapped in the snow and was very fortunate to have someone come along and transport him to the hospital.