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Annual 33rd Mayor Ed Quaglia and Attorney Bart Mann Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner at the Herrin Civic Center, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Dine in or drive thru.   Meals are free.  For delivery to your home, call Herrin City Clerk, by November 23 at 618-942-3175.  Volunteer to be a delivery driver, call Jane Gillespie at 618-925-0082.  Chairs for the event are Ryan and Melissa Tanner Farley, Kent Ingersoll and Gillespie.  Cheers and thanks to scores of volunteers who prepare, the meal, cook the turkeys, serve and deliver meals to home bound; then turn around and clean up.  It is a true community service.   Mayor Ed Quaglia began the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner during his first tenure as Herrin Mayor in the 1980's. The City of Herrin has a huge volunteer family for events throughout the year.

HELLO DOLLY takes the Marion Cultrual and Civic Center stage today through Sunday, 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, Nov. 18-19 and 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday Nov. 20. A large regional cast performs. Tix are $15 each. It's an ARTSTARTS production.  Applause.

MAYOR- MAYOR: Nick Sortal makes Herrin and southern Illinois proud. Sortal, 1976 graduate of Herrin High School, l980 graduate of SIUC, and longtime journalist, editor and reporter both in St. Louis and south Florida is a Herrin native. He is the son the late Mike and Violet Sortal and was elected a first time Mayor of Plantation, FL. November 8 in the Miami Metro area.  He moved to southwest florid in l992.  A first-time entry into mayoral races, he looks forward to serving the 91,000 residents of Plantation. Congrats to Nick.
RETIRING: Rebecca (Jack) Renshaw, Herrin native, wraps a successful career after joining the SIU Foundation in March 2016 as associate director for development communications. She developed marketing initiatives designed to promote SIU Foundation’s growth. She played an integral role in planning and implantation of the annual SIU Day of Giving. Active in various charities and organizations she and her husband Ed, live in Carterville. She is the daughter of the late Bill and Ruby Jack of Herrin. 

RADIO NEWS: Jay Pearce, a legend on southern Illinois radio for over 20 years, he concludes 49 years on the airwaves.  He will now do part-time radio, and as he says, spend much more time as grandpa. He is a l978 SIUC graduate with a BA in Radio TV.  His accolades are many. He retires from the Quad Cities where he was CEO of Augustana College’s Station, WVIK for the past eleven years. For six of those, Pearce sat on NPR’s Board of Directors. He and his wife, Melissa are moving back to Champaign to be close to their daughters and their families, both there and in Marion.

SNAPSHOTS: Thanksgiving out of towners are invited to take a tour at Herrin City Library for a remarkable display of a Veterans Salute till November 30 arranged by Herrin History Room Lead Researcher, Lisa Carnaghi. Library hours open at 10 a.m. Monday thru Friday and Noon on Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Susan Mullen Library Director.

 Deer are not only on country roads, but evidently, in Herrin front yards. Marilyn DeTomasi planted Pansey's for autumn and winter. Alas, deer were fascinated and came to her front yard to inspect and root the flowers on the corner of East Monroe and North 12th.  She has a picture to remember them by.

 Carriage rides, yes free Carriage rides will be available at the Christmas Kick off Day in Herrin Saturday, November 26 at 5:30 p.m. Hop on at the corner of East Monroe and Park by the lighted Christmas Tree, travel west and return.  It’s a whirl of activities Saturday in and around downtown Herrin and at The Herrin Civic Center. Don’t miss it. Bring the kids.

 Thank you to so many who let us know how much they appreciated the annual Veterans Tab Salute. Thanks to each of you who provided pictures and information about your veteran, and to the sponsors who made the tab possible.

Annual Cookies by The Pound, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, prepared by Women of ORL,  Broeking Road, Marion Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Fellowship of the church.  Chairs are Rosemary Schoessow and Veronica West. 

 Herrin Firemen’s Chili, once again brought record breaking sales, with ticket holders saying, “Best chili ever.” November 12.  Every Fireman, every staff member worked a cold frosty day to deliver the goods with a smile, greetings and Thank You’s to each car that pulled up.

 A NIP IN THE AIR: Perhaps, more than a nip. After a lovely autumn, with what seemed like summer temperatures, it seems ole man winter is making his way our way. Midway, our l7 year old pup, is reluctant to go out the door to do his business. I am reluctant to walk him in stiff winds. I like it best late at night when a silver moon sends streams of light through bare limbs on the birch tree, and peeks in my window. Sleep descends.


Cheryl is a free-lance columnist who writes about her native southern Illinois, people, places, events, and reflections.  She has written the column since 1976. Contact her at CRTheSouthern@aol.com or 618-993-8173. 

Cheryl is a freelance columnist who writes about her native southern Illinois. She left for college and came right back. Home is home in her heart. Contact her at 618-993-8173 or CRTheSouthern@aol.com
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