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Smoke billows from the beautiful 100+ year old wooden barn at Crosswinds Equine Horse Rescue south of Sidell on Saturday. Photos printed with permission from Crosswinds Equine Rescue Facebook.
Jamaica set to register returning students August 5-6
Registration for the 2014-15 school year at Jamaica is set for Aug. 5-6, 1 to 7 p.m. in the high school computer lab for all returning students in K-12.
New students in Early Childhood through 8th Grade should register in the elementary/junior high office on Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This includes new students to the district, new Early Childhood students and any kindergarten student who did not preregister in April.
If students are unable to register on these dates for Early Childhood through 8th Grade, the elementary/Jr. High office will be open Aug. 8-15 from 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
New this year, all families in the district will be required to fill out a residency verification form. Without proof of residency at the time of registration you will not be allowed to proceed to register your children in the district.
A copy of the residency verification is available on the school’s website, www.jamaica.k12.il.us/ or on the digital locker which is accessible by parents of students.
Fire destroys 37 tons of hay for horses
Four area fire departments were called to a barn fire Saturday evening that completely destroyed a century old barn and 37 ton of new hay bales. The barn was on the Crosswinds Equine Rescue farm three miles southeast of Sidell.
If you would like to donate to help with the purchase of new winter blankets or other expenses caused by the fire, you can go to their Facebook page, Crosswinds Equine Rescue and follow the link to make a donation.
Fish fry, concert in Sidell Saturday
If a generous serving of hand-battered fish doesn’t entice you, how about a free outdoor concert, a beer tent and a raffle to win a $1000 gift certificate?
The Sidell American Legion and Legion Auxiliary and the Sidell Fire Department will bring an evening of food and entertainment on July 26.
A fish fry of hand-battered fish and all the trimmings is $7.50 ($3.50 for kids). Pork BBQ will also be available. You can enjoy your meal inside the air-conditioned building or in the beer tent.
Raffle tickets are being sold for a $1000 gift certificate to Ray O’Herron, which sells guns and ammunition, among other items. Tickets are $10. Proceeds from the sales of the raffle will assist the local veterans’ programs. Tickets can be purchased that evening before the drawing or can be picked up in the Sidell Reporter office or from Sharon and Al Riggle, 288-9076.
A free concert will be held outside the fire station by Trouble and Company. They will perform from 5-7 p.m.
The award-winning performers have been in Sidell before and are crowd pleasers. They perform old rock-and-roll and country. Don’t expect these three guys to just “stand up and sing.” They are called “performers” for a reason!
Bring your lawn chairs for the concert and enjoy an evening of good food and spirits, music and a chance at a $1000 gift certificate.
Fairmount Village buys 1.48 acres next to new fire station
Russell honored with plaque
The Catlin community honored a longtime public servant earlier this month with a dedication of a plaque.
John A. Russell served over 60 years as Catlin Township Clerk, 30 years as Catlin Village Clerk and 25 years on the Catlin School Board.
On July 14 a dedication service was held outside the village/township hall in Catlin where the plaque is located.
Sick of politics
At age 89, Clifford Alexander of Danville, finally gave up the ghost on July 16, 2014. He said many times, “I’ve lived twice as long as I expected and four time longer than I deserve.” Clifford was known to many as “Mr. A.” by the students he taught at Fairchild School over the years. He could never venture out in Danville without being recognized and greeted by someone of one generation or another that had him as a teacher, mentor, or friend.
Most were unaware that Cliff was a veteran who served with the elite Army Ski Corps in Europe during WWII. He was proud of his service, and always had a soft spot for any veteran that needed a few bucks or a helping hand. He was a man that was always drawn to those less fortunate. He chugged around town endlessly in his cool coal black ’56 T-Bird convertible, and was never without his pipe, and friendly wave, or a corny joke.
Mr. A earned his teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University, and his Master’s from the University of Illinois. He was born in Fairmount, and graduated from Urbana High School. He and his wife Dorothy were longtime residents of Walnut Hill, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just a short time before she passed away in 2011.
Clifford was also preceded in death by one son, Cord Alexander. Survivors include one grandson, Justin; numerous nieces and nephews; and special neighbors and friends that have helped him over the rough spots the last few physically challenging years of his life.
Being cantankerous as he sometimes was, he insisted, no he demanded, that no funeral service of any kind be held. He wanted to be remembered in life, not in death. He wanted nothing but a simple graveside service attended by his family. That request will be honored. His wish to be buried behind Catlin IGA will not be. In lieu of flowers Mr. A requested that a small contribution in his name be made to American Legion Post 210 or the GAO Grotto.
He was a 32nd degree Mason, a lifetime honorary member of the Grotto and a loyal member of the Church of the Divine Light in Danville. Being a religious man, he seldom missed a Sunday service. The gentleman was definitely “one of a kind” and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
Private graveside rites at the GAR Cemetery in Homer. American Legion Post 210 will provide military honors. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com
FOR SALE— Star Spangled Recipes cookbook — 545 recipes and 37 pages honoring local veterans are included. $17.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial. Mail c/o Sidell Reporter, P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Proceeds from the book support the upkeep of Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial Board.
FOR SALE—GREAT FOR JAMAICA ALUMNI—“A Look Back At 39 Years of Cardinal Pride.” 40 pages covering Jamaica sports from 1955-1995. Lots of pictures, stats and memories from fans and athletes. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order.
“The 50th Anniversary of Jamaica High School – 1955-2006” commemorative issue. 32 pages with over 100 photos depicting the first 50 years of Jamaica High School. Includes a list of all graduates and teachers. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order