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The Jamaica first graders held their annual Thanksgiving breakfast November 25 as they reenacted the first meal between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Above, top center and clockwise, Raegann Williams, Connor Bond, Ben Craddock, Carter Gan and Cheyan Tutwiler. More photos of the first graders’ breakfast can be seen here.
Knight not seeking Dist. #3 re-election
Fourez, Stone unopposed
Rick Knight will be serving his last year as District 3 Representative on the Vermilion County Board as he has chosen to not seek re-election. Knight will have completed 16 years on the board when his term ends a year from now.
Decorated home; special ornaments sought
The Editor is still in search of several things to finish her wish list for the upcoming Christmas issue. If you can help with these things please contact her and make her Christmas much more cheery! But please hurry! The Christmas issue will be printed two weeks from today!
She is still looking for someone in the area who has their home decorated and would allow photos of their home to be shared in the Christmas issue. It is a “house walk” through photos. Last year the home of Jack and Linda Carder was featured and it was a hit with readers.
The editor would also like to hear about your very special ornament. What makes it special? How long have you had it? How would it make you feel to lose it?
Old Time Photos
And as always, the editor is hoping you will pull out some of those old family photos of you and yours from around the Christmas tree, kids in their pajamas on Christmas morning, the family around the Christmas dinner table, or maybe the youngsters on Santa’s lap.
Contact the editor at 217-288-9365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choral students earn spot in IMEA music festival
Jamaica graduate to fight on live TV December 13
Preserving an American Heritage: Hunting not just for men and kids
Sona L. Baird, 72, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Sona was born May 11, 1941 in Indianola, to Marvin and Esther Tuggle Miles.
She married Glenn Allen Baird April 1989 in Las Vegas, Nev. He preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 2011.
Surviving are two sons, Marvin (Jessica) Personette of Ridge Farm and Rodney Miles of Vandalia; one step-son, Porter (Christine) Baird of Ridge Farm; two daughters, Nancy (Tim) Mounce of Bloomington and Carle (Troy) Ogle of Hillsdale, Ind.; five brothers, Charlie (Bobbi) Miles of Ridge Farm, Kenny (Carol) Miles of Lawton, Okla., Dave (Jo) Miles of Danville, Donnie (Connie) Miles of Anaheim, Calif., and Rick (Roxanne) Miles of Danville; two sisters, Mary Jane (Wesley) Smith of Navasota, Texas, and Betty Conrad of Kingman, Ind.; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Lisa Miles-Kremitzki; three brothers, Jack, Jerry and Larry Miles; and one sister, Marge Dailey.
Sona enjoyed going to flea markets, playing poker, baking and spending time with her family and friends.
Private family services were held. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements.
Memorials to the organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences www.robisonchapel.com.
Arselia S. Ensign, 94, of St. Johns, Mich., formerly of Bannister, Mich., passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Ashley Care Center in Ashley, Mich.
Dr. Arselia Sehler Ensign was born as Arselia Marie Block in Indianola, on June 10, 1919, to Edgar William and Marie Anna (Schweiger) Block.
Upon receiving her BA from U. Illinois in 1941, she began teaching English at the Indianola Community High School. An interest in special education led her to complete a master’s at U. Michigan in 1946.
Arselia went on to develop special ed programs for high school students in Lansing and Grand Rapids, Mich.
While in Grand Rapids, she met and married John Phillip Sehler on June 23, 1956. After his death in Aug. 31, 1962, she decided to focus on further studies. She earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State U. in 1969.
In 1968 she joined the Michigan Department of Education as consultant for programs for the physically and visually handicapped. Arselia was instrumental in founding in 1973 the Physically Impaired Association of Michigan (PIAM), followed by two technology centers located in Lansing and St. Johns, Mich. She worked 50 years as a teacher and administrator.
She met Albert “Corky” Ensign on a flight. They married on Aug. 26, 1973. She moved to his farm in Bannister, Mich. She developed skills in writing poetry and in oil painting. Other abiding interests include the Bannister United Methodist Church, where her funeral will be held, her pets and the cause of animal welfare. Corky died in 2006.
Arselia is survived by her stepchildren, Larry and Orean Ensign of Holt, Mo., David Ensign of Flagstaff, Ariz., Linda Tribley of Bannister, Mich,, Elizabeth Elliott of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cathy and Duane Hampton of Portage, Mich., 15 step-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; six special nieces; and two special nephews.
Funeral services were held today (Thursday) at Bannister United Methodist Church, Bannister, Mich. Visitation was Dec. 4 at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel. Burial was in Ford Cemetery in Gratiot County, Mich.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bannister United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, 221 E. Main Street, Elsie MI 48831.
Virginia L. Fritz, 94, of Georgetown passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. at the home of her daughter surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on January 5, 1919 in Fleming, County, Ky., the daughter of William R. and Elizabeth Zorne Dice. Virginia was united in marriage to Charles C. Fritz in February of 1945. He preceded her on August 25, 1994.
Those who will miss her are her children: Charles Fritz of Urbana, Carolyn (Harold) Collins of Maysville, Ky., Betty (Merl) Hixon of Chrisman, Nina Finchum (Corey Meeks) of Georgetown, Terri (Jack) Dunn of Georgetown; one sister Anna Malapelli of Kentucky. Also her grandchildren: John Michael Collins of Ky., Darlene (Mark) Welte of Kansas, Virginia (Richard) Crouch of Ky., Tom (Crystal) Vire of Georgetown, Charles (Kari) Vire of Georgetown, Kelly (Sue) Handy of Chrisman, Stewart (Jill) Finchum of Georgetown, Scott (Stacy) Finchum of Chester, Ill., Robert (Monica) Dunn of New Albany, Ind., Jared (Windy) Fritz of Fairmount. Also 15 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Virginia was preceded by her parents, a son Donald Thompson, two brothers William and JC Dice and a granddaughter Sandy Jo Dunn.
Virginia worked as a waitress at Ridgeway Lanes in Ridge Farm for several years. She and her husband had owned and operated restaurants in Georgia, Tennessee and Indiana as well. She later worked in home health care service. During WWII, she and her husband lived in Japan during his enlistment with the U.S. Army Airborne.
Virginia enjoyed putting together and mastering puzzles, sewing was a favorite pastime for her and she loved all kinds of flowers. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren all of her life.
A celebration of life funeral service for Virginia L. Fritz was Tuesday at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. Pastor James Blue officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
Memorials may be made in her memory to Presence USMC or Woodlawn Cemetery care fund. Please join Virginia’s family in sharing memories on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Boys take tourney title, lost to St. Joe.
Girls take fifth in tourney
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