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“Treating the Bark vs. Adjusting
You walk into your Chiroprac-
tor’s office, hop on a table and point
to where it hurts... expecting to get
adjusted right in that very spot. But
the Chiropractor starts working on
a totally different part of your spine,
not even close to where you feel the
pain. Why is that?
There’s an old saying that goes
when you step on a dog’s tail, it
barks out the other end. In Chiro-
practic that means, where you hurt
(the bark) isn’t necessarily where the
problem is (the tail). Many times the
pain you feel in one area is actually a
referred symptom from somewhere
else. For example, someone with sci- Combining the skills and ex- cern for your well-being!
atica may feel pain down their leg, pertise of chiropractic and wellness
but the source of their problem is care, Dr. Laurie Mestdagh and the When you are ready to start
a Subluxation (vertebral misalign- Columbia Chiropractic team are your journey towards Optimal
ment) in their spine. committed to bringing Columbia, Health simply call our office on 618-
Chiropractors recognize that if Dupo, East Carondelet, Waterloo, 281-6167 to receive a complimen-
you remove the cause of someone’s Valmeyer, Millstadt and Cahokia, tary consultation and exam with Dr
symptom, the body will no longer IL better health naturally by teach- Mestdagh.
have a need to produce it. That’s ing and practicing the principles of
why the main focus of a Chiroprac- chiropractic and wellness care.
tic visit is to locate and correct the
underlying problem, and not the su- When you
perficial effect. Chasing after symp- choose Co-
toms is like a dog chasing after its lumbia Chi-
own tail. You only end up spinning ropractic you
around and around until you get are assured of
dizzy, confused and frustrated. It’s receiving only
much smarter to address the under- the finest qual-
lying cause. ity care through
At Columbia Chiropractic we the use of mod-
are dedicated to saving lives, extend- ern chiroprac-
ing lives, and improving the lives tic equipment
of the residents of the Columbia, and technol-
Dupo, East Carondelet, Waterloo, ogy. Dr. Laurie
Valmeyer, Millstadt and Cahokia Mestdagh and
areas. his team have
a genuine con-
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Is Your Portfolio Like a Baseball aspirations.
Team? You may never find yourself sur-
rounded by the greatest ballplayers
in the world — but remembering
If you’re a baseball fan, you’re no goal. And the mix of investments in these traits can help keep your port-
doubt aware that the MLB All-Star your portfolio needs to work togeth- folio “in the game.”
Game is being played on July 12. er to help achieve the various goals
But while you’ll probably appreci- you’ve established, such as a com- This article was written by Ed-
ate the grace and skill of the players, fortable retirement, college for your ward Jones for use by your local Ed-
you may not realize just how much children and a legacy for your fam- ward Jones Financial Advisor.
a baseball team can teach you about ily. To work toward your individual
other aspects of life — such as in- objectives, you will need to create an
vesting. investment mix that’s based on your
Specifically, consider the follow- risk tolerance, time horizon, family
ing characteristics: situation and other factors.
Consistency — Baseball teams Flexibility — While every mem-
need to be consistent. They choose ber of a professional baseball team
quality players and must have the is a good player, one might be bet-
patience and discipline to stick with ter than another in a given situation.
those players during slumps. As an For instance, a faster runner might
investor, you should choose quality pinch-run for someone else. And
investments and have the patience as you move on in your “game” of
and discipline to stick with them life, you will need flexibility in mak-
over the long haul. ing your investment decisions. As
one example, when you near retire-
Diversification — A baseball ment, you may want to reduce your
team doesn’t have just one type of exposure to risk somewhat, so you
player — it contains pitchers, catch- might decide to replace some — but
ers, infielders and outfielders. Your certainly not all — of your growth-
portfolio also needs to be diversi- oriented vehicles with investments
fied because if you own only a single that can offer greater protection of
type of investment, and a market your principal.
downturn strikes that asset class
particularly hard, your portfolio Good management — Even the
could take a big hit. Owning a diver- best group of baseball players needs
sified mix of stocks, bonds, govern- a manager to guide them and make
ment securities, certificates of de- decisions during a ball-
posit (CDs) and other investments game. And to help you
can help reduce the effect of market make investment choic-
volatility on your holdings. Keep in es during different times
mind, though, that diversification, in your life, you might
by itself, can’t guarantee a profit or benefit from working
protect against loss. with a financial profes-
sional — someone who
Unity — While a baseball team knows your risk toler-
contains a diverse collection of play- ance, investment pref-
ers, they all strive toward a common erences and long-term
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McLean County continues inching Hellhole” jurisdiction. The reality
is that businesses look carefully at
closer to becoming a “judicial hell- where to locate a business and the
litigation climate is a significant fac-
hole” tor in the decision making process. It
is not the only factor, obviously but
By Travis Akin Inc. when there was no evidence the it certainly is something companies
Executive Director, Illinois Law- plaintiff ever worked for these com- consider. Once a county develops a
suit Abuse Watch panies or was exposed to asbestos reputation as a magnet for lawsuits,
by any products made by the three it is difficult to recruit new business
Illinois’ reputation as a lawsuit companies. and opportunities. The last thing
magnet was not made overnight. It In a recent asbestos case filed McLean County needs is a reputa-
took time as hotspots such as Madi- against Honeywell International tion of being a plaintiffs’ paradise.
son, St. Clair and Cook Counties Inc., McLean County Judge Paul Lawmakers recently passed
became destination jurisdictions for Lawrence directed a verdict for the significant tax hikes into law and
personal injury lawyers looking to plaintiff before the defense even had put Illinois communities at a com-
hit the “Lawsuit Lottery.” a chance to say anything. A few days petitive disadvantage in terms of at-
Madison, St. Clair and Cook later, the jury awarded the plaintiff tracting new businesses and oppor-
Counties have long been fixtures in $4.3 million. tunities. We simply cannot afford to
the annual “Judicial Hellhole” re- Judge Lawrence applied the add to our growing reputation as a
port and for years these three coun- conspiracy theory to the case even state hostile to job growth and job
ties have appeared to be unwilling to though neither the plaintiff nor her creation by enshrining yet another
share the spotlight for being some of husband ever worked at Honeywell “Judicial Hellhole” jurisdiction in Il-
the worst jurisdictions in the coun- or were in any way ever connected linois.
try for legal fairness. to the company. McLean County, and all Illinois
Unfortunately for Illinois, the This is the equivalent of filing a counties for that matter, should be
usual suspects have apparently lawsuit against Sears for something working to create more jobs instead
added a new member to the gang. that happened 50 years ago at a J.C. of creating a litigation climate that
Last December, McLean County Penney store. only serves to import lawsuits and
was cited in the American Tort Re- In the past, Madison, St. Clair drive jobs and opportunities away.
form Association’s annual “Judicial and Cook Counties have been at the ###
Hellholes” report as a jurisdiction center of Illinois’ growing legal cli-
to watch. The inclusion of McLean mate concerns. Now McLean Coun- Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-
County in the report was intended ty seems to be descending deeper LAW) is a grassroots watchdog group
to be a warning of what could hap- and deeper into “Hellhole” status. of concerned citizens, community
pen should the situation in McLean The situation is not improving rath- leaders and small business people
County get any worse. er it is getting worse. dedicated to educating the public
Sadly, the situation has indeed It does not take long to build a about the widespread costs of lawsuit
gotten worse. reputation as a lawsuit magnet but it abuse. I-LAW has more than 10,000
Shortly after being cited in the takes a long time to shed that repu- supporters throughout Illinois. Any-
report, a McLean County jury de- tation. Just talk to the folks in Madi- one interested in becoming a support-
livered an eye-opening $90 mil- son County. er of I-LAW or learning more about
lion judgment against Honeywell stopping lawsuit abuse in Illinois can
International Inc., Pneumo Abex, The last thing our state needs visit www.ILLawsuitAbuseWatch.
Owens-Illinois Inc. and John Crane right now is yet another “Judicial org.
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618-719-4409 The skies above Cahokia and Dupo were alive 31 Classifieds
with the sound of stunt and military planes Fri-
OFFICE HOURS day as the Fair St. Louis air show performers
Monday - Friday made their practice runs.
9am - 5 pn
Published Weekly By 26 CONTAMINATION 2011
Barnabas Grupo, Inc. Conventions and conferences sweep through
300 Lime Street the St Louis area all year long. Most of them
Dupo, IL 62239 designed to help sell products and services. But
there are a few that go far beyond that scope.
COVER: Photo by Monte Miller
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Dupo Musicians Trying to
Take Next Step in Their Musi-
By Jamie Carter
The music business is a tough,
competitive business to be in. With
so many musical styles and influ-
ences and so many more individuals
seeking to make music, the attempt
to be noticed and appreciated can
be a difficult one. The members that would not fit the format of his
of Hearts Like Lead (Dupo natives band ‘Delmore’. Delmore was a
Derek Carter and Deric Lindsey) band consisting primarily of Dupo
are familiar with this despite their musicians. (Carter, Lindsey, Ted
young age. Biermann and Aron Lowrey) Del-
Hearts Like Lead recently played more had some moderate success in
Ciceros Restaurant Club in the Uni- the St Louis area playing clubs like
versity City loop. Ciceros is consid- Van Patricks, Jailhouse Rock, Pops
ered a stepping stone venue for art- and the now defunct Creepy Crawl.
ists in the St Louis area who seek to The band built a respectable follow-
be signed by a recording label. It’s ing but broke up after a three year
not easy to get added to shows there run.
with so many artists competing for Carter, determined to continue
slots. This is the second time that his musical journey, continued to
Carter has played there, the first for write and record by himself. Using
Lindsey. the name Hearts Like Lead, Carter
Hearts Like Lead is a musical played St Louis clubs like Fubar,
project started by Carter about three The Firebird and now Ciceros as a
years ago. Initially it was an outlet solo act. Unsatisfied with how his from acoustic to electric guitar and
for some material he was writing songs sounded live Carter moved then contacted his life-long friend
Lindsey to join him on drums. The
result has brought a new energy to
the songs that had been missing and
those hearing the duo last Saturday
at Ciceros are responding.
With the bare bones instrumen-
tation comparisons to the ‘White
Stripes’ would be not be uncom-
mon. But Lindsey’s beats are much
more involved and not nearly as
continued page 22
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Around the Village
By Monte Miller
Tired of hearing your kids tell-
ing you they’re bored? Well send
them to camp.
They don’t have to pack their
clothes or sleep in a tent, All they
have to do is go to the YMCA.
For the past four summers, the
Cahokia Area YMCA has offered
weekly summer camps for kids in Spanish.” kids enrolled in the camps, but reg-
that exercise their bodies and their Weekly camp themes this sum- istration is open and Brown said she
brains. mer include: Getting to know you, and the YMCA staff would love to
“We offer a traditional camp Nature/Go green, Sports, Science, see more.
with a bit of educational too,” said Arts, Picture this, Public Safety, Kids can join the camps each
program director Ann Brown. “The Technology, Careers and Back to week prices are $90 per week for
YMCA works with all of the Ca- School. YMCA members and $120 for non-
hokia schools so we know some of Brown said the back to school members.
the kids need a little help.” week is designed to get kids ready to Brown explained the YMCA
The typical day begins around hit the books again after a summer also has scholarships available for
9 a.m. with breakfast served by Mi- free from teachers and homework. the summer camps and kids are
chelle’s Place daycare and after a The goal is to get their mindsets usually not turned away even if
quick break; the kids begin physical back into learning and not just play- their parents can’t afford to pay the
fitness activities by 10. time. full price. The YMCA is also always
Brown said the children love to The ages of the campers range looking for volunteers of all ages.
play the game four-square and the from six to 12 years old, who are “We really want to get the mes-
competition can get very heavy. chaperoned and mentored by kids sage out,” Brown said. “We have fun
The children rotate from the 13 to 15 years old. and we’re a safe place to be.”
physical fitness exercises to other The Counselors in Training For more information on the
activities that help them flex their not only help out with the younger YMCA summer day camps feel free
mental muscles. The children are campers, but also learn valuable life to contact Ann brown at abrown@
also served lunch at the YMCA if lessons beneficial to teens. ymcaswil.com or by phone at 337-
they can still long enough to eat. Brown said one of the classes 2217.
“Each week of camp has a they were about to begin was fi- There is a registration fee of $25
theme,” Brown explained. “One nance or budget 101 to teach the and CHASI is accepted.
week was green week and another teens how to manage their money Look for pictures of the sum-
was international week where the and the value of a dollar. mer camp activities in future issues
kids learned how to say a few words Currently, there are about 50 of the Community Times.
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Success Story- Cahokia Village
Princella Cotton Website a Great
July 2011 source for infor-
Why Atrium Health Care should
be your #1 Choice of Care! The village’s website is
Atrium Health Care & Reha- www.cahokiaillinois.org
bilitation Center of Cahokia would
like to congratulate Princella Cot- The village’s website is
ton on her successful return home. www.cahokiaillinois.org .
Princella came to Atrium after a The website has so many
hospitalization and needed Therapy helpful forms, tools, resources,
to get her on the road to recovery. p Princella Cotton calendars, etc. for residents and
She was dependent on her daily care
businesses. Check out the website
and wanted to reach goals to return
as well as make suggestions for
home and live independent.
She began Atrium Health Care’s what you might want to see at the
Destination Home therapy program sight.
working on gait training, balance,
transfers, strengthening, and activi-
ties of daily living. Princella worked
with Physical Therapy & Occupa-
tional Therapy daily to reach her
goals to return home and live inde-
Congratulations to Princella on
her successful return home from
all the staff and residents at Atrium
Health Care. We are happy you are
back home and doing great! If you
or someone you know could benefit
from our Destination Home skilled p Huffmann School getting a new roof
services at Atrium, please contact While the kids are away the workers will play. Well actually they will be
Susie at (618) 337-9400. working hard to get repairs and renovations done on all of the Cahokia
schools. With summer break half over, the clock is ticking and it will be
just a few short weeks until the halls will be filled with the pitter patter of
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Huffhines/Brouhard Ean Alexander Niewe-
Engagement glowski dedicated
Library District and
present the 2011
Maria Christina Huffhines and Ean Alexander Nieweglowski
Gregory Ray Brouhard anounce was dedicated Sunday, July 3, 2011
The Theme for this years Sum-
their engagement and wedding at Bluffview Christian Center -
mer Reading Program is A Mid-
plans on Saturday, September 3, Church of the Nazarene with proud
summer Knight’s Read ....Regis-
2011. grandfather Pastor Ronald Hebel of-
Their ceremony will be held at ficating the dedication.
tration begins on June 7 and will
Bluffview Christian Center in Dupo Ean is the son of Chris & Lori continue through June 21st.
with reception in Columbia. (Hebel) Nieweglowski of Dupo. Our first performer will be the
St.Louis Zoo presenting Wonders
of Water on June 28, followed by
children’s author Loretta Haynes
on July 5. Loretta will be present-
ing her new book, 10 Little Pen-
nies for some Bubblegum.
Serengeti Steve will be bring-
ing his snakes and reptiles on July
We will have a knight in a real
medieval suit of armor to tell us
about values and chivalry on July
Ms. Dianne asks that you please
stop by the library to register, pick
up some great books to read and
p A trucker carrying a coiled steal payload tried to make the turn onto join her for some summer fun.
the old Futura drive, only yo find itself out of room and in the ditch. Two
large tow trucks had to be used to get the truck out.
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Levee District DuPont Levee District president
Mike Sullivan. “It will satisfy FEMA.
had the same studies done on their
sections of the levees.
has a plan, but We’re working with the Corps, but
there is just no funding. Right now
The England based Engineering
firm Amec is conducting the studies
does FEMA we are just waiting. ”
Sullivan said there has already
for all of the levee districts.
The entire project to update the
agree? been $2 million spent on the levee
remediation that started with a de-
levee system is estimated to cost
tailed study on the levees which in- As the wait continues, Sullivan
By Monte Miller cluded core samples being drilled assured residents the levees are fine
and GPS flyovers for mapping. and in no danger of failing. Nearby
In 2007, the Federal Emergency The study started in 2008 after residents shouldn’t worry about
Management Agency said the levee money was allocated from St. Clair them even with the heavy rains
system that projects the metro east County. we’ve had in the past few weeks.
didn’t meet standards and threat- “We had to pay 35 percent of the
ened to decertify the levee system $2 million,” Sullivan said. “Chair-
because of water under seepage man (Mark) Kern got us the money
through sand under the levees. to get started. The Corps didn’t have
This move would have cost the the money to pay their half either,
region millions in business and so he got us $1.25 million. St. Clair
cost homeowners who would be County also joined together with
forced to purchase expensive flood Madison and Monroe Counties.”
insurance. The levee system in our back-
Last month, the Prairie Du- yard was not the only section affect-
Pont/Fish Lake levee district an- ed. Levees stretching from Alton to
nounced their plans for repairs on south of Columbia were in jeopardy.
the 14 mile section of levee in East Sullivan said in addition to Prairie
Carondelet and Cahokia that would DuPont/Fish Lake, Wood River and
handle a 100 year flood. Metro East levee districts have also
At the same time, the Army
Corps of Engineers has a plan for
repairs to hold a 500 year flood that
would take until 2044 to complete.
The two parties are trying to com-
bine aspects of both plans.
Although the Corps of Engi-
neers plan in more extensive and in-
volves more renovations, the Corps
doesn’t have the money to pay for
it. On the other hand, the levee dis-
trict does have the money to pay for
The $18 million plan is expected
to take five years to complete and
will be paid for by a special tax that
was instituted by St. Clair County to
p The Prairie DuPont/Fish Lake levee district have announced a five-
pay for levee repairs.
year $18 million plan to remediate the levees and satisfy requirements set
“We’ve got the money to do the
forth by FEMA after they threatened to decertify the levees in 2007.
100 year flood plan,” said Prairie
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will affect land-
By Monte Miller
The plans for levee remediation
will fix some problems, but nearby
residents and landowners will pay a
A plan approved recently by
FEMA and implemented by the
Prairie DuPont/Fish Lake levee dis- p Residents and farmers who own/use land along the levees may soon
trict calls for a couple of remedies to lose some of their property to new berm blankets and relief wells called
the under seepage problem identi- for in a remediation plan to keep the levees from being decertified by the
fied by the Federal Emergency Man- Federal Emergency Management Agency.
agement Agency while inspecting
the levee system in 2007.
“The engineering company has
suggested berm blankets and relief
wells,” Prairie DuPont Levee District
president Mike Sullivan explained.
“This is just 30 percent of the total
plan, but it satisfies FEMA and is a
100 year flood plan.”
He explained berm blankets
simply mean adding more soil to the
land side of the levees and extending
the blanket of dirt further out from
the side of the levee.
The plan calls for about 25 of
p In this aerial shot of Dupo you can see the amount of flooding in the
these berm blankets to be placed
river basin. Bluffview Elementary can be seen in the bottom center of the
in various sizes along the 14 mile
section of the levee covered by the
PDP/Fish Lake district. The same Sullivan said the berm blankets “Relief wells are 24 inch wide
recommendations have been made are the most cost effective to install pipes that go down to bedrock,”
and should be implemented by the and there is really no upkeep costs Sullivan explained. “They allow the
Wood River and Metro East levee after installation. The additional water under the levees to rise up
districts to the north. dirt that will extend into farm fields the pipes instead of seeping under
“Some of these can extend about and even yards cannot be disturbed, them.”
300 feet out from the levee,” Sullivan thus the property will be lost. Sullivan said the plans call for
said. “Some of them are a half mile The second remedy recom- between 180 and 200 of these relief
wide and others are much smaller. mended to be added to the levee wells to be installed along the levee
The biggest one is probably a mile system are relief wells, which will system at a cost of $60,000 each.
wide.” also affect residents.
continued page 20
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Safe and Sound: Monday Security
has business locked up in Cahokia
By Monte Miller and right, it can make things a little
difficult for a security business, bust
They protect the things you love Monday has stayed afloat.
from the people you don’t. That is “We run this company on hon-
how Monday Security president esty, sincerity and diligence,” Mar-
Don Marston sums up his company. ston explained. “You never, ever lie
Monday Security Corporation, to a customer and have to be inter-
which specializes in bank safes and ested in everything they need, even
vaults, moved to Cahokia in 2004 if it is paper clips. In my opinion,
from Webster Groves, where it was banks will always be around. People
based since 1921. want to walk into a real lobby and
“Moving to Cahokia was the drive-up windows have become in-
greatest thing we ever did,” Marston creasingly popular. Nothing will
said. “We were warmly welcomed ever take the place of polished, ing back on the market. He would
and made to feel very comfortable.” warm people.” then take the equipment back to St.
Marston added their location Marston purchased the compa- Louis and sell it.
on Route 3 (Mississippi Avenue) is ny from its founder Toby Monday in Marston began his security ca-
great for the easy access to St. Louis 1968 on a handshake. reer nearly 50 years ago at age 20,
and all of the major interstates near- Toby Monday was a master when he began learning the ropes of
by. locksmith, safe mechanic and lock- safe mechanics.
“It’s the easiest place to get I’ve smith. When he moved to St. Louis, “I’ m a hard-working farm boy,
ever worked,” he said. “Everybody he would get up at 3 a.m. and listen who does what he is told to do and
is happy with the location and the to the radio for burglaries. whatever is necessary,” Marston
building is excellent.” Most people that burglarize said. “Opening safes is hard work.
Monday Security Corporation safes don’t get into them. He would It’s a good profession, but you’ll nev-
deals in everything from refurbish- then show up and open the safes er get rich at it. It’s fun to be able to
ing 150 year old safes to the latest that had been damaged. That’s how help people.”
and greatest state of the art secu- he got started and after a while, he Although his shop in Cahokia
rity systems. The company also spe- was being called on a regular basis is filled with safes, vault doors and
cializes in banking needs from the to open burglarized safes. safe deposit boxes of all shapes
ground up. Because there were no large se- and sizes, some dating back to the
“I don’t think there is a bank in curity companies in St. Louis, Mon- 1850’s, waiting for refurbishing, his
this area that we haven’t sold some- day began working for the larger true love is for the large bank vault
thing to,” Marston said. “We can do dealers, installing their products doors that can weigh up to 40,000
anything from purchasing property, into banks and businesses. pounds.
engineering, architecture and con- When the stock market crashed, “There is nothing more roman-
struction of banking facilities. We banks began to fail; Monday would tic or makes more of a statement
can make it real easy if you want to.” come into towns where the bank had than a round vault door,” Mar-
When your business depends closed, buy the building, take the ston said. “After the installation, a
on banks and banks are closing left equipment out and have the build- 30,000-pound swinging vault door
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is so well balanced it can be opened
and closed with two fingers.”
All of the installation and refur-
bishing of the old vault doors is done
by hand and that can sometimes be
a tricky process.
“They are some of the most
beautiful things ever made,” Mar-
ston said. “And, they were only
made in one spot and that’s right
here in the U.S.”
Marston told the story of install-
ing a 40,000-pound door in a bank
in Denver with a floor that was a bit
“I told the people at the bank
that they had to shore up the floor like the ones in movies. ventory that also includes safes of all
or they were going to die,” Marston Systems, such as high tech retina, shapes and sizes, safe deposit boxes
said. “If they didn’t shore it up, I fingerprint and biometric scanners, and anything else you can think of
was going to leave the door on their as well as infra-red and temperature that locks or keeps people, places or
front steps.” controlled security systems. things secure.
The men laid three sheets of “Retina scans are stupid,” Marston
three quarter inch plywood and on said. “If you have a bad cold or an
top of that laid steel strips to move eye injury, the scan doesn’t work
the door into place. and you’re locked out. Thumbprints
“The chairman of the board of are the same way. If you hurt your
the bank was watching us and talk- hand, your fingerprint changes.
ing,” Marston said. “I told him that “Biometrics (x-ray) is the best
he had to be quiet so I could listen to approach. Even if you have an inju-
the floor to hear if it was giving way. ry, the scan will pick up three of the
I sent him, his family and everyone five points in your hand. The pos-
else to the mezzanine to watch qui- sibility of someone duplicating that
etly.” is 1 in 100 million.”
The men put 200 braces in the Since moving to Cahokia, Mar-
basement to hold up the floor, and ston said business is thriving. He
once t, and once the door was in hasn’t had a vacation in 43 years and
place Marston asked the chairman’s doesn’t plan on retiring any time
young daughter to close the door for soon.
the first time. “A lot of things are exactly the same
“She was a very small girl. I as they were when I started,” Mar-
asked her if she had ever moved ston said. “Now, we’re not just pro-
40,000 pounds of metal,” Marston tecting the money, we’re protecting
said. “She said ‘no’ and then easily the people that have it.”
swung the door shut with two fin- A row of refurbished safes,
gers some more than 150 years old, sit in
Monday doesn’t just do safes and the warehouse at Monday Security
vaults. They are also on the cutting Corporation in Cahokia. These are
edge of electronic security systems just a small part of the massive in-
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Tasers: A shock- has been controversial.
“We have not encountered any
ing tool for law issues with the Tasers when dealing
with the threat to officers or citizens
enforcement in the course of law enforcement
duties,” Jones explained. “ However,
we have encountered battery prob-
By Monte Miller lems with the Tasers.
Jones added most of those issues
In early 2004, the Cahokia Police were with the original Tasers.
department began carrying Tasers “Last year, our department pur-
on patrols throughout the village. At chased new X26 Tasers for all the
the time, the Taser was the newest patrol officers and those issues were
tool in the arsenal. resolved,” he said. “The X26 taser are suspect is fine and shows no ill ef-
“I feel the Taser is a great tool in a smaller, lighter version of the M26. fects from the Taser.
law enforcement, of course I believe The X26 fits nicely on the officer’s Some Tasers are also equipped
the best tool is a police canine,” Ca- duty belt.” with a laser sighting system and
hokia Police Chief James Jones said. Tasers are controlled energy uses replaceable cartridges that are
“In some circumstances, the officer weapons that use propelled wires to a one-time use item. The cartridges
gains compliance with the combat- conduct energy that affects the sen- contain a capsule of compressed ni-
ive suspect by just removing the sory and motor skill. trogen that fire the electrodes out at
Taser from the holster and advising A Taser is considered a “less than 160 feet per second.
what could take place if the suspect lethal” weapon that can be fired at When the Taser is fired, two
continues to disobey an order.” a distance of up to 21 feet and im- wires shoot out of a cartridge and
Since local police departments mediately knocks the suspect down stick into a suspect.
began using Tasers, the case of of- with a 26 amp current of electricity. The probes that shoot out of the
ficer injury have gone down, due to The current attacks the central cartridge need only be two and a
less physical contact between the of- nervous system without affecting half inches from the skin to be effec-
ficers and rowdy subjects. the heart rate, vital organs or leaving tive thus, the Taser will still work if
“The Taser allows an officer in any permanent marks on the skin. someone is wearing multiple layers
to avoid a hand to hand battle with The electric current cycles for of clothing or a heavy coat.
a combative suspect,” Jones said. five seconds, or until the trigger is
“Since the institution of the Taser, pulled again. After the cycle the continued page 22
officers injured as the result of a
combative suspect have been greatly
lowered, saving the Village of Ca-
hokia money in regards to worker’s
They have also reduced the use
of pepper spray, which can subdue
a subject, but it also contaminates
the arresting officer and innocent
bystanders as well.
Although Tasers have been in use
by thousands of police departments
around the country, and the overall
reports are positive, there have been
a few cases involving Taser use that
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Cahokia hosts air show performers
By Monte Miller just feet of each other as they per- and made their way out of the other
form numerous aerobatic maneu- air traffic and headed out over Co-
The skies above Cahokia and vers like barrel rolls, loops and flips lumbia and Millstadt before the
Dupo were alive with the sound of all at break-neck speeds. pilots really showed their stuff per-
stunt and military planes Friday as The team exclusively flies the forming their aerobatics flawlessly.
the Fair St. Louis air show perform- North American AT-6 Texan, which After several hair raising stunts
ers made their practice runs. first appeared in 1938. It was origi- the planes made their way back over
As it has for many years, St. nally designed as a training plane Cahokia and performed a few low
Louis Downtown Airport was host for the newborn Army Air Corps. speed passes over the neighborhood
to the flyers and their wide array of The Texan was the primary trainer surrounding the airport. After a
stunt and historic planes. during World War II for pilots that
The planes began arriving later flew the P-51 Mustang, F4U
Thursday evening, and Friday the Corsair, P-40 Warhawk and many
airport was buzzing with activity as other of the early fighter planes.
the air acts made last minute preps The AT-6 Texan has a wingspan
and took media and VIPs on flights of 42 feet and a length of 29 and half
to show off their skills. feet. It’s maximum take-off weight
The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team is 5,617 pounds, with a maximum
is just one of the dozens of flyers level speed of 212 miles per hour.
performing at the 2001 Fair St. Lou- The normal operating range is 870
The Aeroshell team of four pi- The flight began as any other
lots have been performing for more as the planes taxi out to the runway
than 20 years and have amassed and wait for take-off clearance from
thousands of hours of flight time in the tower.
front of air show audiences all over When clearance is given, the
the country. planes take off one by one, but soon
Pilots Bryan Regan, Mark Hen- join each other in formation, just a
ley, Steve Gustafson and Gene Mc- few feet apart at the wingtips.
Neely fly their vintage planes within The quartet flew south over Dupo
continued page 16
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flourish of a finish, the planes were
safely back on terra firma.
Unfortunately, for the pilots,
they only had a few minutes rest and
were already prepping their planes
for a special private air show Friday
The planes and their pilots will
be in Cahokia the entire weekend
and will be performing several air
shows on the St. Louis Riverfront
for the Fourth of July weekend.
Air shows are scheduled for
noon and 4:30 p.m. on July 2, noon
and 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 and
1:30 on Monday July 4th.
B ut, if you live in Cahokia, all you Why drive, when history is right
really need to do is go in your back-
yard, look up in the sky and you’re here?
almost guaranteed to see something
special. By Monte Miller visitors to stay open, the historic
Special thanks to Dwayne Hoff- Martin-Boismenue house located
mann for his assistance in photo- With gas prices through the on Water Street in north Dupo has
graphing the flight and the planes roof and the economy struggling, been shuttered since 2008 and all of
on the ground. wouldn’t you like to take an historic its artifacts were moved to the Ca-
trip back in time and it hardly cost a hokia sites.
thing? Well you can. Maintenance is still done on the
Hidden behind the Cahokia property, but it is no longer open to
village hall is one of the oldest and the public regularly.
most historically significant land- The iconic courthouse was built
marks in St. Clair County and even as a residence around 1740, when
all of Illinois. present-day Illinois was a colony of
The Cahokia Courthouse has France.
been a fixture in the community for In 1793, the structure was pur-
many years, but there are some resi- chased by the Common Pleas Court
dents that have either never been or of the United States Northwest Ter-
take it for granted. ritory and subsequently became a
Even if you are not that big on center of territorial political and le-
history, if you live in Cahokia or gal activity.
Dupo, this is part of your heritage. The building is historically sig-
During the spring, summer and nificant as the oldest courthouse in
fall, the courthouse and nearby Jar- Illinois and the only one remaining
rot Mansion receive about 300 visi- from the state’s territorial period
tors each month. (1787-1818).
As with most state funded pro- For twenty-four years the Ca-
grams in Illinois the local historic hokia Courthouse served as a U.S.
sites have suffered. territorial courthouse and an im-
Although the courthouse and portant center of political activity in
Jarrot Mansion still get enough the Old Northwest.
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By 1814, with St. Clair County’s
jurisdiction decreasing to its present
size, demands for a centrally located
county seat, and floods constantly
threatening Cahokia, the county
seat was moved to the newly created
town of Belleville.
In addition to serving as a pri-
vate residence, post office, county
seat, and courthouse, it has also
been a town hall, school and even a
saloon. The building itself has also
been well traveled and was almost
lost to history.
By 1901, the condition of the
building had deteriorated so badly it
was just being used as storage shed
for farm equipment. p The Cahokia Courthouse, Jarrot Mansion and Martin-Boismenue
The Courthouse was moved to House are time capsules that offer a look into early life in our area, the
St. Louis for the 1904 World’s Fair, Jarrot Mansion and Cahokia Courthouse receive about 300 visitors each
and in 1906 to Chicago’s Jackson month, but the Boismenue House in north Dupo has been shuttered since
Park, where it stood until 1939 when 2008.
it was moved back to Cahokia.
At that time, an extensive arche- with historical pictures of the differ- The Cahokia courthouse and
ological dig began on the original ent shapes and forms the structure related sites are open to the pub-
courthouse grounds on Elm Street. has taken over its 250-year plus life. lic Tuesday through Saturday from
During the dig, the original, 2-feet The displays also contains everyday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Sun-
thick foundation was found and the items unearthed in the archeologi- day, Monday and all major holidays.
courthouse reconstructed on the cal dig of the late 1930’s and histori- For more information call 332-1782.
site. cal accounts of the buildings role as Admission is free.
The courthouse was rededicated a post office and a look at life at life
in May of 1940 and has been a fix- in the colonial times.
ture ever since.
One other interesting piece of
history from the Cahokia Court-
house was the six month visit of ex-
plorers Lewis and Clark.
In the winter of 1803, the pair
and their entourage began using the
courthouse, which was the then the
center of government in the area, as
a place to send and receive informa-
tion from then president Thomas
Jefferson through the westernmost
post office in the United States.
Inside the courthouse are fea-
tured displays detailing Lewis and
Clark’s visit as the physical history
of the building itself brought to life
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sports from the grizzlies den
Grizzlies Split Double Header fourth in the league. Parker has 13
doubles, 7 home runs and four sto-
The Gateway Grizzlies and phens and Luis Rivera home runs. Lisk, who was selected as the
Washington Wild Things split a The Grizzlies scored twice in the starting designated hitter for the
doubleheader on Monday at GCS third on an Agreste two-run single. contest, leads the league with 44
Ballpark in front of 5,872, the third Washington tacked on a run in the runs batted in. In 39 games, he is
largest crowd of the season. The fifth and two more in the sixth to get batting .329 with 14 doubles, one
Grizzlies took game one 7-4 and a 9-3 win and salvage the double- triple and seven home runs. Lisk
Washington upended Gateway 9-3 header split. Ryan Juarez (0-1) took is fourth in the league with 22 ex-
in game two. The win in game one the loss for Gateway, giving up five tra base hits and fifth with 90 total
gave the Grizzlies the series win, runs in 2 2/3 in his first professional bases.
their first in a month. start. Brackman, who picked up his
In game one, the Wild Things league leading sixth win Saturday
scored three runs on two hits in the FOUR GRIZZLIES MAKE THE evening is currently sitting on a
first inning off of Grizzlies starter ALL-STAR GAME 6-2 record for the 2011 season. He
Blake Barber. Chris Sidick drove is currently tied for first with nine
in a run on a single, Derek Perren The Gateway Grizzlies have an- starts and leads the Frontier League
had a sacrifice fly and another Wild nounced that four players have been with 64 1/3 innings pitched. Brack-
Things run scored on a Barber wild selected to the 2011 Frontier League man carries a 2.24 ERA (fifth in the
pitch. All-Star Game. First baseman Lo- league) and is second with 55 strike-
Gateway (17-25) came back gan Parker,Catcher Charlie Lisk, outs.
though to take a 4-3 lead in the pitchers Mark Brackman and Chris Enourato, who took over the
fourth inning. After DJ Fitzgerald Enourato will represent the West closer role a few weeks ago, came
grounded out, Brian Harris ripped a Division in the mid-summer clas- to the Grizzlies this past off-season
single to left and Joe Agreste drove sic to be held at Lake Eries’ All Pro after being released by the Toronto
him in on his first triple of the sea- Freight Stadium on July 13th. Blue Jays organization. In 16 games,
son. Logan Parker and Charlie Lisk Lisk has been selected the previ- he leads the Grizzlies pitching staff
then followed with back-to-back ous four seasons. Parker and Brack- in appearances and holds a team
home runs, the eighth of the season man will be making their second ap- best 0.44 ERA. He has three saves
for both of them. pearance while Enourato’s selection to go along with 20 strikeouts in 20
Gateway tacked on three more is his first in the Frontier League. 2/3 innings pitched.
runs on three hits in the fifth to take “I am very proud of these players,”
a 7-3 lead. Agreste drove in a run on said Grizzlies Manager Phil Warren. CRUSHERS EDGE GRIZZLIES,
a single and Parker knocked home “They are deserving of this opportu- TAKE SERIES
two with a double. Nick Walters (1- nity and I know they will represent
1) got the win for Gateway, throw- the Grizzlies and the West Division Lake Erie scored three runs
ing a scoreless inning of relief. Rich- accordingly.” Heading into Mon- in the eighth and ninth innings to
ard Barrett went 1 2/3 to notch his day’s contest, Parker and Lisk sit break a 1-1 tie and edge Gateway
first save of the summer. first and second in batting average 4-1 on Wednesday evening at GCS
In game two, Washington (17- for the Grizzlies. Ballpark. The loss was the fifth for
24) scored once in the second and In 38 games, Parker leads the the Grizzlies in five games against
three times in the fifth to take a Grizzlies and is sixth in the league the Crushers this season. In ad-
6-0 lead that they would never re- with a .340 batting average. His dition the Grizzlies have now lost
linquish. The Washington third in- 38 RBI’s are good for second in the three games in a row.
ning was highlighted by Eric Ste- league along with 33 runs scored for Kent Gerst got the Grizzlies on
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the board in the first inning with his seven batters of the game reached
first home in a Gateway (17-27) uni- base against Gateway starter Brad
form. Gerst, who hit just one homer Stone. Kyle Shaffer capped off the
in 82 games last season with Windy big first inning for Lake Erie with a
City and Southern Illinois, went grand slam to right field.
deep over the right field wall. Gateway made the score 7-2 in
Patrick Norris delivered a two- the third on a two-run home run by
out RBI single in the fourth for Lake Joe Agreste, his fifth of the season.
Erie (20-24), tying the game at one. But Lake Erie extended their lead
Norris struck again in the eighth with two runs in the fourth. Nick
for Lake Erie. In a 1-1 game, Nor- Mahin drove in a run on a single
ris drove in two on a double down and Andrew Davis scored a run “It doesn’t even matter how much
the right field line to give his team with a double. Gateway finished off we are struggling at that time, when
a 3-1 lead. The Crushers added an the scoring in the sixth inning, get- he’s out there on the mound, we feel
insurance run in the ninth on a Joel ting a solo home run from Charlie like we have a good chance to win
Collins RBI single. Lisk, his team-best ninth of the sea- every time.”
Gateway starter Corey Davisson son. As the undisputed ace and one
and Lake Erie starter Josh Roberts of the few bright spots of a supreme-
(4-3) dueled throughout the major- A SMOKIN’ ACE ly talented yet underachieving Griz-
ity of the game. Davisson gave the zlies team, the Kansas City, MO na-
Grizzlies 5 1/3 innings, while sur- Entering the 2011 season among tive was one of four Gateway players
rendering only one run. Roberts the top five in wins, strikeouts, and to be selected to the 2011 Frontier
gave up just one run for Lake Erie in innings pitched in Gateway Grizzlies League all-star game. To Brackman,
seven innings of work to notch the history, the expectations were quite a second straight appearance in the
win. Ruben Flores pitched the final high for Mark Brackman’s third sea- midsummer classic is a symbol of
two innings to get the save, his sev- son with the Grizzlies. And much to success that will never be taken for
enth of the season, for the Crushers. the dismay of the majority of eleven granted. “It’s always humbling when
The Grizzlies were scheduled other teams in the Frontier League, you are chosen for something like
to end their six-game home stand Brackman has more than lived up to that,” said the William Jewel Col-
on Thursday against the Lake Erie that hype. lege product. “For what we’ve been
Crushers but persistent rain forced Fresh off a winter of playing through, as a baseball player, for me
cancellation. Thursday night’s game baseball across the world for the Ad- to be able to participate in an event
was also scheduled to be Ladies elaide Bite of the Australian Baseball like that with Charlie (Lisk), Logan
Night at the Ballpark, highlighted by League, the 26-year-old has argu- (Parker) and Chris (Enourato) will
the Diamond Dig! Both the game ably been the most dominant pitch- be something that I’ll will certainly
and the promotion will be resched- er in the Frontier League over the always remember.“
uled. first month and a half of play. For someone who was a 12th
Brackman, who went 10-0 for round selection in the 2007 MLB
GRIZZLIES DROP SERIES the Grizzlies in the second-half of Draft by the Detroit Tigers, the two
OPENER the 2010 season, is currently tied consecutive all-star appearances is
for the Frontier League lead in wins just a small-stepping stone in a ca-
The Lake Erie Crushers piled on with six, while being second among reer that has seen substantial im-
seven runs in the first inning and starters in ERA (2.24) and tied for provement since his two seasons in
cruised to a 9-3 win over the Gate- fourth in strikeouts with 55. “At the affiliated baseball. “Since he’s come
way Grizzlies at GCS Ballpark on point of the season that we are at, it here to Gateway, Mark has made the
Tuesday night. The Crushers scored is almost like we are counting down transition from being more of
seven runs on six hits to open the the days until Mark pitches,” said
scoring in the first inning. The first Grizzlies field manager Phil Warren. continued page 20
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Grizzlies continued Feelin’ Crabby?
a thrower to being a pitcher,” said
Warren. “Not only does that come
from experience, but it also comes
with work ethic. Since I’ve been
coaching, I haven’t seen a pitcher
who works harder than Mark.”
That transition and work ethic
that Warren speaks so fondly of is
one that Brackman himself has ac-
knowledged. “As I told Phil (War-
ren) earlier this week, I honestly feel
like I am still improving every time
I get out there on the mound,” said
Brackman. “Until I stop having that
feeling, I guess I can take that as I
am still moving in the right direc-
p Cahokia Area YMCA volunteer Sandy Eversman brought in a creepy
Levee continued crawly friend into the YMCA summer camp this week to show to the kids.
Eversman brought in the crab (which had expired) and other shells and
beach items from her recent trip to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. As a
A main concern for these wells special treat, and for being good, all of the kids got to try their first taste of
is the flooding it may cause since the salt water taffy…after their lunch of course.
plans call only for ditches to be dug
without lift stations.
A 500 year flood plan issued by
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
calls for pump stations, but the
Corps does not have the money to
fund their project expected to take
until 2044 to complete.
Sullivan said their plan will be
somewhat invasive, but it will fix the
problems FEMA thinks there are
with the levees.
He also assured that all residents
that might be affected by the levee
fixes will be notified and met with
before any work begins.
Once started, the burm blanket
and relief wells work is expected to
take five years and have a price tag
of $18 million.
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Operation Miles for Smile: Dupo
native bikes across country for
By Monte Miller ate surgery.
Given that $240 will cover the
When you smile the whole cost of a child receiving an op-
world smiles with you. Thanks to eration, Gould decided to aim for
one Dupo native Nick Gould, the 100 smiles which transpires into
world and 100 children will be smil- a $24,000 goal. He named the
ing even more. campaign, Operation: Miles for
Gould, 25, is the leader of a group Smiles, gathered a committee and
of volunteers that gathered together launched his own website.
to raise funds for 100 corrective cleft Because of Operation: Miles
lip and cleft palate surgeries by em- for Smiles, 13 children have al-
barking on a cross country bicycling ready been given a free operation.
expedition. Gould knew the project was am-
This campaign aims to assist bitious and the campaign started
Operation Smile in their mission to with a budget of only $240 donat- p Dupo Native Nick Gould re-
promote awareness about cleft lips ed by his parents Mike and Phyliss cently finished a 3,000 mile char-
and cleft palates and to provide free Gould, also of Dupo. ity bike ride across the U.S. to raise
corrective surgeries. A single donation of $240 will money for Operation smile.
“When I decided to ride his cover the cost of a 45 minute op-
bike across America for a charity I eration procedure that will heal the Nick Gould grew up in Dupo and
thought back to my kindergarten smile of a child. is an alumnus of the Illinois School
classroom where a teacher gave me “I chose to ride for Operation for the Deaf in Jacksonville, Illinois,
a fortune cookie that read, “Your Smile because I often wondered and Gallaudet University (a world
smile will change the world”,” Gould how a single individual can change renown liberal arts college for the
explained. “That fortune that stuck the world,” Gould said. “There are deaf) where he earned his Bach-
with me for 21 years. So, I began re- a lot of big problems that need to be elors’ in English and Communica-
searching non-profit organizations fixed, but they all require big money, tion Studies.
that believed in the power of a smile big connects and big solutions.” He recently graduated from
and discovered Operation Smile.” Throughout the ride, Gould and American University in Washington
Gould, along with three other his traveling companions use so- D.C. where he earned a Master’s De-
cyclists who are also deaf, planned cial networking sites like Facebook, gree in Public Communication. In
the cross country bicycle tour to Twitter and YouTube to keep their the future, Nick hopes to find a job
raise $24,000 for Operation Smile. friends and contributors updated on in consulting and hopes to one day
The 3,000 mile ride began May their progress. During the trek, the start his own non-profit organiza-
18th in Venice Beach California and group amassed nearly 500 followers. tion.
ended June 30th in St. Augustine, For more information or to do- Gould has a quite a few family
Florida, raising $4,100. nate to Operation Miles for Smiles members living in the Dupo area
Operation Smile is an award you can go to their website at including grandparents, siblings,
winning non-profit organization www.100smiles.org, where you can cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, neph-
that provides children in developing also map the route the team took ews and in-laws.
countries free cleft lip and cleft pal- across the southwest.
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Taser continued combative suspect, if an officer re- Hearts continued
moves a Taser from their holster,
The electrical current produced please obey what the officer tells you simplistic as those made by Meg
by the Taser is not transferred body to do.” White. Carter’s guitar licks may not
to body so multiple officers can sub- be on the same par with Jack White
due a suspect without the officers yet, but his sense of melody and his
being shocked. ability to communicate through his
To better protect police depart- lyrics is impressive. For more on
ments, information inside the Taser Hearts Like Lead check them out at
can be downloaded into a comput- MySpace.com/heartslikelead. You
er to show each time the trigger is can listen to their music there and
pulled. receive more info about the band.
Plus, the information cannot be
tampered with because as soon as
the gun is cracked open it is auto-
matically destroyed. Each cartridge
has a serial number that is recorded
for safety purposes as well.
The Tasers operate on eight
double A batteries and deliver a cur-
rent of 26 amps.
Before officers are allowed to
carry Tasers, they must go through
a training session that includes
classroom testing and they must
also take a hit from the Taser to fully
appreciate the effects of the weapon
before using it on a suspect.
“I was trained with the Taser in
2004. I was one of four officer lined
up, arms interlocked. I was in the
middle. The two officers on the end
were attached with the wires from
the Taser,” Jones recalled. “We took
a one second “zap” from the Taser.
The voltage (up to 50,000 volts) trav-
eled from one wire to the other wire,
“zapping” all four of us. The feeling
was horrible and that was only a one
Chief Jones also added a bit of a
warning to anyone that may come in
contact with Cahokia police while
they are performing their duties.
“When an officer deploys a
Taser with a combative suspect, the
blast (cycle) is five seconds long,”
Jones said. “I would suggest to any
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Senate Week in Review: July 4 - 8
Okawville, Ill. - A report re- way through the fiscal year played
cently issued by a state financial the key role in the increase, as did
oversight commission shows state the tax amnesty program which oc-
budget growth in Fiscal Year (FY) curred in the fall.”
2011 was almost completely reliant The state collected a 67 percent Police in response to a Freedom of
on revenues from the January tax increase in personal income taxes, Information Act (FOIA) request.
hike, rather than from economic which Senator Luechtefeld pointed Prompted by concerns that re-
growth or job creation, while in oth- out reflects the 67 percent tax hike. leasing the FOID information could
er news State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld COGFA’s report also shows that be used by criminals and commer-
(R-Okawville) said that a major- much of the state’s budget growth cial solicitors, and could lead to
ity of board members at the Illinois came in the form of one-time rev- more straw purchases of guns or
Student Assistance Commission enue injections, such as the state’s non-compliance with registration
(ISAC) were replaced this week in 2010 tax amnesty program, pro- laws, many lawmakers spoke against
response to controversy surround- ceeds from the sale of tobacco set- the release of the sensitive informa-
ing the state’s College Illinois! pre- tlement bonds, interfund borrow- tion. Proponents of House Bill 3500
paid tuition program. ing and money from federal sources said that while they support FOIA
Additionally, legislation to pro- and match dollars. laws, releasing FOID information
tect the rights of gun owners was Senate Republicans have con- would compromise the privacy and
signed into law. sistently advocated that growing safety of card holders.
The Commission on Govern- the economy and creating jobs is
ment Forecasting and Accountabil- a better way to stimulate revenue
ity (COGFA) issued a report show- growth. Without cutting spending
ing that FY 2011 budget growth was and increasing employment, it will
due in large part to the 67 percent be impossible to roll-back the “tem-
tax increase pushed though the Leg- porary” tax increase as promised by
islature during the January lame- Democrats in January.
State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-
duck session. This week, the Governor signed
The Commission reported that numerous bills, including legislation
base revenues grew $3.398 billion that would prohibit the disclosure of
during the fiscal year, noting, “Obvi- the names or information of Fire-
ously, the tax changes enacted half- arm Owner’s Identification (FOID)
card holders and applicants. House
response to a
by the Attorney
tion should be
released by the
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Weekly Devotional power, and it’s not just because God
has given me the power to do a one-
eighty in many areas of my life, it’s
because this book, his Word, tells us
The 180 Degree Power of God that there is no situation beyond the
power of God to save.
Psalm 107:1-43 also gave his life to Christ. He’s been • If you feel like you are going
clean for 20 years now. He’s 69 years nowhere while your life is ebbing
By Steve May old, he still tours, still sings rock and away, cry out to the Lord in your
roll, and he also works with drug trouble, and he will deliver you from
The name Chuck Negron may counseling and intervention pro- your distress. The Bible says...
not be immediately recognizable, grams. (v. 7) He led them by a straight way
but you have probably heard his I find Chuck’s story inspiring for to a city where they could settle...
music. For more than a decade he a couple of reasons. One, because he (v. 8) ...for he satisfies the thirsty and
sang with the rock band Three Dog kept trying. He didn’t give up, even fills the hungry with good things.
Night. Do you remember them? after one hundred failures. God can give your life meaning and
One Is The Loneliest Number... The second reason I find Chuck’s purpose and direction. No more
Eli’s Coming ... An Old Fashioned story inspiring is because it reminds wandering.
Love Song ... Mama Told Me Not that it’s never too late, no one is ever • If you feel trapped in an emo-
To Come ... Shambala ... Joy To the too far gone. Chuck Negron ruined tional prison, bound by chains of
World ... Pieces of April ... his life, and in most people’s eyes he iron, cry out to the Lord in your
For a while Chuck Negron had was a hopeless cause, but in God’s trouble, and he will deliver you from
it all. Three Dog Night had eleven eyes no cause is hopeless. Chuck your distress. The Bible says...
top ten hits and sold 50 million re- Negron went from singing rock, to (v. 14) He brought them out of
cords. He was rich. He was famous. smoking rock, to standing on the darkness and the deepest gloom and
He was on top of the world. He had rock. He did a complete one-eighty broke away their chains...
everything -- including an addiction in his life. (v. 16) for he breaks down gates
to heroin. No matter how hard he of bronze and cuts through bars of
tried, he just couldn’t shake it. Dur- IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE iron.
ing the course of his career he made YOU’VE BEEN God can free you from the pris-
more than 100 attempts at rehabili- on of despair, and he can fill your
tation -- including 35 hospitals stays Many people have said, “It’s too life with hope and light and a bright
-- and yet he failed again and again. late. I’ve done too much wrong. I’ve future.
His addiction finally destroyed gone too far. I’ve wasted too many • If sin has made you miserable
his career, and he hit rock bottom second chances. There’s no point and taken every good thing from
-- no pun intended. Drugs had tak- in trying anymore.” Most people’s your life, cry out to the Lord in your
en everything he had. He even sold stories aren’t as desperate as Chuck trouble, and he will deliver you from
his gold records to buy cocaine. He Negron’s, but they are just as dis- your distress. The Bible says...
wound up living on the floor of an couraging. It’s discouraging to fight (v. 20) He sent forth his word and
East L.A. crack house. It appeared a losing battle with any problem or healed them; he rescued them from
that Chuck Negron had lost every- any sin. It’s very easy for us to yield the grave.
thing. And he almost had. He lost to the temptation of thinking, “It’s The power of sin may be de-
everything in the world except hope. too late for me.” stroying your life and it may even
In spite of all his failed attempts, I’m here today to tell you that it’s be killing you ... but the power of sin
he tried one more time. He entered not too late. It’s never too late. The is no match for the power of God’s
a program called “Cry Help” and reason I say this is not just because in mercy and the power of the blood of
finally, after 20 years of failure, he the course of my ministry I’ve seen Jesus. You can be forgiven. And not
won the battle. During this time he countless lives turned around by the only forgiven, you can be healed --
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and I love that the psalmist used this no way of earning money. She also lage where she grew up was, in too
word. It’s like sin a sickness and we knew that when pride meets hun- many ways, too far away.
need the cure. Praise God, we have ger, a human will do things that When she reached the bottom
the cure in Jesus. Your lifeless spirit were before unthinkable. So, Maria of the stairs, her eyes caught a fa-
can be rescued from the grave, you began her search in Rio’s bars, ho- miliar face. She looked again, and
can be healed and be given new life tels, nightclubs, and any other place there on the lobby mirror was a
in Christ. with a reputation for street walkers small picture of her mother. Chris-
• If your life is just one crisis af- or prostitutes. At each place she left tina’s eyes burned and her throat
ter another, one disaster after anoth- her picture -- taped on a bathroom tightened as she walked across the
er, and no amount of running and mirror, tacked to a hotel bulletin room and removed the small photo.
chasing and pursuing seems to be board, fastened to a corner phone Written on the back was an irresist-
enough, cry out to the Lord in your booth. And on the back of each ible invitation. “Whatever you have
trouble, and he will deliver you from photo she wrote a note. It wasn’t too done, whatever you have become, it
your distress. The Bible says... long before both the money and the doesn’t matter. Please come home.”
(v. 29-30) He stilled the storm to pictures ran out, and Maria had to And she did.
a whisper; the waves of the sea were go home. I want you to know that Jesus is
hushed. They were glad when it grew It was a few weeks later that saying the same thing to you today.
calm, and he guided them to their de- young Christina came down the It doesn’t matter where you’ve been
sired haven. stairs of the hotel where she had slept or what you think you’ve become.
You can have peace in your life. the night before. Her face was tired. Come home, he says. Cry out to me
It doesn’t have to be tumultuous day Her dark eyes no longer danced in your trouble. I can turn things
after day after day. God will lead you with youth but spoke of pain and around. I can deliver you and free
to a haven, a haven of peace and fear. Her laughter was broken. Her you and heal you and save you and
calm. A haven of rest. dream had become a nightmare. So give your life purpose. I can lead
Max Lucado used to be a mis- many nights she had longed to trade you to a city where you can settle. I
sionary in Rio, not far from the com- those countless beds for her secure can bring you to a haven of rest. Just
munity I serve. In one of his early pallet back home. Yet the little vil- come home.
books (No Wonder They Call Him
Savior) he tells the story about a girl
named Christina who grew up in a
very poor rural part of Brasil, living
in a small wooden house with only a
pallet on the floor, a washbasin, and
a wood-burning stove. Christina
dreamed of a better life in the city,
so one day she left home, breaking
her mother’s heart.
Knowing what life on the streets
would be like for her young, attrac-
tive daughter, her mother, Maria,
left to find her. Before leaving she
stopped in a drug store, sat in the
photographer’s booth, and took as
many small black and white pic-
tures as she could afford. She then
put them in her purse and boarded
the bus to Rio de Janeiro.
Maria knew that Christina had
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CONTAMINATION 2011 -The Sequel itself to those attending. Although
they are from all over the country
The Midwest’s Premiere Annual Horror,Sci-Fi, (the world in some cases) these ‘cul-
ture geeks’ are a tight knit group.
& Pop Cultural Convention The friendship and camaraderie
they share is something to be envied.
Story and Photos by Jamie Carter der (Jason of the ‘Friday the 13th’ Their open, accepting demeanor
films), Brad Loree (Michael Meyers had this writer feeling at home and
Conventions and conferences in ‘Halloween Resurrection’) and welcome the entire weekend. While
sweep through the St Louis area all Bill Johnson (Leatherface in ‘The some may see them as odd, strange
year long. Most of them designed Texas Chainsaw Massacre’). or different because of their interest
to help sell products and services. But perhaps bigger and more in horror and science fiction, they
But there are a few that go far be- interesting than the celebrities, are are in reality some of the best people
yond that scope. They don’t exist the convention goers themselves. you’d ever want to meet. Consider
purely to sell or entertain (although It’s very interesting to cruise the me ‘contaminated’.
there’s nothing wrong with that) but convention floor because you nev-
they celebrate a culture and connect er know what you might see. All
with individuals who are interested manner of creatures were floating
in that. Such is the case with ‘Con- around from dark angels to zombies
tamination 2011’ held at the Shera- to demons. The effort and manner
ton Chalets in Westport Plaza. Not with which these people dress them
merely a convention or show for selves as they attend the convention
commerce, but an event where peo- is amazing and quite entertaining.
ple from all over the Midwest come ‘Contamination 2011’ also pro-
to share their enthusiasm and love vided folks with the opportunity
for horror and science fiction. to purchase items that indulge the
In only it’s second year of exis- horror/sci-fi culture and lifestyle.
tence ‘Contamination’ has become Clothing, works of art, music, and
one of the biggest events of its kind literature are all a part of the experi-
in the country, certainly the biggest ence. You are probably guaranteed
p Actor Michael Baily Smith -
in the Midwest. Produced by Dyer to find or see something that you
Men in Black II, The Hills Have Eyes
Straits Productions the event has haven’t seen before. The person in-
exploded in popularity in just one terested in collectible items of value
year’s time. This is evidenced by the would have plenty to see and con-
need of a larger venue this year and sider.
what celebrities were scheduled to While ‘Contamination 2011’ was
attend. certainly a celebration of the hor-
Eric Roberts, ‘Boondock Saints’ ror/sci-fi genres, it was also about
stars Sean Patrick Flannery, David a sense of community. Before the
Della Rocco and Norman Reedus, convention ended on Sunday eve-
Sandahl Bergman and her ‘Conan ning an auction was held to benefit
the Barbarian’ co-star and NFL Hall the Leukemia Research Foundation.
of Famer Ben Davidson, Dan Shor A number of items were donated
(Tron, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Ad- and signed by celebrities attending
venture, Star Trek Voyager), inter- the event as well as some one of a
national supermodel and actress kind items donated by others.
Amber Smith, horror film legends But that sense of community p Actor Tony Todd - Candyman,
Tony Todd (Candyman), Kane Hod- carries over from the convention The Crow and others
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p Actress Layla Perkins of horror p Dan Shor - Tron, Bill & Teds Ex- p David Della Rocco - Star of
films Hellephone, Nightmare Fuel cellent Adventures Boondock Saints
p Emcee and host Dr. Ivan Crypt- p Harley (r) of the Tim & Harley p Hollow Point Heros performing
nosis show with a fan
p NFL Hall of Famer & actor Ben p Sandahl Bergmann (r) star of p Sean Patrick Flannery - star of
Davidson Conan the Barbarian Boondock Saints
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June 28 conduct July 6
Jeremiah Matlock, Cahokia, retail Alonzo Butler Jr., Cahokia, disor-
theft/pedestrian under the influ- Jeffrie Nelson, Belleville, intoxica- derly conduct
ence tion in public
Anthony Ciacco, Cahokia, disorder-
Jerry Richmond, Cahokia, breach of July 3 ly conduct
peace Daniel Beison, Cahokia, resisting/
obstructing LeQuess Lofton, East St. Louis, bat-
Jamal Brown, East St. Louis, pedes- tery
trian under the influence/St. Clair Lamarcus Hill, Cahokia, domestic
County warrant battery Crystal Howard, Cahokia, aggravat-
ed battery to a police officer/crimi-
June 30 Hakeem Lawrence, Cahokia, theft nal trespass/obstructing/resisting
LaShane Conner, East. St. Louis, un- (felony)
lawful possession of cannabis July 7
Ronald Harland, Cahokia, arrest re- Giovani Oliver, Cahokia, obstruct-
Rena Khoury, Cahokia, illegal burn- quest (battery) ing
Jasmine Williams, East St. Louis, Mark Holland, homeless, public in-
disorderly conduct toxication
Shequila Davison, East St. Louis, Derrick Havrell, Cahokia, disorderly
criminal damage to property/St. conduct
Clair County warrant
Ricardo Wright, Cahokia, pedestri-
July 1 an under the influence
Denzel Clay, Cahokia, disorderly
conduct Derrick Proctor, Cahokia, disorder-
ly conduct/criminal damage
Damus Green, Cahokia, battery July 5
Elliot Shirling, Cahokia, disorderly Zachary Hartwick, Sherwood, Ar-
conduct kansas, burglary
Sharon Ballard, Cahokia, disorderly Jramuel Holman, Cahokia, disor-
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How to read the stance.
The person is charged with pos-
person is charged with aggravated
battery if they strike someone and
Police Blotter sessing some type of hard drug.
An example would be cocaine or
cause great bodily harm. Assault with
weapons can also fall under this cat-
methamphetamine. Possessing any egory.
By Monte Miller amount of a controlled substance is a
felony. The person can be held for up Domestic Battery
Each week The Community Times to 48 hours pending review from the Battery between any type of rela-
provides its readers a look at the po- prosecuting attorney. tive or same household member.
lice logs for the Cahokia Police De- Members of the same family house-
partment. All information is copied Obstructing a Peace Officer hold.
exactly as it is recorded in the police This is classified as any defiance of
log books at the police station. a police officer. Giving a false name, Disorderly Conduct
Some of the charges listed in the interfering with an arrest or lying to Key elements that alarm and dis-
blotter can be a bit confusing to the an officer. turb. This can be a direct threaten-
untrained eye. ing gesture or anything that makes
This article is intended to bring some Criminal damage someone else feel threatened.
clarity to the police jargon used in Intentional damage to any prop-
the blotter each week. erty. A house, car or even a trash can. Resisting
If someone is charged with an of- Another aspect of this charge can be This takes place when an officer
fense or has to appear in court, they criminal damage to state property, is attempting to make an arrest. If
are in the blotter. Less than 25 per- which classifies who owns the prop- the suspect fights the officer, tries to
cent of the people listed areactually erty. pull away, runs or becomes offensive
brought in to the police stations toward the officer while being taken
Because a person is listed in the Criminal Trespass into custody.
police blotter does not mean they are Trespass to any property already
guilty or the charges were upheld it warned not to be on. If a person Illegal Transportation of Alcohol
is simply what they were arrested or trespasses at any establishment they by Driver/Passenger
cited for. are banned from or there are no tres- If the driver or passenger of a mo-
The following will explain what passing signs posted. tor vehicle has an open alcohol, ei-
some of the more commons listings ther in the original or any other con-
in the blotter really mean. Retail Theft tainer. Any alcohol transported in a
The term fugitive or warrant ar- Theft from a store. Theft of any- car must be sealed and in the original
rest is the most common charge list- thing that is offered for sale. container.
ed in the blotter each week.
This means the person is a fugitive Disturbing the Peace Public Intoxication
from justice. It can be as simple as Disturbing the peace in an unrea- If someone is arrested for hanging
not showing up for a court appear- sonable manner. This can be any- around an establishment and causing
ance or not paying a fine or speeding thing from loud music to loud parties a nuisance while intoxicated.
ticket. It could also mean the person or gathering in the streets. Before Although there are many other
is wanted for a crime and hasn’t been someone is charged with this, many charges that may appear in the blot-
found yet. factors are taken into consideration ter each week, the ones listed above
The most common way fugitives such as time of day. are the most common and the defini-
are usually located is through contact tions should help our readers better
with the police in an unrelated man- Battery understand what they are seeing.
ner like a simple traffic stop. But, Physical contact of an insulting
there are times the police actively nature or designed to hurt someone
search for a fugitive. such as fighting or striking someone.
Many sexual harassment claims
Possession of a controlled sub- can fall into this category as well. A
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Cora Sue Peterson son of Trenton, IL, Bruce (Patty) Pe- cremated. In Lieu of flowers memo-
(August 24, 1937 - July 3, 2011) terson of Bay St. Louis, MS, and Lee rials may be made to Jerome Lane
(Regina) Peterson of Mascoutah, Baptist Church or to the charity of
Cora Sue Peterson, nee Cooksey, IL; her daughter, Karen Peterson- donors choice.
73, of Columbia, Illinois., born Au- Bailey of Waterloo, IL; 14 grandchil-
gust 24, 1937 at home in Horners- dren and three great grandchildren;
ville, Missouri and went home to be a brother, Jim (Lura) Cooksey of
with the Lord after she succumbed Sunset Hills, MO; four sisters, Joyce Stacy, Sr.
to cancer on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Cooksey of Cahokia, IL, Thelma (October 13, 1932 - July 6, 2011)
her home in Columbia, Illinois Sweet of Central Point, OR, Joan
(Andy) Anderson of Hopkinsville, Robert Eugene Stacy, Sr., 78, of
Cora Sue was a loving daughter, KY, and Ann (Jim) Schoenfeld of Granite City, Illinois, formerly of
sister, wife, and mother--caring for Owensville, MO. Cahokia, Illinois, born October 13,
everyone as a friend. She took great 1932 in Vanduser, Missouri, died
pride in her job as a mother and Visitation will be on Thurs- Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at his resi-
homemaker, making a comfortable day, July, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to dence.
home for her children and husband 8:00 p.m. at Braun Family Funeral
of 57 years. The highlight of her life Home, Columbia, Illinois Funeral Mr. Stacy was retired from Al-
was making clothes, quilts and crafts service will be held on Friday, July 8, ton-Southern Railroad. He was a
for her grandchildren and great 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Braun Family U.S. Air Force veteran.
grandchildren. She enjoyed Clif- Funeral Home, Columbia, Illinois
ford and her famous Sunday school with Reverend Ken Clark officiat- He was preceded in death by two
class Christmas party, it was a ma- ing. Per family wishes Cora will be sons, Robert Eugene Stacy, Jr. and
jor event with year-round planning.
Her belief in God was central to her
being and the axis of her entire life.
She was an active member of Jerome
Lane Baptist Church in Cahokia, Il-
She was preceded in death by
her parents, Olen and Lorene, nee
Grant Cooksey; her sister, Pauline
Cooksey; and her granddaughter,
Katlyn S. Bailey.
Surviving are her husband, Roy
Clifford Peterson of Columbia, IL;
her sons, Roy (Brenda) Peterson of
Eureka, MO, David (Susan) Peter-
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hokia, IL.; eleven grandchildren and Harry O’Dell, Jr.
six great grandchildren. He was a (April 23, 1928 - July 8, 2011)
Call Stella at 618-225-7330.
dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin,
and friend. Harry O’Dell, Jr., 83, of Ca-
hokia, Illinois, born April 23, 1928
Friends may call from 4:00 to in St. Louis, Missouri, died Friday
8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 2011 at July 8, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Hospital
Braun Colonial Funeral Home, Ca- Belleville, Illinois.
Mr. O’Dell was retired from
Funeral service will be held at Don V. Davis Painting in St. Louis,
11:00 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2011 MO. He was a member of Bethany
at Braun Colonial Funeral Home, United Methodist Church of Co-
Cahokia, Illinois with Rev. Kenneth lumbia, IL.
Clark officiating. Burial in Jefferson
Barracks National Cemetery, St. He was preceded in death by a
Louis, Missouri. daughter, Gloria White; his parents,
Harry, Sr. and Edna, nee Yaggie,
O’Dell,; and a brother, Glen O’Dell.
Surviving are his wife, Charlsie
Joseph A. Stacy; his parents, Gilbert “Shorty” O’Dell, nee Bryan; a son,
S. and Jessie A., nee Uncell, Stacy; Harry Mitchell (Sandra) O’Dell of
two brothers, Winfred Stacy and Ju- O’Fallon, MO.; a brother, Ed (Bar-
nior L. Stacy; two sisters, Norma Lee bara) Wedig of Oklahoma; a sister,
Clements and Imogene Phillips. Dorothy (Jack) Seider of Arizona.;
a granddaughter, Lian White of St.
Surviving are his wife, Elsie V. Louis, MO.; and a son-in-law, Bill
Stacy, nee Evans; his children, Alicia White of Cahokia, IL. Harry was a
Stacy of Granite City, IL., Eric (Cris) dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin,
Stacy of Granite City, IL. and Kathy and friend.
Beaudine of Biloxi, MS.; two broth-
ers, Carl (Billie) Stacy of Millstadt,
IL. and Jason (Louise) Stacy of Ca-
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PROJECT BACK PACK Sponsored by
First Baptist Church of Dupo
YMCA of Cahokia
The Cahokia Area YMCA needs your help to equip hundreds of Cahokia kids with the tools they
need to start their upcoming school year right. For the past few years, the YMCA has held a school
It’s that time again! - and families that may need a little help getting District
supply drive to fill backpack for students Since this is the 3rd year of collecting items for the proper
196 we have been given a list of suggested donations. The YMCA program director Ann Brown
supplies to hit the ground running when the school bell rings.school has managed to stock many
items due to the kindness of all elementary schools to get ideas If what supplies of kids will need
said they work with the Cahokiawho have given in the past years. onyou are in needtheschool sup-
plies, please contact Mrs. Cyndi Witt at Bluffview. Below is a that might need a are more help
We even design our summer camp curriculum to tutor the kidslist of supplies thatlittleneeded by in
our local school. After purchasing the supplies just drop them off at the First Baptist Church, school
certain areas,” Brown said. “Last year, we were able to give away more than 150 backpacks of 620
Godin Ave., school supply drive began July 1st and runs until the 9 to 2, and Friday All supplies
supplies.” TheDupo - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday fromend of the month. from 9 to
11. Items the be collected and go directly to benefit Cahokia students.
donated to will Cahokia YMCA then donated to our local Bluffview Elementary School.
GET YOUR SUPPLIES IN BY AUGUST 5TH.
If you’re not YMCA is located at like to donate money, They make the check out to
The Cahokia Areaa shopper and would 509 Camp Jackson Rd.please are open from 6:30 a.m. to 8
First Baptist Church, Project Back 6 p.m. on Godin Ave., Dupo, closed on
p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. to Pack, 620 Saturdays. They are IL, 62239 Sundays.
The Backpack attack is a partnership with Scott Credit Union. To make a donation, or for more
Any questions, email Tammy at YMCA at 618-337-2217.
information contact the Cahokia Areatammytaylor13@hotmail.com or call 618-789-5515.
Let’s help Our Town - Our Neighbors - Our Kids!
Thanks for your support!
Suggested Items to be Donated
• Plain #2 pencils • Alarm clocks • Pencil sharpeners
• Washable markers (box of 10)
• • Zippered Notebook Binders • Ink pens
Spiral notebooks 6, 8,10,12 • Wide (NOT COLLEGE ruled spiral notebooks
• Mechanical pencils
• Girl’s underwear sizes (70 sheets)
• Erasers (pink)
• Girl’s socks • Pencils (#2) • Highlighters
• Calculators with fractions
• • Boy’s underwear sizes 6, 8, 10, 12
Calculators • Colored pencils • Highlighters (different colors)
• Elmer’s glue
• Boy’s socks • Composition notebooks
• Scissors (safety tip) tip) • Pocket folders
• Scissors (round & pointy • Index cards
• Dry erase markers with eraser
• Rulers (12 inch)
• Hand pencil sharpeners • Glue sticks • pocket folders
• Plain 2Binders/dividers
• Colored pencils • Plain pocket folers with prongs
• Crayons (24 count) • Notebook paper • Hand sanitizer and facial tissues.
• Art boxes
• Markers (8 count)
PRO JECT B ACK P ACK
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