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VOLUME 103 NUMBER 33

Society seeks ideas for time capsule

The Lebanon Historical Society wants your help in deciding what should go into a time capsule being placed in observance of the city’s bicentennial. Lebanon pegs its origin to 1814 when a settlement located in Section 19 of Lebanon Township. An earlier settlement (1804) north of the city included land that is now part of McKendree University. The Society has not yet determined where to place the time capsule, but suggestions for things to put into it include statistical records of the city for 2014, a computer “thumb drive,” the last issue of the Advertiser under ownership of the Church family and the first issue under new ownership. Suggestions may be sent to Harrison Church at Prairie Dog Press, 309 W. St. Louis St., in Lebanon, or mailed to P.O. Box 6, Lebanon, IL 62254-0006. The Historical Society meets the third Thursday of the month February through November at the Mermaid House.

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Mayor takes the blame WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014

By David Porter Mayor Rich Wilken was criticized by a few City Council members Monday night for exceeding his spending authority. He reportedly approved emergency work at the police department, and the bill came to $7,200. The department’s facility was reported to the Department of Labor for unsafe working conditions. An inspection revealed exposed, live wiring in the basement as well as other problems including, outlets near water without ground-fault protection, uncovered junction boxes, an unlit exit sign, inoperable smoke detectors and a damaged floor joist. The city was given 15 days to repair the electrical problems and 35 days to fix other problems.

Hagan to Wilken: ‘You don’t have to make a martyr of yourself.’

“That’s my fault,” Wilken said of the spending decision. “I felt it needed immediate attention. … The Department of Labor is not someone you want to mess with. I’m willing to take the chastising on that.” Alderman Stephen Hagan said the nature of the repairs “doesn’t excuse circumventing the procedures we just put into place.” He noted that Wilken was involved with the discussion to include the Council committee chairs in such decisions.

He said the mayor’s decision to act alone “makes us look silly” and suggested that the Council could censure Wilken. “We have to work together,” said Alderwoman Cheri Wright. “I think we need to make sure the committee chairs are aware.” Wright later voted against the new police chief’s contract. After the meeting, she said she has nothing against the new chief but that she didn’t like that the contract was negotiated and signed

Spring ahead in March

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead an hour on Sunday, March 9, for Daylight Savings Time. Also, Lebanon City Council meetings will start at 7 p.m. beginning in March instead of 7:30 p.m.

Golden reunion July 10

The Lebanon Community High School will celebrate its 24th Annual Golden Reunion honoring the Class of 1964 on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Bellecourt Manor in Belleville. This date coincides with the Lebanon Firemen’s Picnic in order to allow more out-of-towners to attend. Additional details will follow with letters, fliers, email, etc. Organizers promise an exciting event. For more information or to volunteer your services, please call Brian Poole at (501) 834-1131 or Ted Mauck at (618) 9347231.

by the mayor before it was brought to the Council. Alderwoman Mary Alice Koriath voted for the contract but publicly questioned why the contract was signed before it came to the Council. She said the vacation and pension benefits were not discussed by the Council. “I’m not objecting; I just don’t understand why it was done before it came to the Council.” As for the emergency repairs, Wilken said he was contacted on a Friday about the Department of Labor findings and that police officers were not allowed in the areas of the building that needed attention. That included the area where officers typically enter and exit the building, he said. By acting quickly, reSee CITY COUNCIL on page 4

Huddle House, travel center open on I-64

Free pancakes Fat Tuesday If you missed the recent community pancake meals offered by various clubs, or you just can’t get enough of the griddle cakes, mark March 4 on your calendar. Yep, that’s Fat Tuesday. This pancake and sausage event is a little different. For one, it’s free for anyone who wants to attend. Second, it’s an evening meal from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. It’s sponsored by Godly Men, a Saturday morning men’s group. If you’d like to help with the dinner – call the church at 537-6622 or email office@ lebanonmethodist.org.

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JOSÉ GORDON FRIES pancakes at the Emerald Mound Grange Saturday. The weather knocked out power to the building, but the club persevered with the use of a generator. Area residents enjoyed pancakes, sausage and a choice of banana bread or zucchini bread. Photo by David Porter.

Eddie’s Travel Center, just south of Lebanon on Rt. 4 at I-64, is holding its Grand Opening Saturday. The festivities begin at 1 p.m. with food and beverage specials including sampling of pizza, popcorn and beer. A ribboncutting ceremony is set for 2 p.m. with Fredbird, the mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals. Also scheduled to appear is the Monster Energy Drink jeep and one of the “Bud Girls.” Eddie’s is a combination restaurant, conven-

WORKERS INSTALL signs for the new Huddle House and Eddie’s Travel Center near Lebanon. ience store, gas station and truck stop featuring recreational vehicle services and a puppy park. Its anchor restaurant is a Huddle House, known for

Fezziwig’s opens culinary school downtown A school designed for the home cook is opening Feb. 27 in Lebanon as part of the Fezziwig’s Marketplace. An adultsonly Open House is set for Thursday from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. Fezziwig’s is known for its extensive selection of loose-leaf teas, gourmet foods, balsamic vinegars, extra virgin olive oils, fine wines and decorating essentials. “The Culinary Experience” classroom seeks to help people create great meals at home. Co-owner Ellen Leaf-Moore stresses that the school is not designed for chefs. “Our goal with our Culinary Experience

room is to give our customers an opportunity to learn how to make great culinary without having to be a chef,” she said. “Our classes are not for Leaf-Moore chefs but for the home cook who wants to prepare great meals and create wonderful experiences. As we develop classes, we will bring on special guests and speakers to teach classes, too. Leaf-Moore is one of 100 tea educa-

tor specialists certified by the Specialty Tea Institute in New York. The Culinary Experience is a separate room next to Fezziwig’s in Lebanon’s historic downtown. It will be used for culinary classes, tea schools and wine schools as well as tea parties and wine-pairing dinners. The quaint new teaching space can comfortably seat 20 students. The new space will now not only accommodate after-hours classes but also daytime classes. French doors separate the Culinary Experience from the Tea and Gourmet Market store. In the past, special

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events forced Ellen and her staff to move merchandise displays and disrupt store operations in order to properly accommodate students. Now, business can continue in the Tea & Gourmet Market while a class is in session in the Culinary Experience room. Store associate Julia Jensen joined Fezziwig’s in the summer of 2011 and received her degree in the Culinary Arts after receiving a bachelor’s degree in communication from Bradley University. Ms Jensen and Ellen develop the culinary See FEZZIWIG’S on page 7


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Donald D. Walthes, 48, dies in St. Louis

Donald D. Walthes, 69, of rural Trenton, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marie (nee French) Walthes. Mr. Walthes honorably served his country in the Army Infantry

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Notebook from 1964 to 1968 as a field communications wireman. During his service, he was awarded a National Defense Service Medal and a Sharpshooter (Rifle) Badge. He was a proud member of the Lebanon Singer Society, the Lebanon Gun Club and the National Rifle Association. Mr. Walthes enjoyed the friendship of many in the Lebanon community and was always an eager volunteer for organizations or individuals in need of help. Mr. Walthes formed a special bond with Ronnie and Joan Christ and their family. He lived at the farm with them for over 20 years. He loved all the animals, big and small, and called them “the little darlins.” He spent countless hours with his ride-around buddy, John Feltrop, and his fishing buddy, Lawana Feltrop. He will be greatly missed by many with whom he shared special times and will be remembered always. Graveside service is set for 11

a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. Meyer Funeral Home in Lebanon is handling arrangements.

Larry Faust, 48, dies in Breese

Larry Faust, 48, of Breese, born March 6, 1965, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Breese. Mr. Faust was a lifetime farmer and owned his own mowing business for 25 years. He was an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his beloved puppies. He loved farming and mowing. Surviving are his wife, Kathy (nee Wallin) Faust, whom he married on Jan. 14, 1989, in St. Louis; his father, James Faust, Lebanon; brothers and sisters, Sandy (Dean) Nichols, Summerfield, Ron (Wendi) Faust, Chandler, Ariz., Dennis (Becky) Faust, Trenton, Misti (Chuck) Sherman, Siletz, Ore.; his

mother-in-law, Jenny Wallin, Lebanon; brother-in-law, Tom (Julie) Wallin, Mascoutah; many nieces and nephews; 1 faust great-niece; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce (Nee Ellison) Minton and his father-in-law, Dutch Wallin. Memorials may be made to Masses at St. Joseph Church, Lebanon, or Clinton County Humane Society. Visitation was Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Meyer Funeral Home in Lebanon. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lebanon. Clergy: Fr. Jim Voelker Interment: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lebanon. Meyer Funeral Home, Lebanon, handled arrangements.

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The lebanon roTary club has named Garrett rappolee their rotary student of the Month for february, 2014. rappolee was selected by all of the eighth grade teachers at lebanon Junior high school. Principal leigh Jackson said the teachers had the following to say about him: “he is always polite and considerate of his classmates. he is a great student and always does the right thing.” Pictured, from left: lebanon high school Principal leigh Jackson, Garrett rappolee and lebanon rotary club President nick Miller. submitted photo.

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The old adverTiser office was again the site of a scout visit feb. 11 to see how the newspaper was published from its earliest days until recently when it converted to electronic pagination. former publisher harrison church’s tour included displays of old radios and other memorabilia. Pictured from left are scout leader leonard Walkiewicz, alan Walkiewicz, daniel Zeeb and destiny Zeeb.

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its pancakes and other breakfast foods as well as a variety of burgers. The travel center includes 24hour video gaming. The convenience store includes a deli and pizza with drive-through window service. Co-owner Don Schomaker said he and his business partner settled on the name “Eddies” because both of their fathers were named Eddie.

Eddie Schomaker was an auto mechanic in Mascoutah for 35 years, he said. He said they picked the site for the center because of its location on the interstate and its proximity to McKendree University and MidAmerica airport. He said he expects the area to continue to grow. He said there will be lots of giveaways at the grand opening including ball caps, gift baskets, T-shirts, gift certificates and tickets to the April 27 Cardinals/Pirates game.

IN OBSERVANCE OF National Children’s Dental Health Month, Dr. Joseph A. Cioni, DMD (holding toothbrush), and Carly Vanzandt (far left) visited Kelly Rutherford’s second grade classroom February 13 at Lebanon Grade School. Dr. Cioni discussed good nutrition and dental hygiene and demonstrated the proper brushing technique during the visit. He also provided the students with goodie bags that included a brush, mirror, pencil and coloring book. Photo by Kelly Rutherford.

Looking Glass Playhouse presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ in March

The Looking Glass Playhouse presents an encore performance of the extraordinary story of Anne Frank in ‘The Diary of Anne Frank.’ Set against the horrors of Nazi oppression, the play celebrates young Anne’s spirit of hope and optimism despite the inevitable tragedy which befalls her family. The play features real-life father and daughter Dianna Risse and George Risse portraying Anne and her father. Other cast members include Victoria Symonds, Bruce Vick, Gabi Maul, Amy Kinsella, Connor Sanders, Bill Watkins, Melanie Zozack, Jay Frey, Joe Lancy and Mathew Crawford.

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On Feb. 17, Congressman Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to the MetroEast during an event at a port warehouse in Madison. The speech marked the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that put more than $642 million into infrastructure in Illinois’ 12th congressional district which includes Lebanon. Four days later, Enyart joined other lawmakers in announcing that Illinois had landed a $320 million public/private digital design institute. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute will be located in Chicago with a $70 million Department of Defense grant and $250 million in funding by private partners. The institute will be managed by UI Labs, a nonprofit offshoot of the University of Illinois. In a press release Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said the digital lab “has the potential to revolutionize the way the United States approaches manufacturing. According to the Chicago Tribune, the lab will focus “on projects such as producing a faster and cheaper next-generation aircraft engine, drastically reducing the amount of scrap material associated with small manufacturing runs and speeding the design

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pairmen were at work the following Monday. “Am I guilty of usurping the system? Yes,” he said. “I’m prepared to take the punishment. … I offer no apology.” Hagan said all it would have taken was a phone call to Wright, whom he suggested would have agreed to the repairs. “You don’t have to make a martyr of yourself,” he told the mayor. He indicated that he was most bothered that the mayor was “extremely unapologetic.” He said it was “disrespectful” to the Council. “Then I do apologize,” Wilken said. “I hope [an emergency situation] doesn’t come up again.” Alderman Bruce “Bart” Bartholomew suggested that the most egregious repairs could have been approved as emergency items with less pressing items brought to the Council.

Chief discusses dispatch fees

In other police matters, Chief Scott Abbott said he was in discussion with O’Fallon authorities to switch dispatching duties to them instead of Cencom, which charges the city $14 for every incident. Even minor incidents, such as reports about dogs barking, are charged if they are routed through Cencom. Abbott said whether the city switches or not, he wants to get

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process among far-flung suppliers.” The Tribune quoted Chicago mayoral advisor Michael Sacks as saying the institute is not a think tank. “This is an industry-led partnership between business and academia, which will solve real manufacturing problems and deliver goods to loading docks across America faster and cheaper,” Sacks told the newspaper. Enyart noted that Southern Illinois will benefit from the institute. “Southern Illinois has a proud tradition of manufacturing, particularly for our national defense,” Enyart said. “The consortium of education, research and industry assembled by UI Labs will ensure all parts of Illinois will be on the cutting edge of the next generation of manufacturing. From the research that will be conducted at the SIU system to the collaboration with local manufacturers like General Dynamics and Boeing, every part of our state will benefit. Most importantly, the Digital Lab will create more opportunities for high-skill jobs for our nation and our region for generations to come.” At the Madison event, Enyart touted the work that has been done in his district through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “We repaired our roads and bridges. We invested in high

away from the “per incident” fee. He said he doesn’t want officers to hesitate running a license plate if they think they should. “Lebanon is a great area; we want to keep it that way,” he said.

Library update

The library’s restroom project was again discussed. There was some discussion that the Council had approved spending up to $300, but Wright said it was her understanding that all materials and labor would be paid for through donations and that the Council’s motion authorized the work but not the expense. The materials reportedly cost a little more than $400 and donations were short by about $100. She said the library had not turned over $250 in donations it had collected. Hagan, who already donated toward the project said he was willing to donate his aldermanic paycheck to make up the difference. “For the love of God, let’s get this over with,” he said. Alderman Frank Almeter said he was willing to forego Council pay for the project, too. Susan Meister, library board president, said the library would turn over the $250 it had collected as soon as possible. She thanked the Council for its support of the library and said patrons were appreciative of having a restroom to use. Some of them spend a lot of time in the library filling out job applications, researching health insurance and filing insurance

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CONGRESSMAN BILL ENYART addresses a crowd in Madison last week that came out to see Vice President Joe Biden. Biden told the crowd that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act implemented five years ago was working and had held off an economic depression. From left are former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (hidden behind the microphones) Enyart, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (behind Enyart’s shoulder), Vice President Biden and Governor Pat Quinn. speed rail lines that run right through here connecting two of our nation’s great cities. And major investment at this port provides access for our exports to the world,” he said. Enyart continued, “These investments in American infrastructure are like investing in your home by putting on a new roof. By investing in America, we have

made our country stronger, we’ve created jobs and we’ve bolstered our economy. America still has work to do. Wall Street has recovered, but we can’t rest until every Main Street in Southern Illinois has recovered.” In welcoming Biden to Illinois, Enyart told the hundreds of people gathered in Madison how he had first met Biden while he was com-

claims. They need a restroom to use, she said. Wright, who has been an outspoken proponent of weaning the library off of city services, said she has been meeting with Meister to work out the issues.

parcels that will create a 300-footwide strip leading to a larger area ending at Faust Road near the I-64 interchange. The goal is to extend water and sewer lines to that area. Some of the sewer work is already in place. The plan will put some of the future development near the interchange inside the Lebanon city limits.

City to start paying PPRT to library

The Council discussed the Personal Property Replacement Tax that the library has been entitled to for some 30 years but never received. When the personal property tax was eliminated by the Illinois constitution three decades ago, the PPRT was established to help taxing bodies that had relied on personal property taxes. The library should have received 22 percent of the city’s annual PPRT, according to John Long, city attorney. The City Council agreed to start paying the library’s share to them. Long said it did not require a vote because state statute requires the payment. He said the city should keep a record of the payments moving forward. There was little discussion regarding the PPRT arrearage the library now wants from the city. It amounts to about $27,000. “We’re working on that,” Wright said.

Approve annexation

The city annexed about 65 acres south of the city following a brief public hearing during which there was little discussion. The annexation is the first of several

The $100,000 parking lot

The Council approved spending up to $2,500 from a utility tax fund for an appraisal of the former Brad & Deb’s building on St. Louis Street despite concerns that the cost seems high. Wilken said he had talked to a couple of appraisers who do not do commercial work. The $2,500 estimate came from Collier Appraisers, he said. He said the appraisal needed to “stand up to the requirements of eminent domain. The city is trying to obtain the property to raze it for a parking lot. Part of the roof has reportedly collapsed. Koriath asked whether the city could ever sell the property if it is taken by eminent domain. Long said it could. If the city declared it to be surplus property, it could be sold. Koriath said she had “serious concerns” about spending what could be $100,000 to build a parking that could hold only 12 cars. “That’s a lot of taxpayer money,” she said. “I want that noted.” She and Jack Wise voted against the appraisal.

Propose demo permit and fee

THE OLD WATER TOWER seen in the background is a fixture in downtown Lebanon. It is scheduled to be repainted this year, but the City Council is discussing whether the city’s logo should be included.

A new demolition ordinance was turned over to Long to draft. Koriath said there have been a couple of demolitions where the contractors failed to contact the city regarding water and sewer lines making it harder to locate them after the buildings came down. The proposed plan would require a checklist of things that must be done prior to demolition. It also would require a $50 fee. There was some discussion about whether the permit would be needed for sheds. The consensus was that it would not. Jody McNeese, street and alley supervisor, said he wanted to add that vehicles with track wheels may not be unloaded onto city streets. Almeter noted that the permit should go to the county so property taxes could be properly adjusted.

mander of the Illinois National Guard. Biden’s son Beau was a soldier serving in Iraq. “Annette [Enyart’s wife, retired St. Clair County Judge Annette Eckert] and I have broken bread in their home. I have stood by, blinking hard, while Jill Biden wrapped her arms around the weeping teenage daughter of one of my soldiers, one of our soldiers, who suffers PTSD [post-

traumatic stress disorder]. “Her empathy, her soundless touch, her love for that wounded daughter of a silently wounded veteran told me more than any speech Joe has ever made. Any man who is good enough to be Jill Biden’s husband deserves to be our vice-president.” He said Biden is a champion of working people and veterans.

THE LEBANON CITY COUNCIL wants to acquire the former Brad & Deb’s building above and raze it for a parking lot. Koriath said the ordinance needs to be finalized and approved as soon as possible because there are two pending demolitions in the city.

Zoning restriction lifted for some

The City Council approved a zoning change to waive some restrictions on home daycares and houses converted to office space by a university. Under the previous rules, such business use was confined to 300 square feet or 50 percent of the main floor, whichever was less. That has not been enforced on homes used for offices by McKendree University, she said, but it became an issue in a recent daycare application. Wise said he thinks each special use of a residential structure should be decided on a case-bycase basis. He voted no on the zoning change; all other Council members voted yes.

Cemetery contract

Wise, who had advocated rebidding mowing of College Hill Cemetery, said a review of the previous contract noted that it included 2014 and 2015. The Council determined that no vote was necessary to maintain the current contract.

Painting tower

Wilken reported that AT&T, which leases space atop the city’s old water tower, has agreed to paint the structure at a cost of $143,000. That does not include painting the town’s logo on it. He suggested seeking help from the state’s Historic Preservation Agency for the logo. Koriath said painting a logo on it might be counterproductive. She said the city fought to preserve the right to take the tower down. Putting the logo back on it might increase its historical significant making it more difficult to raze if

the city should want to at a later time. The city no longer uses the tower for water. The Council agreed to give AT&T another six months to complete the repainting pushing the timeline to December. Hagan said the logo issue should go to the public property committee.

Pro planning

Wilken said the city’s planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. March 4 to hear a presentation from a professional planner. He asked the Council members to attend.

Ice rink update

Koriath asked about a plan to locate an ice rink near Lebanon using tax increment financing (TIF). Wilken said the city was still in the running for the project but that the land would have to meet TIF criteria and some of it would need to be annexed into the city. He said he is working on another development proposal that could be a good fit for the same property.

Questioning legal fees

Koriath brought up the topic of legal fees. At a committee meeting, it had been suggested that only committee chairmen should contact the city’s lawyers about issues regarding their committees to help keep fees down. She said she went through the bills and that it was clear that the fees were not being driven up by aldermen. “The inference is not accurate,” she said. She noted that some of the fees were regarding the Good Energy contract previously discussed. She said the Council was told that there would be no cost to the city and suggested that Good Energy should pay those fees. Wilken said he would call the company.


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Rants & Raves

Lebanon could benefit from prayer breakfast Editor’s Note: Last week’s submission from Conrad Steinhoff was lost somewhere in cyberspace. We are reprinting the column in its entirety this week. Last Wednesday, about 500 people gathered at Fischer’s Restaurant in Belleville for the 49th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. I made an amazing discovery there that may explain a lot. Did you know that God is Irish? On the back of the program was printed a responsive reading. It began, Leader: O’Lord, who made of us one community…” and followed by: People: Unite us O’Lord…” And so it went. Garrett Hoerner, Belleville City Attorney, was Master of Ceremonies. In his opener, he talked about the growing diversity of Belleville and how the city is welcoming all. The invocation was led by Keith Cook, who delivered an eloquent prayer, ending with “In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.” I was at the Beacon Ministries table with co-workers and board members. John Laker, board member and I chatted. I commented on the unabashedly Christian prayer offered by Mr. Cook. John agreed, and said, “If I was giving that prayer, it wouldn’t end that way.” He is a member of the Swansea Rotary Club and is often asked to give the invocation. He is careful to make his prayers inclusive so anybody can participate. (I think he forgot about atheists, but I didn’t bring that up.) I thought about Lebanon Rotary, where I am the designated invoker. I haven’t figured out how to include atheists, nor do I try very hard to do so, but my prayers are likewise inclusive. (How do you include an atheist in a prayer? Don’t pray, I guess.) All this praying was followed by the Fire Department honor guard marching down the center aisle to post the colors. We dutifully recited the Pledge to the Flag, hands over hearts, and listened to a solo rendition by a soprano named Kristine Mueller of the Star Spangled Banner accompanied on an astoundingly out-oftune piano. After breakfast, there were Bible readings for the Old and

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New Testaments, leading into an “Inspirational Message” by Lynn Clapp, Superintendent of Belleville District # 118 Schools. Mr. Clapp was indeed inspiring. He was raised in Catholic schools, including seminary. His talk was about being agents of God’s love in both our work, and as citizens. He was witty, passionate, and eloquent. He got a standing ovation when he finished. Ms. Mueller sang again, this time “On Eagle’s Wings,” one of my favorites. “And God will bear you up, on eagle’s wings” she sang. The piano had not improved in the interim. The benediction was pronounced by Brian Buelhorn, Chaplain at BJC hospital. He did not invoke the name of Jesus. That would be a tough call for a chaplain from Barnes Jewish Christian. Finally, we all sang a hearty “God Bless America,” led by Ms. Mueller; and yes, the piano was still abominable. As an ardent advocate of the separation of church and state, I found the event fascinating. I am opposed to the display of the American flag in church sanctuaries, including my home church where it stands to the left of the altar, the “Christian” flag to the right. The American flag has no place in the sanctuary. It is not the role of the church to be in bed with ‘the state.” It is the role of the church to stand in judgment of the state, of how the state treats “the least of these,” “the other” and more. John Laker said there is no American flag in his parish church. “If one appeared, I would object strenuously,” he said. Somehow, however, in this setting the blend of religion and government made a certain sense. First, it wasn’t a government function. It was a community function sponsored, as the printed program explained, by “a voluntary committee of concerned citizens.”

The printed program states, “Serving as a time of rededication of ourselves and our nation to God, it is hoped this event will serve as an inspiration to all. By reaffirming our beliefs and dependence toward our creator, we hope to rededicate our everyday living in honor and service to Him.” One cannot avoid, it seems, an element of the celebration of our “chosen” status as God’s special emissary to the nations in events of this kind. But the much clearer message was the call for us as people of faith to exercise that faith in our dealings with one another as citizens. That’s a good message for all of us. Back in the days when Gene Rhoden served on the Lebanon City Council, he was called upon at the beginning of each meeting to pronounce an invocation. He never failed to include the words, “God, help us to disagree without being disagreeable.” There was no question but that this invocation had its effect on the proceedings that followed. But ultimately, the agitation over church-state separation and sensitivity to religious diversity caused the invocation to be dropped from the proceedings. I wonder if some of the lack of civility in the more recent City Council proceedings would have been dampened by Gene’s admonition. But some of the spirit of Gene Rhoden’s prayer might be re-ignited by a Lebanon Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. I recall vividly Mayor Wilken’s talk at this year’s Martin Luther King birthday celebration at Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. He was passionate and eloquent. He challenged us all, in the spirit of Dr. King, to be participants in making our community a better place. I think he could inspire us all at the first annual Lebanon Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

Best solutions depend on civic engagement

Civilization. Being civil. Civic duty. All of those things have a commonality other than the letter sequence “c-i-v-i.” Unfortunately, civility and civic duty aren’t as common as they used to be. I suppose you can be a good citizen without performing a civic duty. If you don’t steal from others and you pay your taxes, that’s being a good citizen. Civic duty doesn’t end there, though. Voting is the most basic civic duty. Participating in community organizations, showing up for jury duty and standing and taking your hat off during the national anthem are all elements of civic duty. But I think democracy, our American civilization, requires more. I think we have a duty to educate ourselves and to try to understand civic issues without partisanship. I’m not suggesting that it’s wrong to be a Republican or a Democrat or to promote a political agenda, but if your information diet is fed by a single ideology, then you have assigned your personal responsibility to someone else. That begs the question: Who is manipulating you? Holding a strong, political belief without being able to articulate why you think that way indicates you have weeds growing in the gray garden inside your head. I don’t blame the media for this. I

Ramblin’ Man David Porter

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blame you. Letting someone else do your thinking for you is on you. Conservatives can blame the liberal media and liberals can blame Fox News. Maybe we’ve become so disenchanted with politics that we have just given up on trying to sort it all out, so we vote with our party if we vote at all. Or, maybe our education system has not prepared us to be discerning consumers of information. Perhaps we lack the tools to sort it all out. After all, Illinois does not have a civics education requirement in our schools. The schools teach U.S. history and social studies, but civics is more than that. On Feb. 21, a governor’s task force on civic education met for the first time to look at how civics is taught in other states and how it might be taught here. As scary as it may seem to many of you, I was appointed as the media representative on the task force, which includes educators and legislators.

My goal for the task force is to ensure that civic education leads to civic engagement. While we need a broad policy that preserves local discretion for schools, I think we need specific tools that schools can use to boost civic engagement, and we need to be able to evaluate the effectiveness of civic education. This may seem like a ho-hum topic to some folks as there are far more pressing issues for legislators, such as pension reform, spending issues, tax relief and basic services for roads, police and fire protection and job growth. But we are never going to develop the best solutions to our problems if our young people do not become civic-minded and -engaged adults. © Copyright 2014 by David Porter who can be reached at porter@ramblinman.us. If you have thoughts about civic education, please share them with me.

Our Opinion

City should not use residency issue to abate parking woes

For all the talk about limited government and personal freedom, the story changes when your neighbor’s choices start impacting your pursuit of happiness. Park a junk car in a lot next to a limited government person and see how long it takes for him to petition the local zoning board. That’s sort of what it boils down to with the current debate in Lebanon over how many unrelated people can live in one residence. It’s not about the number of people in the house; it’s about the number of cars parked on the street. If parking is the issue, then deal with the parking. Put up “no parking” signs or “one-hour parking” signs. Limiting the number of unrelated people in a house in order to limit the number of cars parked there is a heavy-handed approach to regulation. For one thing, if the people were all related, the city’s code would not apply. Three or four related families with kids could all live together. That’s arguably worse than four college students bunking together in a four-bedroom house. There are eight people in my family growing up; at one point there were as many as six of us with driver’s licenses living there. The code would not outlaw that. Currently, I live alone in a four-bedroom house with two bathrooms. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to house three college students in the empty bedrooms. I choose not to, but the local government should not prohibit me in a zone that allows apartment living. It certainly would be no worse than the situation that exists in my neighborhood. Each morning, high school students line my street and walk a block to the school. Every available parking space on the street is filled throughout the day, leaving none for use by residents. The Lebanon residency code could do nothing about that. The point is, limiting the number of unrelated people in a house punishes some people and not others for the same basic behavior. There are reasonable ways to deal with the parking issue – no inoperable or unlicensed vehicles parked on the street, reserved spaces for residents in front of their own homes or the aforementioned no-parking or limited-time restraints. Too many people in a house can create a health and safety issue, so it’s reasonable to establish residency limits on a square-footage basis. It’s also reasonable to enforce noise and garbage regulations. But if you have a big house with plenty of room, it makes sense for a lot of people to share space, especially in this economy. Plus, family units don’t always fit a traditional model. If an unmarried couple lived downstairs and another unmarried couple lived upstairs, you might call that an apartment and allow it under the zoning laws. But if they shared the kitchen or any other space, that would make it illegal under the limit of three unrelated people in a house. There are all kinds of scenarios where multiple, unrelated people makes sense. A fraternity house or sorority house come to mind. Or a home for foster children. At the very least, there should be a high-density zoning designation or special use permit so unusual circumstances worthy of exception can be permitted. I can see where a subdivision with single-family zoning might not be the best place for a frat house, but an area that has multiple apartment buildings or caters to college students could be zoned for high density without altering traditional neighborhoods in other parts of town. A city-wide limit of four unrelated people would cover most potential scenarios. More than that would create a boarding house, which should require further scrutiny. A limit of three unrelated people seems unreasonable to me. — David Porter

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Recollections

Sidewalk sales discouraged 50 years ago

10 Years Ago February 25, 2004 Students in Lebanon and Summerfield grade schools and in Freeburg heard presentations by Dr. and Mrs. B.F. McClerren last week. The McClerrens are Lincoln “presenters” who portray the 16th U.S. President and his wife, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Horner Park commissioners have scheduled their annual Easter egg hunt for the usual time-frame, Saturday, April 3, 2004, the day before Palm Sunday, to allow a rain date on Palm Sunday. Ten acres of land lying west and south of the location of the Hardee’s Restaurant alongside South Madison Street in Lebanon could become a residential, recreational, and business park under a plan unveiled at the Feb. 23, 2004, session of the Lebanon City Council. Current and expected developments in trash disposal, including the need to dispose of yard waste without burning it, are leading Lebanon city fathers to again consider the prospect of retaining a

Shake up your vinaigrette with lemon I have been preparing a traditional Italian vinaigrette for many years. It is made with red wine vinegar, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Many cooks use lemon as a vinegar substitute, so I finally tried it, and it was awesome! I use the zest of half a lemon, and then use the juice of half the lemon for 2-3 servings. You need to experiment with the amounts of all ingredients to get it to your taste. Enjoy!!

single collector of trash and ban all others from operation in Lebanon. The city of Lebanon has to dispose of a large stock of swept-up road gravel and is willing to deliver it to anyone upon request.

30 Years Ago February 29, 1984 At long last we are on our way to resolving our seat problem at the theatre, but we are, once again, asking for your help. We have been given 400 theatre seats in excellent condition, but we must remove them by this weekend in order to take advantage of this offer. Craig Virgin qualified on Feb. 19 for the upcoming world cross country championship race, winning third in the national cross country championship in East Rutherford, N.J. … Virgin is the only American ever to hold the title, which he won for two successive years, 1980 and 1981. Lebanon Township has been assigned the distribution of “free” food, upon the closing of the McAllister Center in Lebanon.

Marie’s Kitchen

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50 Years Ago February 28, 1964 The Lebanon Grade School Board of Education, with John Godwin, president, presiding and Harold Campe, secretary, keeping the minutes, convened in the grade school Monday evening. Other

board members present were as follows: Ralph Mueller, Fordyce Smith, and Jack Pfeffer, as well as George Wolfslau, who is the school treasurer. … Anticipated kindergarten enrollment of 85 to 90 for next year was of concern to the board, al-

My evergreen southern magnolia tree’s leaves are turning brown. Is it dying? Can you tell me what to do to keep it from dying? Your evergreen magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is showing signs of leaf scorch as a result of the harsher than normal winter we have experienced this year. This is what is happening. The dark green leaves intercept sunlight that assists in the photosynthetic process. The sunlight also elevates the temperature of the leaf tissue. With the leaf tissue warmed up water vapor is lost from the leaf more rapidly, particularly if the hu-

midity is low, as it often is on cold, sunny winter days. If the soil is frozen or dry from lack of rain, the water is lost more rapidly from the leaves than it can be replaced by the roots. Strong winter winds that continually carry away the warmer, moister air near the leaf surface make things worse by promoting even more water loss. When the leaf tissue dries to the point of no return the leaves turn brown starting along the edges which gives them a scorched appear. If your tree is healthy it will drop these leaves and new ones

nine members of the McKendree College Review staff to the 11th annual newspaper conference at MacMurray College, Jacksonville, last Friday and Saturday. Students attending were Mr. and Mrs. Jim Williamson, Dave Philip, Bob Billig, Leon Cammon, Jack Frick, Ben Armbruster, Judy Vogt, and Mary Reinhardt. Mrs. Scott Williams was hostess to a group of friends Friday evening honoring her husband, Lt. Col. Williams, on his birthday anniversary. The party took place in the Williams home following the presentation of Mrs. Williams’ play, “Saddle-Bag Religion” at McKendree College. Mary Elizabeth Putt, a senior at SIU, Carbondale, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Putt, made a five point grade average (straight A) for the fall quarter. This is the fifth time she has achieved this distinction. Arlene Nies, editor of the Greyhound, has been selected as the recipient of the DAR Good Citizenship award.

Diagnosing leaf scorch on a magnolia tree

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Fezziwig’s

out of control. It can’t be paid for, it won’t reach high speeds, there aren’t enough people willing to pay to use it, and the designs are still in their infancy,” Miller said. “The only thing Chairman Kern does at high-speed is raise taxes and spend money, and the people I hear from on a daily basis are getting really tired of it,” Miller said. The board voted 22-5 in favor of the study, according to Miller’s press release.

classes, tea class schedules and wine pairing dinners. Co-owner, Tim Moore, oversees the marketing aspects of the business and has developed an online calendar of events along with the ability for customers to make reservations on line. Tim is also in charge of the store’s wine buying and will coordinate the Wine Schools and Wine Tasting calendar with special guest speakers and wine aficionados. Customers may relax with a spot of tea and a scone, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and some cheese in the Culinary Experience room when no events are scheduled. Another exciting addition will be the return of the Alfresco Courtyard. The courtyard space will be

Miller criticizes county’s high-speed rail study

The St. Clair County Board voted this month to approve a resolution that would spend $500,000 to conduct a feasibility study to see if a high-speed rail station could be built in East St. Louis. Board Member Nick Miller (R-Lebanon) said he believes that’s an insult to taxpayers. “In November, Chairman [Mark] Kern asked the County Board to raise fees on residents and businesses because the county couldn’t meet its budget. In December, Chairman Kern first asked residents to vote for a sales tax increase to fund a jail renovation he’s known we’ve needed for years. Meanwhile, Mid-America Airport is projected to have a $1.4 million budget shortfall in 2014. Yet somehow Chairman Kern can conveniently find a half million dollars to start the process of building a train station in East St. Louis,” Nick Miller said in a press release Monday. The $500,000 will come from the St. Clair County Transit District and will be used to aid the state's Department of Transportation with the design and planning of the station. The proposed station would be adjacent to the MetroLink on River Park Drive. Miller said that the proposed highspeed rail system has proven controversial and that many states have looked at creating a similar system but decided against it. The rail line would run from St. Louis to Chicago. “Numerous non-partisan experts who have looked at the ‘highspeed’ rail plans, and who do not have a political agenda, have said this idea will, pardon the pun, never leave the station. The engineering is unproven, there are too many stops, the ridership numbers are illusionary, and the costs are

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though it is yet too early to make concrete plans. Mr. Simmons is to explore, with Mrs. Lamar Renfro (kindergarten teacher) the possibility of using church connected buildings for temporary additional space. The possible need for another teacher is also being considered. Since the Community Survey report last Saturday evening, it has again been suggested that Lebanon could present a better appearance if merchants would not extend their displays to the sidewalks. Another suggestion is for better sanitation; among the practices to be improved is that of washing hands between the handling of packaged goods and the handling of raw items. Lebanon outscored O’Fallon 7158 Wednesday evening in the O’Fallon district tournament to win the opportunity to play Waterloo last evening. In previous encounters this year the Greyhounds lost to Waterloo 62-67 early in the season, and more recently won from Waterloo 72-69. Leon H. Church accompanied

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redecorated and shared between Fezziwig’s and the new art and pottery studio that will be opening next door on May 1. When events are not in session by either store, customers may relax with friends in the peaceful tranquility of the courtyard with tea, coffee or wine. An adults only Open House is scheduled for Thursday, February 27th from 6pm until 8pm. The public is invited to attend.

In the Garden

Helen Schaal

will bud out in the spring to replace them. Evergreen magnolias normally do shed old leaves in spring but you may not notice because it is a gradual process as the new ones are budding out. Take a close look at one of the branches that has the brown leaves. At the place where a leaf is attached to the branch there should be a tiny auxiliary leaf bud.

If these look plump and not dried out your tree should recover. To help your tree recover make sure you give it additional water if we have a dry spring. Feed it with some Tree and Shrub Food fertilizer, at the recommended amount for the size of your tree, in midApril to provide nutrients to promote the new leaf growth. Next fall, if your tree is small enough; spray it with an anti-desiccant (Wiltpruf). This product puts a waxy coating on the leaves that helps prevent water loss that causes the leaf scorch. Until next time, Happy Gardening.

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Game On

McKendree fresHMan HannaH scHneider scored five goals in a 12-11 win over shorter University (Georgia). Bearcat lacrosse is now 1-1 overall heading into a series of road trips, returning to home play on March 29. photo by Jim Michalak.

Schneider and Porta lead McKendree to win over Shorter

McKendree's clinton Happe tries to shoot through the tall trees in the season's last home game against Maryville. clinton scored a game high 18 in a tough 75-72 loss. McKendree is 9-15 with two games left to play. photo by Jim Michalak.

Freshman attacker Hannah Schneider (Ellisville, Mo.) scored a career-high five goals and freshman goalie Amy Porta (Ellisville, Mo.) snagged a school-record 18 saves for the McKendree University women's lacrosse team Feb. 21 in a 12-11 win over Shorter University (Ga.). The Bearcats improve to 1-1 overall this season and will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday, March 1 to play Indiana

Tech. Schneider's five goals led all players, while she also recorded an assist. Her five goals are tied for second for the most in a single game in school history, while her six points in the game is also tied for second. Freshman midfielder Victoria Lelo (Auckland, New Zealand) was the other lone Bearcat with multiple goals in the contest with two. Senior Kahlyn Slominsky (O'Fal-

lon), sophomores Rianne Holzmeyer (Hazelwood, Mo.), Shirley Boland (St. Louis), Janelle Woods (Hazelwood, Mo.), and freshman Ellen Kilkenny (Manchester, Mo.) also each had single goals in the victory. Porta improved to 1-1 overall with the victory in the cage and eclipsed the previous school record for saves in a game by three. It was Porta's second career start in only her second collegiate

game. McKendree started off quickly and built a 3-0 lead in the first six minutes of play. The Hawks battled back and tied the game with just over 18 minutes to play in the first half, but the Bearcats answered with two goals 21-seconds apart to regain the lead, 5-3. Shorter cut its deficit to one four times through the remainder of the contest, but McKendree always answered to hold on for the win.


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