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Table of contents

Cover Story

Other Features

Publisher/Owner Jim Muir

Making Marion Go........................................8

Creative Director

A Toe Tappin, Hand Clappin, Good Time........................................19

Stephanie Milligan

So you think you have a tough job?........................................22 Buckets of Hope........................................24

Photographers Ceasar Maragni Christopher Kays

$25,000 in 25 Days........................................27 The day “Duke” came to town........................................28

Contributing Writers Harry Boyd Lila H. Colloton Don Gasaway Ceasar Maragni Jim Muir Jon Musgrave Bernie Paul Dixie Terry George Trammell


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reetings and welcome to the April issue of Marion Living Magazine.

With more than a couple of weeks of 70 degree weather under our belt I think it’s fair to say that ‘Spring has Sprung’ here in Southern Illinois. So, I don’t believe it would be tempting Mother Nature for all of us to join together in saying goodbye, solong, farewell, adios, sayonara and good riddance to Old Man Winter. As you’ll be able to determine by thumbing through this month’s magazine ‘The Hub of the Universe’ has been a ‘hub of activity’ in recent weeks. Without question the most important story we have in ML this month involves the work of the Illinois Baptist Association and an effort that has been labeled “Buckets of Hope.” Volunteers from the Baptist Association have opened their hearts and wallets to help the folks in Haiti who are dealing with the devastation from a massive earthquake. In all the Illinois Baptist Association has sent 2,206 buckets to Haiti with more than half (1,209) coming from Marion. Each bucket contains 30 pounds of non-perishable food items. While I’m certain keeping tabs on numbers such as how many buckets and how many pounds of food were shipped are a necessity I would rather think of the number of lives (particularly young lives) will be impacted in the ravaged country by the hard work, dedication and caring of folks right here in our backyard. Good job Marion! And speaking of jobs – have you ever complained about your job? Come on tell the truth, you’ve probably whined a little once in a while, right? Well, after reading our story and paying close attention to the story about Marion’s water tower makeover you might not find your particular workspace so bad after all. While it might make you a little queasy … I think you’ll enjoy. Another item you’ll enjoy this month involves a little-known story about a brief visit made to Marion in the early 1970s by John Wayne. Yeah, the real John Wayne, the John Wayne that gave us Rooster Cogburn and McLintock. Perhaps the original ‘tough guy’ Wayne made a short visit to Marion to talk with the late Dee Rudd about a possible business venture. While the photo is grainy and certainly from a pre-digital era there’s no question that it’s ‘Duke’ in the picture. We also have a pictorial display from “Oliver” that recently played to overflow crowds at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center and our popular monthly feature ‘Making Marion Go’ featuring longtime city employee Jim Wallis, who works at the bio-solids plant located on Marion’s south side. As always we feel like we have something for everybody so enjoy Marion Living while you’re enjoying our beautiful spring weather. All the best and God Bless!

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Odds & Ends


Science Program: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Monday, April 5 • 10 a.m. The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children’s book, Science Guy Jason Lindsey has created a unique program where kids will learn about wild weather and severe weather safety. Participants will create tornadoes, make it rain soda and crush a can with air. Adult Anime Night • Thursday, April 8 • 6 p.m. Open to adults 18+ who are interested in anime. The Man Who Knew Too Much • Friday, April 9 • 1 p.m. Alfred Hitchcock directed this 1956 suspense film. Starring James Stewart and Doris Day as a couple who become embroiled in international espionage, the movie features Day’s signature song Que Sera Sera. Approved for general audiences. Lego Club • Tuesday, April 13 and 27 • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Come to the Children’s Department for a fun-filled evening of Legos! Open Mic Night • Monday, April 19 • 7 p.m. Present your own poetry or music, some of your favorites or just hang out and listen! Everyone is welcome as we celebrate National Poetry Month with words and music. Activities and light refreshments included. Memoirs of a Geisha Monday, April 26 • 5 p.m. The “Read the Movie, Watch the Book” selection is based on the book of the same name. The 2005 film tells the story of Japan through the journey of a young girl from an impoverished nine-year-old to a geisha in Kyoto’s Gion district. As a renowned geisha, she enters a society of wealth, privilege and political intrigue. As war looms, Japan and the geisha world are forever changed by the onslaught of history. It is rated PG-13. Discussion time will follow the movie. Marion Carnegie Library’s new coffee bar, Carnegie Commons, is now open! Games Group • Tuesdays • 4 p.m. The coffee bar is located on the library’s Open to teens of all skill levels. Games include chess, checkers, Go. main floor. Carnegie Commons hours are Storyhour • Wednesdays • April 7 and 21 • 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to Open to pre-school age children. 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cards Group • Thursdays • 4 p.m. The new addition features cappuccino, Open to teens. Members are interested in playing card games. coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Prices Anime Club for teens on the second and fourth Saturday at 1 p.m. range from $.75 to $1. Snacks available include Special K bars, trail mix, danish, muffins, fruit bars and Rice Krispies All programs are free and open to the public. treats, all priced at $.50-$.75.

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Jim Wallis At the age of 58 Jim Wallis has spent more than three decades as a city employee

Jim Wallis has spent more than half his life as a Marion city employee. In fact, Wallis moved to Marion in 1978 at the tender age of 26 to work as a Class 2 Operator at the city’s sewage treatment plant – and 32 years later ‘The Hub of the Universe’ is still home. Wallis grew up in tiny Roodhouse, located in southwestern Illinois near Jacksonville. He said he came to Marion specifically for the job he still holds. “I was hired by the city of Marion for this job in May 1978 and I’ve been here ever since,” said Wallis. “Obviously, I like my job.” Longtime Marion City Employee Jim Wallis at the city's Bio-Solids plant on the city's south side. 8 • marion living magazine • April 2010

While Wallis works

primarily in the bio-solids area of the sewage plant but noted “I really work in any area they need me in.” Wallis said one of the key elements of his job is helping to secure the daily state-mandated samples that keep the sprawling facility in compliance. “Getting the samples and getting them ready for the lab operator to test is a very important part of what I do,” said Wallis. “When I work in the bio-solids building that process involves getting rid of the sludge out of our system. It comes out in what is called a ‘wet cage’ and then we haul it off to a landfill.” Wallis noted that the biggest change he has witnessed during 32 years is the dramatic increase in sewage facilities – a direct result from the continuing boom in population in Marion.

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Checking and re-checking the gauges at the Bio-Solids plant is one of Wallis’ duties.

“In 1978 the plant was new but much smaller and we’ve just expanded through the years,” said Wallis. “Back then we had what we call an ‘east plant’ and now we also have a ‘west plant’ that takes care of everything west of Interstate 57. We just keep expanding and getting bigger and bigger.” During his time at the facility Wallis said there have been three major expansions. “Those expansions had to happen just to keep up with the economic growth,” said Wallis. “The plant we have right now has the capacity to take in up to 12 million gallons of water a day and we’re not there just yet but if the growth keeps going we’ll probably have to expand again.” Talking about his long career as a city of Marion employee Wallis mentioned another longtime city fixture. “I’ve had this job for 32 years and I’ve worked under one mayor, that’s pretty unusual,” Wallis said referring to the four-decade-plus career of Mayor Robert Butler. “The mayor has been good to me and he’s been good for the city of Marion. I’ve had a good job for all this time and been able to support my family so I have no complaints.” Story by Jim Muir Photos by Ceasar Maragni 10 • marion living magazine • April 2010

Wallis and his wife Brenda are the parents of four grown sons, Jeff, age 39, Jonathan, 30, Robert, 28 and Michael 26. While Wallis has had an up-close look at the growth at the city’s sewage facilities he’s also been impressed with the direction Marion has taken during the past 32 years. “It’s just unbelievable,” said Wallis. “Particularly the expansion to the west, the mall, the new Wal-Mart, it’s just incredible.”

Jim Wallis keeps an eye on the filtering system at the plant.

Wallis is one of eight employees that work at the sewage facility and at age 58 noted that he has not set at retirement date but does have his eye on the end-game. “Probably four more years, probably when I’m 62,” Wallis said. “I didn’t think when I took this job that I would stay until I was old enough to retire. It’s been a good, steady job through the years and I’ve enjoyed it.”

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Photos & Story by Ceasar Maragni

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In this scene Fagin is surrounded by orphans who are in his gang who sing “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.

popular Broadway musical “Oliver” was presented Therecently to audiences at the Marion Cultural & Civic

Center by ArtStarts, the Southern Illinois group that is devoted to making the Arts accessible to area children in our southernmost fourteen counties. The show featured over a hundred children and adults, giving director Cindy Hunt of Marion enough actors to have double casts. It even featured a 30-piece orchestra. Hunt stressed that the show wouldn't have been possible without the large number of volunteers who work behind the scenes. “Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who make

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all of this possible. You are the backbone of our organization.” The cast gave five performances that were all met with large crowds and lots of applause. Jared Garrison was assistant director, Derek Hamblin, music director, Alison McAuliffe was choreographer and Gina McCann was the costume designer. Hunt, who has served as director on every one of the musicals that ArtStarts has produced, said that Oliver featured the second largest cast,

From left to right Erin Elliott, Abbi Mayfield, seated on the floor, Elair Johns, seated on the sofa, Abby O’Keefe standing behind the sofa and Campbell Hunt, right.

Having fun as they kill time backstage prior to a performance of Oliver were from right to left, Abbi Mayfield, Charli Elliott, Elair Johns and Mia Lawrence. All played orphans and members of Fagin’s Gang in the musical.

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Oliver director Cindy Hunt goes over some production details with sound engineer Gary Griffith before one of the shows at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.

Jared Garrison was happy to receive flowers from Laura Pound in the dressing room prior to a weekend performance of Oliver at Marion’s Cultural and Civic Center.

Kevin Rathunde as Mr. Bumble sings as Erin Elliott as Oliver and Meagan Joyner as the Widow Corny beg for more food.

Vinny Segretario, Marion, who played Fagin in half of the productions of Oliver, prepares for curtain up during a Saturday night run of the musical. It can take up to an hour for some of the actors to get all their makeup and costumes on.

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only trailing The Wizard of Oz which was slightly larger. She said that their next event will be their annual fundraiser “Dancing with the Stars” next winter followed by their next full musical production next spring. The down time is difficult for Hunt, who said, “It's a lot of work, but when it's all over, I really miss working with the children and their parents.”

Dylan Broxson, left, as orphan Charlie, is pushed aside by Vinny Segretario who played Fagin.

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A Toe-Tappin, Hand-Clappin' Good Time

The Perry's and Legacy 5 set to perform at Marion Cultural & Civic Center on May 6th

It will be a toe-tappin, hand-clappin’ good time at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center on May 6th when – not one but two – award-winning southern gospel groups share the stage. The Perry’s and Legacy 5 will perform at the Marion CCC at 7:30 p.m. SIU Event Services Director Brian Rives said both groups are well-established and well-known on a national level making this special event a double dose of musical entertainment. “Both groups have a large local followings,” according to SIU Event Services Director Bryan Rives. “Either the Perrys or Legacy 5 would be a terrific event. But having two nationally renowned groups performing in Southern Illinois on the same evening should be a unique and unforgettable evening of Southern Gospel music for family and friends.” The Perrys have been singing southern gospel music for 35 years – a remarkable feat in any musical genre. Singing News Magazine named the Perrys Mixed Quartet of the Year for 2004, 2005, and 2006. Already in 2010 The Perrys have received nominations for the prestigious Dove Awards in the category of Southern Gospel Song of the Year for If You Knew Him, and for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Almost Morning. Legacy Five is a Southern Gospel Quartet with more than 20 albums and owes much of their success to the group’s willingness to adapt to the changing face of gospel music. As a result, Legacy Five has won numerous industry awards including Singing News Magazine’s Album of the Year Award for the 2007 release Live in Music City.

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So.... you think you

have a tough job..huh? Well, the next time that thought crosses your mind consider the workers from Maxcor Incorporated who have spent the past few months working in (and high above) the city of Marion

do you spell Marion? Well, very carefully it seems, especially H ow when you're 150 feet above the ground with heavy buckets of paint at your feet and a strong desire to get it done right the first time. From left to right Alan Smith, Darrell Gaecher, Rick Reih and Dave Smith put the finished touches on this City of Marion water tower on Skyline Drive. The men work for Maxcor Incorporated out of Lockport. They have spent portions of the past several months putting three coats of paint both inside and outside of the tower tank. Smith said that a paint job on a tower like this should last 15-20 years. According to Marion City Engineer Glenn Clarida, this was part of an overall project that

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included the building of the new water tower alongside I-57, the repainting of this one on Skyline Drive and the repainting of the other water tower located near the water plant. Clarida says each tower holds 500,000 gallons of water, which now gives the city one million and a half gallons of water above ground now that all three tanks are painted and up to date. April 2010 â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ 23

Buckets of hope Spearheaded by the Illinois Baptist Association volunteers from throughout the region opened their hearts and wallets to help the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake 24 â&#x20AC;˘ marion living magazine â&#x20AC;˘ April 2010

By Ceasar Maragni


ollowing the horrendous earthquake in Haiti people and organizations from around the world have responded with all manner of aid to assist the victims and their survivors. That effort continues to this day and a lot of local people have rolled up their sleeves and opened their wallets and purses to help. One way that's happening is an effort called “Buckets of Hope” sponsored by Southern Baptists and coordinated here by the Illinois Baptist Association. According to Cora Taylor of Carterville, a volunteer chaplain with the Illinois Baptist Association, Buckets of Hope, has already sent 2,206 of the buckets to Haiti and 1,209 buckets on this latest effort here in Marion. In addition to Marion, other Illinois departure points have been Streator, Springfield and Troy. Each of the 1,209 buckets weighs 30 pounds had been purchased and then filled and carefully

Myron Taylor of Carterville checks delivery scheduling of the buckets on his cell phone as Nita Garrett checks an inventory list. April 2010 • • 25

Russell Hargraves of Marion hefts two of the full buckets for placement on pallets.

A pallet of Buckets of Hope are loaded onto a semi-trailer for delivery to the gulf coast for further shipping to Haiti.

Myron Taylor’s cap shows that he’s a veteran of many other disaster relief efforts. Taylor drove the truckload of food filled buckets to Louisiana for transport to Haiti.

packed by volunteers from churches throughout Illinois. Each bucket contains flour, rice, spaghetti, sugar, beans, peanut butter and cooking oil. Each bucket can feed a family of four for about a week. It cost $30 per bucket for the food and $10 for shipping. All expenses have been donated by individuals and churches. For many like Russell Hargraves of Marion who helped load the latest shipment headed that way, it's a labor of love, “I’m just glad I can do something to help.” 26 • marion living magazine • April 2010


$25,000 25 Days Black-Diamond Harley-Davidson leading the charge to help restoration effort at Bald Knob Cross Marion, IL - Black Diamond Harley-Davidson announced today that it would raffle a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle with proceeds to benefit the restoration of Bald Knob Cross. "Our goal is to raise $25,000 in 25 days by selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a new Harley-Davidson,” said Jeremy Pinkston, marketing director, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson. Black Diamond will begin selling raffle tickets on April 1st, 2010 and draw for a winner on April 25, 2010. “That Sunday is ‘Blessing of the Bikes’ at Bald Knob Cross. In one day around 5,000 bikers go to the Cross and we thought this would be the best date to choose the winner,” said Shad Zimbro, co-owner, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson. In 1936 Wayman Presley and Reverend William Lirely began talking about a place where people of all beliefs could come together as one. Soon, they decided on beautiful Bald Knob and the ambitious project began to erect a 111-feet tall structure on the knob. The Cross of Peace, which it came to be named, was completed in 1963 and can be seen for over 7,500 square miles. Due to years of natural wear, the Cross has deteriorated and is in need of repair. “We wanted to help restore the Cross to its original look,” said Rodney Cabaness, co-owner, Black Diamond HarleyDavidson. “Raffling off a new Harley-Davidson seemed like a good way to raise funds for the repair." Black Diamond will also be offering a $500 gift card as well as a gift basket worth over $250 giving anyone who purchases a ticket two more chances to win. “Repairing the Cross is a very worthy cause in itself, but we felt like giving people even more reasons to buy the tickets would help further generate the revenues needed to finish the Cross,” said Cabaness. “If you spend twenty bucks, you get nine chances to win … not many raffles can say that.” Black Diamond has found tremendous support for the fundraiser. The group Friends of the Cross, which has been instrumental in helping to raise both awareness and funding for the Cross over the last three years, will be promoting the raffle and selling tickets, as well. One of their board members, D.W. Presley, said “This is another wonderful example of how businesses across the area have stepped up to the challenge of helping to raise funds for the restoration of the Cross.” One business that has made a special donation pledge is The Great Boars of Fire. They will host their second annual Hogfest event at their lodge in Anna on April 25th, 2010. “Last year we had over 1,500 people come to our event after the ‘Blessing of the Bikes’ and we hope to beat that number for 2010,” said Bob Fombelle, owner of The Great Boars of Fire. “Anyone who purchases a Hogfest ticket will be offered a chance to win the raffle bike. We hope to be able to contribute more than $10,000 to the cause.” Black Diamond is also proud to have media partnerships with River Radio and OnMedia to help promote the fundraiser. River Radio Market Manager Steve Falat says, "The Bald Knob Cross is an icon for Southern Illinois and it is a privilege and an honor to be a part of helping to raise awareness and much needed funds for the restoration of the cross. The Friends of the Cross will be joining us as we broadcast live throughout Southern Illinois giving you the opportunity to make your donation to the restoration and for your chance to win the Harley-Davidson motorcycle." “The Cross carries great significance in the Unites States. Everyone who sees it identifies it as religious, historical and cultural landmark for southern Illinois,” says Gina Heern, Local Sales Manager for OnMedia. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson, in Marion Illinois. Ticket prices are one ticket for $10 or three tickets for $20. Need not be present to win. For more information contact: Jeremy Pinkston, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson, 618-997-4577 April 2010 • • 27

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came to town T here was no fanfare, no parades and certainly no presentation offering him the key to the city, but the grainy Polaroid photos provide proof that legendary big screen star John Wayne made a brief, albeit a memorable visit to Marion. Marion native Rodger Rodd said a phone call from his late brother Dee Rodd provided the first indication that this particular day in July 1975 was going to be anything but typical. Unbeknownst to Rodd, his brother was working on a business deal with Wayne and another group of investors. Dee Rodd was owner of Rodd Realty in Marion where Roger also worked. Dee Rodd was killed in an automobile accident in 1980. “I remember answering the phone that day and it was my brother telling me to get out to the Holiday Inn as fast as I could and bring a camera,” said Rodd. “So I drove out there and there was John Wayne eating dinner with a group of people.” 28 • marion living magazine • April 2010

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Rodd said there was nothing pretentious or aloof about the legendary film star who starred in more than 140 movies including classics such as “True Grit,” “Rio Bravo,” “McLintock,” “The Shootist,” “Sands of Iwo Jima” and “The Cowboys.” “I just remember him as being very nice guy, pleasant to talk to, very easygoing,” said Rodd. “You would have never suspected that he was a big movie star.” Recalling from memory the details of the proposed business venture Rodd said that Wayne flew into Marion to discuss the possible construction of a coal gasification plant. “It all happened so fast that hardly anybody knew it,” said Rodd. “He flew in and flew right back out … but John Wayne for sure made a stop in Marion one day. We’ve got the pictures to prove it.”

“I just remember him as being very nice guy, pleasant to talk to, very easy-going. You would have never suspected that he was a big movie star.” – Rodger Rodd –

Retired local businessman Roger Rodd with a couple of photo reminders of the day John Wayne visited Marion to discuss an investment opportunity with Rodd’s late brother Dee. Rodd recalls that he was at their Realty office when Dee called him and said, “Roger grab a camera and get out here to the Holiday Inn!” That’s when his brother introduced him to “The Duke”. April 2010 • • 29

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