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Table of contents

Cover Story

Tour De Marion........................................26

Publisher/Owner Jim Muir

Other Features

Creative Director

Mission of Hope........................................11

Stephanie Milligan

Celebrate........................................16 Save the Date........................................24

Photographers Ceasar Maragni Christopher Kays

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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For more information regarding Marion Living call Jim at 618-525-4744. For advertising information, call Cheryl at 618-353-8515.

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GGreetings and welcome to the August issue of Marion Living Magazine. The month of August is a transition month not only for those of us in Southern Illinois but also for Marion Living. Let me explain. First, with school bells chiming throughout the region the anticipation and excitement of another school year is at hand and with that brings more than a few things to be watchful about. Those early morning dashes to schools and bus stops will mean more traffic and more youngsters on the road, so it goes without saying to drive slow, leave early and stay attentive to both traffic and pedestrians. And for those parents who have just experienced the horror of watching a 16-year-old drive off in a car for the first time be mindful that a fresh batch of inexperienced drivers will be on the road. In a nutshell, be careful out there. While that transition is more important I’m happy to announce that Marion Living is also going through a transition that brings us up to speed in the 21st Century. When I took over this magazine in December 2008 I inherited more than a few fires to put out and in all honesty the last thing on my mind was taking care of a website. So, it goes without saying that the ‘old’ ML website died a slow death from neglect. It’s with a measure of pride that I announce this month that a new, updated and interactive website has been launched. One of the main components (one that I insisted it had to have) was a blog that would allow interaction with readers. Please visit our website – – and then let me know what you think. It’s my goal to begin blogging on a daily basis and of course I’d like to invite you along for the ride. So, once again a few tidbits of instruction in my monthly rambling – be careful, enjoy the school year (for parents and students it’s the greatest days of your life) and please visit our website. I hope you enjoy this month’s magazine. All the best and God Bless! Jim Muir, Publisher August 2010 • • 5


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Children’s Movies • Wednesdays • 10 a.m. • August 4 and 11 Adult Anime Night • Wednesday, August 4 • 6 p.m. Open to adults 18+ who are interested in anime. Teen End of Summer Party • Friday, August 6 • 4:30 to 9 p.m. For ages 12 to 19. Games, snacks and an interactive murder mystery. Coupon Club • Monday, August 16 • 10 a.m. Learn about coupons, shopping sales and more cost-cutting tips! Bring coupons you do not plan to use for a coupon exchange. Special guest speaker Etha Anderson of the University of Illinois Extension Office will present a program on meal planning. Friends of the Library Book Sale Friday and Saturday • August 20 and 21 • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The sale will include books, DVDs, videotapes, CDs, puzzles and more! Most hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are $.25. Newer editions and premium items will have special prices well below market value. All available titles are organized by subject, making shopping easy. There is something for everyone, from children to adults. Your spare change benefits the best place to find these materials for free: Marion Carnegie Library. Lego Club • Tuesday, August 10 and 24 • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Come to the Children’s Department for a fun-filled evening of Legos. Games Group • Tuesdays • 4 p.m. Open to teens of all skill levels. Games include chess, checkers, Go. Cards Group • Thursdays • 4 p.m. Open to teens. Members are interested in playing card games. Anime Club for teens on the second and fourth Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Marion Carnegie Library’s new coffee bar, Carnegie Commons, is now open! The coffee bar is located on the library’s main floor. Carnegie Commons hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new addition features lemonade, cappuccino, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Prices range from $.75 to $1. Snacks available include Special K bars, trail mix, danish, muffins, fruit bars and Rice Krispies treats, all priced at $.50-$.75.

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arion native Jeffrey Pickens has worked for the City of Marion for much of his adult life. An employee with the street department, Pickens says he’s never regretted staying here and raising his family in Marion.

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“I love Marion and I have been blessed to be able to work here,” Pickens said. Pickens is a 1975 graduate of Marion High School where he played football and basketball for the Wildcats. He and wife Jamie have four daughters, two sons and one granddaughter.

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Pickens has seen a lot of changes in his hometown in the past two decades, most notably the steady growth in both population and business. He can often be seen driving one of the city’s large dump trucks. He remembers that when he first started his job the trucks didn’t have hydraulic dumps or air conditioned cabs like they do now. In his spare time Pickens says he loves to go fishing and help at his church, Paul’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where he is a deacon-in-training. He also admits to being a big Dallas Cowboys fan, ‘Love ‘em!’ he says with a grin.

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Marion Medical Mission making an impact in Malawi one well at a time


very year for the past 25, a Marion man has been watching miracles happen in the central African nation of Malawi. Those miracles are funded by average Americans and the Marion Medical Mission. Tom Logan, head of the Marion Medical Mission and president of Shawnee Enterprises, is an unassuming man who could be anyone’s next door neighbor. But in 1990, he felt called to begin transforming the world. God’s messenger? A missionary already serving in the impoverished nation of Malawi? Logan was in Malawi as part of the Marion Medical Mission, an organization begun five years earlier to take doctors and medical professionals to the mission field in Malawi. Malawi has just one doctor for every 60,000 people. “I’m not a doctor,” he said with a smile. “So though I’ve been in a lot of operating rooms, I wasn’t much help in them.” While the doctors were at work, a local missionary led him to a well that had been in need of repair for month. Logan asked the missionary why he didn’t build wells and was challenged back. “He asked me, ‘Why don’t you?’” Logan explained. With that, the entire focus of Marion Medical Mission began to change.

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More than 80 percent of the children under age five who die in the world today, especially in African nations, die due to water borne diseases or sanitationrelated illness. That’s at least 4,000 children a day worldwide. 12 • marion living magazine • August 2010

The reasoning is simple. More than 80 percent of the children under age five who die in the world today, especially in African nations, die due to water borne diseases or sanitationrelated illness. That’s at least 4,000 children a day worldwide. “For the older children and adults, they might not die from the sickness, but they may be too weak to work in the fields,” Logan said. Most of Malawi’s residents live on the equivalent of 41 cents a day. “They don’t have a cash economy. Everything is related to growing enough food to live for the next year.” If adults and older children are not in the fields working on the crops, the family may well face

“Outside of the government, we are probably the largest provider of clean water in Malawi.” Tom Logan, head of Marion Medical Mission starvation in the following year. The first year that the organization built wells in Malawi, it constructed 13 wells. This year, the plan is to install 2,500. In 2009, the mission installed its 10,000th well. “Outside of the government, we are probably the largest provider of clean water in Malawi,” Logan said. There are many other organizations that install wells, but the Marion Medical Mission takes a very different approach. The wells are very low technology. Installing a $15,000 well and bringing in an outsider to manage it is fine, Logan said, “until it breaks and no one can fix it. Then, the people are waiting for the government to come fix it for them.” The Marion organization requires that the people served by the well choose two residents who will help with the building of the wells and learn them inside and out. These two maintenance men are then under contract with their friends and neighbors to repair the well if something goes wrong. “If they repair the well within 48 hours after it breaks, the village owes them a live chicken, or the equivalent in vegetables,” Logan said. The maintenance program is just one way the local villages are involved in improving their own lives. To be placed on the list to receive a well, the local residents must agree to supply the bricks and sand for the project as well as the unskilled labor. They dig the well and the mission provides the supplies they cannot: the pump, pipes, cement and skilled labor. With the local people providing much of the labor, each well costs about $350 to install. At this point, the mission works with 5,500 skilled laborers in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania so that the parts, including hand-cut and hand-threaded galvanized steel pipes, are available for the building trip each fall. In addition, the mission sponsors 19 field managers in the region who make regular rounds to support the local maintenance men and who organize the future well sites. “All the contact must be made face-to-face as there are no phones or other lines of communication,” Logan August 2010 • • 13

said. A large part of the $12,000 per field manager annual expense is the cost of fuel and maintenance for the motorcycle he uses for transportation. The Marion Medical Mission is also unique among charities in that every dime donated to the organization goes to the intended recipients. Money that is donated without a designated purpose goes directly to benefit the African people. Travel expenses for the missionaries who do the work and their living expenses while there are not covered by the mission. “We do have some people who donate specifically to cover administration costs, but if it is not designated it goes to help the African people,” Logan said. In addition to building the wells, the mission has helped to construct nine primary schools in Malawi and the nation’s first school for the hearing impaired. Currently, efforts are underway to build a second school for the hearing impaired, as well as a hostel-type residence for the children who attend the school. The school construction programs operate similarly to the well programs with the local people contributing much of the work and brick. In the areas where the organization has built schools, the average number of children moving on to secondary education has nearly tripled. Churches and individuals across the United States help support the Marion Medical Mission, either with generic donations or sponsorship of a specific well or of a field manager. Right now, there are four field managers who are not yet sponsored and only 990 of the wells they hope to build this year have been paid for. “We’d like to have the money in place before we go, but that doesn’t always happen,” Logan said. The next building trip to Malawi, done during the driest part of the year there, begins September 1.

The supplies for building a well include bags of cement, PVC and galvanized pipe, bricks and sand. All that have to be carried into the sites, often when no road is available. As you can see from the pictures, the journey to the well sites is not exactly easy and all the members of the village who can be spared help carry the materials there.

For more information about the Marion Medical Mission, check out the website at marionmedical. org. Donations can also be sent to the mission at 1412 Shawnee Drive in Marion. 14 • marion living magazine • August 2010

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CELEBRATE!! Frontier League All Stars Showcase Talent in Marion By Ceasar Maragni

“Can you believe this?” Southern Illinois Miners Hitting Coach Ralph Santana, foreground, seems amazed at the great turnout for autographs at Rent One Park in Marion held midday on the second day of festivities at this year’s Frontier League All Star Game hosted by the Miners. Santana was himself a Miners player where he reached All Star status while playing here in 2007. August 2010 • • 17

Marsha and Rodney Hoffard of Pittsburg let others know where the Southern Illinois Miners rank in their eyes. The season ticket holders rarely miss a home game where they can be found in Section J, seats 1 and 2 sporting their Miners t-shirts and hard hats. They were thrilled to be able to see the Miners host the Frontier League 2010 All Star Game.

your team is at the mid point of their W hen season, winning ball games at a record

setting pace, how can things be any better? Simple – you also get to host your league's All Star Game. So it was for the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team and their fans recently when the Frontier League's best players gathered in Marion for a three day celebration showcasing the best the league has to offer both in talent and fan friendly entertainment. The celebration began on Monday night with a country music concert by Craig Morgan and Rodney Atkins at Rent One Park. Then on Tuesday fans got the opportunity to enjoy a luncheon at Rent One Park where attendees got to eat with an All Star at their table. Just prior to that fans could get autographs 18 • marion living magazine • August 2010

Among the former Major League baseball players attending festivities at the 2010 Frontier League All Star Game held in Marion was southern Illinois’ own Kirk Rueter of nearby Nashville. Rueter played 13 years in the big leagues, staring as a pitcher with the Montreal Expos, then later for the San Francisco Giants. After retiring from major league baseball he and his family returned to the area, where they still call Nashville home.

“Before the season started I knew we were going to be good. I felt this would be my best Miners team. But even I never thought we’d be THIS good.” said Southern Illinois Miners Manager Mike Pinto at the All Star break. Pinto was honored with being named Manager for the West Division All Stars at the game. His ball club sported a league-leading 39-9 record at the mid-season break.

Southern Illinois Miners Manager Mike Pinto, left, talks baseball with former St. Louis Cardinals' relief specialist and current Cardinals broadcaster Al Hrabosky just prior to an autograph session for fans at Rent One Park as part of the three day Frontier League All Star Game festivities in Marion. Also on hand for that event were former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark as well as all the players and coaches named to the All Star team. August 2010 • • 19

from the honored players, coaches and former Major League players Al Hrabosky and Jack Clark. Later that evening the Frontier League All Star Game Home Run Derby was held. Miners slugger Brad Miller won the event, pocketing the $1,000 cash prize and winning another $1,000 for Miners fan Kris Rich of Benton. After the Home Run Derby concluded fans were treated to a celebrity softball game featuring several area sports figures as well as former Redbirds Hrabosky and Clark. Wednesday night featured the actual All Star game itself which was won by Miners Manager Mike Pinto's West Division All Stars 9-2. Official attendance for the game was just over 4,200.

Michael Lynn of Galatia may be a Cubs fan, but he’s also a Miners fan and loves cheering for southern Illinois’ favorite Frontier League team. His wife Carey said, “He’s absolutely crazy about the Miners!” 20 • marion living magazine • August 2010

Taran Roback admits that even though she takes her job seriously making lemon shakeups at Rent One Park, there are times when the action on the field is just too much to resist, saying “I’m a fan too.” She and co-worker Marisa Perry were extra busy during Frontier League All Star week.

Too hot to cool down! That’s a pretty good description of the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team this year so far. At the mid season All Star break the team was sporting a scorching 39-9 record, the best in the league.



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By Jim Muir

SAVE THE DATE The 6th Annual Veterans on Parade will be held Sept. 11 in downtown Marion An event that continues to grow in attendance and significance will once again roll out the red carpet for veterans from throughout Southern Illinois. Now in its sixth year “Veterans on Parade” will once again give a welldeserved salute to all area veterans with a parade that will be held on Sept. 11. Ed Davis, one of the organizers of the parade, said the turnout continues

to grow each and noted that this year’s date – the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center – add additional importance to this year’s event. The parade is geared to provide a public salute to those who have sacrificed in years past, as well as provide a strong show of support for those who currently serve in our country's armed forces both home and abroad. The parade is unique to Southern Illinois by the fact that only military veterans and those affiliated with them are allowed the 24 • marion living magazine • August 2010

honor of marching in the event. The only exceptions were a few invited school bands and floats with a patriotic theme. Davis also stresses again this year that while the parade is held in Marion it is an event to honor veterans from throughout Southern Illinois.

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Show your colors and salute your veterans at our 6th annual

Veterans On Parade

Marion Living salutes the efforts of Davis and a small handful of other parade organizers who started with an idea that is now enjoyed by thousands each year. In anticipation of next month’s parade ML dug into the archives for a couple of pictures that portray the excitement of the 2009 event.

Veterans on Parade is funded solely on donations and anybody who would like to contribute can contact Davis by email at: or by snail mail at 1812 Testa Drive, Marion, IL 62959.

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They were off and racing around Marion’s Town Square on an early Sunday morning recently in the Greater Egyptian Criterium bicycle race.

M ake no mistake, a high speed

bicycle race through downtown Marion is no Tour de France. But to those who participated and those who watched, it sure was a lot of fun. 26 • marion living magazine • August 2010

The first Great Egyptian Criterium was held on a recent sunny Sunday in Marion as the finale of the Great Egyptian Omnium, caping a weekend of bicycle racing in southern Illinois. Saturday's portion featured 24 miles

TOUR E D MARION The Great Egyptian Criterium bicycle race rolls through Marion

By Ceasar Maragni

of road racing in the beautiful hill country of Williamson and Union counties. Blue Sky Vineyards was the starting and finishing point for Saturday's races. On Sunday downtown Marion was

the setting for multi lap racing that took riders through nearby neighborhoods up a hill and through over a dozen turns. When the day's racing was finished it was Australian native Owen Belton who August 2010 â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ 27

won the title of overall champion of the Greater Egyptian Ominum. Belton is a sophomore at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. Russell Ward, executive director of the Southern Illinois Tourism Development Office in Marion, helped coordinate the event which was first proposed by the SIU Cycling Club, The Bike Surgeon Racing Team and River to River Cycling Club. It was approved by USA Cycling and the Illinois Cycling Association and attracted riders from thought the region as well as Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma and Missouri. Racer Frank Brummer of Effingham said he liked the race courses the planners had designed. “I really like the Marion course,” he said. “It’s a technical course, lots of turns.” 28 • marion living magazine • August 2010

Patti Morrison, left, Goreville, and Vi Dippel, Marion, checked out some of the bargains at Stephaney’s Bargain Boutique tent set up on Marion’s Tower Square during the Greater Egyptian Criterium bike race held recently.

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Thirteen year old Connor Estes of Springfield, Mo. loosens up early Sunday before racing in downtown Marion as his grandfather, Cliff Kennedy follows with some spare tires and wheels should they be needed.

He's been racing bicycles for four years. While a bit younger than Brummer, 13 year old Conner Estes of Springfield, Mo. was just as enthusiastic. “I’ve been doing this since I was 7 and this is my third race this year,” said Estes. “I really like racing here.” 30 • marion living magazine • August 2010

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