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With Eye On Fellowship, Church Plans Merriam School Homecoming Feb. 18th It’s all the buzz on Facebook. In fact, since organizers announced plans for the Merriam Grade School Homecoming Sunday, February 18th, their page on the popular social media site has been busier than a termite in a sawmill. The event is being hosted by Merriam Community Church (located in the renovated school building), and planned by a committee of ladies with ties to the old school. Everyone is invited to attend. Registration starts at 3 p.m., with fellowship prior to the 4 p.m. program, which will be held in what used to be the gym, and will include a slide show and some special trips down memory lane. “We’re not sure how long it will Late last summer, Pastor Short Sledge posed in front of the Merriam Community last, but there will be refreshments Church—the same building that was once Merriam Grade School. Folks are invited to the served afterwards in the cafeteria,” school’s homecoming there on Sunday, February 18th, starting at 3 o’clock. said Short Sledge, church pastor. “Classrooms will be set up as reception areas with former teachers greeting and visiting with attendees.” Excitement has been building for the gathering, with former teachers and students already reminiscing about their school days on the event’s Facebook page: ’Merriam Grade School Homecoming’. Here are just a few of the comments: “Mrs. Witter was the only female teacher to have the *Oil & filter changes privilege of giving me a spanking!” David Bradshaw. *Tire rotation w/ brake “Oh goodness, the job of cleaning the erasers! Goodinspection ness, this page is fun!” Tracey Garner Kocher. “I graduated in 1972 and it was still four teachers for *Multi-point checkup eight grades. I started in third-fourth grade there with Mrs. *Wiper blade Witter. We had Mr. Taylor for ﬁfth-sixth and Mr. Cushman replacement for seventh-eighth. Mr. Taylor was the principal. Each teacher did their own P.E. I think if I heard the phrase ‘up *Battery test around the room’ today, my heart would start pounding until I knew what subject it was! Please God, not Math!” AnSERVICE gela Major-Vaughan. AVAILABLE “Do you remember the day Mrs. Grimes wore blue or pink to tell the gender of her baby?” Carri Weaver. 8-5 Mon.-Fri. See me, Jay Hiett at... “That blue sweater is hanging in my closet! My class LeMond Chevrolet 7:30-2 Sat. that year gave me two cakes: one pink, one blue. We ate the blue one. The pink one is still in my freezer! I get very 412 E. Main No Appointment attached to things, obviously!” Cindy Grimes. Fairfield, Illinois “Kickball in the gym! If it hit above the green line on the Needed! 842-2147 Continued On Next Page
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This is the last all-school picture taken of Merriam Grade School before it closed following graduation in May 2004. The public is invited to a school homecoming February 18th starting at 3 p.m. The location is the same, but the building has undergone vast renovations since its school days. Witter Studio (now Iconik) shot this picture.
Merriam School Homecoming Feb. 18th Continued From Last Page south wall, it was a home run! However, I remember many instances of the ball hitting the gym lights and knocking off the cages. Much to Ron Cooper’s annoyance, probably.” Keith Chapman. “Mary Queener was my favorite teacher! She would read Little House on the Prairie Books to us.” Tammy Reavill-Anderson. “Christy (Perkins) Davenport, (do you) remember Jeff Mitchell and Heath Belva calling your big poof in your hair a ﬂy trap, so you put a fake bug in it and wore it to school? Haha, good times!” Melissa Harper. “(Debbie Webb) made the best chocolate chip cookies!” Maribeth Hutchcraft. “Who remembers going to the bus barn and jumping off the rafters onto the high jump mat?” Jon Stanley. “Jeff Mitchell, do you remember when the boys in our class set the clock ahead an hour so we could go to recess early? LOL!” Jessica Webb2
Simpson. “…great memories there. I had signed on for State Police training just before I got the call that they wanted me at Merriam! Never been sorry.” Jeff Mitchell (administrator). “Yes, Bonnie (Cotton-James), I remember you calling me ‘Webbie Debb!’ Continued On Next Page
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Reception, Refreshments, Slide Show Set For Merriam School Homecoming Continued From Last Page in 2011, a facelift was made to the entire structure: fresh paint as well as new floors, ceilings, and lighting; also, the gym was totally gutted and transformed into a worship center, and the bus barn was converted into a youth sanctuary and game room. The structure served as a satellite church of Orchardville for a time, then was released as an independent church, called Everfound. Later, Everfound’s pastor stepped down, and the congregation called Sledge. “I thought of this (reunion) sometime around the time we rebranded the church (calling it Merriam Community Church and bringing back the old school’s colors on their signage) in July 2017. I reached out to a former teacher (and church member) Carri Weaver, to ask what she thought about the idea. She fell in love with it immediately, and has been integral in the development of plans ever since,” Sledge said. Events like this are important, he said. “I hope that this event will bring back the community pride and spirit that seems to have diminished since the closing of the
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school,” Sledge mentioned. “I’ve found that events like this are very effective in bringing people into fellowship with one another. I believe that it is vital that Merriam Community Church be seen as a loving partner in the community, and be willing to not only open our doors, but more importantly, our hearts!” In the fall, the Merriam Community Church did an additional upgrade at the site: the ball field was restored with a new chainlink backstop and side fencing along with a gold fence cap to top it off. More improvements are slated for this spring, Sledge said.
Merriam Homecoming Planning Committee Shown in the top photo is the kitchen at the Merriam Community Church (formerly the Merriam Grade School building). Below, former Merriam teachers Carri Weaver (left), Rhonda Simpson, Sharon Maguire, and Debbie Webb--who compose the planning committee for the Merriam Grade School Homecoming--are shown in front of the kitchen. Also on the committee is retired Cisne Superintendent Joyce Carson, who taught Special Education at Merriam early in her career.
Added To Front Of Old School Shown is the gazebo at the old Merriam School building as Jerry Schott was having it converted into a home. The building was later acquired by the Orchardville Church, and today serves as the Merriam Community Church. Gene Kollak— a former Merriam School Board member who was the contractor in charge of converting the structure into a home—has shared photos on the Merriam Grade School Homecoming Facebook page.
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After Heart Attack, Best Back In His Element--Under The Hood Of A Vehicle It was a hard road, but Jerry Best of Fairfield has found his way back home. After suffering an acute heart attack on January 2nd, 2016, Best was forced to close The Auto Clinic at 800 West Delaware in Fairfield, a business he loved and had operated for ten years. The surgeon who performed a triple bypass on him advised that he not return to that type of work due to physical exertion on his heart, but Best has found a way to get his hands back in grease: he’s serving as a diagnostic mechanic at Fairfield Tire & Auto Service, 1619 West Main in Fairfield. “We are happy that Jerry has joined the mechanical team here,” said Fairfield Tire & Auto Service Owner Mike Smith. “He has many years of experience in auto repair service, and is returning to the work that he has passion and joy for, and the experience to do.” As a diagnostic mechanic, Best’s role is to tackle anything that comes in, pinpoint what’s wrong, and fix it. “He’s meticulous about the work he performs,” mentioned Smith. “He’s honest, fair, and is able to explain to customers precisely what needs to be done in order to fix and maintain their vehicles.” Best’s love for mechanics stems from his childhood when, as an eightyear-old boy, his family’s car broke down while on vacation in North Carolina. “It was a Sunday, and a local mechanic helped us get back on the road. It was going to ruin our vacation because it was going to take all of our money to fix the vehicle,” recalled Best, 57. “But the mechanic allowed my dad to wait until we returned home to send him a check to cover the repairs. We were able to go ahead and have our vacation. “This stayed with me all those years. I knew I wanted to be able to help people in the same way that man
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Dr. Molt Spoke At Clinical Congress, Still Mentor For Surgery Residents In addition to hosting surgical residents over the past few months, Dr. Patrick Molt of Fairfield served as a co-moderator at the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress. A scientific and educational meeting, it was held in late 2017 in San Diego, California for members of the American College of Surgeons and interested non-Fellow physicians; it was designed to keep them abreast of the current status of the art and science of surgery. Dr. Molt’s focus was on ‘Cholecystectomy: from Lap Chole to Open Common Duct Exploration – All the Tools You Need’. This panel reviewed all possible surgical techniques necessary to safely manage a variety of biliary stone diseases. Topics they reviewed included laparoscopic critical view of safety for lap Chole, laparoscopic trans-cystic common duct exploration, conversion to open cholecystectomy, subtotal cholecystectomy, open common bile duct exploration and t-tube placement, sphincteroplasty, and biliary bypass. Dr. Molt also served as an adjunct professor for Rush University Medical Center–John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Integrated General Surgery Program. This was an opportunity for many to interact with the seven Senior Level Continued On Next Page
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Continued From Last Page General Surgery students who served six week rotations at Fairfield Memorial Hospital under the direction of Dr. Molt. “This has been a rewarding experience, not only for me, but also for the Surgical Residents, hospital employees, and patients. We all had the opportunity to touch the lives of these Surgical Residents and teach and share with them the peaks and the valleys of living and serving patients in our rural community,” Dr. Molt observed. “The bonds, experience, and relationships they have created during this time with us will be invaluable for their future.” Shauna Sheppard, MD, a fourth-year general surgery resident from Rush University Medical Center–General Surgery Training Program, was the final resident to serve with Dr. Molt during 2017, finishing her rotation just before Christmas. However, she won’t be the last general surgery resident to come to Fairfield for a rural surgery clinical rotation, because Dr. Molt plans to continue to serve as a mentor for three more
Patrick L. Molt, MD, FACS, is pictured with General Surgery Resident, Shauna Sheppard, MD, who was the last resident to serve with Dr. Molt during 2017. residents during the academic year ending June 30th, 2018. Dr. Molt received his undergraduate degree from Washington University and professional degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and completed his surgical residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in 1983. He began practicing in 1985 after finishing a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. Dr. Molt has been practicing in his hometown of Fairfield since 1999. Today, he serves as the Chief of Surgery and President of the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.
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Fairfield native Matt Coale, a respected Director of Photography in the television and music industry, is shown in 2016 working on the “green screen” set of Mother Goose Club, a kids’ series that airs on You Tube. It was shot at PK Pictures in Nashville, Tennessee.
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When Matt Coale was in junior high school, you might have wondered where the scrawny little guy was heading with his buddy Mark Clark, armed with their 8mm motion picture cameras. “We’d make silly movies and show them to our families and at school,” said Coale, son of Jim and Nancy Coale of Fairfield and a 1977 graduate of FCHS. “We would convert a garage or basement into a movie theatre, charge admission, and sell popcorn. “It was all innocent and fun,” he said. “I couldn’t have imagined where it would lead.” Could anyone? For the past 34 years, Coale has worked as a Director of Photography in Nashville, Tennessee, where he’s shot over 1,600 commercials, more than 170 music videos, and 900+ television projects. He’s won over 160 awards for his work, including three Emmys. He’s worked with everybody who’s anybody in
Nashville, traveled the globe, and filmed many meaningful projects. “The most rewarding projects are the ones that change lives and impact people,” said Coale, who for 13 years shot film for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, raising over $1 billion for the University with his documentaries. That money built the Children’s Hospital, the Cancer Center, and the Eye Institute. “Working with the doctors, nurses, and patients to make these films was life-changing and probably the most rewarding thing I’ve done.” Coale cites shooting castles in Scotland, the Great Pyramids in Egypt, and the Gideons handing out Bibles in Rio de Janeiro as memorable jobs, as well. And while Coale, himself, is among Music City’s industry elite, he doesn’t see it that way. Quite the opposite, in fact. Continued On Next Page 15
Matt Coale has worked with many celebrities over the years. In the photo above, Coale (left) and his Nashville, Tennessee crew is shown at the Montego Bay, Jamaica home of Johnny and June Carter-Cash (also pictured). This was shot in December 2002, when they recorded an episode about the country music icons for an episode of CMT Inside Fame. It is believed to be the last interview Johnny and June ever did, as both died the following year.
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Continued From Last Page “I get to film a lot of music being made, and find myself in situations where I have to pinch myself,” he said, noting he’s been in the vocal booth with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. “One great memory that comes to mind is going to shoot interviews with Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash at their home in Jamaica. It was one of the very last interviews they did before they passed. “We were there for two days, and they were so sweet and accommodating,” he said. “We got to have meals with them in their home, sit on the porch and talk, and go to the Country Club for lunch. It is such a great memory.” But his career didn’t always involve globe-trotting and rubbing elbows with celebrities. It started with a boy and a dream. “I have always loved illusions, magic, tricks, cons, anything that could fool an audience. As a kid, I had a magic kit and put on shows. I loved fooling the audience and being the manipulator,” Coale said. “With the selective view of a camera and the power of an editing system, Cinema and Television are the biggest illusions going. People love to sit in the dark and be pulled into a good story.” But how does a guy get from having a dream in Small Town, America to living it in Music City? Well, that involved no trickery at all. Just a lot of focus, support, and hard work. And a more common (but brief) detour before heading down a road less traveled. He explained: “I was trying to be responsible and get a proper job in a proper field of study, and at the time, oil production Continued On Next Page
Matt Coale (right) is pictured working alongside Steve LePard (soundman) at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville, Tennessee in 2016.
Matt Coale (left) is shown with Kenny Rogers while filming an episode for GAC Backstory in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012.
Continued From Last Page was very active in our area. I always liked science and being outside, so I decided to study Geology,” said Coale, who graduated from Wabash Valley College in 1979 before heading to Southern Illinois University. “But my first year at SIU was a very intense indoctrination into Geology, and it did not excite me. “After completing the first year and not enjoying it one bit, I got out SIU’s book of studies offered at the University. When I came to the page of ‘Cinema & Photography’, I stopped dead!,” he added. “I switched my major to Cinema & Photography, specializing in film production.” If his folks were ever concerned about him doing that, he said, they never expressed it to him. “They were one hundred percent behind me.” Coale’s parents bought him a 1976 Pontiac Ventura (which he kept for 17 years), and as long as he was in school, they provided him with a Standard Oil credit card for gas. With that, he was able to travel home to visit, and back-and-forth to Nashville as he tried to find work. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that if they hadn’t provided that car. Their support was invaluable,” Coale said of his parents. “Needless to say, I would not be where I am without their support. “I also got support from the local community,” he said, adding that Champion Lab in Albion hired him for seven straight summers, enabling him to earn money for school and living expenses, and the Methodist church provided him with a scholarship every year he was in school. “And my grandparents, Dale and Virginia Matthews, financed the final print of my film for my senior thesis,” he said. “I’m riding on the shoulders of many wonderful people from southern Illinois. I am forever indebted to their generosity, and I try to pay it forward.” Coale was armed with an education and drive, but cracking into the business was no cakewalk.
Matt Coale is pictured with Loretta Lynn in 1998 while filming a commercial for Clifty Farms Country Ham at Loretta’s General Store in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Coale calls Lynn a “sweet, funny, and down-to-earth” person. “You don’t jump right into a job in the film/television industry. It took a good nine months of working in a factory in Illinois and looking for work in distant cities. I searched in Chicago, St. Louis, Springfield, and Evansville,” he said. “There were offers from television stations, but that’s not the path I wanted to take. “I had some friends from Mt. Carmel who had gone to a music recording school in Nashville and had an apartment there,” Coale noted. “They were generous enough to let me spend nights on their couch during my trips to Nashville.” The trips paid off. In 1984, Coale landed an internship at a film/video production company in Nashville. It paid zero, but got his foot in the door. “I had a place to go during the day and a place to learn the industry. I started out cleaning the edit suites, the break room, and the restrooms. I made coffee. I fetched coffee. I picked up dry cleaning. I never refused a request,” he recalled. “I’m not sure if they were testing me or trying to run me off!” Slowly, Coale became an asset to the company and began earning a Continued On Next Page 17
While shooting an episode for CMT Inside Fame in 2001, Matt Coale (left) and David Trenkle (right, B-Camera Operator), worked with Willie Nelson.
Coale Has Worked Freelance Since 1986 Continued From Last Page modest salary. His first weekly check was for only 50 bucks. “But I got to know the business and the gear. The owner of the company would normally direct and shoot the projects; that is really two jobs, and it became too much for him to do both,” he said. “He let me shoot one of his jobs while he directed. It worked out and it happened again and again. I learned how to edit on their off-line system, so I would make the first edit on the projects we shot.” After nearly three years with the company—having learned the ropes and earned a good reputation—he felt it was time to break away. He took the plunge in September 1986 and has been a freelance cinematographer ever since. Coale will Direct on occasion, but prefers the role as Director of Photography (DP). “The DP’s job is to create the vision of the Director. The Director will explain to me his vision for the project, and it’s my duty to make it a reality with crew and equipment,” he explained. “I draw up a plan for each scene and each shot, work with the department heads to make sure we get the ‘look’ and the ‘shot’ the director wants, and make sure we do it on schedule and on budget.” Coale is in charge of three departments on the set: 18
• The camera department, which consists of a 1st camera assistant (AC), a 2nd AC, and a Digital Information Technician (DIT). The DIT position used to be called ‘loader’ (the person who would load the camera magazines with film; now film is nearly extinct in the business); the DIT handles digital files from the camera and is usually the entry-level into the camera department. Sometimes there are multiple camera operators, depending on the size of the production. Coale usually operates one of the cameras. He calls that “the best part!” • The electric department, which consists of a Gaffer (chief electrician), and Best Boy Electric (the gaffer’s right-hand man), and any number of electricians, depending on the size of the job. They are in charge of setting lights for the scene and providing power to all the other departments. “My sister, Dessie, is a Best Boy Electric in Hollywood, and my sister, Jessica, is a former theatre lighting designer in Atlanta,” Coale said. “Strange, huh?” • The grip department, which consists of a Key Grip, Best Boy Grip, and any number of other grips depending on the size of the production. Grips are in charge of rigging lights and cameras in strange places; they make shadows and place frames that diffuse and shape light. They are in charge of any moving camera, be it on Continued On Next Page
A Road Less Traveled For Coale Continued From Last Page a dolly or crane, and are also in charge of safety, as a set can be very dangerous, Coale said. Coale feels fortunate to have worked out of Nashville for his entire career. “Nashville is considered a ‘medium’ market, which means I don’t get pigeon-holed into a single type of genre. I get to work on a wide variety of projects like commercials, music videos, television shows, documentaries, short films, indie feature films, corporate films, web series, just about anything you can imagine where there’s a camera and lights,” said Coale, whose work has also included several episodes of the Nashville TV series. “I was lucky. I came here right as CMT (Country MuMatt Coale, at work with Reba McEntire in 1993. “I’ve had sic Television) was getting started and country music was Reba in front of my lens many times,” he said. growing strong,” he added. “I’ve met nearly every country example, what if an actor gets sick on the day they have artist that ever took the stage; some, I’ve met and worked to shoot a scene? Can Coale shoot everyone else and with many times.” add the sick actor the next day? Will he freak out or get Such as? the job done? “I went to Iraq with Chris Young. We spent a lot of Continued On Next Page time in a C130 (military cargo plane) flying around the desert. And I’ve been working on an extended project with Loretta Lynn, who is so sweet, funny, and down-toearth,” he said. “I’ve also done a lot with Garth Brooks. He is an impressive artist, businessman, and human being. His generosity knows no bounds.” Insurance Approved Brent Beck, Owner He added, Ricky Skaggs is also among his favorite artists to work with. They have a long history of projects together. Chip repair or replacement... Like any career in the entertainment industry, there’s ...conveniently at your location! never a time when Coale can rest on his accolades. He TOLL FREE: 1112 E. Main, Olney must always deliver pretty pictures and finish on time and 618-395-4930 1-800-628-4289 on budget. There’s never a moment when he can’t be solid and reliable. “I show up early and leave late. I understand that this is a business and time is money,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how beautiful the footage looks; if you run out of time and can’t finish, you’re doomed. So I budget time and money with equal vigor, (because) failure is not an option. If I go over the cost Follow IWAU of production thousands of dollars, I won’t be invited back. It’s that simple.” Around the industry, Coale is not only known for meeting the demands of his clients, but for his expertise in lighting. for exclusives! “I do have a lot of experience, and lighting a scene comes very naturally,” Every Tuesday ~ Doors 6 p.m. ~ Bell 7 p.m. he mentioned. It’s also important to remain calm Admission $2 (Balcony $4) and pleasant in a business that can become very stressful when the clock is IWAU Recreation Center ~ 137 W. South Ave., Noble Concessions Available ticking and money is being spent. For
Matt Coale (left) and StediCam Operator Tim Smith are shown in 2016 while filming an episode about The Great Smoky Mountains National Park for GAC Top 20. Also shown is the host of the show, Nan Kelley.
Coale Is A Three-Time Emmy Winner Continued From Last Page “Well, my biggest asset is the experience I’ve had in the business. I’ve (already) made all the mistakes, so now I can avoid them and keep the Director from making them,” he reasoned. “I’ve just about seen it all on a film set. I know where the land mines are buried. “Experience has its rewards.” Going freelance all those years ago was a big leap of faith, and there were lean times that caused a lot of anxiety, especially in the beginning. But Coale credits the undying support of his wife (the former Julia Rose of Anna-Jonesboro) and both of their families with giving him the foundation he needed to succeed. “There was always a safety net, should we have needed it, so that softened the anxiety considerably,” he said. “Over time you learn how to adapt to an irregular salary and irregular schedule. You learn how to save for the lean times and how to construct your business to avoid hard times.” Having emotional support has also been critical, he said. “Being a freelancer does take its toll on your family and leisure time. Our normal work day is ten to 12 hours, not including the commute. That leaves little time for family on the days you work,” Coale said. “The day our second son was born, I was off to another city for a long
stretch in order to put money in the bank. That’s where family stepped in and lightened the load. “I can’t imagine my life without their support.” The biggest change Coale has observed in the industry has, of course, been in the technology realm. With the advances and affordability of quality cameras and editing software, even a novice can create beautiful images. Overall, it’s made the industry better, he feels, but there’s a downside. “It has also inundated us with a lot of bad work,” he reasoned. “You can buy a Telecaster, but you won’t necessarily play it like Eric Clapton. There’s a lot to be gained Continued On Page 21
Matt Coale (left) is pictured in 1997 with Paul Reeves at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Coale worked there as Director of Photography on a film called Weigh Down Workshop Out Of Egypt, produced and directed by Reeves.
Continued From Last Page with education and experience, but that’s only an option now, not a requirement.” Advances in technology have opened the market and split the industry pie into many small pieces. But Coale is
established enough that getting work isn’t a problem. “Crews and budgets have gotten smaller because of competition in the market. Either you adapt or go extinct,” he said. “I’m still standing. I can work with any budget and can figure out any camera.” Matt and Julia have two sons: Logan, 32, lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and serves with the Wisconsin Air National Guard, and Benjamin, 27, lives in Nashville, Tennessee and tours the country as drummer for the indierock group Pujol. Julia is a jewelry designer and creator. She works in shops around Nashville and on Etsy in the JuliaCoale store.
ON THE COVER--Matt Coale has won three Emmys for his work as a Director of Photography. He is shown here in 2008, having won for “Best Arts & Entertainment” and “Best Editing” as the director of a PBS Special called Jumping Time With The Time Jumpers, shot live at The Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee. The Emmy Awards show was held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville. He also won an Emmy in 2000 for “Location Lighting” (not in studio) for Your Children Are Talking, Are You Listening, a public service announcement by PK Pictures. 21
Reis’ Bill To Help Rural Water Customers Signed Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a bill into law sponsored by State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) that helps rural wastewater customers. Reis introduced HB 1914 on behalf of EJ Water Cooperative and rural customers seeking new wastewater service. “I am proud to have sponsored HB 1914 to enable non-profit companies to add wastewater services to residents that are not served by a sanitary district,” Reis said. “Many rural communities are in need of wastewater services that meet environmental requirements, and this law will help in that regard.” Currently, non-profit water companies can utilize public ground for water supply lines, but are not specifi-
cally authorized to utilize public land in the same way if the community also wants wastewater services. “Some of the more rural areas in my district do not have a local government or special district that is capable, qualified, or close enough to provide sewer service,” Reis said. “Some of these areas receive their water service from a private company, such as EJ Water Cooperative, and would like to purchase their wastewater services.” EJ Water Co-Op representative Bill Teichmiller says he appreciates Reis’ efforts on behalf of rural wastewater customers. “We want to thank him for understanding that this issue really does affect a lot of families in the rural parts of our state,” he said.
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Fairfield Memorial Hospital CEO Named Among Industry’s Top Healthcare Leaders Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Bunting-Williams, PhD, RN, MSN, LNHA has been recognized for the sixth time by Becker’s Hospital Review, a publication by ASC Communications. Becker’s Hospital Review in December named her to its ‘130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know’ list. These 130 women—who are executives at hospitals and health systems across the nation—have established themselves as successful leaders within the ever-changing healthcare industry. Bunting-Williams has also been named among the top ten percent of CEOs in Healthcare for 2017. In November, she was named among the ‘183 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know’ for 2017. The men and women on this list lead some of the largest and most successful nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. An official with the Review said that, while FMH isn’t the largest facility on the list, it is one of the most successful non-profit organizations. “Katherine Bunting-Williams, Ph.D., has provided Fairfield Memorial Hospital with the direction to ensure Fairfield Memorial Hospital is not only successful, but continues to prosper,” the official said. “Under her administration, Fairfield Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health and iVantage Health Analytics for overall excellence in outcomes.” Bunting-Williams said she is humbled to have served as the hospital’s CEO for the past 19 years, but quickly shifted credit for hospital accolades to others within the organization. “This beautiful hospital would not be where it is today without a Board of Directors who have vision and who support efforts toward improvement,” she commented. “We are blessed with a medical staff that works collaboratively to provide the most advanced care to our community. “I thank each of the individuals who are part of my leadership team at this facility, along with all the front line staff, for their unwavering dedication and work toward enhancing the patient experience,” Bunting-Williams added. “Without the daily miracles they perform, this facility would not be what it is. They are the heartbeat of our organization and are what makes this facility excellent.” Dr. Bunting-William’s first recognition by the publication was in the fall of 2010, when Becker’s Hospital Review recognized her as one of the Nation’s Top 50 Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders. She was recognized specifically for demonstrating outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry.
FAIRFIELD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CEO KATHERINE BUNTING-WILLIAMS Also in 2010 she was recognized as being in the top ten percent of the Nation’s Hospital CEOs, then received that same recognition again in 2011. In 2016, she was named on the list of ‘130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know’, and the ’50 Rural Hospital CEOs to know | 2016,’ followed by the three latest recognitions this year. Members of all of these lists were selected for their accomplishments in leading healthcare and hospital organizations, including improvement of patient care, development of relationships between providers, and facilitation of organizational growth. Bunting-Williams exhibits her healthcare leadership not only locally, but within the State of Illinois, as she has served and is serving in many healthcare leadership positions, including: Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) Region 5 Past-President, IHA Small and Rural Hospital Steering Continued On Page 28 23
WINS BABY QUILT—-Barb Milner (right, pictured with Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Charlotte St.Ledger) has won the homemade baby quilt through a giveaway put on by the FMH Auxiliary Quilters. Funds raised benefit the FMH Auxiliary, to provide donations for various needs and equipment for the hospital. The FMH quilters finish three-to-six quilts annually, making about $1,000 for the Auxiliary. Volunteers meet on Thursdays from about 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the quilting room, located in the white building directly behind the Hospital. Quilting is done for individuals who furnish quilt tops. There is always a demand for quilts to be finished, so if you have some experience in quilting, you’re welcome to become a volunteer! Call Charlotte at 618-847-8297 if you’re interested.
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Brothers Kyle (left) and Kevin Pipher, both Cisne High School graduates, now own the old Noble Grade School, and have sponsored many community events there. Photo by Twilla King.
Pipher Brothers Turn Old Noble Gym Into Community & Local Events Center The old Noble (West Richland) meetings, family gatherings, banquets, and even tennis lessons. The Piphers Grade School means a lot to folks also held a haunted house there in October, and conduct vendor fairs and flea living in that area, including brothers markets there on a monthly basis. Continued On Page 29 Kevin and Kyle Pipher. That’s why they bought the building after it closed in 2015, and have kept it alive within the community. They took possession of it in January 2016 and renamed it Pipher Brothers Event Center. “We bought it because we went to school there all of our grade school years, and thought a school gym would be nice for family events,” said Kyle, who along with his brother graduated from Cisne High School. “At the time, we didn’t really have any ideas for making money with it, but we knew there was plenty of potential.” They’ve held professional wrestling and mixed martial arts events in the gym, as well as a Christmas fair, and have rented it out for locals wanting to play basketball, or for birthday parties, a volleyball league, business 25
“A Matter Of Balance” Program For Senior Adults Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. To address this concern, Fairfield Memorial Hospital (FMH) is offering a program that is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. ‘A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls’ includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by trained facilitators from FMH, Susie Devoy, RN, Director of Senior Life Solutions, and Jennifer Bowers, PTA, Director of Therapy Services. The first session is set for Thursday, February 1st and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of eight sessions from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in FMH’s Medical Arts Complex Community Education Room in Fairfield. To register, call 618-847-8298. Even if you can’t make it to the first session, you can still sign up and benefit from this program—call right away! During the course, participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The program was designed to benefit communitydwelling older adults who are concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling, are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength, and are age 60 or older, ambulatory, and able to problem-solve.
Pictured are the graduates from the previous ‘A Matter of Balance’ program held in June. They are (front, from left) Shirley McKibben, Vonda Rickard, Joyce Taylor, Mary Morris, and Dean Mounts. In back, Jennifer Bowers, PTA, FMH Director of Therapy Services; Yvonne Berry, Sue Green, Lloyd Rose, June Gray, Jane Parsons, and Susie Devoy, RN, Senior Life Solutions.
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FMH CEO Ranked Among Industry’s Best Continued From Page 23 Committee Member (2001-Present), IHA Small and Rural Hospital Steering Committee Chairwoman, Illinois Rural Health Association (Past Executive Board Member), and Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (member). She is also a member of The American College of Healthcare Executives, and will be serving on the IHA Board of Trustees in 2018. The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team used several resources to develop the list, including nominations, prior Becker’s Hospital Review lists, and input from industry experts. After several months of collecting nominations and researching the background of each nominee, the editorial team narrowed the contenders to a list of top leaders. The Review repeats this process annually to ensure an up-to-date compendium. In addition, leaders do not pay and cannot pay to be included on the list in order to ensure a non-bias list is published. ASC Communications is the leading source of cutting edge business and legal information for hospital and health system leaders. ASC Communications takes advantage of multiple channels through which to reach these decision-makers of the hospital and outpatient surgical community. Becker’s Hospital Review, a Chicagobased publication, is a bi-monthly publication offering
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Guebert Re-Elected IFB Pres. Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) delegates re-elected President Richard Guebert, Jr. and elected a new Vice President, Brian Duncan of Ogle County, at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago recently. Guebert, of Ellis Grove in Randolph County, will serve another two-year term as IFB president. He has served as IFB president for the past four years and previously served as vice president of IFB from 2003-2013. Delegates elected Duncan to a two-year term as IFB vice president. He currently serves as the Ogle County Farm Bureau President, and previously served on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Swine Advisory Committee, National Pork Producers Council Price Discovery Task Force, and Ogle County Pork Producers Board of Directors.
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The Pipher Brothers, Kevin (left) and Kyle, are pictured inside the old Noble School Building, which they now own and operate. Photo by Twilla King.
Brothers Keep School Building Thriving Continued From Page 25 Other than fixing a leak that Kevin tracked down in the gym, and sealing some areas to cut down on draft, the brothers haven’t done much in the way of fixing up. “We have no plans to change it. We’re trying to leave it like it was, as it still holds a lot of sentimental value to the community,” Kyle said. “When we hold vendor fairs or flea markets, I normally have a few people that will ask me if I will walk them through the rest of the building because it’s been so many years since they’ve been in it.” After high school, Kevin Pipher attended Frontier College, where he studied Accounting for two years. He now works at Marathon Tire in Olney. Kyle owns a lawn
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FMH, Horizon Welcome Certified Diabetes Educator, Steve Welty Fairfield Memorial Hospital (FMH) has welcomed Stephen Welty, RN, CDE, who is providing Diabetes Education to patients at FMH and Horizon Healthcare. Welty has over eight years of experience as a Registered Nurse and five years as a local Diabetes Educator. As a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Insulin Pump Trainer, he works closely with patients and their medical providers. Welty not only educates patients, but builds plans of care that focus on healthier, reasonable lifestyle habits. He also explains diabetes in an easy-to-understand way so patients will feel confident in managing their diabetes. Horizon Healthcare’s Diabetes Education Program is a Certified Program that is recognized through the American Diabetes Association. All patients with a diagnosis of diabetes are accepted to participate in the program. A Certified Diabetes Educator does not take the place of your current medical provider; however, they work alongside your doctor to enhance your success in managing your health. Welty informs his patients about diabetes, and reviews blood sugar monitoring goals, healthy and reasonable meal planning, why exercise is important, and how to prevent or limit serious complications from diabetes. Due to his simple yet informative style, Welty is often able to uncover issues affecting patients’ blood sugar that may have gone unnoticed for years. So whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, whether you’ve had Diabetes for years or have just been diagnosed, this
STEVE WELTY, RN, CDE program will help you. “I am looking forward to hearing from new and former patients,” Welty said. “Fairfield Continued On Page 32
FCC Alum Jamie Jones Builds Banking Career ‘Across Street’ At the Fairfield Banking Company, no day is the same for Jamie Jones. “Because of the small scope of our business, my duties include helping with whatever needs to be done,” she said. Serving as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Jones works closely with the tellers and oversees all retail and bank operations. To ensure the bank is keeping up with the latest technology and innovation, she is constantly researching new products and banking methods. Additionally, she manages the bank’s social media accounts. A Fairfield native, Jones loves her job and the banking career she has built for herself. But 19 years ago when she was a student at Frontier Community College (FCC), Jones would have never believed she would be comanaging a bank just across the street. After graduating from Fairfield Community High School, Jones made the decision to attend FCC and earn her Associate’s in Science and Arts. While at FCC, she was involved in Phi Theta Kappa and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), and was a member of the Success Network, in which she tutored fellow students. During her second year at FCC, Jones served as the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) Student Trustee, a position that rotates annually between the four colleges in the district. In this position, she attended monthly IECC board meetings and voted on agenda items. When she graduated in the spring of 1999, Jones received the President’s Award. “I started taking classes at FCC while I was still in high school, so it was a great economical choice to begin my college career,” said Jones. “For those looking to transfer or balance classes with a part-time job, it’s so nice to remain local and work towards your education.” Jones transferred to the University of Southern Indiana (USI) after graduating from FCC, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish in 2002. While she was completing her undergraduate degrees, however, Jones gained valuable experience by holding parttime jobs at Kohl’s, the Briarwood Inn, and Peoples National Bank. “Teaching was my vision while I was in college,” she said, “but once I began working for Peoples, I was learning anything and everything.” She began to find this line of work exciting and challenging, and eventually accepted a full-time position as a teller in Fairfield. Later, she was promoted into the loan department as a processor. Jones’s education degree was especially helpful when she accepted a new role as Training Coordinator at Peoples’ corporate center in Mount Vernon. Working with all Peoples branches across the region, she trained new
JAMIE JONES employees during the on-boarding process and also trained existing employees to learn new banking methods and utilize new equipment. In 2011, Jones accepted a position with The Fairfield Banking Company (a branch of The Clay City Banking Company), which was managed by Gary Griffith at the time. The move was a positive direction for her: she was able to work locally, spend more time with her twin daughters, and was contributing to the foundation of a small business. Working alongside Griffith and Michelle Garner, Jones began in loan Continued On Next Page
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Memorial Hospital and Horizon Healthcare have a strong team of providers that I will be partnering with. They believe that proper diabetes education provides a pathway to control blood sugar for anyone with diabetes, regardless of how difficult of a time they have had in the past with maintaining blood sugar control.” Welty sees patients on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Horizon Healthcare in Fairfield. Patients seeking assistance can contact him at 618-842-4617, ext. 4812, to ask diabetes related question or to schedule an appointment.
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Continued From Last Page operations, unaware that she would eventually oversee operations for all four branches of The Clay City Banking Company (Clay City, Fairfield, Flora, and Louisville). In October 2016, Griffith passed away from a rare lung disease, leaving big shoes to fill for the business. Immediately, Jones and Garner stepped up to continue his vision for the bank; Jones became COO, and Garner became Branch Manager. The Fairfield Banking Company continues to grow today, and part of the success can be credited to Jones’ educational background. Employees have been trained to be multifunctional and perform tasks across a variety of departments. She has successfully implemented new technology and products into the business (such as mobile banking), and with these achievements includes additional training for her coworkers. Today, Jones resides in Fairfield with her husband, Jarrod, and seven-year-old twin daughters, Jenna and Josie. She likes giving back to her community, holding active memberships in the Fairfield Kiwanis Club, First United Methodist Church, and North Side School’s PTO. Years after completing her degree from FCC, Jones is now an adjunct instructor, teaching the Human Resource Management course as part of the Entrepreneurship Program. In the next year, she plans to complete her Master’s in Business Administration from USI. Jones is grateful for her time at FCC and the path it created for her in the banking industry. She appreciated the one-on-one help she received from Student Services, and she believes instructors and advisors truly do put the individual student first. “Everyone at FCC was very helpful and friendly, and I think it’s a great first step in getting your education,” she said, noting her involvement in student clubs gave her the confidence to take on leadership roles, and these experiences paved the way for her future in management. Paid Advertisement 32
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