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Driveoffs rise with gas prices By BILL KNIGHT

KICKAPOO – It’s been called “gas and dash,” “pump and run” and “fill and fly,” but drive-off gasoline theft is no laughing matter. “That comes out of my pocket,” said Tim Fannon, who manages the Freedom Oil station at the Interstate-74 interchange with Kickapoo-Edwards Road. “It might happen at other stations, too, but we’re pretty busy here, we’re open 24 hours a day, and we don’t hesitate to call police.” For The Weekly Post

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As columnist Jon Gallagher writes, not all gas stations have to battle driveoffs. Some are blessed with honest patrons. Page 5.

Drive-off thefts typically cost service stations $40 or $50, but when it happens with a semitractor trailer rigs, the diesel fuel can run into the hundreds of dollars, Fannon said. “A semi might be $600,” he said. “Not long ago I lost $464 from a trucker who paid for part then lied about the rest.”

When gas prices increase, thefts go up, said Fannan, and the $3.70/gallon price recently matches the price at the pump from last July through October, after dropping to about $3.15/gallon in late December. “When gas goes up, it’s a lot more likely,” Fannon said. “So we watch.” Besides video surveillance and cashiers equipped with binoculars to double-check license plate numbers, employees occasionally resort to the personal touch, he said. Continued on Page 2

Tim Fannon manages the Freedom Oil station in Kickapoo and has seen drive-off thefts increase as gas prices have increased. Photo by Bill Knight.

Brimfield bids adieu to 3 board members


board members. After 16 years of service apiece, Roderick BRIMFIELD – The room was Gilles and Sheila Zinser were celebrating their final full board pretty well packed. As the digital clock clicked to meeting. (Jerry Weaver, who has been a board member for 28 exactly 7 p.m., Brimfield Unit School District 309 board presi- years, was not present.) The years have forged frienddent Dave Harmon began namships, according to BUSD 309 ing the people in attendance, Superintendent Dennis McNaone by one. mara, who himself retires in “We have a large and unusual June. He said not crowd tonight,” every vote has been Stories? Ads? Harmon said. unanimous, but Visit with a staffer “That’s about a from The Weekly Post every vote has been factor of 10 more Mondays from noon in the best interests than we usually to 1 p.m. in the Brimof children. have.” field Public Library’s “We’ve put out A new sales tax conference room. school – our comwas on the agenda, munity – on the not to mention the map,” he said. “We’re second to final review of the $16.8 million none.” school building project. You In actual business, along with might expect some tension. Achearing the new school building tually, the meeting was a piece is “98 percent complete,” board of cake – from Trefzger’s Bakmembers did vote unanimously ery, even. to support placing a referendum “It’s got to be Trefzger’s cake,” cracked one of the people for a 1 percent sales tax on the March 2014 ballot. in the audience. “Rod wouldn’t Brimfield High School Princihave anything but Trefzger’s pal/incoming superintendent Joe cake.” Blessman offered an overview The crowd and the cake of the Illinois County School weren’t there for controversy, Continued on Page 2 but for three departing school By TERRY BIBO For The Weekly Post

All signs pointed to snow on Sunday and Monday this week, with a spring storm that sent cars into the ditch across the area. But weather is set to turn decidedly more spring-like just in time for Easter weekend and the many easter egg hunts scheduled for local towns. Photos by Amy Davis.

events Elmwood board bars man from from multiple misunderBy BILL KNIGHT

ELMWOOD – Two incidents involving police took up most of Monday’s Elmwood Board of Education meeting, although neither episode resulted in any violence at school. The most time was spent For The Weekly Post

on a matter of the district protecting an employee vs. a father standing up for his kids. The dispute ended with the board unanimously voting to exclude Nick Damron of Brimfield from Elmwood school events through June of 2013. The incident stemmed

standings, according to both Damron and Elmwood Elementary School principal Tony Frost. After Damron’s unattended sons walked onto the court of the Multi-Purpose Room during a February basketball game, Frost Continued on Page 2

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GAS: ‘It’s still stealing’ Continued from Page 1

“We’ve chased down a couple,” he said. “Sometimes it’s somebody who just forgot, but most of the time it’s stealing.” Police increasingly respond to their calls, but it’s difficult to prove who was driving a vehicle, and sometimes thieves use stolen license plates, so innocent motorists with solid alibis also are contacted and leave police with no other leads. Fannon isn’t unsympathetic with financially pinched consumers, but compared with food and other merchandise, gaso-

line has a low profit margin for station owners – pennies per gallon. So a drive-off theft can wipe out a shift’s profits. Some stations stress the pre-pay option, but that’s somewhat inconvenient and doesn’t require customers to come inside – where they buy lottery tickets, cigarettes, liquor or other more profitable goods. So for Fannon, he’s instructing cashiers to stay vigilant, record plate numbers and report drive-offs. “It’s nothing personal,” he said. “But it’s stealing.”

An Elmwood man escaped injury Monday morning when he lost control on Shissler Road and his vehicle left the blacktop and settled in the ditch on its side. Chad Jordan from Jordan’s Mobil Service Center is shown recovering the vehicle. Police weren’t called and no injuries were reported. Photo by Bill Knight.

Brimfield-Kickapoo add St. Jude run By MELINDA COTE

KICKAPOO – Planning has started for the inaugural run of the Brimfield-Kickapoo-Peoria route for the St. Jude annual fund-raiser. Proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. and the local Midwest Affiliate in Peoria. The first planning meeting was held recently at the Kickapoo Sportsman’s Club with about 40 people in attendance. Sheriff Mike McCoy began the meeting with a brief history of the Run for St. Jude. McCoy, who has been involved with St. Jude runs for over three decades, introduced the Brimfield-Kickapoo committee For The Weekly Post

After 16 years of service apiece for the Brimfield School Board, Roderick Gilles and Sheila Zinser were honored recently at their final full board meeting. (Jerry Weaver, who has been a board member for 28 years, was not present.)

BOARD: Tax is on ballot Continued from Page 1

Facility Occupation Tax, which is intended to lighten the tax burden on property owners for projects like the school. He said the board’s vote was mostly symbolic after Peoria School District 150 voted for the referendum. “I will tell you, it’s going to be on the ballot,

no matter what,” Blessman said. For lack of a better term, he said, schools are jumping on such a tax to “stop the bleeding” as state funds dwindle. “Over the last few years, we’ve lost about $518,000,” McNamara said. “That’s a fact.” Terry Bibo can be reached at

THANK YOU! We would like to thank all the businesses in Brimfield, Elmwood, Yates City, Williamsfield and the Hi Lo Grocery for their donations and support. Thanks to Arch's family and Tina's family for all their hard work to make the benefit a success. Thanks to those at St. Francis Hospital. Thanks to the anonymous donor for the generous gift. Thanks to special friends for their kind donations and all of those who attended the benefit. Thanks to the great band for donating their time. Lastly we would like to say a special thank you to Danita and Terry for making it all possible. You are all greatly appreciated.

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members and praised the local community which raised $2.9 million last year. This year’s race is in honor of former Peoria mayor and St. Jude advocate, Jim Maloof, who died in January. The run will begin at Brimfield High School and end at the Peoria Civic Center. Interested participants need to sign up with the local group and begin their fundraising efforts. Runners must be 18 or older, raise $750 in donations and complete the necessary paperwork in order to participate. Individuals 16-18 years of age are allowed to run only if a parent runs with them. McCoy said many local companies will match donations for St.

Jude, with 100 percent of the funds raised going directly to the charity. License plates promoting the event are good for 90 days, and may be obtained from the state of Illinois for $20. Local coordinators Matt Staser, Bill Heinz and Brian Asbell have created a Facebook page to keep runners informed of upcoming events and to answer any questions. Search for Kickapoo-Brimfield St. Jude Runs or visit The next meeting is April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Kickapoo Sportsman’s Club. All are welcome to attend and even non-runners can volunteer to help.

ELMWOOD: Incident during hoops game Continued from Page 1

ushered them away before players collided with the boys. After the game, Frost and Damron both agreed, the father confronted Frost in the hall and said, “If you ever touch my sons again, we’re going to have a problem.” Frost said the remark was rather aggressive considering he was protecting the kids, and the administration filed an incident report with Elmwood Police. Damron conceded it was a “butt-chewing,” but that it settled the issue in his mind, and, besides, referred to a second incident, when he claimed Frost grabbed the 9 year old’s arm to prevent the children

from walking across the floor again during the game’s halftime, which Frost didn’t remember. Attorney Michael Tibbs questioned Frost, Damron and others on behalf of the school. Damron, who wasn’t represented by a lawyer, said he was a long-time volunteer coach for various sports for Brimfield and Elmwood kids and just wanted to tell his side of the story. “It’s frustrating – it’s ridiculous,” he said. “This is blown out of proportion [but] I don’t want to come back [to Elmwood], anyway.” Earlier, during the public comment period, Todd Claerhout of Elmwood asked the board and administration to

more clearly define policies involving student behavior, citing a March 13 incident when a local juvenile was arrested for showing a gun during an altercation off campus. Claerhout said his impression was that the school held students accountable for their actions during the time they’re going home from school, but Tibbs said the school “acted in an appropriate fashion” in an incident “best left to the police department to investigate.” Claerhout suggested the administration consider requiring students involved in such actions to undergo psychological evaluation or seek counseling before being permitted to return to school. “There needs to be a more upfront stance by the administration,” he said. Later, Superintendent Roger Alvey sought input from the board on district properties, and the consensus was that he should explore inter-

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est in buying or moving the homes while continuing to rent the residences. The board also thanked the Elmwood All Outdoors Show committee, the high school’s award-winning pom pon team and the regional champion high school scholastic bowl team. The board also learned that the fifth and sixthgrade scholastic bowl team won its third straight conference title last week. Registration for fall is scheduled to start next month, counselor Janelle Meyers said, and Frost noted that the kindergarten class is expected to be about 60 kids. The board also approved hiring Linda Gardner as head cook starting in the fall for an annual salary of $22,000. CORRECTION: A story last week mistakenly referred to the amount of the school’s contract with Apace Design. The amount is $5,100. The Weekly Post regrets the error.

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THE WEEK AHEAD Community Events

s Story time – Abracadabra Story Time will be held today (March 28) at Morrison and Mary Wiley Library in Elmwood at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, so please stop by or call 742-2431 to reserve your spot. s Brimfield fire – The Brimfield Community Fire Protection District will put on a fish fry from 4:30-7 p.m. on Friday (March 29) at the Kickapoo Sportsman Club. s Alumni banquet – The 78th annual Elmwood High School Alumni Banquet is Saturday (March 30) starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Elmwood Grade School Multi-Purpose Room. s Fiber guild – Bishop Hill Fiber Guild will meet on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Church in West Jersey. All persons interested in fiber (spinners, knitters, crocheters, basket makers, beaders, weavers, etc.) are welcome to attend. A different program, allowing members to learn a new skill or refine an old one, is presented each month. The program for April is Knitting Two Socks, Two at a Time, Toe Up on one circular needle with Elizabeth Wild and a continuation of our Back To Basics Fiber Study for 2013 with a presentation of the Gulf Coast Native sheep breed by Gwyn Krause. A different sheep breed is focused each month, allowing participants to learn the characteristics, qualities, and primary uses of each breed. Please join us on April 13 at 10 at the Methodist Church in West Jersey, Illinois. Should you desire further information about the meeting or directions to West Jersey, please contact Char Rickey at 309472-7085 or email to s Dealers wanted – Elmwood Spoon River Drive Committee is looking for artists, crafters, vendors and flea market dealers for the drive this year. Contact Jody at (309) 264-8653. s Peoria SWCD sales – The Peoria County Soil and Water Conservation District is currently taking orders for fish, rain barrels and prairie plants. The semi-annual fish sale is for pond stocking and includes catfish, bass, bluegill, redear, crappie, hybrid sunfish, fathead minnows and grass carp. Visit for order forms or call 671-7040 ext. 3 to place an order. Orders for grass carp must be received by Friday (March 29); all other fish must be ordered by April 10 with pickup scheduled for April 13. The rain barrels are 55-gallon plastic barrels. They are terra cotta in color and come with pre-drilled ports and a drilled and screened lid. Order deadline is April 1 and pickup is April 12. Peoria Co. SWCD is also currently taking orders for its annual Prairie Plant Sale. A wide array of plants are available in the plug size. There are 16 plants including; Brown-eyed Susans, Ironweeds, and Rattlesnake Masters. There are also four grasses; Prairie Cordgrass, Prairie Dropseed, Indiangrass and Little Bluestem. All plugs are being sold for $2 each. For order forms visit or call 671-7040 ext. 3. The order deadline is May 31st and the pickup will be June 14.

Easter egg hunts abound There is no shortage of Easter egg hunts scheduled for this weekend. s Wildlife Prairie State Park in Edwards is helping to celebrate Easter weekend with four events scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday: • 8-11 a.m. Saturday – “Bunny Breakfast Brunch,” • 11 a.m. Saturday – Giant Easter Egg Hunt, • 1:30 p.m. Saturday – Giant Easter Egg Hunt, • 10 am.-2 p.m. Sunday – Easter Sunday Brunch. s Salem Township Library in Yates City has an Easter egg hunt and spring fling Friday (March 29) at 2 p.m. The Easter egg hunt will be in the library for kids ages 6 and under. There will be races and games for kids 7 and over, including a cake walk, candy and prizes. Come join the fun. s The Elmwood Kiwanis will hold an Easter egg hunt Saturday (March 30) at 11 a.m. at the Elmwood High School practice football field, located north of the Elmwood Grade School. s Williamsfield has its Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at Doubet-Benjamin Park. s Bel-Wood Nursing Home in Peoria also has an Easter egg hunt on Saturday (March 30) at 11 a.m. Call 309-697-4541. From Weekly Post News Sources

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You are not being kind by feeding the foxes

Rambling through west-central Illinois pondering fishing in shirt sleeves on Saturday and shivering through a snowstorm on Sunday. uuu Maybe the snow made them more active, maybe just more visible. But reports of red foxes were rampant Sunday in Elmwood. Macolm Bollinger Jeff told me about LAMPE foxes in his yard. So did Mike Sullivan. Discussing the foxes we agreed on a few things: 1. They are beautiful. 2. People should need feed them. To make the second point more strongly, if you feed foxes, you are breaking a city ordinance and almost certainly condemning them to be trapped and relocated – or worse. That’s what happened a few years ago when the town was swarming with foxes (and far fewer stray cats or road kill, thank goodness). Unfortunately, people started feeding the foxes. So the foxes lost their fear of humans and, in some cases, begged for food and

approached children. Next thing you know, an impressive number of foxes were trapped and hauled out of town. To avoid a repeat performance, do not feed the foxes. uuu Word is last week’s picture of the old Oak Hill one-room schoolhouse was very disturbing for The Mayor of Oak Hill. Turns out he attended school in that building, including three formative years as a second grader. I’m betting more than one ruler broke over his scarred knuckles. ... In this issue we welcome another new writer: Randy Fritz of Williamsfield. I didn’t tell him this, but his mugshot (on the facing page) reminds me of former Chicago Tribune sports columnist Bernie Lincicome, my favorite Illinois writer (yes Dad, even versus the poet from Galesburg). So Fritz has a big keyboard to fill. Take this memorable line from Bernie in reference to his least favorite of coaches, Bob Knight. “Knight accusing anyone but himself of damaging his reputation is like a skunk blaming the odor on the sparrow.” ... Dressing for the office is overrated in the eyes of youngest son, Boo Boo, who asked, “Why do you always

Dave Wagner for road commissioner To the Editor: I am writing in response to the article in the March 7, 2013 Weekly Post newspaper from Elmwood Township Road Commissioner, William Atwood. He stated in this article how everything to do with our roads has become so expensive. We taxpayers, who live on Elmwood Township roads, have heard this same broken record for years. I have heard from Atwood that he can either push snow of fix roads; he does not have money for both. I have lived on Quarry Road in Elmwood Township for over 20 years. This road is nearly 3 miles long. Half of the road is in Elmwood Township, the other half is in Trivoli Township. In this time, Atwood has been the road commissioner. He has failed to keep up with general repair on this road and other township roads. He has never cleaned out the ditches and culverts and this causes the road surface to wash away every time

it rains. In my work, I travel on a daily basis on several central Illinois roads. I don’t understand how other townships, such as Rosefield, Jubilee-Brimfield, Trivoli and Logan can keep their roads in much better condition than ours. Several of my neighbors, including myself, have asked Atwood why we have such terrible roads. He gets angry and states we are questioning his abilities. He then refuses to do anything more than minimum requirements. I urge others residents of Elmwood Township to take a drive on some of our roads. You can see for yourself the terrible condition our roads are in. The township roads in desperate need of repair are Meehan, Quarry, Foster, S. Dogtown Lane and Bell School Rd (south of Illinois Route 8). This is why I will be voting on April 9 for David W. Wagner, for Road Commissioner. The biggest problem for Wagner is that it will

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wear church clothes now Dad?” Ahh, if he could only have spent Easter at Our Savior Lutheran in Buffalo, where I learned to love grits in the company of an almostall-black congregation. Easter bonnets? None will again match the finery of what those ladies wore. What passes for “church clothes” today makes me cringe. uuu The Palace Theatre in Elmwood was quite the scene Saturday as Maria Montoya and Kyle Fever held their wedding ceremony at the 100-year-old landmark. Guests were handed gift bags that had a mini movie poster of the happy couple and also included M&Ms, water, 3D glasses and a commemorative napkin. Yes, there was popcorn to eat during the ceremony. “I’ve never seen anything like it,’ Palace proprietor Vern Reynolds said. ... Sweet tooths must wait until April 15 for the opening of Toot’s Treats in Elmwood. ... Parting shot: A solution to our minnow sales dilemma may have surfaced. “Donations” for a dozen doesn’t require permits. Right? Contact Jeff Lampe at 231-6040 or

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take years and several thousand dollars to repair our neglected roads. I am sure that with proper use of tax dollars and equipment this can be accomplished. Good luck Mr. Wagner. – David A. Meyer, Trivoli

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Hey Diogenes! I found an honest man Last week, I wrote about those lousy/lazy-Susan bagging stations in stores like Walmart and Dollar General. Unfortunately, bags on the far side are often left behind, and snatched up by other, sometimes unscrupulous, shoppers. Most of the time it’s by accident. Once in a while, someone sees an opportunity to get something they didn’t pay for. I seem to be the one who alJon ways finds the GALLAGHER latter in line behind me. I ended last week by saying that Diogenes, the Greek guy who went around with a lamp searching for an honest man, might have

a problem today. But his search would be over if he came to Elmwood. I’ve lived In Elmwood for about 10 years after spending the rest of my life in Knoxville. Both towns are small, but it seems Elmwood is more honest than Knoxville. Maybe I think that because I lived through the 2010 tornado that ravaged Elmwood’s downtown (or maybe it’s because I don’t pay attention to things going on around me). Regardless, a couple of days a week I run the cash register at Jordan’s Mobil. It’s a very part-time job that lets me deal with a respiratory problem and supplement my unemployment income. It’s from that job that I’ve come to know more of my neighbors in the past three months than I had in the

past decade. I can’t tell you the number of times that someone has come in, pumped gas, and then realized they didn’t have their billfold with them. The first time this happened, I freaked out because I didn’t know how to handle it. I mean, this was a gas station; there weren’t any dishes to wash! Fortunately, the owner, Dave Jordan, was there. He’s owned the place for the past 40 years so he knows a little about people. He waved his hand at the guy. “Go home and get it,” he said in a gruff voice (which is actually his normal voice). “We’ll write it down. I know you’re good for it.” After the guy had left, the owner told me, “He’ll be back within 10 minutes. I betcha.” Continued on Page 6

‘Stupid marks’ reflect our need to hurry I was driving home from Peoria one afternoon when I found myself behind a stripe-painting truck caravan. I was the 10th or 12th car behind it; there were many more than that behind me. State workers, in that odd vehicle with the wheel way out front and the guy poking his head out the back, were painting the center stripes: Randy the “dashed” FRITZ stripe that is always in the center, and the “no passing” stripes, where applicable. At times, of course, the no-passing line was being re-painted on our side; at other times it was on the opposite side only. Sometimes both sides. We were moving at a steady 15 mph. There were lots of hills and turns, therefore lots of no-passing zones (remember, whichever side the zone was on, passing the paint truck would track the paint). When there was no zone you could, with a little care, “straddle”

a stripe and avoid tracking the paint at all. But isn’t passing that convoy illegal in the first place? How far was our little journey together? Less than 10 miles. Before we got to the place where the crew turned off, every car in front of and behind me had passed the “stripers.” Almost all had passed when it was no-passing in the opposite direction; a few when it was no-passing in our direction. And I was in an ’04 junker, not the almost-new cars/trucks/ SUVs the others were. As many as passed me instead found a place to turn around (also tracking paint) – to head for another route, I suppose. I have some questions about this little display of human impatience: 1. Exactly how much time were they expecting to save when they passed and tracked up the new stripes? I caught up to most of them (driving in a long, rather slow line through another nopassing zone after the “stripers” pulled over) before I got to the place where I turned off. 2. How much time, effort and expense is involved in cleaning that bright paint from their

SUVs – paint designed to stick on all surfaces in all weather? Or will they just leave it on? 3. How much cussing and swearing was going on in those vehicles while driving down Route 150 at 15 mph? I know it’s a cliché, but I gotta ask: When did we all get in that big a hurry? I’ll bet nobody in any of those vehicles even thought about simply waiting the situation out. All were in too big a hurry to get where they were going and got there, maybe, 10 seconds earlier. As a recovering alcoholic I have learned that you can’t change situations, only your reactions to them. Now don’t get me wrong: I often don’t follow that advice, but I thought about it that day and was, therefore, able to sit back and watch the show. Believe me: those stripes and zones are a mess. I’ll bet the guys in the striping vehicles were impressed. I waved as I passed but I’m sure they thought I was just another idiot. Of course I’ll have to look at those track marks, as I drive that stretch, for years to come. As I go by them I think I’ll call them “stupid marks.”

Alumni banquet true small-town charm I began teaching in Elmwood the fall of 1966. I grew up in Pekin, and even though I knew the Shaheens, I had no idea where Elmwood was located – I actually got lost on my way to the interview, which resulted in Mrs. Metz offering me a job. I soon realized Elmwood and Pekin had many similarities and many differences. Mit Since my assoBERES ciation with the community that year was almost entirely the time I spent at the school, those were the first examples I noticed.

I discovered a couple of others when I attended my first Elmwood home football game; I could park my car on the track at the end of the field and watch the game, and at halftime, band members who were cheerleaders and football players picked up their instruments and joined the marching band. Some things change with time and conditions, and some remain: Parking by the field is a thing of the past, but the players and cheerleaders still join with the band for the halftime festivities. One of the most enduring of the events that’s different is the Alumni Banquet, which will be held for the 78th time this Saturday.

Pekin High graduates had, and still have, class reunions, but that is what they are: Members of a graduating class congregate. In Elmwood, all the classes are invited to one affair. All the classes getting together is a good example of the charm of smalltown life. In 1967 and for years before and after, teachers did not attend unless invited by that year's graduating class. I will honor that tradition again this year, but I'll join many others at Maple Lane Country Club after the dinner, where I will try to remember the names that go with so many familiar faces.

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Several weather-related auto mishaps on Sunday were blamed on slick roads due to the snowstorm that day. • Brady Westart, 18 of Brimfield, was westbound on U.S. Route 150 about 3 Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his car and left the road, coming to rest in a ditch. A passenger, 19-year-old Jenise Rebholz of Germantown Hills, was injured and transported to OSF Medical Center. • LaToya Flowers, 36, of Peoria was eastbound on Interstate 74 about 3 Sunday afternoon when she lost control of her car, which left the roadway and struck a tree. No injuries were reported. • Ashley Chance, 26, of Peoria, was westbound on Interstate 474 in Kickapoo Township about 5 p.m. Sunday when she lost control and left the road. She was transported to Methodist Medical Center. • Paul Coussens, 32, of Peoria, was eastbound on Interstate 744 about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost control of his car and struck a guard rail. No injuries were reported. • Rebecca Ward, 51, of Washington was eastbound on Interstate 74 about 10 p.m Sunday when she lost control of her car and struck a guard rail. No injuries were reported.

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YATES CITY – The Yates City Police Department handled 10 reports, 10 traffic stops, 9 warnings, 1 citation and 1 ordinance violation in the month of February.

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There were no arrests. The call report was as follows: Feb. 8 – Suspicious incident (unfounded), phone harassment complaint and property damage report; Feb. 12 – stray dogs complaint; Feb. 15 – medical call; Feb. 17 – fire call and standby request; Feb. 19 – unwanted subject at My Place Tap; Feb. 22 – medical assist; Feb. 27 – ordinance violation for barking dog.

Man arrested for out-of-state warrant

ELMWOOD – Ronnie Bullock, 39, of Elmwood on March 22 was arrested by Elmwood police for an outstanding warrant out of Maryland for parole violation and booked in the Peoria County jail for being a fugitive from justice.

Tavern customer busted for assault, resisting EDWARDS – John Kibler, 43, of Washington about 11:30 p.m. on March 23 was arrested for assault and resisting arrest after an altercation at Edwards Tap on Powdermill Road in Edwards. Police had been summoned there after an unrelated melee, according to reports.

Two Brimfield residents booked on charges

BRIMFIELD – James Ennis, 40, of Brimfield, on March 20 was booked by Peoria County Sheriff’s officers for driving on a revoked license and speeding. In an unrelated incident, Jessie Moore, 25, of Brimfield on March 23 was booked by Peoria County Sheriff’s officers on a charge of domestic battery.

Police Reports

• Vandalism – A man who lives in the 500 block of Lakeview in

Elmwood on March 24 reported that someone had cut the valve stems on the tires on one of his parked cars. • Theft – Heidi Donath, 38, of rural Elmwood about 9 a.m. on March 17 reported the theft of a mailbox at her residence. The incident followed an earlier report of vandals damaging the mailbox. • Theft – David Wagner, 42, of Elmwood on March 19 reported the theft of copper from his shed on Wiley Road.

Deer accidents: Odds don’t favor everyone

The probability of an Illinois motorist hitting a deer is 1 in 162.2, according to State Farm Insurance, which projects the number of deer-vehicle accidents this year will number more than 51,000 in the state. Three area motorists lost those odds recently: • Archie Foster, 66, of Elmwood on March 13 reported striking a deer near the intersection of Illinois Routes 78 and 8. • Jason Traver, 33, of Wyoming was northbound on Princeville-Jubilee Road outside Brimfield when he hit a deer about 8 p.m. March 14. The collision damaged his 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer. • Stephanie Michel, 27, of Laura, was southbound on Ill. Route 78 about 8 a.m. March 21 when she struck a deer, damaging her 2010 Ford Edge. Illinois ranks No. 26 in the country for vehicle-deer wrecks, the insurer said.

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Sure enough, within 10 minutes, the man was back, credit card in hand, apologizing profusely. It turns out, this happens a lot. Most blame it on having “senior moments,” which I can certainly understand. But this also says as much about Jordan as it does about his customers. I’m sure he’s been burned more than once, but he exemplifies the “Pay it Forward,” or “Do Unto Others” mentality that seems to be missing from too much of today’s business world. I was working one Sunday afternoon when an Elmwood teenager came in the store. He came straight up to the counter and said, “I was in here yesterday and got $18 worth of gas. They only charged me for $10. “So … here’s the other 8.” He plunked down a five and three ones. Here was the chance for him to get away with something. No one would ever have known. When

the station went to balance its books, we’d have been a couple gallons short of balancing, and there would have been no way to go back and figure out where it went. The owner would have just been out $8. I asked the kid for his name so I could tell the owner. Whether it was because he was embarrassed that he had left without paying for part of his gas or whether he just didn’t want the credit for doing the right thing, I don’t know. I would love to be able to tell you his name. It turns out he wasn’t alone. I got another call one Saturday afternoon from a woman who’d been in that morning and got $42 worth of gas and put it on her debit card. When the cashier punched in the numbers, she ended up charging the lady 42 cents rather than $42. No one noticed until the woman drove away. When she got home and was

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balancing her checkbook online, she noticed that we had only charged her 42 cents. She was on the phone immediately wondering how to pay the other $39.58. She dropped by right before we closed and put the difference on her debit card. I’m guessing that neither the teen nor the woman thinks they did anything special by being honest. After all, that’s probably the way their parents brought them up. I’m not saying that everyone in Elmwood is like that either. I’m sure that there are plenty of people hereabouts who’d have bragged to their friends about the “free” gas they just got. Having lived worked here for a while, though, I think I know which group would outnumber the other. That’s why if Diogenes ever shows up in Elmwood, he won’t have to hunt for long. His search will be over almost as soon as it starts.

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LAURA CRAFT FAIR: Laura Winners 4-H Club volunteers (left to right) Ashleigh Brawley, Amber Brawley and Isabel Bird, and one of their advisers, Terry Endres, helped at the Spring Fling Crafts and Gift Show Saturday at Millbrook Township Center in Laura. Hundreds turned out for the 25th annual event. One of the show organizers, Karen Megan, said the show this year had a lot of different items, from ceramics and tutus to hand-made hair bows and original jigsaw puzzles made in Monmouth. Photo by Bill Knight.


Brimfield eyes new playground

BRIMFIELD – Brimfield Grade School Parent and Teacher Organization has plans in place for new equipment to be installed in the current playground. During a recent meeting, the playground committee picked between three companies to install and – in some cases – replace the current equipment. The next phase will involve selection of stateof-the-art equipment and a final budget. After that the committee plans to reveal the type of equipment and costs involved. When completed, the goal is to transform the nearly 20-year-old playground. – Kasey Eberle

Brimfield Jubilee Road closed

BRIMFIELD – The bridge on Brimfield Jubilee Road just west of the intersection of Brimfield Jubilee Road and Savage Road, three miles west of Princeville Jubilee Road, will be closed until further notice, according

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to the Peoria County Highway Department. The department requests that motorists avoid the area. For details, call the Highway Department at (309) 697-6400.

Smithville Road lane reduction

Smithville Road will be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers for tree removal through Friday. The lane reduction is adjacent to the bridge located approximately 1.5 miles east of the intersection of Smithville Road and Trivoli Road. Lane restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, (March 29). Intermittent delays will occur throughout each day. The tree removal is in preparation for the replacement of the bridge to begin in April. For weekly construction updates visit

WILLIAMSFIELD – The Williamsfield School Board approved the following winter coaches and sponsors during its recent March board meeting: Kelly Brooks, cheerleading; Bob Anderson, varsity basketball; Gabe Secrist, junior varsity basketball; Drew Mackie, eighth grade basketball; Deric Kimler, seventh grade basketball; Lori Secrist, volleyball head coach and Tyson Hart, volleyball assistant coach.

Christ wins FFA district award

ELMWOOD – Karl Christ of Elmwood was selected as District 1 FFA

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Award winner in Diversified Crop Production during an event held March 13 at Geneseo High School. Christ is now eligible to compete in the state FFA awards contest on April 6 at the University of Illinois.

Haskell purchases funeral home

ELMWOOD – Bert Haskell Jr. of Elmwood is the new owner of Hammit-Hott Funeral Home in Princeville. Haskell recently completed the purchase from long-time owner Joseph B. Hott. Hammitt-Hott is a full-service funeral home with locations in Princeville, Toulon and Wyoming.

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60 years of EHS memories By MARY MAHER SLOAN

During September of 1949, the day was fair, and the grass was green, as were 48 young freshman entering the halls of Elmwood Community High School. The first class meeting we elected officers – Donald McCoy, president; Leonard Colgan, vice president; Pauline Golden, secretary/treasurer. As sophomores our officers were Carol West, president; Gerald McCoy, vice president; and Mary Kathryn Maher, secretary/treasurer. In 1951, our class elected the following officers – Hope Hartley, president; Gene Dembinski, vice president; and Ralph Endres, secretary/treasurer. Our EHS Class of ‘53 Historian

EARLY EDWARDS: This old log house stood at the site of the Edwards stagecoach station, located along what is now Illinois Route 8. Photo courtesy of Bruce Howard.

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first party was a hamburger fry and hayrack ride. The climax of the years was reached when we unveiled “Emerald Isle” for the junior/senior prom. For our last year in 1952 our officers were Gene Dembinksi, president; Louie Colgan, vice president; and Ralph Endres, secretary/treasurer. The class sponsored a homecoming dance, a holiday dance, a scrap drive and dances after all the home games. Here we are 60 years later, again to be guests at the Alumni banquet. I’m sure I can speak for the class of 1953, we are proud to be ECHS alumni. Our motto: We have climbed the foothills, now the mountains are before us. I must mention our “Gone but Not Forgot-

ten” classmates. Leonard Colgan, Gene Dembinski, Neal Duval, Florence Edwards, Jackie Ekena, Leonard Grove, Dick Hasker, Jim Lewellyn, Donna Mosby Joan Camp, Ruby Eccles, Rosemary Clanebell, Don Phares, Carol West, Shirley May, and Ralph Endres. We are looking forward to seeing the following living members of the “Class of 1953.” Louie Colgan, Carol Keehn, Betty McBeth, Gerry McCoy, Don McCoy, Wilma McKinney, Barbara Meehan, Duane Patton, Shirley Rodgers, Lee Miles, Eleanor Nickeson, Doris Schoenbein, Lorraine Slane, June Sollenberger, Jack Craig, Evelyn Doubet, Betty Broadfield, Gene Daley, Hope Hartley and Jean Harwick.


Alliance grows local produce By KASEY EBERLE

Looking for an alternative to fresh produce? Look no farther. Five local produce farms have come together joining forces to offer a “box-aweek” deal for consumers interested in local, earth-friendly vegetables, fruits and herbs. The Good Earth Food Alliance was formed four years ago when Farmington-area farmer and local farm activist Anne Patterson brought together some friends and suggested they form a CSA group, standing for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA group offers weekly shares of produce, eggs, grass-fed meats and honey – to name a few items – to consumers who pay for the produce at the beginning of the growing season and then pick up their box during the produce season. The Good Earth Food Alliance began its first “year-round CSA” in central Illinois this past year. During the winter they offered local shareholders carrots, potatoes, winter squash, herbs and edible greens. The Alliance’s Director Lyndon Hartz of Hartz Produce in Wyoming says though For The Weekly Post

their year-round CSA has reached its full membership, there are shares available for summer. A typical share box generally includes five to six produce varieties, and he expects the Alliance to offer everything from gourmet salad mix to strawberries in May. The produce farmers involved are Hartz, Potter, Lawrence Meyer of Manito, Larry Shawback of Auburn and Doug Day and Leslie Hiatt of Spring Bay. Hartz said the relative distance between Alliance farmers allows for a wonderful diversity in production. “For example, the farmers along the Illinois River produce fantastic melons, and those of us more ‘inland’ grow great greens.” Being spread out also helps ensure the ideal box every week. “If it’s flooding along the river, we still have dry land to grow tomatoes and cucumbers in Wyoming. Or if we’re

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suffering drought in Farmington, our farmer in Manito is all set up to irrigate and can provide tons of summer squash, cabbages and sweet potatoes from his farm.” The Good Earth Food Alliance currently offers produce at six pick-up sites in central Illinois: Canton, Farmington, Morton, Wyoming and two Peoria locations. The Alliance will offer more pick-up sites if enough shareholders in a specific area participate. Shareholders can pick up their box of produce on Tuesday afternoons, between 5-6:30, depending upon location. The first pick-up is May 21. Learn more at http/ or contact Potter at 309-338-7876.

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Local musicians honored KEWANEE – Elementary school students from Brimfield, Elmwood and Williamsfield competed in the Illinois Elementary School Association’s Area 2 state musical contest Saturday at Wethersfield. Honored as “Best of Day” were Brimfield’s Clare Harmon for her woodwind solo “Valse Blue,” Elmwood’s Amy Christ for her brass solo “Spica,” and Williamsfield’s Sam Howard for a vocal solo “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” More than 500 entries from 20 From Weekly Post News Sources

schools had 144 students participating. Pictured, clockwise, are: • Williamsfield singers relaxing in their Wethersfield home room before Saturday morning performances. • (Left to right) Elmwood’s Olivia Book, Julia Bledsoe, Becca Kempf and Jaden Beckwith eating lunch before their ensemble competes. • (Left to right) Brimfield’s Luke Altorfer (baritone), Thomas McCoy (bass clarinet) and Cody Arnold (baritone sax) taking a break from pre-performance smart phone games.

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KICKAPOO – Peter S. Shynk Jr, 46, of Kickapoo, entered eternal life at 3:31 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Heartland Manor Care in Peoria. Born January 16, 1967, in Peoria to Peter S. and Jeannette (Schmitt) Shynk Sr., he married Mary Diane Anthony on July 25, 2006 in Holderness, on Golden Pond, New Hampshire. Peter S. Shynk She survives along with one son, Christopher Shynk of Wyanet; two daughters, Noel and Joy Whalen both of Kickapoo; his mother, Jeannette Shynk of Kickapoo; his sister, Liz (Mike) Doyle of Kickapoo; and nephew, Aaron (Trish) Buck and their daughter, Ariana, of Peoria. Peter was a financial planner for over 15 years with Country Financial, worked plowing snow for the Illinois Dept. of Transportation and enjoyed farming most of all with the Shane Family Farms. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying snowmobiling, hiking, climbing the Appalachian Mountains, and camping out East. He was a Cub Scout Master with the Boy Scouts, and helped coach soccer in East Peoria and baseball in Kickapoo. He served as treasurer of Western Illinois Livestock Association. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Kickapoo Softball/Baseball Organization, and the Young Farmers Association. Visitation was held Wednesday, March 27, at Redeemer Lutheran Church. A memorial service followed the visitation with Pastor Joe Meyer and Associate Pastor Ted Benson officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of his life followed the services at Kickapoo Winery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peter Shynk Family Fund, C/O Heritage Bank. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to

Harry S. Bates

WILLIAMSFIELD – Harry S. Bates III, 68, of Williamsfield died on March 24 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Services were planned for March 27 at the Oaks Community Church in Dahinda. Interment will be in Elmore Cemetery in Elmore.

James Edwards Curtis

EDWARDS – James Edward Curtis, 58, of Edwards died on March 16 at his home. Cremation rites were planned and a celebration of life held last Friday at the Curtis family residence.

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John A. ‘Jack’ Lambert

PEORIA HEIGHTS – John A. “Jack” Lambert, 65, of Peoria Heights, the father of an Elmwood woman and brother of a Brimfield woman, died on March 14 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He is survived by his wife, Susan Therese Pauli; mother, Hollis Lambert of Peoria; one daughter, Jenny (Wes) Harrison of Elmwood; two sons, Ben (Katy) of Peoria and Noah Lambert of Peoria Heights; one grandchild, Jane Lambert; and two sisters, Linda (Dale) Tekippe of Indianapolis and Ann (Gary) Smith of Brimfield. Cremation rites were planned and a memorial service was last Saturday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria.

Mark Kimbrell

DAHINDA – Mark A. Kimbrell, 55, of rural Dahinda

Today’s Obituaries

• Peter S. Shynk, 46, Kickapoo • Harry S. Bates III, 68, Williamsfield • James E. Curtis, 58, Edwards • John A. Lambert, 65, Peoria Heights • Mark A. Kimbrell, 55, Dahinda • Herbert W. Simpson Sr., 79, Brimfield • Phyllis N. Smith, 87, Peoria • Mary E. Thurm, 91, Warsaw, Ind. • Billy H. Workman, 78, Mount Juliet, Tenn.

died on March 19 at his home. Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service was held last Saturday at the Brimfield American Legion. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Leave condolences at

Herbert W. Simpson

BRIMFIELD – Herbert W. Simpson Sr., 79, of Brimfield died on March 22 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Funeral services were held Tuesday at HammittHott Funeral Home in Princeville. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be made via

Phyllis N. Smith

PEORIA – Phyllis N. Smith, 87, of Peoria, the mother of a Yates City man, died on March 21 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She is survived by sons Ronald (Deborah) Smith of Yates City and Dale (Annette) Smith Sr. of Wyoming; daughters Sandra K. (Pastor Dennis) Pycraft of Plainfield, Ind., and Teresa L. (Thomas) Newton of Washington; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services were on Monday at Clary Funeral Home in Peoria. Her memorial website and online condolences may be accessed at

Mary E. Thurm

WARSAW, Ind. – Mary E. Mulvaney Thurm, 91, of Warsaw, Ind., formerly of the Peoria area, died on March 20 at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was preceded in death by three husbands – Daniel Fetgatter, Donald McKown and Miles Thurm – and three brothers. She’s survived by three children; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. No services are planned. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elmwood at a later date. McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel in Warsaw is in charge of arrangements.

Billy H. Workman

WARSAW, Ind. – Billy H. (Bill) Workman, 78, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., formerly of Edwards, passed away unexpectedly on March 1 at his home. Cremation has been accorded and family and friends are invited to a celebration of life service and luncheon to be held at 11 a.m. at Barracks Cater Inn in Peoria, Ill., on April 6.

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ELMWOOD-BRIMFIELD GIRLS TRACK • March 28 - BPC, N. Fulton, Farmington, Elmwood,4:15 PM • April 4 - at Tremont, 4:30 PM • April 9 - ICAC Tournament (rain date, April 10) 4:15 PM • April 11 - Lewistown Invite, 4 PM • April 16 - vs. Princeville, Stark Co., Lewistown, Peoria Heights, 4:15 PM • April 22 - Elmwood Invite, 4:15 PM • April 26 - at Eureka Invite, 4:15 PM • April 30 - at Bushnell Invite, 4:15 PM • May 3 - at Tremont Invite, 4:30 PM • May 6 - at Prairieland (rain date, May 7), Site TBA, 4 PM • May 10 - Sectionals, TBA • May 17 - State Meet at Charleston • May 21 - Journal Star Honor Roll Meet, Peoria, Time TBA

WILLIAMSFIELD-GALVA BASEBALL • March 30 – United (@ Galva), 11 am • April 1 – at Henry (varsity), 4:30 pm • April 2 – at Princeville, 4:30 pm • April 4 – Princeville, 4:30 pm • April 6 – at West Central 11 am • April 8 – at Illini Bluffs, 4:30 pm • April 9 – at Oneida ROWVA, 4:30 pm • April 10 – at Bureau Valley, 4:30 pm • April 11– ROWVA, 4:30 pm • April 13 – Delavan, 10 am • April 15 – at North Fulton, 4:30 pm • April 16 – Mercer County (@ Galva), 4:30 pm • April 18 – at Aledo (vs. Mercer Co.), 4:30 pm • April 20 – at West Prairie, 11 am • April 24 – Brimfield-Elmwood, 4:30 pm • April 24 – at Stark County, 4:30 pm • April 27 – Ridgewood (@ Galva), 11 am • April 29 – Stark County (@ Galva), 4:30 pm April 30 – Annawan/Wethersfield (@ Galva), 4:30 pm • May 2 – at Annawan/Wethersfield, 4:30 pm • May 8 – Orion (@ Galva), 4:30 pm NOTE: Home games at Williamsfield unless otherwise

marked. NEXT WEEK: Hopefully baseball and softball results to report along with some track results. We’ll settle for dry fields, though.

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“Mathew Gerontes, Carson Ray, Chris Koll and Cal Vrchota will have to carry the load in the sprint events this year,” he said, noting that Max Cosby and Devin Jones will most likely help with sprint events when needed. E-B also has high hopes for Reicheneker and Armbruster as developing high-jump competitors, said Meyers, who praised the pair as showing great promise. Remaining field event athletes Andrew Jordan and Brad Novack will compete in the shot put and discus. “We will be spending some time this week trying to see who has the potential to be good at the long jump and triple jump,” Meyers said. Meanwhile, the girls’ team has its own eyes – and legs, and more – set on qualifying for the state meet as well. Last year, Brimfield sophomore Hannah Gatley made impressive showings and she’s returning for her junior season. In last year’s sectional meet, Gatley qualified for state in both the 100 and the 200-meter dash, coming in second in the 100 meter to Sherrard's Danielle Crawley, who went on the finish second at the state meet. Gatley also came in second to Crawley in the 200-meter dash.

Gatley is the current E-B record holder for the girls’ 200-meter dash after having bested Kim Foster’s 30year-old record of 26.0 seconds with a time of 25.96 seconds. This year, Gatley already has her sights set on besting Tremont’s Amelia Glueck, the state 100-meter dash 8th place finisher – in any meet, in any event, said girls’ track coach Brett Morse. “She just wants to beat her once,” Morse said. Gatley also “is looking forward to a rematch with her sectional rival Danielle Crawley.” E-B’s other notable returning athletes include seniors Katelyn Fricke and Jordan McCoy, who just missed qualifying for the state meet in the 3200-meter run, senior Olivia Althiser, who narrowly missed qualifying for the state meet in the 1600-meter run, and sophomore Cassidy Gorham in the 300-meter hurdles. “Our team this year is also supported by a number of talented underclassmen that have the potential to have a breakout year and become some of the elite runners in the state,” Morse added. Next week, the boys squad heads to Farmington at 4 p.m. on April 2 to compete against Illini Bluffs, Olympia and the host school, and the girls team travels to Tremont, where the head-tohead meet is 4:30 on April 4.

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“We basically gave it to them,” Paxson said. So it goes early, particularly with no practice and a young team like the one B-E is fielding. While the squad would typically be playing its seventh or eighth game, B-E had not fielded ground balls outdoors prior to the opener. Even so, Paxson was pleased with pitchers Nick Groeper and Matt Dwyer. “They threw good pitches,” he said.

The team’s hits on Friday were by Jay Swietek and Groeper, who doubled. On Saturday B-E got hits from Sonny Visione, Dwyer, Groeper and Ryan Herridge. “Moline is one of the top 10 teams in Illinois in all classes and we faced a really good lefty. And we hit better against that kid than we did against Limestone,” Paxson said. The challenge the rest of the season will be to improve and to resched-

Coach’s Corner: A hungry pal

How about a restaurant story instead of basketball. We used to have an ICAC conference dinner at the end of the year for all the coaches. Well, one year we had it at the Lariat Club in Peoria. It was all prepaid and we all sat down and Big Frank started talking. MAVETZ Turns out there was a seat next to me at the table that was empty. So the waitress came over and took our drink order and she started going away. I told her to hold on. I said my friend next to me was in the restroom and told me to order him a beer. Sure enough the waitress comes back and, of course, she gives a drink to my non-existent friend. So she comes around to take the dinner orders. Of course I ordered a steak. She started to walk away and I said,

“Wait, my friend is in the bathroom and wants me to order for him. He wants lobster.” She never said a thing but the coaches around me all said that I wouldn’t get away with it. I said, “I’m going to try. I’ve been known to eat a lot of food in a short period of time.” Well, she brought the steak and the lobster and I proceeded to eat the whole thing, both meals. And that lobster was delicious. So she comes by again after everyone is through eating and she asks if I wanted to have an after-dinner drink. I said, “Yes, I’ll have a scotch.” Then she asked, “What about your friend?” And I swear to you she said it seriously. Without missing a beat I said, “He doesn’t want anything else. He’s too full.” We all started laughing. I’ll never forget that as long as I live.

ule games, as 9 of the first 11 were postponed and this week does not look any better. “Once we get things in order we’ll probably be playing every day of the week,” Paxson said.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Jake Callister, Elmwood

Jake Callister, in this his senior year, decided to play basketball for the first time in his high school career. He has been a four-year Trojan cross country harrier and a four-year trackster, and a very inspirational competitor on those teams. In playing hoops, “Jake C” understood that he wouldn’t get a lot of playing time, but he did know that he would be on a very good team with great teammates. That worked out pretty well! Jake’s four-year running career was sparked by his junior high teacher and running coach, Gregg Meyers. In addition, he was in eighth grade when the Trojans cross country team won state in 2008. That achievement also obviously fueled Jake’s inspiration to run. This would lead to the thrills of Jake contributing to four teams that appeared at the state cross country meet. Along with coach Meyers, Jake points to the mentoring of former Trojan harriers Ryan Bybee, Seth Schultz and Doug Vrchota. History is Jake’s favorite school subject because he enjoys learning about people and events of the past. He participates on EHS student council and Key Club. In his limited free time, Jake is a fan of watching many movies, especially “I Am Legend,” which stars Will Smith. As Jake speaks of missing the structure provided by EHS, he does look forward to moving on to Southern Illinois University, where he will study aviation, leading toward a career as a lifeflight helicopter pilot. Life-flight pilots are more concerned with looking out for others as compared to gaining glory. Jake Callister has done that in EHS athletics by being a teammate first, rather than being concerned with who gets the glory. – Phil Johnson


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Weekly Post Sports B-E baseball starts slowly By JEFF LAMPE

BRIMFIELD – The weather has not been kind to Brimfield-Elmwood baseball players this spring. Neither was the start of the schedule. Playing in the competitive Limestone tournament, B-E (0-2) dropped its first two games and left coach Steve Paxson wishing for more practice time. Elmwood dropped a 4-3 decision to Limestone Friday and then lost to statepower Moline Saturday, 18-3 in five innings. Yet Paxson was less frustrated with the latter. “Saturday we played hard and confident and together as a team,” Paxson said. “Our big frustration Friday was that after we gave up the lead, we kind of got down on ourselves.” B-E led 2-1 in the sixth inning against Limestone but fell apart when pitchers struggled to find the strike zone – or the catcher’s mitt. B-E had five walks and two errors and all Limestone runs came on wild pitches. Weekly Post Staff Writer

Elmwood senior Jake Osmulski is one of three returning runners from a 4x800 relay that placed second at state. Also back are Ben Adkins and Collin Reicheneker.

Relay a highlight for track team By MALLORY HARTIGAN

It’s almost redundant when dealing with Spring sports this month, but “weather permitting,” the ElmwoodBrimfield track and field team is scheduled to get into action today, playing host to Bushnell-Prairie City, North Fulton, Notre Dame and Peoria Christian at 4:15 p.m. While the calendar said spring started last week, unseasonably cold temperatures have limited some sports. Then again, in Elmwood, it’s common to see high schoolers running through the streets 12 months of the year. But here and now, the Elmwood-Brimfield track and field teams are looking forward to building on their 2012 Prairieland Conference title for the 2013 season. Last year the team qualified for the high jump, the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 4x800 meter relay in the state finals. However, graduates Nathan Ingersoll (10th at state in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 3 inches), Luke Stockmann (who qualified for state in the 300meter hurdles), Isaac For The Weekly Post

Ramsay (part of the second-place 4x800 meter relay at state), and Wesley Richier (an alternate on the 4x800 relay) will certainly be missed this season. Even with the loss of last year’s seniors, Elmwood track coach Gregg Meyers said he’s looking forward to this spring. “We have several very talented athOnly Isaac Ramsay (top left) is gone letes that look to from the second-place 4x800 relay that continue the midincluded (clockwise) Jake Osmulski, dle distance tradiBen Adkins and Collin Reicheneker. tion established over the years,” he “The 2012, 2010 and 2009 said. “Ben Adkins, Collin 4x800 meter relay teams all Reicheneker and Jake Osmulski – three-fourths of the finished second at state, while the 2011 team finished 4x800 state team – are refourth.” turning to vie for the state Distance runners Noah Istitle this year. bell, Nate Herridge, Jesse “Ian Armbruster, Kelly Hoffmann and Jake Callister Lueschow and Austin Teel all have the potential to qualwill compete with Adkins, Reicheneneker and Osmulski ify for state, too, added Meyfor spots on the 4x800 squad. ers, who conceded that when This year the 4x800 team has it comes to sprinters, Elmwood-Brimfield is a little the potential to finally take low on numbers. home a state title after comContinued on Page 11 ing close the last four years.

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Elmwood coach honored by IBCA ELMWOOD – Elmwood basketball coach Chuck Vermillion has been selected as co-coach of the year by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association for District 12. Vermillion will be honored April 27 in Normal during the IBCA’s annual Hall of Fame banquet. “It’s pretty neat,” said Vermillion, who had previously received the Vermillion same honor in the grade school ranks. “They fill that room at Illinois State with a ton of people.” Vermillion has won more than 20 games in five of his six seasons at Elmwood (only his first year was under 20 wins) and this year coached the basketball team to a 26-6 record and Elmwood’s first regional championship since 1973. By Weekly Post Staff Reports

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THURSDAY, March 28 • Brimfield-Elmwood baseball at Illini Bluffs, 4:15 pm • Elmwood-Brimfield boys track vs. BPC, N. Fulton, N. Dame, P. Christian, 4:30 pm • Elmwood-Brimfield girls track vs. BPC, N.Fulton, Farmington, 4:15 pm SATURDAY, March 30 • B-E baseball at Peoria Heights, 10 am • Williamsfield-Galva baseball/softball vs. United at Galva,11 am MONDAY, April 1 • W-G baseball at Henry, 4:30 pm • B-E softball vs. Chillicothe IVC, 4:30 pm • W-G softball at Henry, 4:30 pm TUESDAY, April 2 • W-G baseball at Princeville, 4:30 pm • B-E softball at Illini Bluffs, 4:15 pm • W-G softball at Princeville, 4:30 pm • E-B boys track at Farmington, 4 pm THURSDAY, April 4 • W-G baseball vs. Priceville at Williamsfield, 4:30 pm • B-E softball vs. Delavan, 4:30 pm • W-G softball vs. Princeville at Williamsfield, 4:30 pm • E-B girls track at Tremont, 4:30 pm FRIDAY, April 5 • B-E baseball vs. Peoria Christian, 4:30 pm • B-E softball vs. Astoria, 4 pm • W-G softball at West Central, 4:30 pm SATURDAY, April 6 • B-E baseball at Abington, 10 am • W-G baseball at West Central, 11 am • B-E softball at Havana, 10 am MONDAY, April 8 • B-E softball at Knoxville, 4:30 pm • W-G softball at Illini Bluffs, 4:30 pm • W-G baseball at Illini Bluffs, 4:30 pm TUESDAY, April 9 • W-G baseball at ROWVA, 4:30 pm •B-E softball vs. Bushnell-PC, 4:30 pm •W-G softball at ROWVA, 4:30 pm

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The Weekly Post • 3-28-13  

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