VOLUNTEERS HONORED WITH GOVERNOR'S AWARDS
Four people who have volunteered as Medicare Part D counselors at the Bond County Senior Center were recently honored at a state ceremony. The Senior Health Insurance Program and Illinois Department on Aging trained Phyllis and Jerry Libsack, Mary Dixon, and Marie Siefken to field questions on Medicare Part D. Senior Center Director Anna Oestreich told WGEL that she interviewed the quartet for their efforts answering Medicare Part D questions and enrolling interested people in the program. She said they also handled other drug prescription program questions.
Phyllis and Jerry Libsack, Mary Dixon, and Marie Siefken were chosen for the Governor's Award for Unique Achievement during a ceremony at the Governor's mansion. The director of the Illinois Department on Aging made the presentation.
Linda Kline, the daughter of Norvel and Helen Liedner oF Smithboro, passed away Friday morning at 2:30am at St. Louis University Hospital from a one-vehicle accident.
Visitation is Monday from 5PM to 8PM at the Rogers Adkins Funeral home in Salem, Illinois. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at the Kinmundy United Methodist Church at 10:30am.
Mabel Riedemann, age 94 of Greenville, passed away Wednesday (11/29) at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 94-year-old Mabel Riedemann will be conducted Sunday at 2PM at the Greenville First Presbyterian Church. Interment at Montrose Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday December 2nd from 5-7PM at the church. Memorials to Greenville Regional Hospital.
BOOK DISCUSSES FORTS OF EARLY ILLINOIS
A new book by two area men tracks 170 forts of early Illinois. The authors, Bill Wilson and Kevin Kaegy, wrote "Tales of Hill's Fort" a few years ago and have followed up with "Forts and Blockhouses of Illinois." With over 260 pages, the book was three years in the making. Kaegy discussed the book during Tuesday's Bond County Historical Society meeting. It begins with the five known stone forts in southern Illinois from the pre-historic era and moves through the French era, early American settlers of the state, and the War of 1812 and Blackhawk Indian War. Kaegy said the first edition of one hundred books has already sold out. The next shipment is due December 4.
Kaegy shared that in 1800 there were around 100,000 Indians living in the Illinois territory in comparison to just a few thousand white settlers. Southern Illinois was primarily hunting ground as there were few large Indian villages in this part of the state. Kaegy talked about the Whiteside Fort located near Columbia. He is a descendant of the Whiteside family that moved here from North Carolina in 1793.
There were 30 forts in Madison and Bond counties during the War of 1812 including Hill's, Lindley's, and Greene's forts in Bond. "Forts and Blockhouses of Illinois" is the first book on the topic since 1912. Kaegy explained that he and Wilson utilized over 90 sources during their research.
Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston. Bill will be talking to us about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide along with signs and symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. He will also talk to us about the new law that states if you have gas appliances in your home, you must have a Carbon Monoxide detector by January 1. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.
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