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RACE ACROSS AMERICA THIS WEEKEND
Bicyclists are racing across the United States this week. Created in 1982, the Race Across America, is the toughest endurance bicycle race in the world. This weekend, those bicyclists will be traveling through Greenville, according to one RAAM coordinator, Jodi Hall. This is the 26th year for the event with the largest starting field of bicyclists ever. Over 220 men and women, from all over the world, will travel from Oceanside, CA to Atlantic City, NJ. They either ride solo or together with a team, and they all race across the USA for a charity that is important to them.
The route is over 3,000 miles long. Solo and team riders will be traveling eastbound on Route 140 into Greenville and begin arriving late Friday night at the time station near the Route 40/Route 127 intersection. They will continue to check in through next Wednesday, June 20th. There are over 30 charities represented in this year's race. Hall comments that many bicyclists train for the Race Across America, all year long.
ILLINOIS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN MADE WAY THROUGH GREENVILLE
Law enforcement officers across Illinois have taken to the streets, highways and roads of the state, carrying the Special Olympics torch to help raise funds for the athletes in Illinois. Nearly 3,000 officers, representing every branch of law enforcement, are covering 23 legs of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run. Participants made their way from O'Fallon to Greenville in Leg 4 of the race.
Thursday, local runners started at 11am at the Southwestern Electric Parking lot. The ten Participants ran 4 miles, through Greenville, to the Bond County Courthouse lawn where a BBQ was held.
Greenville is the end of leg 4 of the race. Each year, officers run more than 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope. The efforts of many local departments helped to make Illinois the 2nd highest grossing Torch Run program in the world in 2006.
TWO SALMONELLA CASES IN MADISON COUNTY MATCH MULTI-STATE OUTBREAK
State Public Health Director, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, is warning the public Thursday, about the risk of disease associated with handling birds, such as baby chicks and ducks. Two Illinois Salmonella cases, from separate households in Madison County, match a multi-state outbreak pattern linked to contact with ducklings and chicks. Both cases have reported contact with birds purchased from the same location, out of state, and both had the onset of illness in May 2007.
It's not known yet how many places across Illinois have received infected birds, so anyone purchasing animals needs to be cautious. A person can contract salmonellosis by handling birds, cleaning cages, feeding and touching them. The bird may show no signs of illness. A total of 40 cases in 12 different states have been reported so far.
Symptoms in people can last several days to a week and usually appear 72 hours after exposure to the infected animal. Those who do show signs of infection, should seek attention from their local health care provider.
HEART AND SOLE FAMILY WALK FOR DISASTER RELIEF SATURDAY
Put on your walking shoes and join several others this Saturday, in Carlyle, for a walk to benefit Disaster Relief. Cathy Karrick spoke to WGEL about the Centralia American Red Cross that is hosting their Heart and Sole Family Walk for Disaster Relief this Saturday. The registration begins at 8:30am with the walk starting at 9am. Karrick commented that the hope is to raise $5,000 for community emergency preparedness.
The 5k walk will begin at the West Dam Access on Lake Road. The entry fee is $20 per person. Refreshments and door prizes will be given out following the race. Walkers who raise a minimum of $50 in pledges will receive a free T-shirt and the entry fee will be waived. For more details on the Heart and Sole Family Walk, contact the American Red Cross office in Carlyle, at 594-8261.
GRAND LEVEE IN VANDALIA THIS WEEKEND
As a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800's to honor government dignitaries and important visitors, the 39th Annual Grand Levee, will be held Friday through Sunday, June 15, 16, and 17, at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site in Vandalia. The event begins with the flag raising at 5PM, followed by an old-fashioned ham and bean dinner, funnel cakes and homemade ice cream social, followed by a candlelight open house at the Statehouse. Guided tours through the statehouse will be conducted all weekend.
Several entertainers are scheduled Friday night though Sunday, along with period arts and crafts demonstrations. Some of the featured presentations include blacksmithing, basket making, pottery, tatting, wood carving, wheat weaving and lace making. Pony rides will be available for kids, along with lots of great food from local vendors. The Grand Levee coincides with the National Road Festival.
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ROUND OF GOLF AT OAK TERRACE RESORT
Tune in Friday, June 15th for your chance to win a free round of golf with cart at Oak Terrace Resort, just South of Pana. Be the correct caller and answer the easy golf trivia question and you'll be the winner of a free round of golf at Oak Terrace. You must be 18 or older to win, no purchase necessary. More chances to win from your friends at WGEL FM 101.7.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT GOLF LEAGUE
After Week 6 Grady's Golf Shop is still atop the Wednesday Night Men's Golf League with 138.5 points, The Depot team is in second place at 137 points. Low Gross and Low Net were both won by Dewey Aper this week.
ELLEN J. MANNOIA
Ellen J. Mannoia, age 56 of Greenville, passed away at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at her home in Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Greenville Free Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Culumber officiating. Her ashes will be scattered in the ocean at Carpinteria CA. The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Greenville Free Methodist Church.
Born June 15, 1950, Ellen Jean (Schroeder) Mannoia brought joy and life to her family, friends and colleagues for 57 years. Her strength, energy, and smile, but especially her remarkable unselfishness, spanned the breadth of her life – and no less so than during her twenty year battle with breast cancer. Ellen was born in Detroit, MI and raised in Peoria, IL. She lost her mother at age 16, and worked all the years of high school in a drug store. Ellen attended Northern Illinois University for three years and then transferred to St. Louis University, where she received a B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1973. She worked fulltime at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, MO for two years following graduation. In addition, she served as clinical supervisor for physical therapy students from St. Louis University. While employed there she developed the chest physical therapy program. Following her employment in St. Louis she worked in the V.A. hospital near Grove City, PA and then part-time at various therapy centers while raising her children in Santa Barbara, CA.
Ellen and Jim met at St. Louis University in a philosophy class. Their 35-year marriage began August 26, 1972, an adventurous journey that included as many colleges as it did countries. As Jim’s wife, Ellen graced the halls of Westmont College, Houghton College, the University of Zimbabwe, and Greenville College. Their life together has also taken them to places such as two years in Zimbabwe, where Ellen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988, Europe with Westmont students, Brazil, and the far east, as well as a three-month sabbatical last fall in Portugal and Italy. Ellen’s love for her family was amazingly unselfish. She was mother to son, Jim, and his wife, Lyla, and daughter, Eva Marie, and her husband, Brandon. Jim works as an investment banker in Manhattan and Eva Marie is an attorney in Orange County, CA.
Ellen's love for her husband and children was exceeded only by her love for her Lord and Savior Jesus. She was a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Greenville Free Methodist Church. Ellen’s commitment to the community created a deep connection between her and the students. She both cared for them and inspired them. Jim and Ellen frequently welcomed students to their home. Ellen delivered the 2000 Baccalaureate address at the request of the graduating senior class. GC students respected the dignity and courage she demonstrated in battling the recurrence of breast cancer. Ellen exuded courage and character, but perhaps her greatest virtue was her lack of self-centeredness. She was always thinking of others and doing things for them. These included making cookies for all the athletic teams and signature knitting and needlework projects for friends around the world.
Her personal touch on this campus, visible in many buildings, including the newly named Ellen J. Mannoia Hall, will remain a constant reminder of God’s visible grace on our campus through the life of Ellen Mannoia. Memorials to the Ellen J. Mannoia Hall Endowment at Greenville College.
Saturday: Sunny and Hot High: 93 Low: 66
Sunday: Sunny and Hot High: 97 Low: 68
Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Alan Gaffner and Jack Chism with the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair. They'll talk to us about next weekend's annual book fair and the type of books for which people will be looking. That’s Public Affairs, this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News, here on WGEL.
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