HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR SPEAKS IN GREENVILLE
Jerry Koenig, a survivor of the Holocaust of World War II, spoke at the First Baptist Church in Greenville Thursday night. Koenig was eleven years old when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. His family was well-to-do by standards of the time, owning some business interests and hiring out the farming of 60 acres they owned. Nonetheless, the family, which consisted of Jerry’s father, mother and younger brother, were sent to the ghetto the Germans created in Warsaw. After two years in the ghetto, with the funds they smuggled in dwindling, the family was able to bribe key persons who allowed them to slip away from the ghetto on a streetcar. The Koenigs moved to the farm of friends near the Soviet border where, initially, German atrocities were not as severe. But then, in 1942, Germany invaded the Soviet Union and started building death camps, one of which, Treblinka, was only four miles from where the Koenigs were staying. It was obvious they had to move again and found a family which was willing to hide them for the remainder of the war in trade for the 60 acre farm. The family and a few others, 11 in total, were hidden in a hole only 6’ x 4 ½’ x 24’dug in the dirt floor of the barn. The Koenigs were in this hole in the ground, a space just large enough for 11 people to lie down, for 22 months before they were freed by the advancing Soviet army.
Koenig talked to an attentive audience of all ages and received a standing ovation.
RAILROAD CROSSINGS CLOSED FOR WORK
Several railroad crossings in Bond County will be closed for repairs over the next few weeks. Most of the crossings are expected to be closed for three days to replace old ballast and resurface the approaches to the crossings. The first to close will be Doris Creek Road on April 19, Reno Road Crossing will close April 20, Ripson Bridge Avenue the 21st, Lake Road Crossing the 27th, Sorento Avenue Crossing May 2 and Woburn Road Crossing May 4. These dates are subject to change and the Woburn Road crossing is expected to be closed for only one day.
THE VOTE COUNT CHANGED BUT NOT THE RESULTS
Thursday evening, the Bond Count Clerk re-opened the ballot box from Mills Precinct because election results showed no write-in votes for Edmar Schreiber from Mills Precinct while some of the Mills voters said they had voted for Schreiber. When the ballot box was re-opened, 16 write-in votes for Schreiber were found but that was not enough to change the election outcome. Schreiber’s new vote total is 377 while James Jackson’s total is 405. Jackson will serve on the Unit 2 Board of Education. Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz said if a candidate's vote total is within 95% of the winning candidate's total, a recount may be requested. However, Schreiber's total is at just over 93%. Reitz also said the mistake would have been caught during the canvassing process but voters from the district had caught it even earlier. Reitz said he was glad that the voters called him and expressed their concern so that the problem could be fixed and voters would have confidence in the election process.
RUNNER IN BOND COUNTY
Athlete and best-selling author Dean Karnazes was in Greenville this week as he passed through the area on his way to a few of the many 5K runs he sponsors to raise money for Action For Healthy Kids, a non-profit network of volunteers fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment.
Karnazes was recently ranked as #27 in the TIME magazine poll of the World’s Most Influential People. His most recent endeavor was running in 50 marathons, in all 50 states, in 50 consecutive days.
Dean pushed himself to nearly inconceivable limits as is clear from his 135-mile ultra marathon across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures. His incredible adventures have been featured in dozens of television programs and magazines and he is a monthly columnist for Men’s Health magazine.
More may be learned about Karnazes and the efforts of the group at www.ActionForHealthyKids.org.
DARRELL A. APKEN
Darrell A. Apken, age 68, of Highland, passed away Thursday, April 14. A funeral Mass will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. a Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry Food Pantry.
DON CARL LAMACCHIA
Don Carl Lamacchia, age 71, of Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, April 7 at White Oaks Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mount Vernon. Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the VFW and Fireman’s Hall in Mulberry Grove. The Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is in charge of arrangements.
Vince Chawgo, age 66, of Breese, passed away Friday, April 15 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. A funeral Mass will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to the Breese Lions Scholarship Fund.
GOLDIE B. BURKS
Goldie B. Burkes, age 97, of Vernon, passed away Saturday, April 16 at her daughter’s home in Patoka. Funeral services are Monday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Day Funeral Home in Patoka. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Green Ridge Church.
VIRGINIA A. PARR BECKER
Virginia A. Parr Becker, age 81, of Coffeen, passed away Saturday, April 16 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in rural Coffeen. Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, one hour prior to service time at the church. The Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, Samaritan’s Purse-Operation Christian Child, DAR, or Cunningham Children’s Home.
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