ALHAMBRA STRONGMAN PREPARES FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mike Sidwell, of Godfrey, an Alhambra native, is in training for the 2011 North American Strongman Championship November 4-5 in Tunica, Mississippi. Sidwell, who is a power lifter in the 175 lb. class, will compete in a number of events including a 200 lb. log clean and press, a 650 lb. 80 ft. yoke walk, a farmer’s walk, and car dead lift in which the contestant will lift the back end of a car, similar to a Ford Focus and do as many lifts as possible in one minute.
The championship is sponsored by North American Strongman, Inc., the premier amateur strongman corporation in the world.
LA RUSSA RETIRES AS CARDINALS MANAGER
Fresh from his third World Series title, the second with the Cardinals, manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement Monday after 33 seasons as a big league manager, including the past 16 seasons with St. Louis, that’s according to the St. Louis Cardinals website. The announcement was made during a Monday morning news conference at Busch Stadium. La Russa, age 67, ranks third in baseball history in managerial victories with 2,728. More than half of his victories, 1,408, have come while in a St. Louis uniform, making him the franchise's winningest manager. The Cardinals skipper is also the only manager in Major League Baseball history to win multiple pennants in both leagues and the second to win a World Series title in each. La Russa's Oakland A's won the World Series in 1989.
Joann Lester, age 64, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Breese, passed away Saturday, October 29. A funeral Mass will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic / St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese. Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.
LaDonna Monroe passed away Tuesday, October 25. Funeral services are Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Willing Workers Church at 2570 Waverly, in East St. Louis. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Millstadt. Friends may call Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Serenity Memorial Gardens in Belleville is in charge of arrangements.
Theresa A. Sautman
Theresa A. Sautman, age 86, of Carlyle, passed away Monday, October 31 at Carlyle Healthcare Center. Funeral arrangements for 86 year-old Theresa A. Sautman are incomplete at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.